Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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Mohican tribe mulls lawsuit against US Interior Dept. (WISCONSIN) -- A Wisconsin tribe says it may sue the U.S. Interior Department over its decision to allow more than 13,000 acres of land to go into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation of New York.

Tribal band's lawsuit dismissed (NEW JERSEY) -- A federal judge in Camden last week dismissed a lawsuit filed by a band of American Indians seeking to reclaim land they said the state sold out from under them more than 200 years ago.

Clinton affirms commitment to Native American issues (MONTANA) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged her commitment Tuesday to tribal sovereignty and Indian health care.

Talking to tribes: Democratic hopeful courts Montana's Native vote (MONTANA) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton pointed to a sign bobbing among a mob of supporters at Salish Kootenai College on Tuesday and nodded in agreement.

BCDS: What went wrong? (ARIZONA) -- A special review of BCDS Manufacturing Inc.’s financial activities by the Navajo Nation Office of the Auditor General found that nearly everyone responsible for overseeing investment of the Nation’s money into BCDS failed to exercise due diligence before investing in the company.

NCAI President Joe A. Garcia Meets with Republican Presidential Nominee Senator John McCain (NEW MEXICO) -- The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Joe A. Garcia met today with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), where the Senator said if elected President of the United States he would implement a tribal government position within the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Calling dibs on groundwater (CALIFORNIA) -- On the edge of a dirt road, Anthony Madrigal Jr. peers over the same sage-covered, boulder-strewn land that his Cahuilla ancestors have lived on for thousands of years.

DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: Pomp, circumstance and tears (NORTH DAKOTA) -- This has been the year of the graduate. For the past two weeks, I attended or tried to attend six graduations — four for nieces and nephews, two for grandchildren.

Little Big Horn museum collecting Sitting Bull exhibit (MONTANA) -- Sitting Bull didn’t come to Montana to fight at the Little Bighorn, says his great-grandson, Ernie LaPointe. The great Sioux spiritual leader and former war hero came to dance.

BRENDA NORRELL: Native Americans walk the talk across America (COLORADO) -- Native Americans began their 3,600-mile walk across America at Alcatraz Island Feb. 11, and soon they’ll conclude in Washington, D.C. I’ve accompanied them on the Northern Route, co-hosting a Web radio program as they crossed the freezing Sierra Nevada Range, plodded through a hailstorm in western Utah and walked over the cold Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Professor: Redmen name could bring law suits (MASSACHUSETTS) -- The School Committee could be legally vulnerable if it decides to keep the Redmen sports nickname, according to an alternate legal analysis.

Oneida Nation’s First Female Investigator Honored (NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Asker, recently promoted to investigator for the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department, was recognized for valor by the Oneida County law enforcement community May 20.

EDITORIAL: Tribes right to focus on rivers, not litigation (WASHINGTON) -- Today we set aside litigation and opt for cooperation with our federal partners. We have been in the courts for ten years and have not gained the resources needed to protect these creations...

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