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  • Tribes say stronger self-governance key to future success

    Tribes want the federal government to work with them to strengthen and modernize their ability to self-govern, saying the best solutions for Native American life comes from the tribes themselves, …


  • Study finds Idaho’s five tribes generate $1 billion in annual sales

    Idaho’s five Indian tribes employ nearly 5,000 people and generate annual sales in excess of $1 billion, a new study says. The tribes hired Steven Peterson, a University of Idaho …


  • Tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, Justice Department says

    Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. …


  • Inslee advances fish consumption proposal

    How much risk of cancer from eating fish is too much? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has privately advanced a proposal that would likely pass legal muster but that worries Indian …


  • Tribes mishandle funds, go unpunished

    American Indian tribes have been caught misappropriating tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, according to internal tribal audits and other documents. But federal authorities do little about it — due …


  • Treaty renewal chance to reopen salmon passages

    Salmon runs to the Upper Columbia River and its tributaries went extinct in the 1930s when Grand Coulee Dam was built without fish ladders. Now it’s time to investigate salmon …


  • DSHS to investigate complaints about tribe

    YAKIMA – Two former Yakama Nation officials say they were fired for questioning how the tribe spends state and federal funds on social programs and whether some of the money …


  • Tribes promote census count

    PLUMMER, Idaho – The crowd chuckled appreciatively when Ernie Stensgar began singing “One little, two little, three little Indians” during a U.S. census rally Wednesday on the Coeur d’Alene Indian …


  • Idaho tribes seek Cabinet post

    BOISE – Idaho Indian leaders want Gov. Butch Otter to create a Cabinet post dedicated to improving tribal relations, including resolving law enforcement disputes that erupt because no agreements exist …


  • U.S., tribes settle claims for $3 billion

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed spending more than $3 billion to settle claims dating back more than a century that American Indian tribes were swindled out of …


  • Court rules for state in Indian land trust case

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the federal government’s authority to hold land in trust for Indian tribes, a victory for Rhode Island and other states …


  • Fuel tax pacts clear panel

    BOISE – An Idaho Senate panel has voted unanimously to ratify fuel tax agreements that Gov. Butch Otter negotiated with the Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Kootenai and Shoshone-Bannock tribes. “These …

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