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    City in New York to drop legal battles against Oneida Nation

    The city of Oneida, New York, is ending litigation against the Oneida Nation.
    The city voted to terminate the services of a law firm that was handling litigation against the tribe. The city will now be eligible for money as part of a global settlement that the tribe reached with the state.

    Oneida tables vote on nuisance law (Update)

    No action was taken regarding a public nuisance abatement law in Oneida at a Tuesday Common Council meeting.
    Oneida City councilors voted to table any action on the proposed local law.

    Judges from Turtle Mountain Band threatened with removal

    The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota appears to be in a judicial crisis.
    The tribe’s judicial board plans to impeach Chief Judge Madonna Marcellais, Judge Andrew Laverdure and Clerk of Court Jolene House. They are being accused of incompetence for alleged failings in case management.


    Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation’s judicial board calls tribal judges incompetent

    pposed parts of the court system on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation are trading accusations of incompetence and poor performance.
    The tribe’s judicial board has accused two judges and the clerk of court of incompetence, but lawyers for the tribe say it’s the judicial board itself that is causing problems.


    Dry Creek Rancheria to hold disenrollment hearings this week

    The Dry Creek Rancheria of California is holding disenrollment proceedings this week.
    More than 70 people face removal from the tribe. Included are brothers Stan and Gregg Cordova, both of whom previously served as chairman.

    North Bay Tribe That Runs Casino Could Kick Out Dozens Of Members

    A Bay Area Indian tribe that runs a well-known casino could take some potentially drastic action. More than 70 members could get kicked out.

    Native Americans may soon be eligible for in-state tuition

     Native American college students whose tribes have historic ties to Colorado would get in-state tuition at any public college under a bill the House passed Tuesday.


    Colorado House passes bill to expand Indian tuition program

    The Colorado House passed HB1124, a bill that offers in-state tuition for members of federally recognized tribes with ties to the state.
    Members of the Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe already qualify for in-state tuition at public universities. The bill expands the program to include members of 48 tribes with historical connections to Colorado.



    Cherokee Nation Council passes gaming regulation measure

    The Cherokee Nation Council approved a measure to clarify the duties of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission.
    The commission will continue to regulate all gaming activities. However, it will no longer have authority over non-gaming activities such as food, beverage and retail.

    Mashantucket Tribe working on casino deal in Massachusetts

    The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is still working on a host agreement for its proposed commercial casino in Massachusetts.
    The tribe plans to build a $750 million casino on a 30-acre site in Fall River. Mayor Will Flanagan supports the project and said details of the host agreement should be available soon.



    Ute Tribe signs five-year agreement with University of Utah

    The Ute Tribe and the University of Utah signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the use of the “Ute” name.
    The five-year agreement calls on the university to create the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on American Indian Affairs. The unpaid position will be filled by a tribal member.


    U., Ute Tribe reach agreement on continued use of Utes

    Uintah County — After five years without a formal agreement in place, the Northern Ute Indian Tribe and the University of Utah inked a new deal Tuesday that will allow the school’s sports team to continue using the name Utes.

     Redistricting in California Finally Puts Tribal Reps on School Board

     After being ignored for nearly six decades the Grindstone Indian Rancheria, located in Glenn County, California, will receive its own representative on the Stony Creek Joint Unified School District Board of Education in Elk Creek, California.


    Cobell settlement administrator responds to payment delay

    With anger mounting in Indian Country, the administrator of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement is responding to concerns raised by members of Congress.

     Indian journalism owes big debt to Tim Giago
     

    Dean Chavers, the director of Catching the Dream, praises journalist and publisher Tim Giago:
     Tim Giago, the greatest newspaper man ever in my opinion, wrote last month about how Indian journalists of bygone years needed a shout-out. He could not mention himself, but I can.


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