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Cherokees in California want to be part of community (January 16, 2007)

The approximately 3,500 Cherokees who live in southern California are trying to renew their ties to the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Four Cherokee groups have recently been formed. Cherokee Chief Chad Smith spoke to them on a visit to southern...

Northern Cheyenne youth honor ancestors on run (January 16, 2007)

More than 100 youth of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana took part in this year's Fort Robinson Spiritual Run. The run commemorates the January 9, 1879, escape by Northern Cheyenne ancestors from an Army fort in Nebraska. They...

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community fights mine (January 16, 2007)

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan says a proposed sulfide mine will harm the environment. The state Department of Environmental Quality gave preliminary approval to Kennecott Minerals to develop the mine. The site is located within the tribe's ceded...

Navajos protest power plant at inauguration (January 16, 2007)

The Dooda Desert Rock Committee, a group of Navajos opposed to a power plant on the reservation, staged a protest at the inauguration of President Joe Shirley Jr. The group tried to enter the fairgrounds in Window Rock, Arizona,...

Jodi Rave: Think tank aims to help Native students (January 16, 2007)

"The University of New Mexico has unveiled a multimillion-dollar plan to create a think tank that will put Hispanic and Native scholars at the forefront of the national debate on health policy issues. “We are delighted to create a...

New Mexico governor seeks $12M for water rights (January 16, 2007)

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) is seeking $12 million to pay the state's share of three tribal water rights settlements. The state has reached deals with the Navajo Nation, Taos Pueblo and five other Pueblos (the Aamodt suit). The...

Judge hits NIGC on off-reservation gaming site (January 16, 2007)

An off-reservation casino in downtown Buffalo, New York, faces further review after a federal judge on Friday said the National Indian Gaming Commission failed to do its job. The Seneca Nation was given approval to open the casino by the...

Interview: Inadequate health care in Indian Country (January 16, 2007)

The Arizona Republic interviews Dr. Don Warne, the president and CEO of American Indian Health Management and Policy. AIHMP will be hosting the first American Indian Health Policy Conference later this week on the Fort McDowell Reservation. Arizona Republic: "What...

Prejudice against Indians shifts to immigrants (January 16, 2007)

The fatal shooting of a Hmong immigrant has highlighted long-running prejudices against Indians in northern Wisconsin. When members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians began to assert their treaty rights in the 1970s, tensions and...

Shinnecock Nation waits for answer on recognition (January 16, 2007)

The Shinnecock Nation of New York is ninth in line for an answer on its federal recognition petition. The tribe began the process in 1978. After submitting additional documentation, its petition was finally placed on the "active" list by the...

Forest County Potawatomi Tribe acquires company (January 16, 2007)

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe of Wisconsin has purchased Advancia, an Oklahoma City company that provides services to the federal government. The purchase is part of the tribe's effort at diversifying its holdings. Advancia holds a number of federal...

Facing charges, Griles steps down from federal panel (January 16, 2007)

J. Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary of the Interior Department who is facing prosecution for the Jack Abramoff scandal, resigned from the federal commission that has been planning Jamestown's 400th anniversary. Griles, a resident of Virginia, resigned from the...

Senate panel to hold oversight hearing on DOI royalties (January 16, 2007)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold an oversight hearing this Thursday on oil and gas royalty management at the Interior Department. DOI has come under scrutiny for leases signed during the Clinton administration that give energy companies...

ITMA schedules February meeting in Albuquerque (January 16, 2007)

The Intertribal Monitoring Association on Indian Trust Funds will meet February 8-9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tribal leaders plan to discuss to discuss ITMA's legislative agenda for the 110th Congress. They will also get an update on trust reform at...

Opinion: The power of Navajo voters in jeopardy (January 16, 2007)

The following was submitted by Lester K. Tsosie, the brother of New Mexico State Sen. Leonard Tsosie, who is in tribal court over his ability to serve the Navajo Nation Council and the New Mexico Legislature at the same time....

NCAI's Garcia to deliver State of Indian Nations (January 16, 2007)

STATE OF INDIAN NATIONS 2006 • View Webcast: NCAI • Download MP3s: Address | Q&A • More: Text of Speech | FY07 Budget Request Joe Garcia, the president of the National Congress of American Indians, will deliver the 5th annual...

Large land-based tribes to meet in Washington (January 16, 2007)

The Council of Large Land-Based Tribes will meet in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for a national summit. Carl Venne, the chairman of the Crow Tribe of Montana and the president of CLLBT, called for tribes with reservations of 100,000 acres...