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Artman's nomination held up by GOP senators (February 22, 2007)

Several Republican senators are holding up the nomination of Carl Artman to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Country Today reports. Artman was approved unanimously by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on February 1. But he won't receive a...

New Mexico trying to make up for IHS shortfalls (February 22, 2007)

The state of New Mexico is trying to find money to make up for shortfalls in the Indian Health Service budget. Gov. Bill Richardson (D) is asking the state's congressional delegation to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and...

Fund to help Indians start businesses in Montana (February 22, 2007)

A new fund created by the state of Montana aims to help Indian entrepreneurs start their own businesses. The Indianpreneur Equity Fund will be seeded with $70,000. Each of Montana's eight tribes will receive $7,875 for their entrepreneurs, who will...

Taos Pueblo warns people not to bother elk herds (February 22, 2007)

Officials in Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, are warning people not to bother large herds of elk that are migrating through the reservation. Upwards of 150 elk from three separate herds have been grazing on the reservation. The animals have drawn...

Family seeks help in locating missing Pueblo girl (February 22, 2007)

The family of Amber Dawn Martinez is seeking help in locating the 17-year-old girl, who has been missing since February 8. Amber, seen on the right in the photo above, disappeared from her family's home in Penasco. She is...

Inquest into Native teen girl's suicide in Manitoba (February 22, 2007)

The government in Manitoba is holding an inquest into the suicide of a 14-year-old Native girl who was forced into the sex trade on the streets of Winnipeg. Tracia Owen hanged herself in August 2005. She had been living at...

Sitting Bull descendants seek move of burial site (February 22, 2007)

The four surviving great-grandchildren of Lakota leader Sitting Bull want his gravesite moved to Montana. Sitting Bull's grave is located on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. But Ernie LaPointe, the family's spokesperson, said the site has been neglected. Two...

South Dakota tribes urged to help entrepreneurs (February 22, 2007)

Tribes must do their part to encourage individual Indians to open business on reservations, an expert in economic development said. Stephen Cornell, the director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona and...

Tribes meet for 6th annual finance conference (February 22, 2007)

The sixth annual Native American Finance Conference is being held this week in Las Vegas. Tribes are looking at new investment opportunities and, in particular hedge funds, according to HedgeWorld.com. "The tribes that have had wealth for a while are...

USA Today: Few Natives in college, pro sports (February 22, 2007)

Native athletes and teams from reservations are known to shine at the high school level. But the picture changes when Native students try to build on their success at the college and professional level. "As a Native American, nobody...

Congressional Record: Support for Carl Artman (February 22, 2007)

The following statement was submitted on the Senate floor by Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyoming), the vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, in support of Carl J. Artman to be assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Department of...

Judge won't stop Cherokee election on Freedmen (February 22, 2007)

Citing respect for tribal sovereignty and the democratic process, a federal judge on Wednesday refused to halt a Cherokee Nation election that could deny citizenship to the descendants of former slaves. But Judge Henry H. Kennedy in Washington, D.C., expressed...

Jodi Rave: Nellie Two Bulls leaves strong legacy (February 22, 2007)

"It hurts to lose our loved ones, knowing we will never hug them again or watch them smile or hear them laugh. But we can thank them for the memories. Thank you, Nellie Two Bulls. Grandma Nellie, the 81-year-old...

Search widens for two missing Indian inmates (February 22, 2007)

• America's Most Wanted Authorities have broadened their search for two Indian inmates who fled their work-release program in Wyoming. Shannon Parazoo, 44, and his stepson, Alonzo Durgin, 28, walked away from the program on February 9. Authorities believe...

Column: Not all Native people honored by mascots (February 22, 2007)

"Every school says it is only trying to honor the fighting spirit of Native Americans. That's undoubtedly true, but what if they don't feel honored? Can you see why some might be put off by thousands of white people doing...

Mayan woman to run for president in Guatemala (February 22, 2007)

Rigoberta Menchu, the Mayan woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize, announced her campaign for the presidency of Guatemala on Wednesday. Menchu recently formed an Indian political party called Winaq, which means "the wholeness of the human being." But...

Column: Mascots disempower Native Americans (February 22, 2007)

"America wants Native Americans confined to a place where they are powerless and objects of entertainment: It dresses white kids from the suburbs in feathered headdresses, war paint and moccasins. If only their real demise had been so amusing. The...

Novak: 'Chief Illiniwek' honored Native people (February 22, 2007)

"Only a small minority of Native Americans is shown by polls to oppose Indian nicknames in sports. The campaign against them gained momentum only when the NCAA, which can hardly cope with policing athlete misconduct and illegal payments in...