Audit finds BIA schools unprepared for violence (August 19, 2008)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is unprepared to prevent violence and protect the safety of children and staff at its schools, according to a report released earlier this month. About 60,000 American Indian and Alaska Native children attend 184 elementary...
Soboba Reservation attempted murder trial opens (August 19, 2008)
A man and a woman are on trial for attempted murder for allegedly shooting at bounty hunters on the Soboba Reservation in southern California. The bounty hunters went to the reservation in August 2004 to arrest Dino Allen Moreno, 42,...
Havasupai evacuees unable to return to reservation (August 19, 2008)
About 85 members of the Havasupai Tribe who were evacuated from the Grand Canyon on Sunday aren't able to return home due to ongoing threats of flooding. The tribal members were evacuated from the village of Supai, on the bottom...
Jodi Rave: McCain cozies up to Abramoff associate (August 19, 2008)
"Native leaders criticized Sen. John McCain on Monday for getting “cozy” with a close associate of convicted felon Jack Abramoff, who defrauded tribes of tens of millions of dollars in a Capitol Hill lobbying scandal. “I think a lot of...
Indian woman named to top position in Paraguay (August 19, 2008)
Margarita Mbywangi, a chief of the Ache Tribe, has been named minister of indigenous affairs in Paraguay. When she was four years old, Mbywangi said she was sold into forced labor by several land-owning families. She was sent to...
Nisqually Tribe regains land through settlement (August 19, 2008)
The Nisqually Tribe of Washington has regained ancestral land as part of a settlement announced on Monday. The tribe is receiving 12 acres in the city of DuPont. The three properties include two burial sites. The settlement was reached with...
Lac du Flambeau teens return from Indigenous Games (August 19, 2008)
Teens from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians set records and brought home medals from the 2008 North American Indigenous Games. The 10 students competed in basketball and baseball as part of Team Wisconsin. The...
Jemez Pueblo hopes to harness power of the sun (August 19, 2008)
Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico is working on a $16 million solar power plant. The tribe hopes to create a concentrating photovoltaic power facility to generate enough energy for 1,200 homes. The energy would be sold to a utility company....
Fort Belknap man sentenced for drunk-driving death (August 19, 2008)
A man from the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for a drunk-driving death. Kenneth "Gus" Helgeson, 62, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. His blood alcohol content was three times the legal...
Law Article: Tribes can't promote tax avoidance (August 19, 2008)
"In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a tribe cannot protect non-Indian contractors from state taxation. The decision sends a clear signal to businesses contracting with tribes that they must pay state sales...
Gang shooting leaves woman dead on Alberta reserve (August 19, 2008)
A 20-year-old woman is the latest victim of gang violence on the Samson Cree Nation in Alberta. Delena Lefthand was shot inside her home on Saturday night. Authorities said her one-month-old daughter and other young girls were inside at the...
Abramoff figure a no-show at Sen. McCain fundraiser (August 19, 2008)
After touting his new role as a member of the "McCain Victory 2008 Team," conservative Christian activist Ralph Reed failed to show up at a fundraiser for Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) on Tuesday. Reed was a figure in the...
Sen. Obama set to announce running mate this week (August 19, 2008)
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) will announce his vice presidential pick this week, according to news reports. Potential running mates include Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware. Gov....
Mni Wiconi project reaches Pine Ridge Reservation (August 19, 2008)
Tribal, state and federal officials will celebrate a milestone in the $450 million Mni Wiconi water project on Wednesday. The ceremony marks the completion of a pipeline that delivers water from the Missouri River to the Pine Ridge Reservation. "It's...
Red Cliff Band dedicates housing development (August 19, 2008)
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa dedicated a new housing development last week. The 24-home complex is the first tribal-state project in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority provided $4.1 million in affordable housing tax credits...
Column: Tohono O'odham walk 3,000 miles for diabetes (August 19, 2008)
"Fifty years ago, diabetes was unheard of among the Tohono O'odham people. Today, more than half of all Tohono O'odham adults suffer from type 2, or adult-onset diabetes, the highest rate in the world. The type 2 incidence among the...
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