Judge's decision allows HUD to lift funding freeze (July 6, 2006)

National tribal housing leaders are hoping a federal judge's decision will force the Bush administration to release $300 million in federal funds. In early June, the Department of Housing and Urban Development informed tribes they would be denied money for...

Editorial: Outrage over burning of sacred Karuk house (July 6, 2006)

"If true, it's an outrage. Arson is suspected in the destruction of a Karuk ceremonial dance house this past weekend. According to reports, fire crews in rural northeast Humboldt County were called to the site near Orleans early Sunday...

Thousands of athletes compete at Indigenous Games (July 6, 2006)

A reported 10,000 Native athletes from the U.S. and Canada are in Denver, Colorado, this week for the 2006 Indigenous Games. The games began on Monday. Athletes representing hundreds of tribes are competing in events ranging from archery to golf...

Ward Churchill appeals CU decision to fire him (July 6, 2006)

Controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill is appealing the school's decision to fire him for academic misconduct. Churchill doesn't think his appeal will be successful. It could take several months for the confidential review to be complete. But when...

Residential school students not getting compensation (July 6, 2006)

Some former students of residential schools in Canada aren't getting the compensation they hoped for. Canada agreed to a $1.9 billion settlement for students who endured sexual, physical and emotional abuse at government-sponsored schools. The first payments-- $8,000 to elders...

Woman admits distributing meth from tribal housing (July 6, 2006)

A woman from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana pleaded guilty to distributing meth from tribal housing. Theresa Littlebird, 54, admitted to six counts of distributing meth from housing owned by the Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority. She was reportedly caught...

Activists may help enforce Pine Ridge alcohol ban (July 6, 2006)

Activists who tried to erect a blockade on the Pine Ridge Reservation might be able to help police enforce the Oglala Sioux Tribe's alcohol ban. The Strong Heart Civil Rights Movement met with the OST police after the failed blockade....

Native girl's disappearance still unsolved after two years (July 6, 2006)

Two years ago on July 5, 2004, Tamra Keepness went missing from her home in a predominantly Native part of Regina, Saskatchewan. The disappearance of the 5-year-old girl sparked a major search and investigation. But after 2,000 interviews, 1,500...

Holiday weekend a busy one for Navajo Nation (July 6, 2006)

The Navajo Nation Public Safety Department was very busy over the July 4 holiday weekend, making dozens of arrests and issuing citations on drug, motor vehicle, domestic violence, fireworks and other infractions. Police officers set up random checkpoints across the...

Jemez Pueblo dedicates new water projects (July 6, 2006)

Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico broke ground on two new projects aimed at providing clean and safe water to the community. The tribe is working with Sandia National Laboratories to test arsenic treatment systems. The goal is to find an...

Northern Ute leader wants more data on finances (July 6, 2006)

A leader of the Northern Ute Tribe of Utah wants the tribe to share more information about the tribe's finances. But Irene Cuch, a tribal council member, would like to find out herself too. She says the tribe's non-Indian advisers...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe focuses on housing (July 6, 2006)

In anticipation of gaining full federal recognition, the the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has formed a housing advisory board. The tribe wants to ensure it can provide housing to tribal members on Cape Cod, where housing has become very...

Special master sides with Miccosukee Tribe (July 6, 2006)

The special master in the Florida Everglades case sided with the Miccosukee Tribe on Wednesday and said the state and federal governments violated an agreement to reduce pollution in the tribe's homeland. A federal judge already found that the state...

Garrison Keillor: Ralph Reed's cold-hearted greed (July 6, 2006)

"If a preacher secretly accepts a bucket of money from a saloonkeeper to organize a temperance rally at a rival saloon and maybe send in a gang of church ladies to chop up the bar with their little hatchets, this...

Greed, politics behind tribal enrollment spats (July 6, 2006)

An estimated 1,500 California Indians have been kicked out of 23 tribes, according to activists who are urging Congress and the federal government to intervene. John Gomez Jr., the founder of the American Indian Rights and Resources Organization, said people...

Cherokee Nation to share road funds with state (July 6, 2006)

The Cherokee Nation is using its Indian Reservation Road money to help the state of Oklahoma rebuild and repair bridges. The tribe is donating $4.7 million it received from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The money will be used to...

Lumbee Tribe gets grant to study homicide rate (July 6, 2006)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is using a $30,000 grant from the state to study the high homicide rate among Native Americans. According to the tribe, the homicide rate for Native Americans in Robeson County is 27.1 cases per...

DOJ report ties national GOP leader to Abramoff (July 6, 2006)

The chairman of the Republican National Committee ordered a subordinate at the White House to keep Jack Abramoff aware of issues affecting his clients, according to a recent Department of Justice investigation. Ken Mehlman served as political director at the...

Column: Agua Caliente chairman gets his way (July 6, 2006)

"Apparently, some wish to plain hog the trough all for themselves, even when its provided to them through public largesse Take the case of Richard Milanovich, chairman of the fabulously wealthy Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. You remember...