South Dakota hosts Indian Education Summit (September 26, 2006)
The state of South Dakota is wrapping up its annual Indian Education Summit today. The conference started on Monday. The theme was "Our Voice, Your Voice, One Voice." Keith Moore, the state's Indian Education coordinator, said education has the power...
Utah tribes seek to improve economy, education (September 26, 2006)
Utah tribes are combating decades of poverty and lack of educational opportunities as they seek to rebuild their futures. The Paiute Tribe of Utah lost nearly half of its population and 15,000 acres after being terminated. But the tribe is...
Editorial: Interior has a lot to explaining to do (September 26, 2006)
"The U.S. Interior Department has much to worry about, and perhaps much to answer for, on key questions about how it's doing its job. Two weeks ago, Interior's Inspector General, Earl Devaney, told a congressional committee, "Simply stated, short of...
Jodi Rave: Series on violence against Native women (September 26, 2006)
"Julia Hawkins' boyfriend beat her for at least two years before slitting her throat and killing her. Yellow police tape marked the murder-suicide scene at Hawkins' home in Missoula when Cindy Umphrey arrived to identify her 36-year-old sister. Two years...
Navajo-Hopi land agreement up for review (September 26, 2006)
The Navajo Nation Council is meeting this week to consider an agreement that seeks to end a decades-old land dispute with the Hopi Tribe. The tribes fought over the same parcels of land in northeastern Arizona. An act of Congress...
County DA questioned for tribal contributions (September 26, 2006)
The district attorney in Humboldt County, California, is under scrutiny for accepting money linked to the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria. The tribe, its chairman and one of the tribe's attorneys contributed a total of $11,100 to Paul Gallegos....
Eastern Band back to normal after water crisis (September 26, 2006)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reopened its schools and businesses after enduring a water crisis over the past few days. The tribe shut off the water system twice in response to a gasoline leak. An estimated 1,500 families and...
Cancer deaths rising among Manitoba Natives (September 26, 2006)
Cancer deaths are on the rise among Manitoba Natives, a leading health expert says. On some reserves, cancer is already the number one killer. It could soon overtake diabetes as the leading killer of Natives, according to George Wurtak, the...
Mel Gibson's new film depicts Mayan 'sacrifice' (September 26, 2006)
Mel Gibson screened his new movie "Apocalypto" for two Indian audiences in Oklahoma last Friday. The lead role is played by Rudy Youngblood, who is Comanche from Oklahoma. He stars as Jaguar Paw, a Mayan man who watches his...
Comanche man to perform at NMAI despite critique (September 26, 2006)
In a column for a conservative publication, Comanche writer David Yeagley called the National Museum of the American Indian a "shrine for native resentment – a cultural center for anti-white, anti-European sentiments." Now he's scheduled to perform there next month....
Embattled Sen. Allen denies using racial slurs (September 26, 2006)
Sen. George Allen (R-Virginia) denied using racial slurs to describe African-Americans after the Salon magazine quoted three former college teammates who described him as a racist. Allen said he never used the "n-word" in his life. "That word was...
Lumbee Tribe delays hearing on Supreme Court seats (September 26, 2006)
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina still doesn't have a fully-seated Supreme Court, more than four years after the court's creation. The court has five positions but right now there are three vacancies. Chairman Jimmy Goins has acted to fill...
Editorial: Indian Education for All on track in schools (September 26, 2006)
"Indian education was in the news almost daily last week, because Friday was Native American Day in the schools, and September is Native American Month. It's fitting, therefore, that the Great Falls Public Schools trustees tonight will hear a report...
Burial sites stop development in California city (September 26, 2006)
The discovery of remains dating back 7,000 years has stopped development at a community college campus in Brentwood, California. State park officials said they wouldn't approve the main access road to the Contra Costa Community College branch due to the...
Yavapai-Prescott Tribe mum on new construction (September 26, 2006)
The Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of Arizona is staying quiet about a major construction project on the reservation. The tribe is reportedly building a cultural center and amphitheater. But employees have been told not to talk about the plans. President Ernie...
Kumeyaay Nation to fly new flag at monument (September 26, 2006)
For the first time, the flag of the Kumeyaay Indians of California will fly at the Cabrillo National Monument. The Kumeyaay-Diegueño Nation flag represents all 12 Kumeyaay bands. It was inspired by Jamul elder Jane Dumas, 82, who wondered...
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