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Community pays tribe to Shirley Demientieff (January 8, 2007)

Hundreds paid their respects to Shirley Demientieff, a prominent Athabascan activist and community leader who died of lung cancer on January 3. She was 56. Demientieff was a board member of Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native regional corporation. She...

In United Kingdom, 'Navajo' means gay-friendly (January 8, 2007)

The Navajo Nation is taking its official stance against same-sex relationships overseas. The tribe's attorney general has criticized the use of the term "Navajo" to describe gay and gay-friendly organizations in the United Kingdom. According to The Sunday Telegraph,...

Column: Poarch Creek Band reclaims ancestral land (January 8, 2007)

"Nearly two centuries ago, thousands of acres of land were stripped from the Muscogee Indian tribes in the Southeast. Along Big Escambia Creek, one tribe is beginning to get the land back. "We have been purchasing land all adjacent to...

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe ousts chairwoman (January 8, 2007)

The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington ousted chairwoman Gloria Green in a run-off last month. Green was defeated by Ronda Metcalf, her cousin. The council will elect a new chairperson this Friday. Green led the tribe when a dead woman, and...

Montana Republican rebuked for 'chief' comments (January 8, 2007)

A Republican lawmaker in Montana was forced to apologize on Friday for referring to state Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, a Democrat and member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, as "chief." Rep. Ed Butcher also wondered out loud if a...

Editorial: Code Talkers Day a welcome addition (January 8, 2007)

"A day of honor is now a permanent addition to the Navajo Nation's calendar. It's a day when Navajos and all Americans can honor World War II's code talkers for their bravery and service to their country. Code Talkers Day...

Editorial: Sitting Bull site in proper hands (January 8, 2007)

"t was an appropriate act of respect on Friday that the North Dakota Historical Society transferred the rights to a 5-acre plot in Fort Yates to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, with the United States as the trustee. The site...

California tribe fights ruling on campaign contributions (January 8, 2007)

A wealthy California tribe that pours millions of dollars into political campaigns asked the state's highest court on Friday to reconsider a controversial sovereign immunity decision. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, known for its successful Palm Springs-area casinos...

'Pembina' man refuses to enter plea in Texas court (January 8, 2007)

A man who claims membership in the Little Shell Pembina Band of North America says he doesn't recognize the authority of courts in Texas. Vincent Dale Ross, 52, was pulled over multiple times for driving with Pembina-issued license plates. But...

NewStandard: Tribes turn to court over trust funds (January 8, 2007)

"Native Americans filed a class-action lawsuit last month in another attempt to end a decades-long struggle with the government over the mismanagement of tribal trust funds. The nonprofit Native American Rights Fund filed the lawsuit on behalf of over 250...

Appeals court to hear land-into-trust case (January 8, 2007)

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Tuesday in the Narragansett Tribe's land-into-trust case. The tribe wants 31 acres placed in trust for a housing project. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the application but the state...

Bill to recognize Lumbee Tribe introduced again (January 8, 2007)

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-North Carolina) introduced a bill on Thursday to recognize the Lumbee Tribe. The Lumbees are subject to a termination-era law that bars their treatment as a federal tribe. The bill would repeal the law and place...

Passamaquoddy Tribe rejects Maine governor (January 8, 2007)

In 2002, nearly 90 percent of voters on the Passamaquoddy Tribe Pleasant Point Reservation backed Gov. John Baldacci (D). But that was before Baldacci opposed the tribe's plans for a casino. And before tribal leaders and members say he renegged...

Turtle Mountain chairman addresses lawmakers (January 8, 2007)

David Brien, the chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, delivered the annual State of the Tribal-State Relationship to the North Dakota Legislature on Friday. Brien said poverty was a top issue facing tribes in the state....

Opinion: No laws needed to teach Indian history (January 8, 2007)

"An Argus Leader editorial discussed a proposed Indian Education Act. As a Lakota Sicangu from Rosebud, I wanted to state some of my opinions on the Indigenous Lakota people of South Dakota. Why do educators need a law to teach...

Tim Giago: Newspaper fills gap in South Dakota (January 8, 2007)

In this day when newspapers, including the mighty New York Times, are on a readership decline, it seems insane for anyone to start a new newspaper, especially in a town where one newspaper has been dominant for more than 100...

Mark Trahant: Raise taxes to pay for war in Iraq (January 8, 2007)

"President Bush is expected to announce a new Iraq war strategy this week and an increase in troop levels seems to be part of that package. Estimates about how many fresh troops will be sent to Iraq range from 8,000...