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Skull discovered at site of landfill in Illinois (January 18, 2007)

The discovery of a skull and artifacts at a landfill in Illinois has the Osage Nation and Native activists worried. The Milam landfill in St. Clair County is located near the world-famous Cahokia Mounds. The Osages have ties to the...

Tribe seeks removal of indicted school board members (January 18, 2007)

The chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation has asked North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven to remove three school board members who were indicted for stealing from a school on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Chairman Marcus Wells Jr....

Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks return of 'Chief' regalia (January 18, 2007)

Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe have asked the University of Illinois to return the regalia of its controversial mascot "Chief Illiniwek." The regalia and eagle feathers worn by the student who portrays the mascot were a gift from Frank...

Exhibit marks 500 years of Colorado Indian history (January 18, 2007)

An exhibit opening tomorrow at the Colorado Historical Society marks 500 years of Indian history. "Tribal Paths: Colorado's American Indians, 1500 to Today" covers major areas of tribal life, from conflict with non-Indians to assimilation to sovereignty. To create...

Mother Jones: Navajo Nation debates death penalty (January 18, 2007)

"Deirdre Dale, who according to her father looked more like a china doll than a Navajo, was on her way to a pay phone near her family's trailer in Gallup, New Mexico, when she hitched a ride from two men...

Opinion: Native Hawaiian recognition a bad bill (January 18, 2007)

The author of this opinion is Peter Kirsanow, a Bush administration appointee who sits on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which recommended against Native Hawaiian recognition, and the National Labor Relations Board, which is fighting tribes over sovereignty. "The...

Pyle covers a lot of ground as Choctaw Nation chief (January 18, 2007)

The Choctaw Nation is based in Oklahoma but members of the third-largest tribe in the U.S. live all over the country. "There's Choctaws everywhere. We're kind of like beer cans. We're all up and down the road," said Chief Greg...

Indian center in Wichita to honor Pawnee elder (January 18, 2007)

The Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita, Kansas, will hold a powwow in honor of Lena Squirrel, an elder of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Squirrel was born January 16, 1917. The powwow is being held to celebrate her 90th birthday....

Facing charges, Griles resigns from lobbying firm (January 18, 2007)

J. Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary of the Interior Department who is facing charges for the Jack Abramoff scandal, resigned from the lobbying firm he started after leaving the Bush administration. Griles resigned from Lundquist, Nethercutt & Griles on...

Native Hawaiian recognition bill introduced again (January 18, 2007)

Hawaii's Congressional delegation introduced bills in the House and Senate to recognize a Native Hawaiian governing entity. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D), the lead sponsor, said the measure contains provisions negotiated with the Bush administration. It maintains existing state and federal...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee meets under Democratic rule (January 18, 2007)

UPDATE Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) was installed as chairman of the committee on Thursday. He said he will work closely with Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyoming), the new vice chairman, on legislation to benefit Indian Country. "I believe there is...

Canada delays resolution of school abuse settlement (January 18, 2007)

A $1.9 billion settlement for victims of residential school abuse is being delayed because the Canadian government has filed an appeal. The government is not challenging payments that will be made to former residential school students. The appeal centers over...

Cancer deaths decline for second year in a row (January 18, 2007)

The number of Americans who died of cancer fell for the second year in a row, the American Cancer Society said on Wednesday. With the exception of Asian Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives were the least likely to suffer...

House Democrats ready to pass energy package (January 18, 2007)

House Democrats said on Wednesday they have enough votes to pass H.R.6, an energy bill that would revoke tax breaks for the energy industry and pressure oil companies to renegotiate their leases. Democrats introduced the bill in response to government...

Washoe Tribe sacred site case heads to 9th Circuit (January 18, 2007)

The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California is preparing for another round in court over a ban on climbing at the sacred Cave Rock. The U.S. Forest Service banned climbing out of respect for the tribe's religious rights. Traditionally, only...

Klamath Tribes land transfer set for county hearing (January 18, 2007)

Commissioners in Klamath County, Oregon, voted 3-2 to schedule a public hearing on the proposed return of 690,000 acres to the Klamath Tribes. The tribes lost their 1.2 million-acre reservation when they were terminated by the federal government. Of the...

Idaho tribal leaders view questionable murals (January 18, 2007)

Leaders of four Idaho tribes were in Boise on Wednesday to view two controversial murals at an old courthouse. The murals depict the capture and lynching of an Indian man. They are part of a series of 26 murals...