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Soo Tribe director sentenced for drug, DUI arrests (January 26, 2007)

A member of the board of directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan was sentenced to 183 days on drug and DUI charges. But Todd K. Gravelle, 36, will only serve five days in county...

Blackfeet Nation back to business after threat (January 26, 2007)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana reopened its headquarters on Thursday after strange substances that were found in a threatening letter were determined to be non-toxic. A hazardous materials team from Malmstrom Air Force Base examined the white powder and a...

Major project to translate Bible into Cheyenne (January 26, 2007)

Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana have been working more than 30 years to translate the Bible into their language. Starting in the 1960s, Ted Risingsun and others began the project. They've translated five books of the...

Drug task force in Montana cites progress (January 26, 2007)

An anti-drug task force is making progress in eliminating drugs from the Crow Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana, officials said. The Crow-Northern Cheyenne Safe Trails Task Force began last fall. It is a partnership between the Crow...

State to pay ex-tribal officials $232K for tax feud (January 26, 2007)

The state of New Mexico has agreed to pay four former officials of Nambe Pueblo $232,500 to settle a lawsuit over taxation. The four men contended the state Taxation and Revenue Department erroneously hit them with a $4.7 million tax...

Santee Sioux Tribe worried about youth suicide (January 26, 2007)

A recent rash of suicides have worried parents and leaders of the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska. Since September 2005, at least three teens have committed suicide. Last year, three more attempted suicide on a reservation with 1,000 tribal members....

NCAI's Garcia delivers State of Indian Nations (January 26, 2007)

The leader of the nation's largest inter-tribal organization said on Thursday he hopes to build on the achievements of his first full year in office. Joe Garcia, the president of the National Congress of Americans, said tribes succeeded in turning...

Natives thriving off-reserve in Western Canada (January 26, 2007)

Natives who live off-reserve are benefiting from the economic boom in Western Canada, according to a government study released on Thursday. Off-reserve Native employment grew a whopping 23 percent between 2001 and 2005 in the Western provinces, Statistics Canada...

Urban Indian clinic in Fresno loses IHS contract (January 26, 2007)

An urban Indian clinic in Fresno, California, is closing today after losing its contract with the Indian Health Service. The Fresno Native American Health Center was informed last Friday that its $330,000 contract wasn't being renewed. The IHS said the...

'Cherokee' tribe at center of bizarre kidnapping (January 26, 2007)

A group calling itself the Cherokee River Indian Community of Alabama is at the center of a bizarre kidnapping and child custody dispute in Arizona. Two women face kidnapping charges for removing Raven Laws, 4, from her family's home in...

A new co-chair for Native American Caucus (January 26, 2007)

There's a new Republican co-chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus. Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) was elected at an organization meeting. He replaces former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona), the longtime tribal advocate who lost his re-election bid. "I am humbled...

Norton threatened with firing over recognition (January 26, 2007)

Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton was told to deny recognition to the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut or face a campaign to get her fired, Indian Country Today reports. The threat was made by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Virginia), a member...

Harjo: House needs Indian Affairs Committee (January 26, 2007)

"The House of Representatives dismantled its longstanding Committee on Indian Affairs in 1946, as strident special interests were trying to end federal/tribal treaty and trust relationships and to force Indians to cash out land, water, minerals and other resources. Today,...

Woman indicted for death of 22-month-old child (January 26, 2007)

A woman from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming was arrested on Monday for the death of a 22-month-old child. Lila Kay Goggles, 47, faces a first-degree murder charge. She is accused of killing Tyraine Wanstall, a member of the...

Sherman Alexie to read at Gonzaga University (January 26, 2007)

Noted author/poet/fillmmaker Sherman Alexie will do a poetry reading at Gonzaga University in Washington next Tuesday, January 30. Alexie's most recent work is "Dangerous Astronomy," a collection of poems. He plans to publish a new novel, "The Absolutely True Diary...

Variety: Adam Beach to join Law & Order cast (January 26, 2007)

Native actor Adam Beach is slated to join the cast of the hit series "Law & Order: SVU," Variety reports. Beach guest starred in the January 16 episode of the show, playing Brooklyn detective Chester Lake. Although the character's...