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Onondaga Nation draws distinction with claim (February 6, 2007)

The Onondaga Nation says its lawsuit over 4,000 square-miles in New York is not a land claim. The tribe wants a declaration that it was the original owner of the land but doesn't want money or to displace residents, a...

Interior budget funds anti-meth and education initiatives (February 6, 2007)

Citing rising rates of methamphetamine use and under-performing schools, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on Monday announced two new budget initiatives aimed at protecting a new generation of Native Americans. At a press conference in Washington, D.C., Kempthorne called attention to...

Kansas barred from taxing Winnebago Tribe (February 6, 2007)

The state of Kansas hasn't decided whether to appeal a decision that bars the collection of taxes from the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The state claimed Ho-Chunk Inc., the tribe's economic development corporation, owned more than $1.2 million in taxes...

Penobscot Nation's pharmacy business investigated (February 6, 2007)

The Penobscot Nation's mail-order pharmacy program is being investigated by the Maine Board of Pharmacy for its sale of drugs over the Internet. PIN Rx sold prescription drugs through websites without requiring a face-to-face visit with a physician, according...

Fort Peck couple sentenced for stealing funds (February 6, 2007)

A couple from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana were sentenced for stealing federal funds meant for the Fort Peck Tribes. Desiree Dean Kirn Lambert, 51, and her husband, Bernard Lambert, 58, were each given a year and three years...

North Dakota tribal college bill moving forward (February 6, 2007)

A bill to provide state funding to help tribal colleges educate non-Natives is moving forward in the North Dakota Legislature. Identical versions of the bill have been approved by the House Education Committee and the Senate Education Committee. The measures...

Native girl missing after argument with mother (February 6, 2007)

A 12-year-old Native girl is still missing after an argument with her mother at a mall in Mesa, Arizona. Alliyah Robinson was reportedly caught shoplifting at the Fiesta Mall on Saturday. She fled after her mother came to pick her...

Indian voting rights trial in federal court in Wyoming (February 6, 2007)

A trial is underway in federal court over the voting rights of Indians in Fremont County, Wyoming. Five members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe sued the county. They say the at-large system dilutes the voting...

Indian infant mortality rate high in South Dakota (February 6, 2007)

American Indian infants are more than twice as likely than white infants to die before their first birthday, The Rapid City Journal reports. Of the 66 counties in the state, 13 had infant mortality rates greater than 10 per...

Oglala Sioux Tribe to bring in panel to review election (February 6, 2007)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will bring in an independent panel of three judges to review the most recent election. President John Yellow Bird Steele won the election. But he says former President Alex White Plume shouldn't have...

With test at Navajo, IHS prepares for flu outbreak (February 6, 2007)

A mass vaccination of 24,000 members of the Navajo Nation has helped the Indian Health Service prepare for a pandemic outbreak, officials said. Working with the tribe, two states and three counties, the agency vaccinated tribal members at 15 sites...

Assembly of First Nations to file human rights complaint (February 6, 2007)

The Assembly of First Nations plans to file a human rights complaint against the government of Canada over the treatment of Native children in the child welfare system. AFN says one in 10 Native children is in foster care, compared...

Oklahoma Native American Caucus grows to 20 (February 6, 2007)

The Oklahoma Legislature's Native American Caucus has nearly doubled in size this session. The caucus has 20 members, up from 11 last session. Newcomers include Rep. T.W. Shannon, a member of the Chickasaw Nation. For the first time, the House...

Bad BIA roads block mail service to reservation (February 6, 2007)

The U.S. Postal Service has stopped delivering mail to some residents of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Reservation in Nevada due to deteriorating road conditions. About two dozen residents are affected because postal worker can't get through two roads. Tribal leaders blame...

Voice of America: White guy plays Indian in Illinois (February 6, 2007)

"Like college students, faculty, alumni, and sports fans elsewhere across America, the folks at the University of Illinois really love their sports mascot. He's not one of those fuzzy, oversized animal characters like Buzz the Yellowjacket at Georgia Tech...

Legal Times: Griles hid romance from investigators (February 6, 2007)

"When Sue Ellen Wooldridge stepped down last month from her job as the Justice Department's top environmental prosecutor, it wasn't her desire to return to the private sector that was notable, it was her timing. Days earlier, Wooldridge's boyfriend...