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Adam Beach has 'special' role in Law and Order (February 20, 2007)

Actor Adam Beach's character on "Law & Order: SVU" was himself a victim, the show's executive producer said. Beach is joining the cast on the last episode of this season. Producer Neal Baer told Movieweb that Beach's character will...

Jodi Rave: Count me among America's lawn freaks (February 20, 2007)

"Count me among America's lawn freaks - a multimillion-member mass of people who wished our neighbors cared as much about the lawn as we do. The makers of a short film called 'Gimme Green' take a humorous look at...

CDC: Indians suffer highest rate of heart disease (February 20, 2007)

American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest prevalence of heart disease than any other racial or ethnic group, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week. Based on data from all 50 states, 11.2 percent of Native...

Exhibit honors Pueblo artist Pablita Velarde (February 20, 2007)

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, opened a yearlong exhibit on the works of the late Santa Clara Pueblo artist Pablita Velarde. Velarde died in January 2006 at the age of 87. By adopting...

United Tribes board elects Spirit Lake chairwoman (February 20, 2007)

Construction worker Albert "Buck" Fallis shares some humor with newly elected United Tribes Technical College Chairperson Myra Pearson, during a February 16 tour of newly constructed family apartments on the college campus in Bismarck. Looking on is newly elected...

Fairbanks Native Association addresses teen issues (February 20, 2007)

The Fairbanks Native Association held a meeting last Saturday to discuss a double-murder and suicide involving Native youth. On January 13, 16-year-old Joshua Hjelm shot and killed John Charles Edward Esmailka, 18, and Daphne Sipary, 16, before turning the gun...

New York governor approves off-reservation casino (February 20, 2007)

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) approved an off-reservation casino on Monday, marking only the fourth time in the history of Indian gaming that a state has allowed such development. Since the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was passed in 1998,...

Navajo Nation debates power plant in New Mexico (February 20, 2007)

Depending on who you ask, the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant in northwest New Mexico is a boom for tribal sovereignty or a bane for tribal members. The tribe says the $2.5 billion coal-fired plant will bring in revenues and...

Disputed Hopi chairman wants to get to work (February 20, 2007)

Ben Nuvamsa, the recently elected chairman of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, said calls for a new vote are getting in the way of important matters. Nuvamsa won a special election earlier this month but some council members say he...

Rhode Island tribe to press for recognition (February 20, 2007)

The Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe of Rhode Island will move forward with its petition for federal recognition, its leader said Wilfred Greene filed a letter of intent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1997 but never followed through. Now that...

Eastern Cherokee Band weighs mail-order pharmacy (February 20, 2007)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina is looking into establishing a mail-order pharmacy. The tribe could import drugs from Canada. "That definitely could go under sovereignty," Chief Michell Hicks told The Charlotte News & Observer The Cherokees...

Column: It's finally the end for 'Chief llliniwek' (February 20, 2007)

"Sometime Wednesday night at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall, hundreds of folks will linger around the basketball court awaiting what will be a rather historic halftime show at the men's basketball team's final home game of the regular...

Vermont Indian commission clashes with state (February 20, 2007)

The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs says it should have the authority to decide which tribes are recognized in the state. Chairman Mark Mitchell, a member of the Abenaki Nation, said the commission has to know which tribes are...

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation considers bridge (February 20, 2007)

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation of Arizona is considering building a bridge to make it easier to access the reservation. The tribe hasn't made any final decisions and is talking to local communities about the project. But tribal leaders...