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NCAI 2007: Updates from winter session in Washington (March 2, 2007)

The 2007 winter session of the National Congress of American Indians was held this week in Washington, D.C. Here are some leftover updates from the three-day conference. Prez on the Rez Mark your calendars! On August 23, 2006, the first-ever...

Fire destroys Oneida Nation carpentry shop (March 2, 2007)

The Oneida Nation of New York and Oneida County are investigating a fire that destroyed the tribe's carpentry shop. The 5,000-square- foot carpentry shop burned to the ground on Wednesday night. Several nearby communities sent fire crews to battle the...

Viewpoint: Overdue honor for Sisseton-Wahpeton vet (March 2, 2007)

"I am the stepson of the late Master Sgt. Woody Keeble, whom I talked about in the Herald's Feb. 25 “Prairie Voices” interview (“A two-war hero,” Page 1D). I also am an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe....

South Dakota court rejects Indian Country argument (March 2, 2007)

A town that was once part of Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation is not Indian Country, the South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday, upholding the state's prosecution of a murder. Lance G. Owen was charged with stabbing Adrian Keeble, 30, to death. The...

Dental aides practice on reserve in Saskatchewan (March 2, 2007)

Dental therapy students from the First Nations University of Canada are providing services to a Native community in northern Saskatchewan. The five students have been cleaning, drilling and filling teeth for free. They perform their work under the supervision of...

Utah bill to protect remains on private land passes (March 2, 2007)

The Utah State House and Senate have unanimously approved a bill to extend protections to Native remains found on private land. The bill provides $90,000 to the Utah Department of Community and Culture to oversee remains and repatriation for remains...

Project brings high-speed Internet to Navajo Nation (March 2, 2007)

The Navajo Nation has launched an ambitious project to bring high-speed Internet service throughout its three-state reservation. Students and faculty at Navajo Technical College are working with the University of California-San Diego, the University of New Mexico and other partners...

Red Cliff chairwoman says Wisconsin tribes divided (March 2, 2007)

Patricia R. DePerry, the chairwoman of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, said Wisconsin tribes are too divided over gaming and other issues. DePerry, who also serves as president of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, delivered the...

Hopi Code Talkers excluded from postage stamp bill (March 2, 2007)

Arizona lawmakers won't be honoring members of the Hopi Tribe who used their language to create a code during World War II. A state Senate committee voted 15-13 against including Hopi Code Talkers in a resolution that supports a postage...

Ho-Chunk Nation to accept part of former Army plant (March 2, 2007)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin says it has reached an agreement to accept 1,550 acres at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant. The tribe has claimed parts of the 7,354-acre plant as ancestral territory. But tribal leaders were worried that...

Swimmer says $90M trust fund owed to Yurok Tribe (March 2, 2007)

Over the objections of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Office of Special Trustee has determined that a disputed $90 million trust fund is owed to the Yurok Tribe. Special Trustee Ross Swimmer said the Yurok Tribe can receive the money...

OST trying to find Indians who are owed millions (March 2, 2007)

The Office of Special Trustee is trying to find thousands of Indians who are owed millions of dollars in trust funds. According to Gannett News Service, $63.3 million is owed to more about 54,000 people. But without current addresses or...

Opinion: Rules make it harder for Natives at border (March 2, 2007)

"A new chapter began in January with Canada's relationship with the United States concerning new regulations that require passports for air passengers entering the U.S. All non-Americans need a passport to enter the United States and Americans require one to...

Project seeks to create Indian Country crime database (March 2, 2007)

Minneapolis Police Sgt. Bill Blake, a member of the Red Lake Nation, is using a $600,000 grant from the Department of Justice to create an Indian Country crime database. Blake is working with fellow police officer Larry Loonsfoot, a member...

Cherokee Nation heads to polls to decide on Freedmen (March 2, 2007)

Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma head to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to deny citizenship to the Freedmen, the descendants of former African slaves. The tribe's top court ruled last year that the Freedmen are entitled...

Chad Smith: Cherokee Nation not based on race (March 2, 2007)

"In 2006, the Judicial Appeals Tribunal (JAT), now the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, ruled that a Cherokee Nation law that limited citizenship in the nation to Cherokees, Shawnees and Delawares by blood was unconstitutional because it excluded freedmen and other...

Editorial: Ouster of Freedmen a sign of elitism, fear (March 2, 2007)

"Cherokees vote Saturday in a special election that won’t end a controversy within the nation, but it could disenfranchise those whose citizenship only was recognized last year by a tribal Supreme Court decision. What Cherokees decide Saturday is their decision,...

Jodi Rave: Natives find 'Voices' at Autry Museum (March 2, 2007)

"Ojibwe writer Drew Hayden Taylor seems to easily command words into stories. He's written 17 books - one on Native erotica is in the works - but his greatest passion is making words dance on the actor's stage. Nearly...

Film to focus on Alaska Native woman taken from family (March 2, 2007)

An Oscar-nominated director is making a film about a Yupi'k woman who was taken from her family in the 1960s and placed in foster care. Amy Berg was working for CNN when she met the woman in 2002. CNN never...

House approves bill to ease union organization (March 2, 2007)

The Democratic controlled House 241 to 185 to approve H.R.800, a bill that makes it easier for unions to organize. The Employee Free Choice Act eliminates the need for the National Labor Relations Board to oversee union elections. Unions only...

Ousted US Attorneys to testify before House panel (March 2, 2007)

Four former U.S. Attorneys who were ousted by the Bush administration were issued subpoenas to testify before a House Judiciary subcommittee. Democrats want to question former prosecutors from Arkansas, New Mexico, Seattle and San Diego. They were among seven U.S....