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Tim Giago: Oglala Lakota Tribe still struggling (March 5, 2007)

Just seven years after the occupation of the village at Wounded Knee by members of the American Indian Movement in 1973, the U. S. Census of 1980 proclaimed Shannon County, the heart of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South...

Hoopa Valley Tribe weighs options on trust fund (March 5, 2007)

The Hoopa Valley Tribe is considering its next step in a long-running feud over a trust fund shared with the Yurok Tribe. Both tribes, based in northern California, were awarded money by Congress to settle a land dispute. The Hoopas...

NPR: Tribal management at bison range in Montana (March 5, 2007)

National Public Radio is running a report on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and their controversial management contract at the National Bison Range in Montana. Chairman James Steele said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees undermined the tribe. He...

Halbritter attributes Oneida success to hard work (March 5, 2007)

As the official representative of the Oneida Nation of New York, Ray Halbritter attributes the tribe's success to one thing: hard work. "You do have to be willing to take the lumps and the criticisms to keep going down the...

Skokomish Tribe seeks to save dying Hood Canal (March 5, 2007)

The Skokomish Tribe of Washington is taking big measures to save the Hood Canal, which was once a major source of food. Low oxygen levels, caused partly by pollution, in the canal have killed off the crab that tribal...

Aquash murder suspect remains on house arrest (March 5, 2007)

A Native man from Canada remains on house arrest pending his extradition to the U.S. to face charges for murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. John Graham was charged with murdering Aquash on the Pine Ridge...

White boy most dangerous threat to Seneca Nation (March 5, 2007)

A four-year-old boy with an Indian father and a white mother is at the center of an Indian child welfare dispute on the Seneca Nation in New York. The tribe is matrilineal. Since Koby Hammer Parker's mother is white,...

State board chairman demoted over 'beer' comment (March 5, 2007)

The chairman of the Alaska Board of Game has been demoted after he said Alaska Natives missed a meeting because they were making a "run on free beer." Ron Somerville made the comments at a meeting last October. "There must...

Indian beneficiaries finding long-lost money (March 5, 2007)

Indian beneficiaries are being connected with long-lost trust fund payments and trust land they didn't know they owned. A man from Oklahoma found out he inherited land from his grandmother, a member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians...

Opinion: Getting the story right on alcoholism (March 5, 2007)

"It's true that alcoholism and drug abuse have caused terrible problems for many North American Indians. But it's also true that great numbers of Indians can drink socially (or not drink at all) and not incur serious problems. For the...

Cherokee Nation votes to deny citizenship to Freedmen (March 5, 2007)

Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma overwhelmingly voted to deny citizenship to the descendants of former African slaves on Saturday, setting the stage for a legal and political battle. With all precincts reporting, 77 percent of voters approved an...

Editorial: Little Shell Chippewa deserve recognition (March 5, 2007)

"So what if it’s 100 years late? We’re sure Montana’s Little Shell Chippewa Tribe will still take it. That’s how long the 4,300 Little Shell members have been trying to obtain federal recognition as a tribe — the recognition that...

Opinion: Tribes diversifying their economies (March 5, 2007)

"Many Native American business leaders share a suspicion that, one way or another, Congress and state governments are threatening what is in many regions an Indian gaming monopoly. As Lance Morgan puts it, 'Gaming is an artificial market. There's no...

House committee to take up Native Hawaiian bill (March 5, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee will consider a bill to recognize a Native Hawaiian governing entity at a markup session this Wednesday. H.R.505, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007, was introduced last month. It extends the policy of...

Hearings on Indian Health Care Improvement Act (March 5, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing this week on the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The House Natural Resources Committee follows with one next week. The activity comes amid the introduction of a bill to reauthorize the...

Opinion: Mashpee Wampanoag fought for recognition (March 5, 2007)

"Since the final determination on the Mashpee Wampanoag petition for federal recognition was announced, I have had many gracious congratulations from friends and strangers. But I have also been approached by more people than I can count who say to...

Mark Trahant: More gloomy prospects for economy (March 5, 2007)

"Remember the housing story? It was supposed to be the narrative about how housing declined in every part of the country -- except here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. It was an easy story to sell because it seemed to...

Yellow Bird: Woody Keeble a true American hero (March 5, 2007)

"As I stared outside at the snow swirling softly off the roof the garage, it all seemed so ordinary. And a vision of the amazing stories told to me about Woody Keeble came clear to me. The story appeared in...