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Oakland Intertribal Friendship House owes taxes (March 8, 2007)

The Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland, California, is going on the auction block on March 23 unless it pays $30,000 in back taxes. The center has raised $23,000 so far. Community members are busy trying to raise the rest, though...

Grand Ronde Tribes interested in downtown Salem site (March 8, 2007)

The Confederated Grand Ronde Tribes has expressed interest in purchasing a riverfront property in downtown Salem, Oregon. The tribe is located about 30 miles west of Salem. Mayor Janet Taylor said the tribe is interested in diversifying its businesses. Boise...

Little Shell Chippewa land bill advances in Montana (March 8, 2007)

A bill to provide the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe with land passed its first vote in the Montana House on Wednesday. Under the blll, the tribe would manage the Morony Dam townsite for 10 years. After that time, the tribe...

Fort Peck school superintendent fired (March 8, 2007)

The former superintendent of public schools on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana says he was fired because he is white. The Brockton School Board terminated Robert Smith's contract less than a year into the agreement. Two of the three...

Scarlet Fever: Anna Nicole's Indian love child (March 8, 2007)

"Little Marshall Soto is glued to the TV this Friday morning in his dad's modest home just outside of Sells, Arizona, capital of the Native American Tohono O'odham Nation. He's not watching cartoons or Sesame Street or some new...

Hualapai Tribe rolls out Grand Canyon Skywalk (March 8, 2007)

The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona is putting the finishing touches on its massive Skywalk over the Grand Canyon. As tribal elders blessed the site, workers pushed out the 2-million-pound structure out over the edge of the Grand Canyon yesterday....

Crow Reservation man sentenced for shooting (March 8, 2007)

A man from the Crow Reservation in Montana was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for a bizarre shooting incident. Shannon Leon Yellowtail, 30, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. He admitting shooting Realand Whiteman, 28, in the...

Some urban Indians denied care at request of IHS (March 8, 2007)

Some urban Indians who are members of state-recognized tribes or who lack certain documentation are being denied care at the request of the Indian Health Service, the Associated Press reports. Under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, members of state...

Urban Indians in New Mexico feel left out on health (March 8, 2007)

Urban Indians in New Mexico want a bigger role in the way health care is delivered to tribal members in the state. The State Legislature is considering HB 784, the Native American Health Care Improvement Act, a bill that would...

Navajo delegate faces domestic charge (March 8, 2007)

A Navajo Nation Council delegate was fined $50 for possession of alcohol and faces a domestic violence charge for allegedly abusing his wife. Omer Begay Jr. pleaded no contest to the alcohol charge on Monday night, The Gallup Independent...

Senate hearing on Indian Health reauthorization (March 8, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this morning on the long-stalled reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The hearing started at 9:30am and was broadcast online. It last about two hours. You can download MP3 files...

Editorial: Ouster of Freedmen a low point for Cherokees (March 8, 2007)

"The Cherokee Nation’s decision to revoke the tribal citizenship of about 2,800 descendants of slaves once owned by the tribe is a moral low point in modern Cherokee history and places the tribe in violation of a 140-year-old federal treaty...

Sen. Domenici hires law firm over US Attorney flap (March 8, 2007)

Facing an ethics inquiry for his role in the widening controversy over the firing of several U.S. Attorneys, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) has hired the same law firm that represented convicted former congressman Duke Cunningham (R-California). Domenici, who may...

Court reinstates $300K award for Narragansett man (March 8, 2007)

A Rhode Island state trooper used excessive force when he broke the ankle of a Narragansett tribal member during the state's violent raid of the reservation, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. In a 2-1 decision, the...

Artman still recused on Iroquois tribal issues (March 8, 2007)

Carl Artman, the newly confirmed head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has recused himself on issues affecting tribes of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy, a spokesperson said. Artman is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, whose ancestors...

Fire destroys barn on Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas (March 8, 2007)

A fire destroyed a barn and farm equipment owned by the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas. The fire occurred Tuesday night. It completely destroyed the barn and machinery at the tribal farm. The tribe and local authorities are investigating the cause....