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Michigan school district's Indian program cut (March 15, 2007)

The Grand Rapids Public Schools district in Michigan is blaming budget shortfalls and the No Child Left Behind Act for the elimination of its Indian program. For five years, the Bimaadiziwin Program has helped keep Indian students in school. The...

Oneida Nation offers reservation road money (March 15, 2007)

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is offering to share its Indian Reservation Roads money with local communities. The tribe receives money for 35 miles of BIA-managed roads. But with 376 miles of other roads on the reservation, there's an opportunity...

tate won't probe 'Chief Illiniwek' decision (March 15, 2007)

The Illinois attorney general's office rejected a request to probe the demise of the "Chief Illiniwek." A Republican state senator accused the University of Illinois of breaking the law by retiring the controversial mascot without a vote or a meeting....

Chitimacha Tribe's school exceeds expectations (March 15, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs school on the Chitimacha Reservation in Louisiana has met and exceeded state testing standards. In 2001, the Chitimacha Tribal School had a state accountability score of 78.9. In just six years, the score has...

Connecticut Indians seek legislative commission (March 15, 2007)

Connecticut Indians testified in favor of a bill to create a new legislative commission that would advocate for their issues. The state has an Indian Affairs Council but it hasn't met for years, according to the Associated Press. The state...

Opinion: Racism exists within Cherokee Nation (March 15, 2007)

"What some people do not know, or have seemingly forgotten, is that long before that, hundreds of Black slaves escaped into the Cherokee nation and lived among the tribe. Some unfortunately became slaves there. Others became freedmen. Most intermarried. Their...

Hopi Tribe humbled by court victory on sacred site (March 15, 2007)

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona hopes the court decision protecting the sacred San Francisco Peaks leads to a better relationship with the U.S. Forest Service. The tribe, along with several others, sued the agency for approving the use of treated...

Trial for hate crime suspect in border town postponed (March 15, 2007)

The hate crimes trial for one of the suspects in the beating of a Navajo man has been postponed. The trial for C.L. Carney, 21, was due to start today. He is one of three young white males accused of...

Leonard Peltier play debuts at Boulder museum (March 15, 2007)

"My Life Is My Sun Dance," a play based on the autobiography of imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier, debuts tonight at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado. Doug Foote who is Lakota from the Standing...

Washington GOP tries to limit tribal donations (March 15, 2007)

Washington Republicans were defeated in their attempt to limit tribal political donations in the state.. GOP lawmakers sought to add a provision to a tribal gas compact bill. They wanted to bar the governor from accepting funds from tribes or...

Letter: Hualapai Tribe hypocritical on sacred (March 15, 2007)

Note: The Hualapai Tribe is part of the San Francisco Peaks case. The letter writer is referring to the tribe's Skywalk that is being placed over the Grand Canyon. "Question: What makes an ugly steel/glass structure over the Grand...

Rapid refunds target Indians in Montana, South Dakota (March 15, 2007)

Indians in Montana and the Dakotas take out high-interest tax refund loans far more often the non-Indians, an analysis by Gannett News Service shows. On Montana's seven reservations, an average of 21 percent took out the "rapid refund" loans. But...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe declares emergency over suicides (March 15, 2007)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota declared a state of emergency on Wednesday in response to high rates of youth suicide. From January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2006, the tribe responded to three suicides and 193 attempted suicides....

Ohio still fighting Eastern Shawnee land claim (March 15, 2007)

Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann continues the state's fight against the Eastern Shawnee Tribe's land claim even though he was open to negotiations as a state senator. The tribe, based in Oklahoma, claims 146 square miles in western Ohio. Some...

Opinion: Urban Indians being denied health care (March 15, 2007)

"New Mexico has the one of the largest populations of American Indians in the country. Nearly 50,000 call Albuquerque home, ranking it third in the nation among cities with the highest percentage of Indians. Given these facts, it seems New...