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NIGC completes team with tribal gaming regulator (March 16, 2007)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne administers the oath of office to Norman DesRosiers while National Indian Gaming Commissioner Chairman Phil Hogen looks on. March 15, 2007. Photo © NSM. The National Indian Gaming Commission completed its team on Thursday with...

Alaska Natives face credit problems over health (March 16, 2007)

Alaska Natives are facing ruined credit histories due to shortfalls in Indian Health Service funds. The Chief Andrew Isaac Health Clinic in Fairbanks seeks between 10 to 25 patients a day. But up to half of them are denied coverage...

HBO documentary depicts lives of meth addicts (March 16, 2007)

A member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe is one of the subjects in the HBO documentary "Montana Meth" that premieres this month. Weasel says he committed a violent robbery for methamphetamine and got high with his father. He says he...

Column: Native MC shows softer side on new disc (March 16, 2007)

"Two years ago, Maniac punched a dent in the state's hip-hop scene with his debut disc "Nightmerika." Released through Night Shield Entertainment, the album was a fierce package with its stark, honest tales of reservation life seen through Maniac's...

Cherokee veteran to be buried at Arlington cemetery (March 16, 2007)

Billy Walkabout, a member of the Cherokee Nation who died last week at the age of 57, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on March 26. Walkabout served in the Vietnam War. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross,...

Oneida Nation to share reservation road funds (March 16, 2007)

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin has reached agreements to share its Indian Reservation Road funds with several communities. The tribe signed agreements with four municipalities and one county. The local governments will receive between $1.5 million to $3 million to...

Hualapai Tribe hopes for better future with Skywalk (March 16, 2007)

With unemployment and poverty rates high, the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona is hoping a new business venture will create opportunities for the future. The tribe is opening the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a $30 million structure that will give tourists...

South Dakota county approves Indian districts (March 16, 2007)

Commissioners in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, approved a new map that creates two districts with a high percentage of Indian voters. One district is 58 percent Indian while the other is 41 percent Indian. The county says the new...

Navajo woman to continue Native voter push (March 16, 2007)

Anna Rondon, a member of the Navajo Nation, didn't win the mayor's race in Gallup but she will continue efforts to register more Native voters in New Mexico. Rondon was the first Indian candidate to seek public office in...

Southern Ute Tribe asserts off-reservation rights (March 16, 2007)

The Southern Ute Tribe is close to an agreement to resume hunting on 3.7 million acres of non-reservation land. In 1874, the Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe ceded millions of acres after the discovery of gold...

MSU law school discusses Indian Child Welfare Act (March 16, 2007)

The Michigan State University College of Law is hosting a conference today on the Indian Child Welfare Act. ICWA, passed in 1978, turns 30 years old next year. It gives tribes a greater say in child custody cases of Indian...

Cheyenne-Arapaho girl battles chronic lung disease (March 16, 2007)

Sarah Rice, a Cheyenne-Arapaho girl from Oklahoma, is getting out of the hospital just in time to celebrate her 16th birthday on Saturday. Sarah was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. She has since developed pulmonary edema, a chronic lung...

Native family strong in face of father's cancer (March 16, 2007)

Lance Jones, a member of the Confederated Umatilla Tribes of Oregon, has been battling cancer for four years with the support of his wife and family. Jones, 40, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in 2003. He underwent chemotherapy...

Bill to shield Indian mascots from NCAA reintroduced (March 16, 2007)

Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-Illinois) has re-introduced a bill to protect schools with hostile and abusive Indian imagery from the NCAA's mascot policy. H.R.1316, the Protection of University Governance Act, allows schools to sue NCAA and seek financial damages over the...

Mayan activists purify site of Bush's 'bad spirits' (March 16, 2007)

Mayan activists in Guatemala held a ceremony on Thursday to purify an ancient Mayan capital of President Bush's "bad spirits." Bush visited Iximche earlier this week as part of his five-nation tour of Latin America. He encountered protests everywhere...

Former Rep. Metcalf, treaty rights opponent, dies (March 16, 2007)

Former Rep. Bob Metcalf (R-Washington), an opponent of treaty rights and of the Makah Nation's whale hunt, died on Thursday from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. He was 79. As a member of Congress, Metcalf joined a lawsuit that...

North Dakota tribe can't support water project (March 16, 2007)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota won't support a proposed water project unless the tribe's concerns are met, Chairman Marcus Wells Jr. said on Thursday. Wells testified at a public hearing on the Fort Berthold Reservation. He...

Seneca Nation opposes closures at hospitals (March 16, 2007)

The Seneca Nation of New York is considering legal action against the state over pending closures at two hospitals. The tribe says it wasn't consulted about the closures of acute-care services at the Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Gowanda and at...