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Artman ushers in leadership changes at BIA (April 2, 2007)

After more than two years of uncertainty, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking steps to stabilize its leadership team in Washington, D.C. The BIA suffered a leadership void when entrepreneur Dave Anderson left the agency in February 2004. But...

Blackfeet Nation hopes to make money from timber sale (April 2, 2007)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana hopes to make at least $3 million from the sale of timber. The tribe was hit by two fires that destroyed 30 percent of the reservation's forest land. The most recent blazed occurred last...

BIA reviewing ouster of Cherokee Freedmen (April 2, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is reviewing the Cherokee Nation's election that ousted the descendants of former slaves from the tribe. Members of the tribe voted overwhelmingly to deny citizenship to the Freedmen, the descendants of African slaves. The tribal...

House hearing on Lumbee, Virginia recognition (April 2, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee has scheduled an April 18 hearing on legislative recognition for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and six Virginia tribes. H.R.65 would repeal a termination-era law that identified the Lumbees as Indian but denied them...

Ute law student to receive honorary diploma (April 2, 2007)

The law school at the University of Utah will award an honorary diploma to David Cuch, a member of the Ute Tribe who died unexpectedly at the age of 28. David died of a seizure-related attack at his home,...

Hundreds gather to remember slain Ramapough man (April 2, 2007)

Hundreds gathered on Sunday on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Emil Mann, a member of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation of New Jersey. The gathering started at the tribe's community center. Tribal members and their supporters...

Editorial: Griles deserves tougher prison sentence (April 2, 2007)

"What with all the news about the politically tainted firings of several federal prosecutors - apparently for refusing to subject justice to the White House's political agenda - it's good to know the Justice Department's prosecution of Washington's lobbying scandal...

Tribal lobbying in Washington drops 25 percent (April 2, 2007)

Tribal lobbying expenditures in Washington have fallen 25 percent since 2003, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2006, tribes and other tribal interests spent nearly $25 million on lobbying firms. That's down from $28.5 million four years ago....

Indian Country crime an issue in US Attorney firing (April 2, 2007)

Crime in Indian Country was an issue in the firing of the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, The New York Times reports. Paul Charlton wanted the FBI to tape interviews with criminal suspects. He cited a case in which he said...

Museums face deadline to comply with NAGPRA (April 2, 2007)

Museums and federal agencies have until October 20 to complete summaries of their collections or holdings under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Under the law, museums that receive federal funding must submit a summary of their Native...

Graham: Cherokee Nation tarred with 'racist' label (April 2, 2007)

Mike Graham, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is the founder of United Native America. It seems the American Indian community has been hit with another disease brought to our home land: Racism! Blacks are lining up to...

Tim Giago: The dark legacy of boarding schools (April 2, 2007)

It is not in the least bit uncommon for the thousands of Native Americans pushed through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Church operated boarding schools for more than 100 years, to have suppressed memories. I wrote a book of...

Missing brothers found dead on Red Lake Reservation (April 2, 2007)

Two young brothers who went missing last November were found dead on the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. Tristan Anthony White, 4, and Avery Lee Stately, 2, were last seen in front of their home on November 22,...

Opinion: Gros Ventre Tribe opposed to water deal (April 2, 2007)

"The Gros Ventre Treaty Committee opposes the Fort Belknap Water Compact as is. The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council does not have authority to negotiate on the Gros Ventre Tribe's behalf. The Fort Belknap Constitution states that matters of great...

Column: Adam Beach committed to his people (April 2, 2007)

"There's a lot people don't know about Adam Beach, but first let's talk about what we do know. Sitting in an interview recently at the Toronto offices of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Beach is looking alert and handsome, his...

Editorial: Another troubling report at Interior (April 2, 2007)

"It looks like another story of endangered ethics on the Bush administration's environmental staff. Last week the Interior Department's inspector general submitted the results of an investigation of Julie A. MacDonald, the deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and...

Yellow Bird: UND powwow needs your support (April 2, 2007)

"The purple crocus is the first flower to push its way through the snow and announce spring. The bell sounds of American Indian dancers also announce spring, as well as the beginning of the summer powwow season around the...