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Artman jumps into new job as head of BIA (April 12, 2007)

A month into the job, the new head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn't expect gaming to take the spotlight in the remaining years of the Bush administration. Carl Artman, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is...

Actor uged to document Comanche blood ties (April 12, 2007)

"If you're not Indian, don't claim to be," says David Yeagley, the conservative commentator who is questioning the ancestry of a Hollywood actor named Rudy Youngblood. Yeagley tells Backstage.com that he doesn't think Youngblood, who starred in "Apocalypto," is...

New Haskell president getting to know campus (April 12, 2007)

The new president of the Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas has been busy since assuming the position on April 2. Linda Warner, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, has been meeting faculty, students and staff. It's part...

Crow student wins Morris K. Udall scholarship (April 12, 2007)

Samuel Kohn, a member of the Crow Tribe of Montana, is one of 80 recipients of the Morris K. Udall scholarship. Kohn is a sophomore at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He has dedicated his studies to tribal policy...

Ousted Hopi chairman seeks damages from council (April 12, 2007)

Ben Nuvamsa, the ousted chairman of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, says he will seek damages from the council members who voted to remove him. Nuvamsa filed suit against the council in tribal court in hopes of getting his job...

Inupiat village not affected by series of quakes (April 12, 2007)

There have been 11 earthquakes near the Inupiat village of Kaktovik but almost no one felt them. "Everything is too frozen solid to shake," Mayor Lon Sonsalla told The Anchorage Daily News. The earthquakes started on Saturday and continued...

Indian child welfare conference in Oklahoma City (April 12, 2007)

The National Indian Child Welfare Association is hosting its 25th annual conference in Oklahoma City next week. The conference starts Sunday and runs through Wednesday at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel. About 600 tribal leaders child welfare workers, and state...

Navajo weaver killed a day before divorce was final (April 12, 2007)

Authorities in three states are searching for the husband of Anita Tsosie, an award-winning Navajo weaver who was found dead in her home a day before the couple's divorce was final. Tsosie, 48, was found shot to death in...

Editorial: Diabetes still a major threat in Indian Country (April 12, 2007)

"Diabetes. It is rapidly taking over the health of far too many Americans. But more alarming are findings that American Indians are three times more likely to get diabetes than non-Hispanic Anglos. Unfortunately, diabetes isn't something that just goes away....

DOI cutting herd, staff at National Bison Range (April 12, 2007)

Effectively immediately, the Interior Department is reducing the bison herd and cutting the staff at the National Bison Range in Montana. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will start shipping some of the animals to other reserves. The decision...

Northern Arapaho Tribe plans bison restoration (April 12, 2007)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming is planning to restore bison on the Wind River Reservation. The tribe wants to establish a herd of 300 bison on the Arapaho Ranch. The tribe will start off with 20 animals this October....

Smithsonian spent $20K on catered dinner for NMAI (April 12, 2007)

The Smithsonian Institution spent $20,000 on a catered dinner to celebrate the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in September 2004. The dinner was held for the Smithsonian Board of Regents. The expenditure came under fire at...

Cherokee Nation chief took money from Abramoff (April 12, 2007)

Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith accepted a $1,500 campaign contribution from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, The Oklahoma Gazette reports. Smith took the money in 2002, when he was running for re-election. The following year, Cherokee Nation enterprises hired Abramoff and...

DOJ denies politics affect Abramoff probe (April 12, 2007)

The Department of Justice says it will handle the ongoing Jack Abramoff investigation "fairly" and "impartially." In response to a query by the group Democracy 21, deputy assistant attorney general John Keeney said the probe will continue without political interference....

Jodi Rave: Cobell calls for accountability (April 12, 2007)

"Elouise Cobell has spent the past 10 years of her life seeking government accountability by imploring leaders to make moral and ethical decisions, and on Wednesday she asked a University of Montana audience to join her efforts. At times,...

Senate committee hearing on tribal colleges (April 12, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing this morning on tribal colleges and universities. The hearing started at 9:30am and ran for about 90 minutes. You can download audio files, in MP3 format, below. Opening Remarks Panel 1...