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Bill includes Medal for late Sisseton-Wahpeton veteran (April 24, 2007)

One of the most decorated Native veterans is closer to receiving the Medal of Honor thanks to a legislative committee on Monday. The late Woodrow Wilson Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe who died in 1982 at the...

Indian parents protest closure of alternative school (April 24, 2007)

Indian parents and activists marched on Monday to protest the closure of an alternative program for Indian students in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Citing budget and No Child Left Behind issues, the school district plans to end the Bimaadiziwin alternative school...

Michael Sockalexis, Penobscot lawmaker, dies at 60 (April 24, 2007)

Michael Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot Nation of Maine, died on Sunday at the age of 60. Sockalexis served as the tribe's representative to the state Legislature during the last session. He was praised for his work on...

Controversial Indian murals in Idaho to stay put (April 24, 2007)

Two murals, including one that depicts the lynching of an Indian man, won't be removed from a historic courthouse in Idaho. Lawmakers were concerned about the murals because they will be using the courthouse while the state Capitol undergoes...

Attorney calls $7B Cobell offer pennies on dollar (April 24, 2007)

Marcella Giles, an attorney who handles individual Indian trust cases, criticized the Bush administration's $7 billion offer to settle the Cobell and tribal trust lawsuits. Giles said Indian landowners are owed billions of dollars for mismanagement of their assets....

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe marks victims' rights week (April 24, 2007)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is observing National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The tribe held a ceremony on Monday to offer support for victims of crime. Other observances will be held all week and the tribe will plant a...

BIA and OST make do without Internet after five years (April 24, 2007)

In December 2001, a federal judge ordered the Interior Department to disconnect all Indian trust computer systems from the Internet due to holes in security. Five years later, most Interior agencies, bureaus and offices are back online. But not the...

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe offers reward in murder case (April 24, 2007)

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and the FBI are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the death of Vicki Eagleman. Eagleman, 33, was found dead on...

Indian teen arrested for fatal shooting in St. Paul (April 24, 2007)

A 17-year-old Indian boy was arrested Sunday for a fatal shooting on a bus in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jerome Pablo Cross is accused of shooting Earl Freeman, 16, on a Metro Transit route downtown. But Cross' family questioned whether...

Police break up Native gang in Saskatchewan (April 24, 2007)

Police in Saskatchewan have arrested 14 people they say are the key members of a Native street gang in Regina. The Native Syndicate Killers is accused of selling marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. Its members have also been linked to several...

Amnesty report on violence against Native women (April 24, 2007)

Amnesty International is releasing a 113-page report today on "shocking" rates of sexual violence against Native women. "Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA" focuses on three areas: Oklahoma, Alaska and the...

Eastern Band reclaims ancient mound and town site (April 24, 2007)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina reclaimed a key part of its history on Monday. The tribe bought a 71-acre site that contains Cowee Mound, one of the undisturbed Indians mounds in the state. Cowee was...

FBI questions Rep. Feeney over Abramoff dealings (April 24, 2007)

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Florida) is the latest Republican lawmaker to come under scrutiny for his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Feeney, who accepted $4,000 from Abramoff and his former clients, went on the infamous golf trip to Scotland in...

Editorial: Lumbees erect barriers to recognition (April 24, 2007)

"Last Wednesday a delegation of Lumbee Indians that included Indiana University basketball coach Kelvin Sampson headed to Washington, D.C., where they made an impassioned - and convincing - plea to a U.S. House of Representatives committee for federal recognition. The...

Former Hill staffer to plead guilty in Abramoff probe (April 24, 2007)

Mark Zachares, a former aide to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), will plead guilty to corruption charges for accepting gifts from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Zachares worked for Young on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. During his two years there,...

Yakama chairwoman reflects on first year of job (April 24, 2007)

It's been a year since Lavina Washines became the first woman to lead the Yakama Nation of Washington. Reflecting on her first year in office, Washines said her greatest challenge is protecting the tribe's sovereignty. She has investigated the...

Sand Creek Massacre site to be dedicated this week (April 24, 2007)

The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Colorado will be dedicated this Saturday. The 12,500-acre site marks the November 29, 1864, massacre of nearly 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho elders, women and children. They were killed by Col. John Chivington...