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Blood, race and sovereignty in Cherokee Freedmen dispute (April 26, 2007)

A frank discussion at an Indian law conference last week underscored the heated emotions surrounding the recent ouster of the Cherokee Freedmen. On March 3, voters of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma approved a change to their constitution that denied...

Sculpture of Spokane Chief Garry vandalized (April 26, 2007)

A sculpture of Spokane Chief Garry has been repeatedly vandalized, causing residents of east Spokane to debate its future. The sculpture was built in 1979 to honor Chief Garry, who died in 1892. Over the years, Garry's fingers have...

DOJ seeks dismissal of New York land-into-trust suit (April 26, 2007)

The Department of Justice is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit against land-into-trust applications in New York. Six tribes have applications pending at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. But since no decision has been reached, DOJ says the case should...

House committee approves Indian health care bill (April 26, 2007)

By a voice vote, the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday approved H.R.1328, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The bill seeks to modernize the Indian health care system. It gives tribes greater flexibility to provide services and to address...

HHS urged to accept tribal documents for Medicaid (April 26, 2007)

The Department of Health and Human Services needs to accept tribal documentation to determine eligibility for Medicaid, the Navajo Nation's top health officia said. HHS accepts some forms of tribal documentation but only for the lowest tier of service. To...

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe to receive state site (April 26, 2007)

The Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana will control a state office building for the next 10 years under a bill signed into law by Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D). Schweitzer signed the bill into law in early April but held...

Virginia recognition bill clears House committee (April 26, 2007)

Six Virginia tribes moved closer to federal recognition thanks to the actions of the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill passed by a voice vote. The committee approved an amendment to place the tribe under state laws for purposes of...

Editorial: U.S. fails to protect Native women (April 26, 2007)

"A fair-minded society has an obligation to protect its members, but when it comes to American Indian and Alaskan Native women, we're failing in meeting those obligations. A new report by Amnesty International finds that women in those groups are...

Paiute Tribe of Utah cites increased meth use (April 26, 2007)

The Paiute Tribe of Utah held a town hall meeting to address methamphetamine use. Shanda Wauneka, the substance abuse prevention specialist for the tribe, said meth use is rising among tribal members. Jay Ziegler, the tribe's behavioral health director, said...

Tensions flare as Indian teen charged with murder (April 26, 2007)

About 40 people protested the arrest of Jerome Cross, an Indian teen who has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder for a fatal shooting in St. Paul, Minnesota. Family and friends said Cross, 17, was innocent. They...

House committee approves Lumbee recognition (April 26, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee voted 24-7 on Wednesday to pass H.R.65, a bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The bill was approved with an amendment that prohibits the tribe from ever engaging in gaming. Tribal leaders...

Two Native activists win environmental prize (April 26, 2007)

Two Native activists are among the six winners of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for their work on environmental issues. Sophia Rabliauskas, a member of the Poplar River First Nation of Manitoba, was selected for her efforts to protect...

BIA ties violence against women to meth abuse (April 26, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says violence against Native women is on the rise due to methamphetamine use. Citing the meth problem, the Bush administration is proposing to spend $16 million to beef up law enforcement in Indian Country. The...

Abramoff probe inches closer to ex-Rep. DeLay (April 26, 2007)

The Jack Abramoff corruption investigation is getting closer to former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas). DeLay resigned last year amid scrutiny over his ties to the convicted lobbyist and over his indictment on political corruption charges in Texas. But one of...

Aide to Rep. Renzi called ousted U.S. Attorney (April 26, 2007)

Troubles are mounting for Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona), the co-chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus. FBI agents raided the home of a business owned by his wife. He has stepped down from three committees, including the key House...

House passes bill with medal for Native veteran (April 26, 2007)

The House voted 218 to 208 to pass an emergency appropriations bill that clears the way for President Bush to issue the Medal of Honor to the late Woodrow Wilson Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. Keeble, who...

Senate hearing on Shoshone-Paiute water rights (April 26, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing this morning on S.462, a bill to settle the water rights of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Nevada. The bill resolves a water dispute between the tribes, the state and individual users....