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Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves four bills (May 11, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a business meeting on Thursday and advanced four bills, including the significant Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Reciting his familiar cry of a "bona fide crisis in health care in Indian Country," Sen. Byron...

Lakota graduate told to remove eagle feather (May 11, 2007)

A Lakota graduate of Northeastern State University in Oklahoma was told to remove his eagle feather during commencement ceremonies. Warren Hawk received his master’s degree in education on Saturday. He said organizers threatened to call campus police if he didn't...

WWII documentary to include Native, Hispanic vets (May 11, 2007)

Filmmaker Ken Burns has agreed to re-edit his World War II documentary to include segments on Native American and Hispanic veterans. Burns left out the two groups in his upcoming series "The War." Hispanic groups complained and PBS agreed to...

John Trudell continues to inspire students (May 11, 2007)

Activist and performer John Trudell spoke to students at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas on Thursday. Trudell talked about his days with the American Indian Movement. He said not much has changed for Indian Country in the past couple...

Haskell student graduates with perfect record (May 11, 2007)

Katie Renwick, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is graduating from Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Renwick will receive her bachelor's degree in environmental science today. She's a speaker...

Cherokee leader: Freedmen case not winnable (May 11, 2007)

A Cherokee Nation council member says the tribe will end up losing the Freedmen citizenship case. Linda O’Leary, the chair of the Executive and Finance Committee, said the case is not "winnable," The Muskogee Phoenix reported. "When we’re talking about...

Glass artist chosen for Indian Market poster (May 11, 2007)

For the first time in the history of the Santa Fe Indian Market, a glass artist has been chosen as the poster artist. Marvin Oliver, who is Quinault and Isleta Pueblo, was announced as the poster artist for the...

Indian women leaders address race and diversity (May 11, 2007)

Indian women leaders spoke about diversity and race at Spelman College, a historically black college in Georgia. Beverly Wright, a former chairwoman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts, moderated the panel. “We know where we come from, who our...

Arizona tribes threaten suit over eagle delisting (May 11, 2007)

Representatives of 13 Arizona tribes walked out of a meeting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday and threatened to file suit over the proposed delisting of the bald eagle. The agency is considering taking the bald...

Meskwaki leader objects to tribal court bill (May 11, 2007)

Charles Old Bear, the hereditary chief of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa, is urging Gov. Chet Culver (D) to veto a bill that recognizes tribal court decisions. Old Bear said tribal members weren't consulted. He said the bill could alter...

Chippewa Cree man charged for police chase (May 11, 2007)

A member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana was charged with five counts related to a high-speed police chase. Curtis Denny, 22, faces two felony counts and three misdemeanor charges in state court. He is accused of firing at...

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe's Head Start to reopen (May 11, 2007)

The Head Start program on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation will reopen this summer. The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe was forced to close the program more than a year ago. The federal government cited funding discrepancies and substandard building conditions....

Agua Caliente Band plans development (May 11, 2007)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians signed a deal to develop 210 acres of tribal and individual land in an area known as Chino Cone. The tribe agreed to develop the land with Shadowrock, whose proposal for a hotel,...

OST connects Indian beneficiaries with $1M (May 11, 2007)

An Office of Special Trustee agency on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota has connected 266 Indian beneficiaries with more than $1 million of their money. The Fort Berthold Agency Office has only been up and running since November...

Judge dismisses charges against Mendota men (May 11, 2007)

A federal judge dismissed charges of disobeying a federal officer against three members of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community of Minnesota. Jim Anderson, the tribe's chairman, Chris Mato Nunpa and Susu Jeffrey were charged when they tried to enter...

North Dakota tribal college funding bill signed (May 11, 2007)

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) signed House Bill 13-95 into law on Thursday to provide state funding to tribal colleges. The bill allocates $700,000 over a two-year period for the state's five tribal colleges. The money will be...

Trial into Shinnecock sovereignty wraps up (May 11, 2007)

A federal judge heard closing arguments in the Shinnecock Nation's sovereignty dispute with the state of New York. The state sued to block the tribe from using a 79-acre parcel for a potential casino. The state says it has jurisdiction...