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IHCIA includes provisions for New Mexico tribes (May 17, 2007)

The Indian Health Care Improvement Act includes provisions aimed at helping the Navajo Nation and the Mescalero Apache Nation in New Mexico. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico), a co-sponsor of S.1200, said the bill authorizes a study to determine whether...

Indian farmers in Montana discuss discrimination (May 17, 2007)

Indian farmers and ranchers on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana talked about discrimination they have felt in their dealings with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Farm Service Agency. The farmers told the Fort Belknap Indian Community about...

Indian children being left behind on education (May 17, 2007)

Officials from five states met in Minnesota this week to discuss ways to improve Indian education. In Minnesota, only 40 percent of Indian students graduated from high school on time. That's half the rate of the white student population....

Editorial: Blogger banned and Turtle Mountain Band (May 17, 2007)

"There are ways to criticize that make the subject of your criticism defensive, and ways that make him or her attentive instead. And when Rob Port went beyond documenting conditions he observed on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation to rip...

Gabrielino-Tongva dispute continues in California (May 17, 2007)

Two factions of the Gabrielino/Tongva Nation of California continue fight for control of the tribe. One group is affiliated with former state Senator Richard Polanco. The other is associated with attorney Jonathan Stein. The Polanco group split from the Stein...

Pember: A mandate for Indian education in Montana (May 17, 2007)

"The Montana Indian Education For All Act, the first of its kind in the country, may be setting an audacious national precedent for America’s primary and secondary schools. The law requires all Montana schools to include curricula about the history,...

Poarch Creek woman crowned Miss Indian World (May 17, 2007)

Megan Young, a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama, was recently crowned Miss Indian World. Young was one of 22 contestants for the pageant, which was held during the Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque,...

Utne Reader: Finding justice for Native women (May 17, 2007)

"An Amnesty International report released late last month revealed a stockpile of shocking statistics about the pervasive sexual violence confronting Native American women. According to the report, "Maze of Injustice," more than one in three Native American women will be...

Stillaguamish family defends smokeshop after raid (May 17, 2007)

The family that operates a smokeshop on the Stillaguamish Reservation in Washington says a federal raid of their homes and business was uncalled for. On Tuesday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided the Blue Stilly Smoke Shop....

Column: Jim Billie makes a living building huts (May 17, 2007)

"He was the noncandidate who loomed over this week's tribal election like the Seminole Council Oak. He was the chief the tribal council tossed out of office in 2001, who would have been chief again, except the council finagled a...

Energy firm to help Navajo Nation on uranium (May 17, 2007)

An energy company that was in a right-of-way dispute with the Navajo Nation will now help the tribe seek the cleanup of uranium on the reservation. El Paso Natural Gas Co. filed a lawsuit against the Department of Energy and...

Sacred site case could land before Supreme Court (May 17, 2007)

The Department of Justice is considering an appeal of a sacred site case in Arizona. In March, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Forest Service violated the religious rights of several tribes by approving the...

Nisqually Tribe seeks to acquire military property (May 17, 2007)

The Nisqually Tribe of Washington is seeking support for the transfer of 514 acres of military land. The tribe has talked to local officials and members of Congress about the swap. The land includes the Fort Lewis Golf Course. Pierce...

Snoqualmie Tribe could gain control of county park (May 17, 2007)

The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington could gain control of a park in King County, Washington. Tribal and county officials are working on an agreement to transfer the 27.5-acre Fall City Park to the tribe. The county can't pay for...

Editorial: Mashantucket land swap a positive step (May 17, 2007)

"On the surface, it would seem like a simple swap. A municipality gives a private entity a 76-acre parcel that it has abandoned in exchange for a 102-acre farm property. But, nothing is simple when it comes to the...

Novak: Ex-Rove aide seeks immunity on Abramoff (May 17, 2007)

"On the day presidential senior adviser Karl Rove administered a tongue-lashing to a Republican congressman, disturbing news about his former executive assistant was spread on Capitol Hill. GOP House members learned that Susan Ralston is requesting immunity to testify...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on law enforcement (May 17, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing this morning on law enforcement in Indian Country. The hearing started at 9:30am. You can listen to audio by clicking on the link and downloading the MP3 file. Opening Statements Panel...