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Author wants Natives to end dance with dependency (May 18, 2007)

Calvin Helin, a member of the Tsimshian Nation from British Columbia, blames the "Indian Industry" for keeping Native people from advancing. "The 'Indian industry' is all of those people who are making a living off of our misery," Helin...

Lender accused of bias against Native Americans (May 18, 2007)

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition filed suit against NovaStar Mortgage, alleging the lender is violating federal law by refusing to write loans for homes on reservations. NCRC says NovaStar has a blanket policy against Native loans. Qualified applicants were turned...

Pine Ridge Reservation still dry after all these years (May 18, 2007)

The Pine Ridge Reservation is the only reservation in South Dakota to remain dry. Many people want it to stay that way. But others say alcohol is a reality that the Oglala Sioux Tribe can't ignore. "The white people tried...

Editorial: Mashantucket land swap a no brainer (May 18, 2007)

"Why not swap Indiantown Park for Clark Farm? That's the question Ledyard voters will have to decide at a referendum Tuesday, and the idea seems to make a lot of sense. The town owns the so-called Indiantown Park, a hardscrabble,...

Blogger: Turtle Mountain Band bans dissent (May 18, 2007)

"On May 11, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa's tribal council banished me from their reservation because of a column I wrote for the “Dakota Beacon” magazine (and my own political blog) called “The Appalling State of Our Indian Reservations.”...

Navajo chapter paves way for skate park in Shiprock (May 18, 2007)

Navajo skaters and bikers will soon have a place of their own in Shiprock, New Mexico. The Shiprock Chapter is using one acre of former Bureau of Indian Affairs for the park. Construction will start in June, with funding...

Pueblo woman helps police nab sex offender (May 18, 2007)

A Santo Domingo Pueblo woman helped police in Santa Fe, New Mexico, arrest a sex offender who is accused of taking photographs up women’s skirts and may be linked to other incidents against women. Connie Coriz, a jewelry vendor who...

Institute of American Indian Arts names president (May 18, 2007)

Robert Martin, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is the new president of the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico. Martin has a long record in tribal college affairs. He was president of Southwestern Indian...

Editorial: Pope must amend for arrogant remarks (May 18, 2007)

"''Arrogant.'' ''Disrespectful.'' ''Poorly advised.'' These harsh words were not aimed at an unpopular president; not this time. They are the criticisms by Indian leaders in Latin America of Pope Benedict XVI, who again made headlines for culturally insensitive and historically...

Opinion: Racism, segregation and sovereignty (May 18, 2007)

"Tribal life for Black Indians can be difficult. Mixed-blood Indians have been told to ''go back to Africa.'' Tribal meetings escalate to roaring sessions of racist rhetoric, with animal noises, stomping feet and cow calls for ''blacks to get the...

Editorial: Navajo Nation jail crisis affects all (May 18, 2007)

"The Navajo Nation is facing a serious problem; one that most communities have faced time and again, and struggled through. Despite having a population around 250,000 people on the Nation, only 80 jail beds are available to house criminals apprehended...

Cherokee Nation worried about Freedmen fallout (May 18, 2007)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma fears a federal judge might take action against the tribe for ousting the Freedmen. Attorney General A. Diane Hammons said there was a "high possibility and probability" that Judge Henry H. Kennedy would halt an...

Aquash murder suspect appeals extradition order (May 18, 2007)

The Canadian man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash is appealing an extradition order to the United States. John Graham faces a trial in federal court in South Dakota for allegedly murdering Aquash on the...

Voice of America: Virginia tribes wait on status (May 18, 2007)

"Six tribes in Virginia are still not recognized. They signed a treaty in the sixteen hundreds with the king of England, but that was before the United States existed. A Virginia law destroyed their written records in the twentieth...

House Democrats ease lobbying reform bill (May 18, 2007)

House Democrats dropped plans to double the "cooling off" period for former lawmakers and staffers. When they took control of Congress, Democrats vowed to increase the cooling off period from one year to two years. But facing opposition from individual...

Seneca Nation to charge tolls on state highway (May 18, 2007)

The Seneca Nation of New York plans to charge $1 for every vehicle that passes through a state highway on the Cattaraugus Reservation. But motorists won't have to pay the toll. Instead, the tribe will send a bill every month...

Lumbee Tribe seeks to limit re-enrollments (May 18, 2007)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is seeking to limit the number of times a person can re-enroll. According to The Fayetteville Observer, tribal members can turn in their enrollment cards twice before being permanently removed. “We don’t need people...

Cobell prepares for historical accounting trial (May 18, 2007)

Attorneys in the Cobell v. Kempthorne trust fund case are preparing for an October 10 trial on the historical accounting. Judge Royce Lamberth ordered an accounting of "all funds" in the Individual Indian Money (IIM) back in December 1999. The...