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Column: Bruce Willis says give money to Indians (June 19, 2007)

In the July 2007 issue of Playboy magazine, actor Bruce Willis says the federal government should give money to American Indians. "If you serve your country and get blown up and you're in a wheelchair for the rest of your...

Alaska Native village turns to Internet for help (June 19, 2007)

The Inupiat Eskimo village of Shishmaref has set up a web site to raise money to relocate. "Shishmaref: We Are Worth Saving" ( http://www.shishmarefrelocation.com) details the village's threat from the Chukchi Sea. Rising water levels threaten to engulf the...

Judge expresses views on Indian trust fund accounting (June 19, 2007)

With his eyes toward an October trial, the federal judge handling the Cobell trust fund case said on Monday he wants the federal government to show how much money Indian beneficiaries were or weren't paid. Indian Country deserves to know...

National Day of Prayer for sacred sites on June 21 (June 19, 2007)

The fifth annual National Day of Prayer for Sacred Places will be observed across the country on June 21. The day highlights the dangers posed to sacred places like the San Francisco Peaks in Arizona, where a ski resort wants...

Bar near sacred Bear Butte a headache for owner (June 19, 2007)

Owning a bar near sacred Bear Butte in South Dakota has been a headache for entrepreneur Jay Allen but he's not willing to give the business up. Allen faces thousands of dollars in unpaid bills for construction work at the...

Indian students settle lawsuit with school district (June 19, 2007)

Indian students in South Dakota announced a settlement to their discrimination lawsuit against the Winner School District. On behalf of 10 Indian students, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe sued the school district. They said Indian...

Residents oppose Cayuga land claim settlement (June 19, 2007)

Residents of Seneca County, New York, are opposing a land claim settlement with the Cayuga Nation. The tribe filed a 64,000-acre claim but lost in court. Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D), however, reached an agreement to limit the tribe's land-into-trust...

Indian firefighters in Nevada carry on tradition (June 19, 2007)

Tribal members in Nevada are carrying out family traditions by becoming firefighters. Willard Knight, 35, a member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe, says most of his family fights fires. He supervises a crew of about 20 people during the summer....

Column: War on drugs should not include hemp (June 19, 2007)

"Yesterday, two farmers filed suit in the federal district court of North Dakota. They are seeking a declaratory judgment against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that would allow them to cultivate hemp, a profitable crop with many legal uses. The...

Burt Lake Band lobbies for legislative recognition (June 19, 2007)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Opening Statements Part 1 Panel 1 - Testimony | Opening Statements Part 2 | Q&A Panel 2 - Testimony | Q&A Panel 3 - Testimony | Q&A The chairman of the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe pressed to allow recall process (June 19, 2007)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho should have a recall process, activist Kenneth "Wade" Weem says. Weem is collecting signatures on a petition to amend the constitution. He says tribal members should be able to recall council leaders for mismanagement...

Siletz Tribe to raise awareness through baseball (June 19, 2007)

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will raise awareness of its federal restoration through a sponsorship of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team. The tribe is nearing the 30th anniversary of its restoration to federal recognition. The November 18, 1977, law...

San Carlos Apache Tribe fights mining proposal (June 19, 2007)

The San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona is leading the fight against a proposed copper mine on sacred land. Resolution Copper Mining wants to acquire 3,000 acres through a swap with the federal government. But the land includes Apache Leap,...

Column: Remembering Lillian "Sunshine" Wright (June 19, 2007)

"Sunshine, aka Lillian R. Wright, had a gypsy soul, a huge heart and an astonishing array of friends. It was to lawyer Robert Lundquist that she bestowed the name Warrior, Lila Suta, in her native Lakota Sioux. And the...

Former Abramoff aide talks with House committee (June 19, 2007)

Susan Ralston, the former assistant to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is helping the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with an investigation into the White House. Ralston left Abramoff's law/lobbying firm to work for top White House aide Karl Rove...

Norton gave Griles credit for trust reform task force (June 19, 2007)

Tex Hall, the former president of the National Congress of American Indians, chided former Interior Secretary Gale Norton for crediting the trust reform task force to J. Steven Griles. Hall and other tribal leaders proposed the task force when the...

Tribe in Brazil to use Google Earth to protect lands (June 19, 2007)

The Surui Tribe in Brazil has teamed up with search engine giant Google in an effort to protect its lands from encroachment. The tribe lives on a 618,000-acre reservation that faces threats from illegal logging and mining. So Chief...