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Native kids overrepresented Oregon foster care (July 25, 2007)

Native children make up 12.4 percent of the foster care population in Oregon even though they are just 1.3 percent of the state population. Most of the Native children in foster are living in Portland, according to state data. Most...

DOJ consultation on Adam Walsh Act, other issues (July 25, 2007)

The Department of Justice is holding a consultation and technical assistance session next week to discuss the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency will also be present...

Cherokee chief vetoes Boys and Girls Club funds (July 25, 2007)

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith has vetoed a $17,000 contribution to the Boys & Girls Club in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation Council approved $12,000 for a swimming camp at the club and $5,000 for underprivileged Cherokee youth to...

Tribal canoes make their way to site of treaty signing (July 25, 2007)

About 35 canoes representing tribes from the Pacific Northwest are expected to arrive at the site of the signing of the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott. The landing on Thursday will be the first time the tribes have come...

Column: Native charter school principal resigns (July 25, 2007)

"Under fire recently for his heated run-in with a Mills College professor and her grad students, foul-mouthed educator Ben Chavis has resigned as principal of American Indian Public Charter School. Chavis, who won national accolades for his school's test scores...

Yellow Bird: Preparing for the ritual of the Sundance (July 25, 2007)

"My preparation for the ritual of the Sundance this year has been like my first ceremony. "I'll participate fully," I find myself thinking one day; "I'll participate on the outside," I think the next day. It's my physical self...

Brothers arrested after stealing tribal artifacts (July 25, 2007)

Two brothers have been arrested after federal authorities said they stole thousands of dollars of historic artifacts from Nebraska and Colorado. Maxwell Garihan and Gary Paul Garihan sold some of the Navajo rugs they stole from a National Historic Site...

Red Lake man sentenced to 24 years for murder (July 25, 2007)

A man from the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota was sentenced to 24 1/3 years in prison for murder. Jacob J. Lussier, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He admitted to firing a sawed-off shotgun at Harley Sayers, 23, after...

Native American Church prays for end to wars (July 25, 2007)

Native American Church practitioners on the Navajo Nation held a prayer service over the weekend to call for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Families from the reservation joined the service and brought pictures of their...

Editorial: Voice opinion on Navajo power plant (July 25, 2007)

"More than 200 people turned out for the Desert Rock Power Plant draft Environmental Impact Statement public hearing last week at the Farmington Civic Center to voice their comments and questions about the proposed project. The turnout reflects the vast...

Rep. Young and Sen. Stevens face criminal inquiries (July 25, 2007)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), two of the most powerful members of Congress, are facing criminal investigations, The Wall Street Journal reports. Both lawmakers are linked to VECO Corp., the largest oil-field engineering firm in Alaska....

Dream catchers a popular item at NMAI store (July 25, 2007)

The $14 dream catchers are a popular item at the National Museum of the American Indian, according to an internal Smithsonian report obtained by The Washington Post. Yet the museum makes it hard to find the item, the report...

Mono family holds memorial service for slain father (July 25, 2007)

The family of Samuel Caleb George held a memorial service for a man who left behind five children and a wife. George, 25, was a member of the Mono Tribe in California. He was murdered last December, while his...

Land swap bill opposed by tribes reintroduced (July 25, 2007)

Arizona Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain, both Republicans, reintroduced a bill on Tuesday to authorize a land swap opposed by tribes in the state. The bill would swap 3,025 acres of federal land for 4,583 acres owned by a...

Editorial: Vandalism at Squaxin site 'reprehensible' (July 25, 2007)

"A 700-year-old fishing camp at Mud Bay is being unearthed one artifact at a time. Now, for the second time in two years, vandals have struck the archaeological site occupied centuries ago by Squaxin Island tribal ancestors. This time, the...

Ward Churchill vows court fight over firing from CU (July 25, 2007)

The University of Colorado Board of Regents met on Tuesday and voted to fire ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill. The move capped off more than two years of controversy over Churchill's statements about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks....

Mashpee woman takes Native foods across nation (July 25, 2007)

Sherry Pocknett, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts, has a busy summer. The 47-year-old chef started Sly Fox's Den, a food stand she takes to powwows and festivals across the country. She serves traditional New England...