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BIA 'mismanaged' radio equipment, audit finds (August 7, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs wasted $3.9 million on new radios and could not properly account for $20 million it spent on the technology, according to recent audit. The BIA "mismanaged" its law enforcement radio communications program, the report from...

Study blames Europeans for near-extinction of bison (August 7, 2007)

A study by University of Calgary environmental economist M. Scott Taylor says European demand led to the near extinction of the American bison. Examining international trade records, diaries and historical documents, Taylor says advanced tanning techniques in Europe led...

Sen. Salazar concerned about Navajo power plant (August 7, 2007)

Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colorado) is concerned about the environmental impacts of the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant. The tribe wants to build a $3 billion, coal-fired power plant near Shiprock, New Mexico. Emissions would affect the Four Corners area,...

High school to offer Onondaga language classes (August 7, 2007)

The LaFayette High School in New York will offer Onondaga language classes for the first time this fall. The Onondaga Nation School on the reservation teaches Ongwehonwekha up through the eighth grade. Students can now continue their language instruction at...

Meeting set on Cayuga Nation land settlement (August 7, 2007)

Lawmakers in Cayuga County, New York, will wait at least a week before taking a stand on the Cayuga Nation's proposed land claim settlement. Lawmakers are meeting August 16 with Richard Rifkin, Gov. Eliot Spitzer's Indian affairs adviser. It was...

Skokomish Tribe reaches land deal with state (August 7, 2007)

The Skokomish Tribe and the state of Washington have agreed to a land swap. The tribe will receive 64 acres from the state parks department. The tribe will use the land for a much-needed housing development. In exchange, the tribe...

Opinion: Adopted Lakota boy suffered abuse (August 7, 2007)

"I am a voice from the faraway past of Timothy Sean Caffrey. I am Betty Adams Aitchison, whose husband pastored the little Faith Missionary Church in Martin, S.D., for 10 years. This was in the mid-1960s and 70s. The Bill...

Navajo attorney wins New Mexico state bar award (August 7, 2007)

Diandra Benally, a member of the Navajo Nation, has been named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar of New Mexico. Benally, 29, is a staff attorney for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice. She is the...

Biker rally underway near sacred Bear Butte (August 7, 2007)

Tribal members are holding a peaceful prayer camp at sacred Bear Butte in South Dakota as a biker rally gets underway. Alex White Plume, a former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, organized the encampment. It's taking place on property...

IHS can close emergency room in South Dakota (August 7, 2007)

The Indian Health Service can close an emergency room In South Dakota now that a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Yankton Sioux Tribe. The facility in Wagner was built to serve the tribe. But the IHS...

Column: Labor unions wrong to go after tribes (August 7, 2007)

"Just as we have no place in deciding who is a member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, we have no standing to tell Indians they must do this or that and can't do the other thing...

BIA headed to court over mobile home park (August 7, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to sue the owner of a mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California. Harvey Duro, a former chairman of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe, had until Monday to...

Letter: More media coverage on reservations (August 7, 2007)

"I am for more media coverage of the events taking place within tribal governments, especially when it comes to something like the recent events happening on the Northern Cheyenne reservation between the actions of tribe's leadership and its council. Perhaps...

Yakama Nation pressed for more per cap payments (August 7, 2007)

Members of the Yakama Nation of Washington want the tribe to increase its per capita payments. Tribal members already receive $100 month from timber sales. They are now asking for $500 later this month and another $500 in December. With...

Rancher may be last fluent speaker of Mandan (August 7, 2007)

A North Dakota rancher who may be the last fluent speaker of Mandan is helping preserve his language. Edwin Benson, 75, learned Mandan from his grandfather, who forbid the use of English at home. He teaches Mandan on the Fort...

Blackfeet Nation raises council member salaries (August 7, 2007)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana has approved raises for members of the business council. Council members used to make $41,000 a year. Now the chairman will earn $65,000 plus benefits, the vice-chairman $64,000, the tribal secretary $63,000 and the remaining...

Fond du Lac Band opens off-reservation pharmacy (August 7, 2007)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is opening an off-reservation pharmacy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tribe operates two pharmacies on tribal land. The one in Minneapolis is the first off-reservation pharmacy in the nation, the tribe's...