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Column: Oren Lyons keeps Onondaga Nation's faith (August 8, 2007)

"Oren Lyons remembers it well. He was on one of his international trips, talking about the environment to a group that included corporate executives. Once Lyons gets rolling, he gets rolling, and the stories fall easily into one another,...

Cherokee Nation looking for more Firedancers (August 8, 2007)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is looking for more firefighters to join its Firedancers program. The tribe was the first in Oklahoma with a tribal firefighting program. Now 11 tribes in the state have their own crews. The Cherokee...

Eastern Band candidates debate as election nears (August 8, 2007)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina holds elections for chief and vice chief in September. Incumbent Chief Michell Hicks faces a challenge from Patrick Lambert, an attorney and director of the tribal gaming commission. At a debate...

NMAI gets ready for powwow in Washington, DC (August 8, 2007)

The National Museum of the American Indian is holding its third National Powwow this weekend in Washington, D.C. The powwow starts Friday and runs through Sunday. It is being held at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, where more than...

Oprah given Native name during First Nation visit (August 8, 2007)

Television giant Oprah Winfrey was given a Native name during a visit to the 'Namgis First Nation in British Columbia on Friday. Winfrey was named Noxsolaga, which means "wise woman" in the Kwak'wala language. Chief Bill Cranmer said women in...

Chickasaw Nation supports troops with donation (August 8, 2007)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma donated $3,000 to a program that supports troops in Iraq. The Shawnee Senior Center's Adopt-A-Unit Program sends packages to soldiers with items useful in the desert. Volunteers send out an average of 20 boxes a...

Citizen Potatawomi chef wins award for PBS show (August 8, 2007)

Loretta Barrett Oden, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, has won a Boston/New England Chapter Emmy for her PBS series. Oden filmed five episodes for "Seasoned With Spirit: A Native Cook's Journey." She visited Native communities across...

Seminole Tribe's police officer charged with DUI (August 8, 2007)

A police officer for the Seminole Tribe of Florida was charged with driving while intoxicated on Tuesday. Derek C. Floyd, 29, was observed speeding and crossing lanes several times. A Tampa police officer noticed alcohol on his breath after pulling...

Turtle-shell shakers make noise in Oklahoma (August 8, 2007)

It's summer and that means box turtle-shell shakers are making noise at stomp dances and powwows across Oklahoma. The Five Civilized Tribes and the Caddo Nation brought the turtle-shell shakers tradition with them when they were removed to Oklahoma....

Buyers stake out prime homes on Tulalip Reservation (August 8, 2007)

Beachfront houses with prized views are going for rock-bottom prices on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington. The homes are for sale but the land isn't. The Tulalip Tribes lease the land but since many of the leases expire in 2012,...

Lummi Nation develops hazard mitigation plan (August 8, 2007)

The Lummi Nation of Washington has updated its hazard mitigation plan to address natural hazards on the reservation. The plan identifies 11 hazards: river and coastal flooding, wind storms, severe winter storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, coastal erosion, drought, wildfires, landslides, tornados...

Sen. Johnson to make first public appearance (August 8, 2007)

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) will return to South Dakota this month and make his first public appearance since suffering a brain hemorrhage last December. Johnson has spent the past several months recovering. He has worked out of his home...

Native American Music Award nominees announced (August 8, 2007)

The nominees for the ninth annual Native American Music Awards were announced on Monday. Brulé and AIRO (American Indian Rock Orchestra) received five nominations, the most of any performer or group. Paul LaRoche, the founder of Brulé and AIRO, is...

Death of elder being investigated as homicide (August 8, 2007)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the apparent murder of an 81-year-old elder from the Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan. Family members heard Antoine Sand yelling outside of his home on the reserve late Monday night. He collapsed on...

Editorial: No to legislative recognition of tribes (August 8, 2007)

"Applications by Indian tribes seeking formal federal recognition belong in front of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs - not Congress, where a fair, consistent and impartial review can be easily derailed by politics and money from wealthy backers looking...

Opinion: Republicans still don't get it on reform (August 8, 2007)

"Republicans faced a time for choosing last week, when Senate Democrats brought to the floor an ethics "reform" bill that may make it easier for Congress to dole out pork-barrel spending. In the words of GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, the...

Column: Corruption of the Native American (August 8, 2007)

"Common sense in dealing with natives has seldom prevailed in the 400 years since Jamestown given that Indians, like Europeans, vary considerably from tribe to tribe, from age to age and from person to person. The history began with treaties...