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Tribes push for reauthorization of health care act (September 5, 2007)

Congress returned to session on Tuesday after a month-long break as tribal advocates geared up for a major push on the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. After the law expired in 2000, lawmakers of both parties have tried to reauthorize...

Domestic violence linked to suicides at Rosebud (September 5, 2007)

A rise in suicides and attempted suicides on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota is linked to domestic violence, the Associated Press reports. Two victims say they tried to commit suicide after being physically and verbally assaulted. Both sought...

Small businesses worried about Native contracting (September 5, 2007)

Small businesses say American Indian and Alaska Native contractors have an "unfair" advantage. A new federal regulation allows agencies to include all Native-owned businesses in their small business targets regardless of the size of those businesses. "Such credit is taken...

FBI PR: Agents address violent crime on reservations (September 5, 2007)

The FBI has a story on its website about a woman on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation who was the victim of domestic violence. According to the story, the woman was reluctant to testify against her boyfriend. “Will he go to...

University of Colorado fights Churchill lawsuit (September 5, 2007)

The University of Colorado is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit by controversial former ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill. CU says its regents have immunity from lawsuit. They fired Churchill in July for academic misconduct but he says he was wrongly...

Rosebud Sioux man changes plea on slaying of teen (September 5, 2007)

A man from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota has changed his plead in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy. Melvin Smashed Ice, 38, had pleaded not guilty to the death of Brian Clairmont. The two were involved...

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation swaps land (September 5, 2007)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut completed a land swap with the town of Ledyard on Tuesday. The tribe is swapping 102 acres of a former farm for a 76-acre former park. The park is contiguous to the...

San Ildefonso Pueblo governor charged with rape (September 5, 2007)

San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Robert Mountain has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with rape. Mountain, 35, allegedly raped a former girlfriend, who is the mother of their two children, on Monday. The incident occurred at Mountain's...

Native teen's arm broken while in police custody (September 5, 2007)

A 15-year-old boy from the Carry the Kettle First Nation suffered a broken arm while in the custody of Saskatchewan's first Native police force. Timothy Stevenson was arrested last week but never charged with any crimes. He said he was...

County seeks to join Saginaw Chippewa lawsuit (September 5, 2007)

A county in Michigan is seeking to join a lawsuit filed by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe over the boundaries of its reservation. The tribe sued the state in federal court. The lawsuit says the state lacks jurisdiction over all or...

Blog: State knew about troubled Mashpee chair (September 5, 2007)

"Stephen Bingham and his mother, Mashpee Wampanoag elder and clan mother Amelia Bingham, were invited to meet with state senator Dianne Wilkerson. The meeting took place in the senator's office on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The Binghams came prepared. Unwilling to...

Former Otoe-Missouria clerk indicted for theft (September 5, 2007)

A former clerk for the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma has been charged with embezzlement. Derlena L. Lansford, 29, was indicted in state court. She allegedly stole more than $15,000 Otoe-Missouria Development Authority, where she worked. The money was allegedly transferred...

Navajo Head Start director explains resignation (September 5, 2007)

Francis Becenti, the former director of the Navajo Nation's Head Start program, resigned last month after less than a year on the job. Becenti, 55, said he left because the tribe's school board fired Tommy Lewis as the tribe's first...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe still rolling own cigarettes (September 5, 2007)

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe remains the only tribe in Oklahoma with its own cigarette manufacturing company. The Cayuga Tobacco Corp. opened in 1999 and employs about 80 people. The company imports tobacco from Virginia and packages it into about 13,000...

Column: Genocide of Native people ignored in schools (September 5, 2007)

"If you are in New York in the next few months there is a small visiting exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian called Listening to Our Ancestors, which is worth a visit. It is an amazing building,...

Cherokee Nation fines landfill more than $1M (September 5, 2007)

The Cherokee Nation Environmental Protection Commission has fined a landfill company more than $1 million for allegedly violating tribal and federal law. The commission gave operator Indian Country Investments 30 days to pay the fine. The company could seek a...

Bill that changes Sacagawea dollar sent to Bush (September 5, 2007)

The Native American $1 Coin Act was sent to President Bush for his signature on Tuesday. The bill authorizes new designs for the back of the Sacagawea dollar coin. The front will still contain an image of the young Shoshone...

Rep. Doolittle aides hit with grand jury subpoenas (September 5, 2007)

Two top aides to Rep. John Doolittle (R-California), who is under investigation for his ties to Jack Abramoff, have been subpoenaed by a grand jury. Chief of staff Ron Rogers and deputy chief of staff Dan Blankenburg will testify later...

Disgraced Sen. Craig reconsiders resignation (September 5, 2007)

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), who resigned in disgrace after pleading guilty to a "lewd conduct" incident in a men's bathroom, said he might not leave the Senate at the end of the month if he can clear his name. Last...

Yellow Bird: Indians don't get 'free ride' at UND (September 5, 2007)

"As the angry voices over UND's nickname and logo grew to a fevered pitch, one assertion stood out as being so blatantly incorrect that it needs to be corrected and never repeated. It is this: The claim that American...