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Editorial: Hate crime defined for Republican (September 19, 2007)

"If Rep. Bill Sali, R-Idaho, remains hazy about what constitutes a "hate crime," he should check out a Lewiston police report from Sept. 12. A 13-year-old Indian girl received a bloody beating for questioning a group of people who were...

Mashpee Wampanoag finances under scrutiny (September 19, 2007)

Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts are coming under scrutiny for what same say are lavish spending habits. Former chairman Glenn Marshall made $16,650 in federal campaign contributions and $5,500 in state contributions over a three year period....

Eastern Cherokee childcare worker arrested (September 19, 2007)

A childcare worker on the Eastern Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina has been charged with indecent liberties with a minor. The tribe said it removed the worker, who was not identified, and conducted an investigation at its childcare center. The...

Businessman wants land for Onondaga Nation (September 19, 2007)

A businessman in Syracuse has started a campaign to return land on the shoreline of Onondaga Lake to the Onondaga Nation. Lloyd Withers, the chief executive officer of PCI Paper Conversions Inc., says the tribe has deep ties to the...

Navajo medicine men sentenced for rape (September 19, 2007)

A Navajo medicine men was sentenced to 12 years for raping his daughter-in-law. Herbert Yazzie Sr. was previously convicted of rape and sentenced to 18 years. But the New Mexico Supreme Court overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial....

Paiute families settle lawsuit with school district (September 19, 2007)

Two Paiute families have settled their discrimination lawsuit against a school district in California. The families alleged Indian children were being singled out for discipline at Bishop Union Elementary School. The lawsuit stemmed from an incident in which an Indian...

Navajo Nation pays off company's loan (September 19, 2007)

The Navajo Nation's Economic Development Division has been making loan payments on behalf of a company whose CEO was convicted of federal charges. BCDS Manufacturing Inc received a $2.2 million loan with the backing of the tribe. But the company...

Chumash Tribe cheers naming of state highway (September 19, 2007)

The California Legislature has approved a resolution to designate a highway for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Highway 154 has been designated the "Chumash Highway." The highway stretches 30 miles in historic Chumash territory. Caltrans will be working...

Northern Cheyenne leadership dispute escalates (September 19, 2007)

A leadership dispute within the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana has escalated into threats of terrorism. A group of tribal members passed a resolution that ousts President Eugene Little Coyote. It states that anyone who still recognizes Little Coyote as...

Indigenous languages rapidly disappearing (September 19, 2007)

A joint project of the National Geographic Society and the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages of has identified five "hotspots" where indigenous languages are in danger of dying out. Of the five hotspots, three are in the United States...

Havasupai pleads guilty to murder of tourist (September 19, 2007)

A 19-year-old member of the Havasupai Tribe of Arizona pleaded guilty to murdering a tourist in the Grand Canyon. Randy Redtail Wescogame admitted he stabbed Tomomi Hanamure, 34, a tourist from Japan. The crime occurred last May, when Hanamure went...

Lobbyists spar over unrecognized tribe (September 19, 2007)

Two prominent Washington lobbying firms are representing rival factions of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians. On one side is David Belardes and a Texas firm called Hard Count. Their lobbyist is Barbour Griffith & Rogers, a Republican-heavy firm with...

Secrecy shrouded hiring of new NMAI director (September 19, 2007)

The search committee that interviewed candidates for the new director of the National Museum of the American Indian kept the process secret, even from the museum's board of trustees. Eight of the trustees -- or about a third of the...

Cobell: Upcoming trial tackles important issues (September 19, 2007)

"After 11 years of litigation, it’s hard to believe that basic issues about the government’s acknowledged mishandling of thousands of individual Indian trust accounts could remain unresolved. But thanks to the government’s determination to prolong our class-action lawsuit over a...

Opinion: No such thing as 'genocide' of Natives (September 19, 2007)

"Few opinions I've expressed on air have produced a more indignant, outraged reaction than my repeated insistence that the word "genocide" in no way fits as a description of the treatment of Native Americans by British colonists or, later, American...

House hearing on diversifying Native economies (September 19, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing today on diversifying Native economies. The committee heard from three panels of federal officials, tribal and Alaska Native leaders and other experts. You can download audio clips below: • Opening Statements Panel...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on federal recognition (September 19, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this morning on the process of federal recognition of Indian tribes. The committee heard from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and leaders of four tribes that are seeking recognition. You can download...

Yellow Bird: Keeping the community spirit alive (September 19, 2007)

"Coffee klatches - those gatherings of family or friends, unplanned and casual around cups of coffee - are a custom we are losing. But in rural North Dakota, those encounters still can be found in some hometown cafes. This...