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BIA agency lacks accounting for millions in trust (September 25, 2007)

Despite handling over $30 million in trust payments a year, the Bureau of Indian Affairs agency in Palm Springs, California, has no accounting or legal staff, according to a new audit. In 1992, the Interior Department's Inspector General went to...

Native communities vulnerable to climate change (September 25, 2007)

A report from the University of Colorado at Boulder says Native communities will be disproportionately affected by climate change. Tribes in the Southwest could face more water shortages while Alaska Natives could lose land due to changing climates, the authors...

Column: Backroom politics derail Schaghticokes (September 25, 2007)

"We know about all the press conferences, the showboat congressional hearings and the charges of corruption that dominated the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation's long, unsuccessful fight for federal recognition. Now, as the Schaghticokes, whose reservation is in Kent, make a final...

Native corporation sues Republican lawmaker (September 25, 2007)

An Alaska Native village corporation filed suit against a Republican lawmaker who accused corporations of taking bribes. Alaska Peninsula Corp. represents five Native villages. They say state Rep. Jay Ramras is trying to intimidate people with his bribery allegations. The...

Alaska Native scholar wins 'genius' grant (September 25, 2007)

An Alaska Native anthropologist has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Sven Haakanson, 41, is among the 24 MacArthur Fellows announced on Monday. He was selected for his efforts to preserve and revitalize Alutiiq language and...

Editorial: Reservation students find success (September 25, 2007)

"There's still a long way to go, but a success story is occurring on Montana's Indian reservations. It has to do with their schools' performance on the national No Child Left Behind testing. Just four years ago, only nine of...

Editorial: Honor Montana's Indian heritage (September 25, 2007)

"Sunshine swept away a cloudy morning last week just as a group of Montana State University Billings students - including members of the Winnebago, Blackfeet, Chippewa Cree, Northern Cheyenne and Crow tribes - finished raising a tepee in the...

Editorial: Navajo Nation makes a mess of loan (September 25, 2007)

"The Navajo Nation's economic leaders, its government leaders, and those involved on a local level should all be ashamed of themselves for the BCDS Manufacturing debacle. It is an embarrassment that should be considered a crime, and may well be...

Director promises more Navajo-themed films (September 25, 2007)

After calling his first movie a success, director Travis Hamilton plans to make more movies that accurately portray the Navajo people. Hamilton, who is non-Indian, shot "Turquoise Rose" entirely on the Navajo Nation. He drew 90 percent of his cast...

Two men responsible for Blackfeet border (September 25, 2007)

In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Blackfeet Nation of Montana created its own Homeland Security department. Six years later, the department has just two employees. Robert DesRosier and another tribal member are solely responsible...

US Attorney hosts Indian Country conference (September 25, 2007)

U.S. Attorney Troy Eid of Colorado opened the 15th annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference on Monday. The conference focuses on law enforcement issues affecting tribes in the Four Corner area. Tribal and federal officials cited methamphetamine abuse as...

Omaha toddler's death a mystery one year later (September 25, 2007)

Nathaniel Saunsoci was 20 months old when he died a year ago on Monday but authorities don't seem any closer to explaining what happened. Nathan was a ward of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. He was in the care...

Former residential school students await payout (September 25, 2007)

Former students of Native residential schools in Canada attended a four-day information and healing session last week in Saskatchewan. The students are eligible for a share of a $1.9 billion residential school abuse settlement. Each student will receive $10,000, plus...

Ex-cops challenge inquiry into Native teen's death (September 25, 2007)

Two former police officers asked the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal on Monday to invalidate the findings of an inquiry into the death of a Native teen. Former officers Brad Senger and Larry Hartwig were the last people seen with Neil...

Editorial: Recognize the Lumbee Tribe (September 25, 2007)

"Leaders of North Carolina’s Lumbee tribe were in Washington again last week, battling for the federal recognition that is long overdue. The Senate should listen to what North Carolina’s senators have to say about the Lumbees. “The Lumbee deserve better...

Senate hearing on violence against Indian women (September 25, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing this Thursday on the prevalence of violence against Indian women. Department of Justice studies show that Indian women are victims of violence at rates far greater than any racial or ethnic...