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Ute Tribe's longtime financial adviser resigns (October 1, 2007)

John Jurrius, the longtime financial adviser for the Ute Tribe of Utah, has resigned. Jurrius said he could no longer work with new tribal leaders who were elected this spring. The business committee accepted his resignation at a recent meeting....

Blackfeet families seek answers for deaths (October 1, 2007)

Two families from the Blackfeet Nation in Montana are frustrated with the lack of action on the deaths of their loved ones. On July 24, Michael Walling, 22, died after being attacked with a baseball bat. Family members say the...

City seeks to join Saginaw Chippewa lawsuit (October 1, 2007)

The city of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, is seeking to join a lawsuit filed by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe over the boundaries of its reservation. The tribe sued Michigan to settle the boundaries of the historic Isabella Reservation. The federal government...

Smithsonian stands behind selection of Gover (October 1, 2007)

The acting secretary of the Smithsonian Institution says the board of trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian should have been informed about the hiring of Kevin Gover. "I agree that we should have made sure all the...

Tim Giago: The origins of Native American Day (October 1, 2007)

When Columbus Day comes around each year there is consternation in the Native American community across America. Columbus Day parades, particularly the one held in Denver, CO., are disrupted by militant American Indians. On some Indian reservations black armbands are...

Cobell historical accounting trial starts October 10 (October 1, 2007)

The trial into the historical accounting of the Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust begins next Wednesday, October 10, in Washington, D.C. The Cobell case was filed in June 1996 to find out much money IIM beneficiaries have or haven't been...

House Resources hearing on federal recognition (October 1, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this Wednesday on a bill to reform the federal recognition process. H.R. 2837 strips federal recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It creates the independent Commission on Indian Recognition to...

Senate bill revives disputed NAGPRA amendment (October 1, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved a bill last Thursday to amend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. S.2078, the Native American Omnibus Technical Corrections Act, changes the definition of "Native American" under NAGPRA. It allows the repatriation...

S.E. Ruckman: Gift-giving in Indian Country (October 1, 2007)

"Gift giving in Indian Country can be tricky. In our society, a gift is a conversation between the giver and receiver. So part of the trick is to know what to give. Likewise, there are intricacies for accepting a...

Editorial: Another Columbus Day parade upon us (October 1, 2007)

"In many cities, such as New York and Philadelphia, the annual Columbus Day parade is cause for celebration. Unfortunately, in Colorado, the birthplace of the Columbus Day holiday, it has been marred for years by protests, tensions and verbal sparring....

Cherokee Nation faulted for ousting Freedmen (October 1, 2007)

A former leader of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma faulted his tribe on Friday for ousting the descendants of former African slaves. Former principal chief Joe Byrd said the tribe's March referendum to deny citizenship to the Freedmen smacked of...

Editorial: A fair deal for Michigan tribes (October 1, 2007)

"Michigan natural resources must be conscientiously respected and carefully managed. The same is true of the government's promises to the first people of this region, American Indians. A hunting and fishing agreement among five tribes, Michigan and the United States...

Yellow Bird: Diabetes too common among Indians (October 1, 2007)

"Diabetes among American Indians is familiar to me. Of my 10 brothers and sisters, two of my sisters have diabetes. That's my immediate family, but aunts, uncles and other family members have diabetes, too. It seems unusual, but my...

Jodi Rave: Gaming defines perception of Indians (October 1, 2007)

"Tribally-owned casinos are often the only bridge between American Indian and non-Indian communities. But too many times, roadblocks on that bridge can leave tribes in the crosshairs of the dominant culture. "When they clash, it often has to do...

Mark Trahant: An antidote to the ways of war (October 1, 2007)

"A phenomenon hit Seattle last week. Everywhere Greg Mortenson went, people lined up to listen to his simple message about how to change the world. A week ago at Town Hall the lines started two hours before the event....