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Tesuque Pueblo starts food sovereignty conference (October 3, 2007)

Tesuque Pueblo in New Mexico is hosting a Food and Seed Sovereignty on October 12-13. The conference is part of the tribe's effort to create sustainable agriculture. The tribe has started a community field with the goal of providing...

Letter: 'Fighting Sioux' violates human rights (October 3, 2007)

"On Sept. 13, the United Nations General Assembly approved the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It has taken more than 20 years for the passage of a declaration outlining the minimum floor of human rights for...

Muckleshoot Tribe purchases historic luxury hotel (October 3, 2007)

The Muckleshoot Tribe of Washington has purchased a historic luxury hotel. The tribe beat out several bidders for the Salish Lodge & Spa, a highly-rated property. The purchase price was not disclosed but it was last sold for $13.35...

Mohegan Tribe to bury longtime chief on Friday (October 3, 2007)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will hold funeral services for the late Chief Ralph Sturges on Friday. The funeral takes place at the Mohegan Church. Sturges will be buried at the tribe's burial grounds at Fort Shantok. Sturges died on...

Column: AIM outdoes itself on Columbus Day again (October 3, 2007)

"Each year, it seems, the American Indian Movement outdoes itself in its reaction to the Denver Columbus Day Parade. This year, so far, has been no exception. In a series of brazen announcements, AIM and its twin organization, the Transform...

Shakopee Tribe crosses $100M mark in donations (October 3, 2007)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota marks a major milestone next month when it crosses the $100 million mark in charitable donations. The small tribe is possibly the generous in Indian Country. "The other tribes do what they...

Judge raises bond for Navajo student in murder case (October 3, 2007)

A judge in Arizona raised the bond for a Navajo student who is accused of murdering her college roommate. The bond for Galareka Harrison, 18, was raised from $50,000 to $500,000. Harrison could return to the Navajo Nation if she...

Tanka Bar launches this weekend in Rapid City (October 3, 2007)

The Tanka Bar, an energy bar made of buffalo meat and berries, debuts this weekend at the Black Hills Pow Wow in Rapid City, South Dakota. The bar is the brainchild of Mark Tilsen and Karlene Hunter. The two...

Nike's 'Air Native' shoes draw some complaints (October 3, 2007)

The New York Times focuses on some complaints in cyberspace about Nike's new shoe that was designed specifically for Native Americans. "If this isn’t an example of corporate manipulation of race, I don’t know what is," someone on The...

Man surrenders in Coeur d'Alene rape case (October 3, 2007)

A 32-year-old man turned himself into federal authorities on suspicion of raping a girl on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in Idaho. Patrick H. Stiller is from Washington. Authorities suspect he abducted the girl, who is a tribal member, raped her...

Editorial: Ralph Sturges never forgot his people (October 3, 2007)

"When sculptors began a project to create life-size bronze statues of former Mohegan Tribal chiefs in 2003, the tribe's historian had this to say about the men who had led the Uncasville-based Indians over hundreds of years: “Sometimes they...

Ojibwe mother first to go to trial for music sharing (October 3, 2007)

A Native woman from Minnesota is the first person to go to trial for allegedly sharing copyrighted music on the Internet. Jammie Thomas, 30, works for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians. Record companies accuse the single mother...

Ousted Pechangas turn to courts, politicians (October 3, 2007)

Over 230 people have been disenrolled from the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians but they aren't taking their removal lightly. More than 100 members of the Hunter family have sued tribal officials in federal court. The ousted Pechangas say their...

BIA delays decision on Juaneno Band recognition (October 3, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has delayed its decision on the federal recognition petition of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians. The decision was due on or before September 26. But the BIA plans to issue it around November 26....

Yellow Bird: Halloween marks coming of winter (October 3, 2007)

"Rain on Tuesday brought more than cooler temperatures to the Red River Valley. Fall is nearly here, and we can see the narrow, green eyes of the great wolf of the north peering at us from a short distance....

Witness list for hearing on Interior backlogs (October 3, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on Thursday on backlogs at the Interior Department. The following witnesses will testify: THE HONORABLE CARL J. ARTMAN Assistant Secretary, for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior THE HONORABLE WILLIAM...

House Resources hearing on federal recognition (October 3, 2007)

Audio Clips: • Opening Statements • Panel 1: Rep. Shays • Panel 2: Carl Artman | Q&A Part 1 | Q&A Part 2 • Panel 3 Testimony | Q&A • Panel 4 Part 1 | Part 2 The House Natural...