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Indian health care leaders win prestigious award (October 4, 2007)

Monte Fox, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota, was one of two Indian health care leaders honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honored not one but two...

Editorial: Indian children still being left behind (October 4, 2007)

"The mass grave of children and babies, more than two dozen of them, was uncovered by a contractor's blade last month on the Blackfeet Reservation. They lay outside the government-run Willow Creek boarding school, a turn-of-the century establishment described by...

Native mother outwits record companies at trial (October 4, 2007)

A Native woman on trial for allegedly sharing copyright music on the Internet testified in her own defense on Wednesday. Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, is accused of sharing 25 songs. The recording industry says she owes up...

Winnebago Tribe recalls Ho-Chunk Inc board (October 4, 2007)

Members of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska retaliated against the board of their economic development corporation in an election on Tuesday. Tribal members voted to oust the entire board of directors of Ho-Chunk Inc. They were upset with the...

House committee takes up federal recognition bill (October 4, 2007)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE House Natural Resources Committee hearing on H.R.2837, the Indian Tribal Federal Recognition Administrative Procedures Act. • Opening Statements • Panel 1: Rep. Shays • Panel 2: Carl Artman | Q&A Part 1 | Q&A Part 2 •...

Man charged for 1987 murder on Lummi Reservation (October 4, 2007)

A 57-year-old Washington man was charged with a 20-year-old murder on the Lummi Reservation. Henry Keeler Redlightning allegedly sexually assaulted and killed Rita P. Di Sangh around August 1987. Another man, who has since died, was allegedly involved. Redlightning was...

Students upset by Sherman Alexie's presentation (October 4, 2007)

Some students at a high school in Illinois walked out a presentation by author Sherman Alexie. Alexie was at Naperville North High School to talk about his new book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." The story...

Man charged with murder of Cherokee boy, 5 (October 4, 2007)

An Oklahoma man has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of a five-year-old Cherokee boy who was the subject of an Indian Child Welfare Act case involving the Cherokee Nation. Marcus Isiaah Clancy, 30, is accused of...

Column: After the Chumash Highway, what next? (October 4, 2007)

"Perhaps you were as surprised as I that Highway 154 will soon be called "Chumash Highway." Even the pro-tribe SB News-Press reported that there was virtually no local public notice ahead of time. For a local highway to be re-named,...

Editorial: Senate NAGPRA legislation goes too far (October 4, 2007)

"The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee has slipped a landmark change into a routine housekeeping bill that could affect the 9,300-year-old remains known as Kennewick Man. The change could pave the way for modern tribes to file a new claim...

Editorial: Recognize Abenaki arts and crafts (October 4, 2007)

"Proposed changes to the 2006 Abenaki recognition law would finally create a mechanism that would allow local Abenaki artisans to market their work as American Indian products. The changes are necessary to comply with a federal law that seeks to...

Column: Put me down for the Air Native N7 shoe (October 4, 2007)

"The Nike company released the Air Native N7 shoe last week. A result, they say, of "nearly two years of collaborative research, development and fit testing in partnership with the Native community." The Air Native N7 is not unique in...

White Earth Band of Ojibwe welcomes adoptees (October 4, 2007)

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota is welcoming home tribal members who were adopted. About 100 adoptees have registered for the Welcome Home Gathering this weekend. They represent dozens of tribal members who were adopted by families...

Counter-NAGPRA legislation to be introduced again (October 4, 2007)

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington) is expected to introduce legislation to counter a proposed amendment to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Hastings represents the district where the remains of the 9,300-year-old Kennewick Man was found. His bill would...

Maine tribes seek changes to settlement acts (October 4, 2007)

The Maine Tribal-State Work Group met on Wednesday to consider changes to tribal settlement acts. The Penobscot Nation, the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians received federal recognition and settled their...

Senate hearing on Interior Department backlogs (October 4, 2007)

Audio Clips: • Opening Statements • Panel 1: Carl Artman | Q&A • Panel 2 | Q&A [includes more of Carl Artman] The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this morning on backlogs at the Interior Department. The hearing...

Yankees player offers hope to Winnebago Tribe (October 4, 2007)

Members of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska are proud that one of their own is playing for the New York Yankees. In just a few games, Joba Chamberlain, 21, has emerged as a star pitcher for the team. He's...

Oneida Nation receives threatening message (October 4, 2007)

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin received a threatening message through its Internet site this week. The message threatened physical harm to tribal leaders and members. Authorities are searching for leads as to who might have sent it. "The Oneida Nation...

Sen. Domenici won't run for re-election in 2008 (October 4, 2007)

Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, won't seek re-election in 2008. Domenici, 75, is announcing his decision today in Albuquerque. He will cite health reasons -- not the controversy he has faced...