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BIA still having trouble accounting for land-into-trust (October 5, 2007)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee on backlogs at the Department of the Interior. • Opening Statements • Panel 1: Carl Artman | Q&A • Panel 2 | Q&A [includes more of Carl Artman] • Webcast | Written Testimony...

Editorial: Treaty rights deal closes troubling chapter (October 5, 2007)

"A troubling chapter in history has been closed with the presumptive deal reached with five American Indian tribes in Michigan. It will establish a new treaty defining the rights of the descendants of those who bargained away their ancestral hunting...

Trailer parks on reservation riddled with problems (October 5, 2007)

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs inspected three trailer parks on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California. The EPA and the BIA found numerous health and safety violations at the three parks, which are...

Indian adoptees find their way home to tribes (October 5, 2007)

Sandy Whitehawk is helping Indian adoptees find their tribal families. Whitehawk, 35, was born on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. She was adopted by a white family and never felt like she belonged anywhere. "Don't grow up...

Natives say attack on street was racially motivated (October 5, 2007)

A group of Native people were pelted with eggs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, last weekend and some say the attack was racially motivated. University of Saskatchewan professor Priscilla Settee was leaving a restaurant with a group of friends when they were...

Canada makes first residential school payment (October 5, 2007)

The first payment in Canada's $1.9 billion residential school settlement was made on Thursday. Mary Moonias, a teacher from the Louis Bull First Nation in Alberta, spent 10 years in a residential school. She said the payment should finally...

Mescalero Apache Nation votes out president (October 5, 2007)

Voters of the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico ousted incumbent President Mark Chino in a primary election on Tuesday. Chino failed to get enough votes to stay in the race. Former president Sara Misquez had the most, with...

Federal funding restored to Catawba Nation (October 5, 2007)

The Catawba Nation of South Carolina is getting back on its feet with the restoration of federal funds. The Bureau of Indian Affairs cut all of the tribe's 638 contracts in 2004. The tribe failed to conduct annual audits. The...

Hopi council session interrupted by protest (October 5, 2007)

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona finally resolved a leadership dispute in August but some tribal members still aren't happy with their council. The council was holding a regular session on Monday when a group of about 20 protesters, armed with...

Navajo youth compete at junior rodeo in New Mexico (October 5, 2007)

Navajo kids as young as 3 years old took part in the 96th Shiprock Navajo Fair Junior Rodeo in New Mexico. Springsky Chee, 3, competed in the barrel racing, flag racing and goat tagging events. It wasn't even her...

Group says NAGPRA bill allows tribes to claim Latinos (October 5, 2007)

A bill to amend the Native Americans Grave Protection and Repatriation Act would allow tribes to claim ancestors of modern-day Latinos, according to a group that supports the study of ancient remains. S.2087 changes the definition of "Native American" to...

Sen. Craig, salmon critic, won't resign despite ruling (October 5, 2007)

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), a critic of salmon preservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest and a defender of a judicial nominee who was unanimously opposed by tribes, won't resign from the Senate after all. In August, Craig pleaded guilty...

Wisconsin county files land-into-trust lawsuit (October 5, 2007)

Sauk County in Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department that challenges the legality of the land-into-trust process The county claims Section of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 violates the U.S. Constitution. It's an argument that's...

Rogue Makah hunters indicted on federal charges (October 5, 2007)

Five members of the Makah Nation of Washington were indicted on Thursday for illegally killing a gray whale. The five men were charged in federal court with conspiracy, unlawful taking of a marine mammal, and unauthorized whaling. They could...

Opinion: Makah Nation has treaty right to hunt (October 5, 2007)

"Why do people whale? Because, that is what their ancestors did. Whaling is their cultural identity. It makes them who they are. Some people are cowboys. Some are fishermen. It is their heritage and that is reason enough for them....

Native woman found guilty in music sharing case (October 5, 2007)

A 30-year-old Native woman from Minnesota was found guilty for downloading and sharing copyrighted music over the Internet. Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was ordered to pay $222,000 to record labels for 24 songs. She had adamantly...

CFO Magazine: The Indian trust fund accounting (October 5, 2007)

"Deep underneath an industrial park in Lenexa, Kansas — not far from Shawnee Mission Lake and Arapaho Park — the work goes on. In a vast underground warehouse, historians and archivists carefully unpack endless rows of boxes. The cartons,...

Opinion: Why Natives must reject Columbus Day (October 5, 2007)

"In Colorado, we know something about Columbus Day. We have been working for the past 18 years to dismantle this anti-Indian celebration. Columbus Day was born in Colorado in 1907, the first state to designate the holiday. Over the past...