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Virginia tribes gain new backing on recognition bill (October 17, 2007)

Six Virginia tribes seeking federal recognition gained a new ally on Tuesday when freshman Sen. Jim Webb (D-Virginia) said he would back their efforts. H.R.1294 recognizes the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahominy Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe,...

Comanche Nation tackles domestic violence (October 17, 2007)

The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma is hosting a workshop to address domestic violence. Native women suffer from the highest rates of domestic violence. Participants in the workshop said Native women fear speaking out and have few resources if they are...

Editorial: Alaska Native dropout efforts failing (October 17, 2007)

"More than 14,500 students took classes in spring 2006. All of those students were eligible to participate in several programs designed specifically for Alaska Native student retention, including Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing and the Alaska Native...

Fort Peck Reservation man admits to murder (October 17, 2007)

A man from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Tuesday. Jittawee Curly Bear Cub, 21, admitted stabbing and killing his first cousin. Richard Red Dog, 25, died after a night of partying and fighting...

Urban Indian organization receives $500K grant (October 17, 2007)

An urban Indian organization in Rapid City, South Dakota, has won a $500,000 grant to fight poverty and provide more services. The Society for the Advancement of Native Interests-Today received the grant from the Northwest Area Foundation. "It is very...

Navajo baseball player finds fans on reservation (October 17, 2007)

Few people on the Navajo Nation knew about Jacoby Ellsbury until a few months ago. But now people on the reservation are closely watching Ellsbury, the first Navajo to play in major league baseball. He's emerged as a star...

Rosebud Sioux teen to speak at United Nations (October 17, 2007)

LaBradford Eagle Deer, a 16-year-old member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, will speak at the United Nations in New York City today. Eagle Deer is one of six teens chosen to speak on the 20th International Day...

Navajo delegates can serve two governments (October 17, 2007)

Navajo Nation Council delegates can continue to serve in local government positions following the defeat of a bill on Tuesday. The council already prohibits delegates from serving two different legislative bodies. The bill would have extended the policy to...

Eastern Cherokee chief makes newspaper cut column (October 17, 2007)

The chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has ordered the tribal newspaper to remove an anonymous column. The "Rants and Raves" column in the One Feather newspaper allowed anonymous comments and criticism. But in an executive order on...

Tribes develop signs for controversial murals (October 17, 2007)

Idaho tribes are helping to develop interpretive signs for two controversial murals at a historic courthouse. The murals at the old Ada County Courthouse depict the lynching of an Indian man. They have long been controversial but they surfaced...

Column: Vernon Bellecourt changed perceptions (October 17, 2007)

"[Vernon] Bellecourt -- Indian activist, citizen of the world, politician, provocateur and ambassador for the dispossessed -- was a giant force in helping to end the triumphal approach to the history of this state. Bellecourt died last weekend at...

Cherokee Nation lobbyist was Black Caucus official (October 17, 2007)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has hired the former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus as one of its lobbyists. Paul Brathwaite is one of five lobbyists from the Podesta Group who are helping the tribe fight legislation...

Opinion: Cherokee Freedmen dealt a cruel blow (October 17, 2007)

"A group of Americans who are not fully black or fully Indian are fighting for the survival of their identity, culture, history and economic future. Life for these black Indians can be difficult, no matter their tribal affiliation. Lynn Hart,...

Hopland Band seeks to develop own police force (October 17, 2007)

The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians of California is developing its own police force. The tribe's officers have federal cross commissions and can enforce federal law on the reservation. Now the tribe wants to put prisoners in Mendocino County...

Opinion: Get rid of offensive Indian mascots (October 17, 2007)

"Now that teams like the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins are winning again its time to rethink this subject. we all need to be reminded that we are our brothers keepers and we should help each other. After 50...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe signs gas tax agreement (October 17, 2007)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe signed a gas tax agreement with the state of Idaho on Tuesday. The tribe will charge the same 25-cents-per-gallon tax as the state's. Revenues of about $800,000 a year will be used for transportation and law...

Jury deliberates fate of Navajo man shot in head (October 17, 2007)

A jury in Spokane, Washington, is deliberating the fate of a Navajo man who was charged with car theft after being shot in the head by an off-duty police officer. Shonto Pete is accused of trying to steal officer...