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Native actors finding fewer roles in Hollywood (October 30, 2007)

Native American roles in Hollywood fell from 0.4 percent in 2005 to 0.2 percent in 2006, the Screen Actors Guild reported on Monday. Native losses were seen in theatrical low budget and non-episodic television roles. A gain was seen in...

Native Americans 17 percent of taser incidents (October 30, 2007)

Native Americans were 17 percent of all people tasered by police in Sioux City, Iowa, according to a new report. Native Americans are only 2 percent of the city's population. Activist Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe,...

Winnebago veteran's funeral botched due to race (October 30, 2007)

It took the intervention of President Harry S. Truman to ensure a Winnebago veteran received a proper burial. John Rice died in 1950 during the Korean War. His wife wanted to bury him in Sioux City, Iowa, near the...

Former teacher convicted of abuse seeks new trial (October 30, 2007)

A former teacher who was convicted of abusing a girl at the Onondaga Nation School in New York is seeking a new trial. Albert Scerbo, 45, says two jurors influenced the guilty verdict by introducing evidence during deliberations. The two...

Artman to survey fire damage in southern California (October 30, 2007)

Assistant secretary Carl Artman is in southern California today to visit tribes who have been affected by ongoing fires. Artman will inspect damage on the La Jolla Reservation and the Rincon Reservation. The two were among the hardest hit by...

School urged Native woman to give up custody of boy (October 30, 2007)

A Native woman in Manitoba is upset that a school district urged her to give up custody of her grandson in order to enroll him in school. Eileen Apetagon moved to Winnipeg from the Norway House Cree Nation. Her 13-year-old...

U.S. Attorney probes tribe's political donations (October 30, 2007)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico has subpoenaed all of Pojoaque Pueblo's financial records related to political donations, The Albuquerque Journal reports. Pueblo Gov. George Rivera said the U.S. Attorney is also seeking records related to educational funds. Tribal...

Free taco at Taco Bell thanks to Navajo player (October 30, 2007)

Visit a Taco Bell today for a free seasoned beef taco, thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury, the first Navajo to play in major league baseball. Ellsbury, a rookie for the Boston Red Sox, stole a base during the World Series....

Navajo Nation to reopen manufacturing plant (October 30, 2007)

The Navajo Nation is reopening a manufacturing plant after ousting its CEO, who turned out to be a convicted felon. The tribe went into business with Hak Ghun and BCDS Manufacturing. The company took out a $2.2 million that was...

Mike Graham: Apologizing for the Indian holocaust (October 30, 2007)

"While the U.S. government is waging a war worldwide against terrorists, it's own past history has to be dealt with concerning it's actions against American Indians. Senator Brownback of Kansas re-introduced a resolution (S. J. RES. 4) calling for an...

Radio station to apologize for offensive remarks (October 30, 2007)

A popular Twin Cities radio station will apologize for offending Native Americans in Minnesota. KQRS agreed to air apologies from the hosts of its morning program. Tom Barnard and Terri Traen blamed a high rate of suicides on "incest"...

JOM funds paid for trips to NIEA conference in Hawaii (October 30, 2007)

Federal Indian education funds, including some from the Johnson O'Malley program, were used to send Navajo and Lumbee delegations to the National Indian Education conference in Hawaii. The Central Consolidated School District in New Mexico, which serves students on the...

Editorial: Native Hawaiians are not an Indian tribe (October 30, 2007)

"Last Wednesday, the House voted 261-153, with an incredible 39 Republicans in the majority, to approve the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, sponsored by one of Hawaii's two representatives, Democrat Neil Abercrombie. The other, Democrat Mazie K. Hirono, says: "This...

City to appeal Shakopee land-into-trust decision (October 30, 2007)

The city council in Shakopee, Minnesota, voted unanimously on Monday to appeal a land-into-trust decision for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The vote came three hours after the Scott County Board voted 3-2 not to appeal. Both municipalities had heated...

Supreme Court agrees to hear Exxon oil spill case (October 30, 2007)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a long-running lawsuit over the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989. Nearly 33,000 Alaska Natives, fishermen, landowners and other plaintiffs sued Exxon Mobil for environmental damage. The 1989 spill polluted...