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Charges dropped in 2-year-old Native girl's death (November 7, 2007)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police dropped charges against two foster parents for the death of a two-year-old Native girl in Manitoba. Heaven Traverse was from the Fisher River First Nation. She died in foster care in January 2005 after...

Native drivers in Arizona more likely to be searched (November 7, 2007)

Native American drivers in Arizona were more likely than Whites to be searched during traffic stops, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati's Policing Institute. Based on data from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Native drivers...

Rep. Cole touts Native American 'renaissance' (November 7, 2007)

As the only Native American in Congress, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) is constantly educating his colleagues about tribes and Indian policy. Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, likes to tell fellow members that they swore to uphold...

2nd Circuit hears Oneida Nation foreclosure case (November 7, 2007)

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the Oneida Nation's foreclosure case. Two counties say the tribe owes about $50 million in property taxes. But a federal judge said the counties can't foreclose on the...

Penobscot veteran receives France's top honor (November 7, 2007)

Charles Shay, a member of the Penobscot Nation of Maine, received France's top honor on Tuesday for his service in World War II. Shay, 83, went to Washington, D.C., to receive the Legion of Honor medal from French President...

Standing Rock veterans continue UND visit (November 7, 2007)

A group of veterans from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has been on the University of North Dakota campus to discuss the school's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The veterans met with the American Indian Student Services on Tuesday....

Navajo veteran, waiting for home, sleeps in van (November 7, 2007)

A Navajo veteran and his wife are sleeping in their van while they wait for funds to build them a new home. Chester Clah, 57, is one of nine disabled Navajo veterans who received $27,000 in building materials from the...

Oklahoma Indians to protest on Statehood Day (November 7, 2007)

Some Oklahoma Indians won't be celebrating November 16, the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma's Statehood. A group is organizing the Survival Walk and Protest on the Oklahoma Centennial. "We don't want people to forget how our ancestors were treated and...

Colorado governor seeks $2.1M for Ute museum (November 7, 2007)

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) said his new budget includes $2.1 million for the Ute Indian Museum. The money will help the museum expand. Plans call for a 5,000 square-foot expansion of the 1,900 square-foot facility. The museum is...

House overrides Bush veto on water resources bill (November 7, 2007)

The House voted 361-54 on Tuesday to override President Bush's veto of a popular $23 billion water resources bill. The tally was 90 votes more than the two-thirds needed, as Republicans joined Democrats in overriding the veto. The Senate is...

Witness list for hearing on self-governance bill (November 7, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing tomorrow on H.R. 3994, the Department of the Interior Tribal Self-Governance Act. The hearing takes place at 10am and will be broadcast at http://resourcescommittee.house.gov. The following witnesses will testify: Panel 1...

Kempthorne promotes Indian education initiative (November 7, 2007)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will kick off an Indian education initiative today with the help of Indian students. Students from 20 Bureau of Indian Education schools are in Washington, D.C., to promote a reading program. "BIE READS" seeks to increase...

Senate panel approves Justice Department pick (November 7, 2007)

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-8 on Tuesday to approve the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey as U.S. Attorney General. Most Democrats voted against Mukasey. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) sided with...

Column: Navajo Nation children deserve better (November 7, 2007)

"So the Navajo Nation decided to visit Hawaii for a few days. What's the big deal about that? Anglo senators, representatives and other government leaders take junkets. Why is it a big deal that a lot of Navajo went...

Yellow Bird: Ghosts haunt Standing Rock veteran (November 7, 2007)

"Honoring our military men and women - our warriors and protectors - goes without saying on most American Indian reservations. There are few tribes that don't have some kind of Veterans Day celebration, usually including a powwow or ceremony....

Texas seeks final judgment against fake tribe (November 7, 2007)

The state of Texas is seeking a default judgment against a fake tribe accused of selling "memberships" to immigrants. The state sued the Kaweah Indian Nation of Kansas and its leader, Malcolm L. Webber, for allegedly violating the Texas...