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House subcommittee approves Indian health care bill (November 8, 2007)

A House subcommittee approved the Indian Health Care Improvement Act on Wednesday but Senate action on the bill remains up in the air. For the last three weeks, tribal advocates have been eagerly anticipating Senate consideration of the long-delayed measure....

Native woman seeks removal of 'racist' mascots (November 8, 2007)

Francine Dupuis, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana, continues to fight for the elimination of Indian mascots on the Flathead Reservation. Dupuis sued the Ronan School District over the use of its "Chiefs" and...

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony re-elects chairman (November 8, 2007)

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony of Nevada re-elected chairman Arlan Melendez to a seventh consecutive term on Saturday. Melendez defeated five challengers for the position. He had about 48 percent of the vote. “Our people seem to be supportive of...

Eastern Cherokee newspaper editor forced out of job (November 8, 2007)

The editor for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians' tribal newspaper has been placed on administrative leave. On October 31, Joe Martin, the editor of the Cherokee One Feather, was told he was being transferred to the tribe's day...

Cowlitz Tribe seeks endangered lising for smelt (November 8, 2007)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington is petitioning the federal government to list the smelt fish under the Endangered Species Act. The tribe has depended on smelt during the mid-winter and winter months. But runs of the fish have been...

Fort Belknap council swears in five new members (November 8, 2007)

The Fort Belknap Indian Community of Montana swore in five new members to the tribal council on Wednesday. Voters ousted five incumbents in an election on Tuesday. Three council members kept their seats. The new council members are Marilyn Bigby,...

Mormon Church changes view on indigenous people (November 8, 2007)

The Mormon Church has made a slight change to its teachings about indigenous people in the Americans after DNA tests showed they do not descend from Hebrews. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long said that...

House Resources hearing on self-governance bill (November 8, 2007)

Audio Files: • Opening Statements • Panel 1 | Q&A • Panel 2 | Q&A Note: There are a couple of drop outs in the Opening Statements and in the Panel 2 testimony. The House Natural Resources Committee held a...

Editorial: Navajo Nation wasted money on NIEA (November 8, 2007)

"What we have here is a lack of communication. Or accountability. Or ethics. Or all of the above. But what we do not have here any longer are the thousands and thousands of dollars spent to fly, wine and dine...

Woman killed on Turtle Mountain Reservation (November 8, 2007)

A 49-year-old woman, said to be the daughter of an American Indian Movement leader, was murdered on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in North Dakota. The woman was not identified and authorities are keeping a tight lid on the...

First Native in Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame (November 8, 2007)

Vernon Tsoodle, a member of the Kiowa Tribe, will be the first Native American in the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. Tsoodle spent nearly 25 years in the U.S. Marines. He served in Korea and Vietnam but remains humble about...

Conference focuses on AIDS in Indian Country (November 8, 2007)

The 2007 United States Conference on AIDS began on Thursday with a focus on HIV and AIDS among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Native Americans were less than 1 percent of new AIDS cases in 2005. But experts say that...

Civil Rights panel to discuss racism in border towns (November 8, 2007)

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will host a panel this Friday on racism in border towns. The panel takes place in Washington, D.C. Speakers include Alvin Windy Boy Sr. of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana and Duane...

Meth called a scourge on Flathead Reservation (November 8, 2007)

Methamphetamine has become a scourge on the Flathead Reservation in Montana, a health official for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes said. Kevin Howlett, the director of Tribal Health and Human Services, said residents of the reservation and of Lake...

BIA dispatcher at Northern Cheyenne wins award (November 8, 2007)

Alonzo Walker, a Bureau of Indian Affairs dispatcher on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana, was named the agency's Telecommunications Officer of the Year. Walker, 58, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has been lead dispatcher since...

Editorial: Congress should clarify NAGPRA limits (November 8, 2007)

"The court decision to allow scientists to study the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man has aided humankind's quest for knowledge. Unfortunately, it also spawned a congressional effort to change federal law to keep science from learning anything about the...

Oklahoma Hall of Fame to induct Choctaw chief (November 8, 2007)

Choctaw Nation Chief Greg Pyle will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame this evening. Pyle became chief in 1997, after 13 years as assistant chief. His biography cites his service on the National Indian Health Board and...