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BIA makes changes to land-into-trust process (November 9, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking steps to reduce the land-into-trust backlog amid Congressional scrutiny, officials said this week. Tribes and individual Indians have submitted about 1,300 applications to have their land placed in trust. With an average processing...

Virginia tribes push for federal recognition bill (November 9, 2007)

Six Virginia tribes are closer than every to receiving federal recognition, 400 years after they greeted the first European settlers at Jamestown. The Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe – Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe,...

Group accuses tribal fishermen of killing seals (November 9, 2007)

A group called the Seal Sitters says tribal fishermen have caused the deaths of seven seal pups at Alki Beach in Washington. Seal Sitters says the seal pups are getting caught in the nets of tribal fishermen. The group...

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony health center delayed (November 9, 2007)

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony of Nevada won't be opening its new health center yet again. The 65,000-square-foot Health and Human Services Center was supposed to open in summer 2005. But budget concerns have pushed the opening to March 2008....

Church stops Native dance group from performing (November 9, 2007)

A Christian church in Manitoba stopped a Native dance group from performing at a Habitat for Humanity ceremony on Tuesday. Kim Houle and her family were invited to dance at the ceremony. The 45-year-old mother of 10 moved into...

Navajo man sues Catholic church in tribal court (November 9, 2007)

A Navajo Nation man has sued a Catholic priest and a Catholic diocese in tribal court. The man says he was abused by the Rev. Charles "Chuck" Cichanowicz as a boy. Cichanowicz was assigned to a church in Shiprock, New...

Indian youth in Montana drink and smoke more (November 9, 2007)

Indian high school students in Montana drink and smoke more than their counterparts, according to a new survey. Of 8th, 10th and 12th graders, 45 percent of Indian students said they had five or more drinks on one occasion within...

Mescalero Apache Nation elects new president (November 9, 2007)

Voters of the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico elected a new president on Tuesday. Carleton Naiche-Palmer, a tribal council member, won by a landslide. He defeated former president Sara Misquez by more than 250 votes. Naiche-Palmer replaces outgoing president...

Roundtable addresses uranium on Navajo Nation (November 9, 2007)

Lawmakers from New Mexico, Arizona and Utah hosted a roundtable on uranium mining on the Navajo Nation in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Tribal and federal officials discussed the impacts of uranium on the reservation. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr....

Oregon tribes, state meet for government summit (November 9, 2007)

Oregon held its 10th annual State-Tribal Government to Government Summit on Thursday. Hundreds of tribal and state officials attended the summit, which was held on the Warm Springs Reservation. They heard from Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D), who said "there...

California tribes seek better communication (November 9, 2007)

A woman watches her neighbor's home burn on the Rincon Indian Reservation in Rincon, California, Oct. 23, 2007. Lucy Nicholson - Reuters. After watching fires ravage their reservations, tribal leaders in southern California are hoping to improve emergency communications...

Census: 169,000 Native American veterans (November 9, 2007)

There are nearly 169,000 American Indian and Alaska Native veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Native Americans serve in the military at the highest rates per capita of any racial or ethnic group. There are about 23.7 million...

Chickasaw Nation to break ground on new hospital (November 9, 2007)

The Chickasaw Nation will break ground today on a $135 million hospital in Ada, Oklahoma. The 370,000-square-foot hospital replaces the aging Carl Albert Indian Health Facility. It will more than triple the size of the Carl Albert The tribe...

House committee takes up self-governance bill (November 9, 2007)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE • Opening Statements • Panel 1 | Q&A • Panel 2 | Q&A Note: There are a couple of minor drop outs in the Opening Statements and in the Panel 2 testimony. The House Natural Resources Committee...

Cason optimistic on tribal contract for bison range (November 9, 2007)

Jim Cason, the associate deputy secretary at the Interior Department, is optimistic the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes can reach an agreement to manage some functions at the National Bison Range in Montana. The tribe is currently negotiating a...

Congress overrides Bush veto on water resources bill (November 9, 2007)

The Senate voted 79-14 on Thursday to override President Bush's veto of a $23.2 billion water resources bill. The vote followed the House's override of the bill on Tuesday. It marks the first time Congress has overridden Bush, who has...

Senate confirms Mukasey for Justice Department (November 9, 2007)

The Senate voted 53-40 on Tuesday to confirm Michael B. Mukasey as U.S. Attorney General. Six Democrats joined 46 Republicans in voting for Mukasey, a former federal judge from New York. The 40 no votes all came from Democrats...

Steve Russell: Getting along in Indian Country (November 9, 2007)

"Rodney King is not an educated man, but his plaintive cry in the middle of the Los Angeles riots - ''Can't we all just get along?'' - is freighted with wisdom that goes far beyond book learning. I am reminded...