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Sen. Clinton wants probe of Native contracting (November 29, 2007)

Sen. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York), a leading presidential candidate, is calling for an investigation into an Alaska Native contract. Clinton said the Department of Homeland Security may have given improper financial bonuses to the Chenega Technology Services. The...

Senate panel to hold hearing on Native veterans (November 29, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a field hearing tomorrow on health care for Alaska Native veterans. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the vice chair of the committee, said she is concerned that veterans who live in villages don't have...

Tribal fire victims waiting on FEMA mobile homes (November 29, 2007)

Members of two tribes that were hardest hit by the southern California wildfires are still waiting on mobile homes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and the Ja Lolla Band of Luiseno Indians...

Native lawmaker in Washington claims bias by GOP (November 29, 2007)

A Washington state lawmaker of Alaska Native descent says his fellow Republicans discriminated against him due to his race and age. Rep. Jim Dunn, 65, is a descendant of the Cook Inlet Tribe in Alaska. He says Republicans unfairly...

Jodi Rave: Tribes tap into tourism industry (November 29, 2007)

"American Indian tourism markets are expected to blossom as international visitors return to the United States after the greatest travel decline in U.S. history. International travelers - including those from Canada and Mexico - set a record in 2007,...

'Fighting Sioux' name could see quick retirement (November 29, 2007)

The University of North Dakota has three years to get the approval of Sioux tribes if it wants to keep the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. But the name could go sooner if the state Board of Higher Education...

Heart disease and cancer are top killers in Indian Country (November 29, 2007)

Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death in Indian Country, according to a new report. Heart disease caused nearly 20 percent of deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives in 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and...

Yellow Bird: Instant wealth in a poor community (November 29, 2007)

"The oil boom in North Dakota is no secret. In fact, it may be on the lips of every North Dakotan, but especially the people of the Fort Berthold Reservation. There are few conversations these days that don't end...

Opinion: Chumash legitimacy not in question (November 29, 2007)

"Let’s get one thing straight: The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is a federally recognized tribe that is listed in the Federal Register of the U.S. Department of the Interior. There’s no arguing that fact, and that should have...

DOJ awards $82.7M in tribal justice grants (November 29, 2007)

The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced $82.7 million in grants to tribes for law enforcement and justice system improvements. “We recognize that tribal communities face many challenges today. Although the most effective and locally appropriate solutions to their diverse...

Native women more likely to be sexually assaulted (November 29, 2007)

Native American women are nearly three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women of other racial and ethnic backgrounds, according to a recent Amnesty International report. Most Native women say their perpetrators are of another race. Yet tribal...

Canada's land claim bill won't resolve most disputes (November 29, 2007)

The Canadian government's land claim resolution bill won't address the biggest claims in Ontario, the province's new Aboriginal affairs minister said. The bill would only address claims valued at less than $150 million. That won't help the Mohawk/Six Nations...

Man dragged to death near Kalispel Reservation (November 29, 2007)

A 20-year-old man died after being dragged for 13 miles near the Kalispel Reservation in Washington. Jerid S. Sturman-Camyn, his father and another father-son team were at a hunting camp when a disagreement broke out. The second father, Wendell C....

Navajo Nation defends NIEA trip to Hawaii (November 29, 2007)

The Navajo Nation only sent 50 officials and employees to the National Indian Education Association conference in Hawaii, The Gallup Independent reports. Of the 50 attendees, a tribal spokesperson said 15 came from the Head Start program, three from the...

Wealthy Seminole Tribe receives federal funds (November 29, 2007)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida still relies on federal funding despite claims of being more self-reliant, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. In the five-year period ending in 2005, the tribe received $80 million in federal funds, the paper said. The...

Opinion: Chief Henry was face of Cherokee tourism (November 29, 2007)

"The practice of chiefing is controversial even in a community known for tolerance of native stereotypes, and Chief Henry was often a target of criticism. Through my interview, I found him to be a genuinely kind and gracious person....

Wealthy Pequot Tribe receives federal funds (November 29, 2007)

The Manshantucket Peqout Tribal Nation of Connecticut owns a successful casino but still receives federal funds, WABC reports. Over the last five years, the tribe received at least $17 million in grants. WABC said the "handouts" are being used for...

Opinion: Congress can't create Hawaiian 'tribe' (November 29, 2007)

"Under President George Washington, the U.S. government's Indian policy was a facet of foreign policy because tribes were considered foreign nations. The Constitution speaks not of native "peoples" but only of "Indian tribes." Akaka's legislation would create a Native Hawaiian...