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Letter: United States destroyed Indian culture (December 12, 2007)

"In 1887, Congress enacted the General Allotment Act and inaugurated the policy of allotment, one in a seemingly endless line of failed federal initiatives to assimilate Indian people by “destroying tribes” and “eradicating native culture,” as the Federal District Court...

WSJ: Hualapai judge confronts unique challenges (December 12, 2007)

The Wall Street Journal follows Joseph Thomas Flies-Away, a judge for the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona, and documents some of the challenges he faces. Flies-Away's court calendar is full, the paper says. Though the tribe has just 2,300 members,...

Appeals court rehears San Francisco Peaks case (December 12, 2007)

SAVE THE PEAKS RALLY: • Photo Gallery (San Gabriel Valley Tribune) The U.S. Forest Service faced skeptical questions from a federal appeals court on Tuesday about the use of reclaimed sewage in the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. Under...

Blackfeet student wins national Indian scholarship (December 12, 2007)

Jerci Powell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, has been awarded a Native American Political Leadership Scholarship at George Washington University. Powell, a sophomore at Montana State University-Bozeman, is the first in her family to go to college....

Column: Vernon Bellecourt spoke in capital letters (December 12, 2007)

"It is always difficult to confine a description of a great person’s life to a few words. In a sentence it could be said that Vernon Bellecourt was a man who found fortune and left his poor background but...

Alaska Native corporation executive resigns (December 12, 2007)

Orie Williams, the president and CEO of Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native regional corporation, has resigned. Williams started his post in 2002. He has overseen rapid growth of the corporation, which posted a record profit in fiscal year 2006...

Alaska Native settlement leaders set to retire (December 12, 2007)

Two Inupiat Eskimo men who were leaders of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act are set to retire this year. Oliver Leavitt, 64, has served with Arctic Slope Regional Corp. for 35 years. He will retire from his post as...

Volunteers clean up defaced Klallam mural (December 12, 2007)

Volunteers cleaned up a mural of a Klallam village that was defaced in Port Angeles, Washington. Vandals blacked out the faces of the Klallam people in the mural and scrawled the words "white power" on it. Port Townsend artist...

Makah whalers plead not guilty for illegal hunt (December 12, 2007)

Five members of the Makah Nation of Washington pleaded not guilty in tribal court to illegally killing a whale. The five men shot a gray whale on September 8 without tribal or federal approval. They face a January 22 trial...

Kickapoo Tribe declares state of emergency (December 12, 2007)

HI by a winter storm, the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas declared a state of emergency on Tuesday. Chairman Steve Cadue said most of the 600 residents are without power and phone service. The local power company expects service to be...

Ballot measure seeks Indian center at Alcatraz (December 12, 2007)

A proposition on the February 2008 ballot in San Francisco seeks to develop an Indian cultural center on Alcatraz Island. The former prison is currently managed by the National Park Service. The nonbinding Proposition C urges the city to...

Afognak Corp. revenue and profits on the rise (December 12, 2007)

Afognak Native Corp., an Alaska Native regional corporation, is seeing a rise in revenue and profits. The corporation ended the year with revenue of $537.9 million, net profits of $18.8 million and individual dividends of $21,688. That's up from $521.9...

Homeland security rules leave border tribes in limbo (December 12, 2007)

Beginning January 31, 2008, every U.S. citizen will be required to show a government ID and proof of citizenship to cross into Canada and Mexico by land or sea. The rules have dozens of tribes worried about their ability...

Yellow Bird: UND graduates Indian nurses (December 12, 2007)

"Seventeen years ago, RAIN or Recruiting American Indian Nurses, a fledgling program that would bring better health care to Indian people and reservations, took its first wobbly steps. Program officials have reached out since 1990 and now have a...

Quick trial expected for Aquash murder defendant (December 12, 2007)

Federal prosecutors are planning a quick trial now that John Graham, a Native man from Canada, is being held for the 1975 murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Marty Jackley, the U.S. Attorney for South Dakota,...

Pueblo man joins race for Congressional seat (December 12, 2007)

Benny Shendo Jr., a member of Jemez Pueblo, is seeking the Democratic nomination for New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District seat. Shendo is resigning his post as secretary of Indian affairs for the state of New Mexico. His last day...

Column: Navajo Nation joins Red Sox Nation (December 12, 2007)

"Not long ago, I watched the third game of the World Series at the Chuck E. Cheese pizza parlor in Gallup, N.M. Like anyone who grew up in New England, I inherited a lifelong devotion to the Red Sox,...