IHS told to pay $25M, plus interest, for contract (December 18, 2007)
The Indian Health Service has been ordered to pay $25 million, plus interest, for failing to fully fund a self-determination contract with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. of Alaska. YKHC operates a hospital in Bethel, 45 village-based clinics and four large...
U.S. Attorney visits Fort Peck Reservation (December 18, 2007)
Bill Mercer, the U.S. Attorney for Montana, began a two-day visit to the Fort Peck Reservation on Monday. More than 100 people attended a community forum at Fort Peck Community College. Tribal members told Mercer they fear for their safety...
Blackfeet woman named to Montana Corrections (December 18, 2007)
Myrna Kuka, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, has been named the American Indian liaison for the Montana Department of Corrections. Kuka will ensure Indian inmates' cultural needs are met. About 18 percent of inmates are Indian, compared to...
Arapaho man awaits ruling in eagle killing case (December 18, 2007)
A 23-year-old member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming says his religious freedom rights are being violated by the federal government. Winslow Friday admitted he killed a bald eagle on the Wind River Reservation to use in the...
Native men charged with hate crime in New Mexico (December 18, 2007)
Two men from the Navajo Nation have been charged with a hate crime for allegedly attacking a gay Native man in Farmington, New Mexico. Jerry Paul, 40, and Craig Yazzie, 37, and a third man, Scott Thompson, 21, are accused...
Yellow Bird: It's McCain v. Clinton in 2008 (December 18, 2007)
"Columnists such as David Broder and George Will of the Washington Post or Maureen Dowd and Paul Krugman of The New York Times specialize in the politics, policies and events in our government. They talk face-to-face with world and...
Washington governor reaches water deal with tribes (December 18, 2007)
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) on Monday announced agreements to pay two tribes about $5.9 million a year for water usage. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation reached a final agreement for an initial payment of $3.8 million and...
Native hockey player put on extended paid leave (December 18, 2007)
Chris Simon, an Ojibwa from Canada, was put on extended paid leave by the New York Islanders after a second injury incident involving another player. Simon, 35, pushed down and stepped on the foot of another player. The National...
Girls' basketball team stirs Cherokee Nation pride (December 18, 2007)
The girls' basketball team at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, has made the Cherokee Nation proud of an institution that was founded as an orphanage. The team has won three state titles in a row. Angel Goodrich, a...
Shakopee Tribe donates $233K for holiday season (December 18, 2007)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community of Minnesota has awarded $233,446 to 44 charities, Indian organizations and fellow tribes. Recipients will use the money to buy toys, clothing, food, and other gifts for families. "The holiday season can be hard for...
Shinnecock Nation, town still at odds over land (December 18, 2007)
The Shinnecock Nation and the town of Southampton, New York, are still at odds over the tribe's ancestral property on Long Island. The tribe owns 79 acres in fee, outside its state-recognized reservation. A federal judge in October said the...
Kempthorne revises ethics policy at Interior (December 18, 2007)
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne revised the department's ethics policy, one of the areas he said he would address when he joined the Bush administration, shortly after creating it. In June, Kempthorne created the Conduct and Accountability Board to review ethical...
Lamberth orders disclosure of White House records (December 18, 2007)
Judge Royce C. Lamberth on Monday ordered the Bush administration to release logs of visitors to the White House. Lamberth said the logs created by the Secret Service are public records. He said they should be released under the Freedom...
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