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Six Indians named to Democratic committees (January 18, 2008)

Correction: Chuck Hoskin, who is Cherokee, is a state legislator from Oklahoma, not Nebraska. Six tribal members have been named to three standing committees for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Laura Harris (Comanche), the executive director of Americans for Indian...

Tonkawa president arrested on drug charges (January 18, 2008)

The president of the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma was arrested on January 12 on drug charges. Anthony Street, 38, was allegedly selling drugs out of a hotel room. Police found 1.75 grams of methamphetamine, 1 gram of cocaine and...

Mask returned to King Island Native Community (January 18, 2008)

A Washington woman has returned a mask to the King Island Native Community of Alaska. Marilyn Lewis said her father's uncle went to Alaska in 1898. The uncle gave the mask to her father in 1927 Lewis said she...

First Indian-owned bank in North Dakota opens (January 18, 2008)

A grand opening ceremony on Thursday celebrated the first Indian-owned bank in the state of North Dakota. Turtle Mountain State Bank is located in Belcourt, on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation. It's the first privately-owned bank to be located...

Narragansett smokeshop case awaiting trial (January 18, 2008)

Seven members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island have yet to go to trial over the state's raid of the reservation on July 14, 2003. The trial was delayed while the tribe pursued a sovereignty lawsuit in federal court....

Firing of Leech Lake legal director on hold (January 18, 2008)

The firing of the legal director for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota has been put on hold. Michael Grabow was fired during special tribal council meeting that was attended by just two council members. Those two members...

City seeks exemption from Agua Caliente plan (January 18, 2008)

The city council in Cathedral City, California, doesn't want to be part of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' habitat conservation plan. The tribe has asked the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for an incidental take permit. The tribe...

Editorial: Accountability in Indian education (January 18, 2008)

"Yet another possible scandal involving the management of federal resources intended for American Indian school children was reported in headlines this week. First, there was the recent story of how hundreds of Navajo spent much-needed dollars to attend an education...

San Manuel Band sponsors Aboriginal racer (January 18, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California is sponsoring a motorcycle racing team that includes Chad Reed, an Australian Aboriginal rider. Jacob Coin, the tribe's public relations director, says the sponsorship is a good fit. " The...

Abourezk: GOP candidates silent on IHCIA (January 18, 2008)

"A major Senate vote affecting every Native person in America is just around the corner, and a recent survey of presidential candidates on the bill is offering some insight into what they think about the bill. The Senate will vote...

California Indian Legal Services questioned by GAO (January 18, 2008)

California Indian Legal Services used federal funds to buy liquor and used federal funds to pay late fees, according to a forthcoming Government Accountability Office investigation. The Associated Press said it obtained a copy of the report. It questioned spending...

BIA modernization meeting in Washington DC (January 18, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is inviting tribal leaders to a meeting on its modernization initiative. The meeting will take place January 30 in Washington, D.C. Assistant secretary Carl Artman said he hopes to have positive talks with tribal leaders....

Editorial: Keep Oklahoma hospital in hands of IHS (January 18, 2008)

"W.W. Hastings Hospital would be better left to the management of Indian Health Services. The Cherokee Nation publicly announced Jan. 11 its desire to assume control of Hastings, and the Keetoowahs followed a few days later. UKB spokesman Sammy...

Opinions: Defending Rick West's tenure at NMAI (January 18, 2008)

Keller George: "There has been a lot of talk about The Washington Post's front-page story (Dec. 28, 2007) about W. Richard West Jr., the founding director of the National Museum of the American Indian. My term on the board...

Jim Cason: Historical accounting facts (January 18, 2008)

"This is a pivotal time in Indian country for the class of Individual Indian Money account holders represented in the Cobell v. Kempthorne lawsuit. As the Department of the Interior makes significant progress conducting the historical accounting of funds that...