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Sen. Obama addresses Indian issues in New Mexico (February 4, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) addressed Indian issues at campaign stops in New Mexico on Friday. Obama reiterated pledges to appoint an Indian adviser in the White House and to hold regular meetings with tribal leaders. He said he would respect...

Navajo Republican won't support Sen. McCain (February 4, 2008)

Navajo Nation Council delegate Kee Allen Begay is a Republican but he won't be supporting Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) for president. Begay says McCain hasn't done much for the Navajo Nation and other tribes in Arizona. “Mr. McCain supports sending...

Native leader faces second hate crimes trial (February 4, 2008)

David Ahenakew, a former chief of the Assembly of First Nations, will be tried a second time for allegedly violating Saskatchewan's hate crimes law. Ahenakew, 74, is accused of promoting hatred against Jewish people. He defended the Holocaust and...

Spirit Lake Nation weighs vote on 'Sioux' nickname (February 4, 2008)

The Spirit Lake Nation is considering a vote on the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The tribe has a resolution on the record that neither supports nor opposes the name. A vote will finally put...

Mother, daughter sentenced for beating Native girl (February 4, 2008)

A mother and her daughter were sentenced on Friday for pleading guilty to beating a 13-year-old Native girl in Lewiston, Idaho. Jill R. Grant, 40, and Ashley N. Grant, 21, had been charged under the state's hate crimes law. But...

West spent more on travel than fellow directors (February 4, 2008)

Former National Museum of the American Indian director Rick West spent more on travel and was away from Washington, D.C., more than any other Smithsonian director. In his last year as director, West took 30 trips and was away...

Editorial: Struggle continues for Indian health (February 4, 2008)

"There virtually is no amount of money that could, overnight, solve the problems that plague the chronically underfunded Indian Health Service: emergency rooms threatening to close; important medical care being denied for budgetary reasons. But a federal proposal to add...

Secretary Kempthorne to roll out DOI budget (February 4, 2008)

Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will announce the Interior Department's fiscal year 2009 budget today. The budget is Kempthorne's second since joining the Bush administration. He is requesting $27 million to help tribes combat methamphetamine and hire up to 200 more...

Tim Giago: In honor of Carole Anne Heart (February 4, 2008)

“Waste’ Wayankapi Win” (When People See You They See Something Good) was the Lakota name given to Carole Anne Heart. At the young age of 61 she left this world as a better place than when she entered it. She...

House hearing on two Michigan land claim bills (February 4, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this Wednesday on two land claim bills. The bills on the agenda are: • H.R.2176, to settle certain land claims of the Bay Mills Indian Community. • H.R.4115, to settle certain...

Editorial: Settle the Indian trust fund lawsuit (February 4, 2008)

"The federal government took a healthy slap on the wrist last week from a judge for having its hand billions of dollars deep into Indian trust accounts. We hope the latest in a long line of rebukes will spur a...

Senate confirmation hearing for IHS director (February 4, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a confirmation hearing this Thursday for Robert G. McSwain to be director of the Indian Health Service. Swain, a member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, was nominated to the...

Jana McKeag: Labor unions a threat to sovereignty (February 4, 2008)

"American Indian sovereignty is facing its biggest threat since Andrew Jackson flagrantly ignored Chief Justice John Marshall in Worcster vs. Georgia and sent the Cherokee Nation and other tribes on a 3,000-mile death march to Oklahoma. The current threat to...