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IHS budget sees cut in final year of Bush era (February 6, 2008)

The Indian Health Service saw a slight cut in its budget this week after benefiting from years of steady growth. President Bush is proposing to spend $4.3 billion on services and facilities in fiscal year 2009. The budget includes a...

Northern Arapaho Tribe starts immersion school (February 6, 2008)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has started a language immersion school to keep the Arapaho language alive. The Northern Arapaho Council of Elders says there are only 225 to 235 fluent speakers alive. Most of them are over the...

South Dakota panel kills Indian charter school bill (February 6, 2008)

The South Dakota Senate Education Committee effectively killed a bill that would have authorized an Indian charter school in Rapid City. Sen. Tom Katus, a Democrat, said an Indian charter school could help address high drop out rates. He...

Letter: Indian health care a treaty obligation (February 6, 2008)

"The U.S. government has made written treaties, verbal agreements, informal, formal and every loophole they could think of, even the broken treaties. It is a known fact that this government has broken every agreement it has ever made with the...

Indian Country takes a hit in latest Bush budget (February 6, 2008)

The Bush administration's fiscal year 2009 budget is a "net loss" for Indian Country, says Jacqueline Johnson, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. The budget contains some increases for reservation law enforcement and Indian education. But...

Bush budget ignores tribal water projects (February 6, 2008)

Tribal water projects were ignored by President Bush in his fiscal year 2009 budget. The budget contains no money for a major project that would supply water to the Navajo Nation and communities in New Mexico. There's not any money...

McCain scores big wins in Republican primaries (February 6, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the former chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, pulled ahead of his Republican rivals with major victories on Super Tuesday. McCain won big states like California and New York. But former Arkansas governor Mike...

Clinton and Obama share Super Tuesday victories (February 6, 2008)

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) remain in a close race after sharing presidential primary victories on Super Tuesday. Clinton and Obama each won four major states. Clinton had California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and...

UND postpones Standing Rock Sioux Tribe meeting (February 6, 2008)

A meeting with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to discuss the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo has been postponed. North Dakota University System Chancellor William Goetz was supposed to meet with tribal leaders yesterday. But...

Judge delays decision in eagle preservation case (February 6, 2008)

Tribal leaders packed a federal courtroom in Arizona on Tuesday to challenge the removal of the bald eagle from the endangered species list. Lawyers for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the Yavapai-Apache Nation...

Washington tribes back Lake Roosevelt agreement (February 6, 2008)

The Spokane Tribe and the Confederated Colville Tribes testified in support of their water agreement with the state of Washington on Tuesday. The tribes and Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) agreed to water usage on Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt. The...

Groups file brief in pending land-into-trust case (February 6, 2008)

The Rhode Island Statewide Coalition and the Citizens Equal Rights Foundation have filed a brief in a land-into-trust case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The groups want the high court to review the case. They say the Narragansett Tribe...

House hearing on two Michigan land claim bills (February 6, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this afternoon on two Michigan land claim bills. H.R.2176 settles a land claim for the Bay Mills Indian Community by allowing the tribe to obtain land in Port Huron. The bill...

Grand Ronde woman killed in car accident (February 6, 2008)

A member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde was killed in a car accident in Oregon on Friday, February 1. Cynthia Trevino-Williams, 36, crashed into a tractor-trailer rig that was trying to pull back on the highway. Her...

NIEA president to deliver education address (February 6, 2008)

National Indian Education Association President Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert will deliver the annual Indian education address on Monday, February 11. Gilbert, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, will make recommendations to the No Child Left Behind Act, address high...

Editorial: Settle 'botched' Indian trust fund (February 6, 2008)

"An exasperated federal judge has reached a logical conclusion regarding a century of botched accounting by federal bureaucrats handling Indian trust accounts: The government failed, miserably. Finally, a decent, honorable and ultimately expensive settlement may be in sight for Blackfeet...