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Senate budget includes $1B boost for IHS (March 14, 2008)

With little fanfare, the Senate on Thursday voted to add $1 billion to the Indian Health Service budget. After winning passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs...

Senate field hearing in Arizona will be webcast (March 14, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will webcast Monday's field hearing on law enforcement. The hearing takes place at 11:30am, Arizona time, on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The witness list follows: Panel 1 THE HONORABLE DIANE ENOS President, Salt...

Urban Indian center cites security breach (March 14, 2008)

A troubled urban Indian center in Wisconsin is seeking charges against a former employee for a potential security breach. The United Amerindian Center in Green Bay says the former employee may have had access to personal data of other employees...

Alaska Native land swap a hot topic at conference (March 14, 2008)

A proposed land swap between the federal and an Alaska Native was a big topic at the Tanana Chiefs Conference this week. Tribal leaders oppose the swap. They say environmentally sensitive land in the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge will...

Sentence for man who called Indians 'subhuman' (March 14, 2008)

A Washington man who referred to Indians as "subhuman" was sentenced to 21 years in prison for murdering a man from the Yakama Nation. Kevin Jory Braa, 47, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the death of Simeon Whitney, 35....

Letter: Indians should be proud to be called 'Redskins' (March 14, 2008)

"Whatever happened to freedom of speech in the United States? The liberals approve of the right to burn the U.S. flag, yet the liberal Democrat-controlled Legislature wants to censor (ban) public schools from using Redskins as a mascot name. For...

Jodi Rave: Blood, DNA and tribal citizenship (March 14, 2008)

"Tribal nation leaders don't rely on DNA tests as proof of Native heritage, but the majority of tribes have self-imposed criteria that require blood quantum measurements. This means most tribes support and uphold a mechanical proof of tribal heritage,...

Democrats seek Indian votes and Indian candidates (March 14, 2008)

Democrats say 2008 will be a record year for Indian participation in their party. Six Indians have been appointed to serve on committees for the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August. And the party has two Indian superdelegates --...

Fired Washoe administrator cites discrimination (March 14, 2008)

The former administrator for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California says she was fired because she is not Indian. Nancy Kerry started working for the tribe in late 2006. In the first few days, she says she was...

Opinion: 'Biased' review of Navajo trip to Hawaii (March 14, 2008)

"It would be a serious mistake to think that this newspaper will give up so easy. Hardly. The results of a biased federal inquiry into the travel by hundreds of Navajo delegates to a conference in Hawaii, many of them...

Coquille Tribe loses long-delayed Home Depot (March 14, 2008)

After years of delays and lobbying of Congress, the Coquille Tribe of Oregon has lost its Home Depot project. The Coquille Economic Development Corporation announced yesterday that Home Depot withdrew from an agreement to build a store in North...

Sherman Alexie: I'm the real Sherman Alexie! (March 14, 2008)

"Whenever I read locally, fans will often wait outside the bookstore to greet me, to have a few minutes of private time, to give me gifts or tell me secrets or make offers or demand favors. It’s the price...

Cowlitz Tribe pushes for federal review of smelter (March 14, 2008)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington is welcoming federal review of smelt populations in the Pacific Northwest. The tribe petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to list the fish under the Endangered Species Act. This week, the agency's Office of...

Study: Native people share DNA from six women (March 14, 2008)

Most Native people in North, Central and South America share a genetic link to the same six women, according to a study published in the Internet journal PLoS One. The study was based on mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down...

Rep. Cole cites theft at Republican organization (March 14, 2008)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, says the National Republican Congressional Committee has been bilked out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Cole is chairman of the committee, whose goal is to elect Republicans in Congress....

Steve Russell: Struggles in an Indian education (March 14, 2008)

"I remember my low point in the Oklahoma schools like it was yesterday. The Coach was teaching Oklahoma history, which normally meant The Coach was reading the textbook to us. Oklahoma is football country and The Coach is an important...