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Suspended Soo Tribe police chief back on the job (March 19, 2008)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan has reinstated police chief Fred Paquin, who had been suspended after he was accused of an assault. The state dropped the charges against Paquin under a deferred prosecution agreement. He...

New English-only bill exempts Native languages (March 19, 2008)

A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma is introducing a new English-only bill but says Native languages will not be affected. Rep. Randy Terrill says the exemption makes the bill "legally air tight." Opposition from tribes derailed a similar measure last...

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 19, 2008)

March 20 is the second annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Robert McSwain, the director of the Indian Health Service, issued the following statement about the day, which is being observed in South Dakota and throughout Indian Country. March 20,...

Abourezk: An unlikely defender of Indian rights (March 19, 2008)

"You might not think A. Jay Adler would have much to say about Indians. The Jewish-born son of eastern European immigrants, Adler grew up in New York City, where the only exposure he had as a child to Native Americans...

Navajo Nation sues EPA over power plant permit (March 19, 2008)

The Navajo Nation made good on its promise to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over a permit for its coal-fired power plant. The tribe says EPA is dragging its feet on an air permit application for the proposed Desert Rock...

Students compete for tribal college ambassador (March 19, 2008)

Eight tribal college students are competing to serve as ambassador for the the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Mr. and Ms. AIHEC will be selected during the 27th annual conference this week. Contestants include Steven Raining Bird, a 24-year-old...

Services for Nathan Hale, Three Affiliated vice chair (March 19, 2008)

Services will be held on Thursday and Friday for Nathan Hale, the vice chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. Hale died on Monday after suffering a heart...

Opinion: Recognize sovereignty of Maine tribes (March 19, 2008)

"What’s it like to know that the reason you live on a reservation is because all kinds of French folks and Irish folks — and every other nationality that came to North America — scooted you further and further over...

Nebraska county's Native holiday in dispute (March 19, 2008)

A vote to create a Native American holiday in Thurston County, Nebraska, is being disputed by a supervisor who has worked with anti-sovereignty groups. The board of supervisors voted 3-2 earlier this month to recognize the fourth Monday in September...

Lawmakers press Artman on Freedmen issues (March 19, 2008)

Four members of Congress met with assistant secretary Carl Artman last week to discuss the status of Freedmen in the Cherokee Nation and the Seminole Nation. Rep. Diane Watson (D-California), Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) and Rep....

Editorial: Disabled Indians deserve better (March 19, 2008)

"While there's nothing new about the fact that there is a lack of resources on the Navajo Nation, a 2007 survey of American Indians living with disabilities in the Four Corners educated all of us about how shocking and...

State rests case in Narragansett raid trial (March 19, 2008)

The state of Rhode Island rested its case against seven members of the Narragansett Tribe who were arrested during a raid of the reservation. The state called about 60 witnesses since the trial started on February 28. Most of the...

IHS builds dental clinic on Catawba Reservation (March 19, 2008)

The Indian Health Service is building a dental clinic on the Catawba Reservation in South Carolina. The clinic will make it easier for members of the Catawba Nation in N to obtain dental services. Right now, they have to...

Navajo Nation enacts toxic waste cleanup law (March 19, 2008)

The Navajo Nation has enacted its own version of the federal Superfund law. The Navajo Nation Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act became law in March. It allows the tribe to enter into agreements with private companies and federal...

Yellow Bird: Pray for rain in western North Dakota (March 19, 2008)

"I have come to believe that the people in western North Dakota, especially my relatives, don’t believe there is really drought out there. It is those of us who visit that part of our state who are shocked to...

Nez Perce Tribe finances gray wolf research (March 19, 2008)

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho is financing innovative research of the western gray wolf. One of the projects is called the "Howlbox." Researchers at the University of Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit use the $1,300 device to track...

Justice Kennedy cites 'hostile' tribes in gun case (March 19, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that tests the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The District of Columbia is defending a law that bars private handgun ownership....