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Bush brief backs tribal court jurisdiction (March 24, 2008)

The Bush administration is standing up for tribal court jurisdiction in a U.S. Supreme Court case that is drawing a high level of attention. In a brief filed last week, the Department of Justice heralded tribal courts as playing a...

Hundreds gather to honor the late Woody Keeble (March 24, 2008)

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate held a homecoming ceremony on Saturday for late Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bush. Hundreds attended the ceremony at the tribe's Dakota Magic Convention Center. They...

DOI won't comment on new land-into-trust policy (March 24, 2008)

The Bush administration didn't consult tribes before adopting a new land-into-trust policy and now it won't be commenting on it either. CQ Politics asked the Interior Department about the policy, which makes it harder for tribes to acquire land away...

Dormitory helps Indian students feel at home (March 24, 2008)

Indian students who attend high school in Flagstaff, Arizona, don't have to feel disconnected from their culture. The Kinlani Bordertown Dormitory houses 150 Indian students from the Navajo, Hopi, Apache and other tribes. They are able to study at Flagstaff...

Study finds high hepatitis rate at IHS clinics in Montana (March 24, 2008)

A study of two Indian Health Service clinics in Montana found that 6 percent of Indian women are infected with hepatitis C. The rate among the general population is only 1 percent. The disparity prompted state and tribal officials to...

North Dakota sorority held 'Indian' costume party (March 24, 2008)

A sorority at the University of North Dakota is coming under fire for holding a costume party in which attendees dressed up as Indian men and women. Photos from the Gamma Phi Beta party, held last November, showed up...

Letter: 'Very blessed' to have Choctaw wife (March 24, 2008)

"My wife, an American Indian, has changed my mind about her ancestry. Every day I'm amazed by her mature character. She has a big soul and I've never known someone as gentle and humble as this Choctaw Indian. She looks...

Native women's shelter in Rapid City faces move (March 24, 2008)

A Native women's shelter in Rapid City, South Dakota, is being forced to move. Cangleska Inc. has operated the Ohitika Najin Win Oti (Standing Strong Woman) in an eight-bedroom home for several years. But the group lost its lease and...

Editorial: EPA dragging feet on Navajo power plant (March 24, 2008)

" Tired of playing the waiting game, Desert Rock Energy Company and the Navajo Nation's Diné Power Authority filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week, citing the EPA's lack of action in granting a crucial air...

BIA official cites several year wait on land-into-trust (March 24, 2008)

How long does it take for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to process a land-into-trust application? According to one official, the wait can last several years. Jeanette Hanna, the regional director of the BIA's office in Eastern Oklahoma, said...

Denver March Powwow draws over 1,000 dancers (March 24, 2008)

More than 1,000 dancers took part in the 34th annual Denver March Powwow in Denver over the weekend. The 1,200 dancers and 37 drum groups represented more than 90 tribes and First Nations from the U.S. and Canada. They...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe backs IHCIA reauthorization (March 24, 2008)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan says the Indian Health Care Improvement Act will improve health care services for Native Americans. Joe Sowmick, the chairman of the tribe's health board, said S.1200 helps tribes provided services to all Native...

Quarter of bison in Yellowstone sent to slaughter (March 24, 2008)

About of quarter of the bison in Yellowstone National Park have been sent to slaughter this winter. A record 1,195 bison have been killed. That's the highest since 1996, when public outrage over the slaughter put a halt to...

Tim Giago: Indians lost in race relations debate (March 24, 2008)

As most of us knew from the very beginning of this political season when a Black man and a White woman entered the final leg of the presidential contest, gender and race would also enter the arena. Since day one...

Letter: Misconceptions about Native Americans (March 24, 2008)

"Talk to the native American. We know the price we paid and are paying for, for the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by the European and other immigrants today. We must also dispel the misconception that native Americans don’t pay taxes. Every...

Editorial: A long homecoming for Suquamish Tribe (March 24, 2008)

"For the Suquamish Tribe, it's the beginning of a long-awaited homecoming. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held recently for the Suquamish Community House, restoring to the tribe a traditional Salish community gathering house. It will be the Suquamish Tribe's first ceremonial...

Harlan McKosato: Yes, Indians do pay taxes (March 24, 2008)

"It's tax time again, but luckily, since I'm an Indian, I don't have to pay taxes. That's a commonly held belief by, I would wager, a majority of most Americans — even the so-called educated ones — that Indians don't...

Opinion: No victory in taking back 'Sioux' name (March 24, 2008)

"Some believe that taking back the Fighting Sioux nickname, which was given to UND by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in 1969, will result in a victory against racism, as if a logo is going to affect a racist...

Yellow Bird: Thoughts on Sen. Obama and race (March 24, 2008)

"We know that race will have an effect on the presidential campaign — perhaps a profound effect. Presidential candidate Barack Obama found that out, too. And we know the media is having a field day with the racist sermon...