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House committees given extension on IHCIA (April 28, 2008)

It took the Senate more than a year to pass the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and it looks like it will take the House even longer. The law, first passed in 1976, expired in 2000. Since then, tribes have...

Column: It's time to apologize to Native Americans (April 28, 2008)

"Florida has just joined Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia in passing resolutions expressing regret for its role in the “shameful chapter” of Southern slavery. Several other slave states are reluctant to follow suit because some militants are...

Opinion: Get rid of Indian mascots in sports (April 28, 2008)

"My husband greets each new major league baseball season with hope and anticipation that his favorite boyhood team, the Cleveland Indians, will make it to the post-season, and perhaps even the World Series. This year they might have a good...

IHS to replace Fort Yuma Indian Hospital (April 28, 2008)

The Indian Health Service is moving to replace the Fort Yuma Indian Hospital in Fort Yuma, Arizona. The hospital dates back to 1852. It is the oldest facility in the IHS system. Rather than repair the buildings, IHS plans...

Yakama man upset with lack of federal prosecution (April 28, 2008)

Billy Hudson, a 28-year-old member of the Yakama Nation of Washington, is upset that charges haven't been brought against the teens that he says are responsible for paralyzing him. Hudson and his cousin, Robert Frank, were shot on the...

Nisqually Tribe seeks control of Frank's Landing (April 28, 2008)

A lawsuit in federal court will determine whether the Nisqually Tribe of Washington has control over the Frank’s Landing Community. The tribe says the community, which was the site of landmark fishing rights protests in the 1960s and 1970s,...

Column: Native American or American Indian? (April 28, 2008)

"When I saw the page proof for today’s Page 1, I was reminded of a recent e-mail exchange I’d had with a reader. The page proof used the term Indian Country, which recalled the thoughtful e-mail that began that previous...

Snoqualmie group banishes, disenrolls rivals (April 28, 2008)

A faction claiming control of the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington banished eight rivals and disenrolled more than 60 people at a closed meeting on Sunday. Only "preferred voters" were allowed to take part in the meeting, The Seattle Times...

Column: Bad blood over Narragansett raid (April 28, 2008)

"I had no problem with the jury’s conviction earlier this month of Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas and two other tribal members on misdemeanor charges stemming from the raid on their tax-free operation. It seemed a close call, and if the...

Opinion: Disrespect at the Supreme Court (April 28, 2008)

"While the facts of the case [Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land and Cattle Company Inc] are interesting enough, and the legal questions are vitally important, do tribal courts have the jurisdictional power to render decisions against non-Indian banks?...

Leech Lake man sentenced over offender registry (April 28, 2008)

A man from the Leech Lake Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota was sentenced for failing to register as a state sex offender. Peter John Jones initially won a ruling from the Minnesota Court of Appeals that said the state's offender registry...

House Resources Committee markup on Wednesday (April 28, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup this Wednesday. Two Indian bills are on the agenda. They are: • HR 4841: To approve, ratify, and confirm the settlement agreement entered into to resolve claims by the Soboba Band...

House Resources Committee hearing on border fence (April 28, 2008)

The House Resources Committee is holding a field hearing in Brownsville, Texas, today on the U.S.-Mexico border fence. The Department of Homeland Security recently waived a slew of environmental and historic preservation laws in order to build the fence. The...

Decision on Oneida land-into-trust due this week (April 28, 2008)

The Bush administration is set to make a decision on the Oneida Nation's controversial land-into-trust application. The tribe asked for 17,000 acres in two New York counties to be placed in trust. A Bureau of Indian Affairs is final environmental...

Oklahoma tribes oppose English-only legislation (April 28, 2008)

Two Oklahoma tribes have voted against a bill that would make English the official language in the state. The Muscogee Nation National Council unanimously approved a resolution against Senate Bill 163. The Cherokee Nation, joined by the Eastern Band of...

Tim Giago: How Native people feel about mascots (April 28, 2008)

On Saturday the NFL held its annual draft. As the images bounced around my television screen, especially that of the Washington, D. C. team, my mind conjured a couple of scenarios about mascots. Scenario #1: Every football fan knows there...

Jodi Rave: Fort Lewis College in 'boarding school era' (April 28, 2008)

"Sonya Abe, a Mandan-Hidatsa/Navajo, will graduate Saturday from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., a school ranked ninth nationally in awarding bachelor's degrees to Native students. But despite that Native student camaraderie, the campus hasn't lived up to her...

Editorial: Yakama Nation opposition to reservoir (April 28, 2008)

"While we don't accept the notion that the ambitious Black Rock reservoir proposal is dead simply because of the $6 billion-plus cost of building it, we would have to admit that it's at least on life support. But as more...

Opinion: Shameful attacks on Blue Lake Rancheria (April 28, 2008)

"Many of us throughout Humboldt have read recent letters and articles in which the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe has been portrayed in a negative light. To those very vocal few: Shame on you. It is one thing to have an...

Editorial: Finally the year for Lumbee recognition? (April 28, 2008)

"We’ve seen years of Lumbee bills moving from committee to the floor of one branch or the other of Congress. But we’ve never seen one pass. That’s a shame, because the Lumbee tribe qualifies for federal recognition. Its members —...