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Appeals court judge strikes blows against Indian rights (May 5, 2008)

In just under three years on the bench, one of President Bush's controversial judicial nominees has written negative rulings in three high-profile Indian law cases. Janice Rogers Brown sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most...

Anchorage Daily News series on rural economies (May 5, 2008)

The Anchorage Daily News is running a series on rural economies and is putting some focus on Alaska Natives. Today's story highlights the lack of banking services in rural Native villages. Even though residents are far from cash poor --...

Billings Gazette: Natives and Newcomers series (May 5, 2008)

The Billings Gazette is running a special report on tribal sovereignty, tribal-state relations and the effects of sovereignty on business and non-Indians. The stories in "Natives and Newcomers" have focused on a wide range of topics -- from jurisdiction to...

Q&A: Why weren't DJs fired for Native comments? (May 5, 2008)

"Q. Shouldn't the Fox radio station have fired Woody and Wilcox? Wasn't what they did sexual harassment? In our company, a lot of the guys tune into another station and the daily comments are far worse than anything the Fox...

Meeting focuses on Black Hills trust settlement (May 5, 2008)

In 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court said the Sioux Nation was entitled to $146 million for the theft of the Black Hills. But the Sioux people have refused to accept the money. Since then, the trust account has grown to...

Oklahoma tribes back Colorado genocide measure (May 5, 2008)

Two Oklahoma tribes support a resolution in Colorado that recognizes the genocide of American Indians at the hands of European settlers. The measure specifically mentions the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, when a Colorado militia killed more than 150 Cheyennes...

Shakopee Tribe reclaims ancestral territory (May 5, 2008)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota is stirring some local controversy with its land buys. The tribe has purchased 2,000 acres since the 1990s. Gaming revenues and low land prices have sped up the buys. Not all of...

Native teen dies in accident on Saskatchewan reserve (May 5, 2008)

A 15-year-old boy died at the scene of a vehicle accident on a First Nations reserve in Saskatchewan. The teen and three others were in a pickup truck that rolled into a ditch. Nearby residents managed to free three occupants...

Cherokee teen drops 80 pounds at weight-loss school (May 5, 2008)

Carol Oocumma, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has lost 80 pounds since enrolling in a weight-loss boarding school in North Carolina. At 5-foot-8 and 270 pounds, the 13-year-old Oocumma was teased at school for her...

Fire burns on Mescalero Apache Reservation (May 5, 2008)

A fire on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southern New Mexico has burned about 3,000 acres. The fire started last Thursday. About 200 residents were ordered to evacuate but were allowed to return home after the threat subsided. Still, the...

Superdelegate Kalyn Free endorses Sen. Obama (May 5, 2008)

Kalyn Free, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a supedelegate for the Democratic Party, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama. (D-Illinois) for president. Free is the founder of INDN's List, an organization that aims to put more Indian...

Jodi Rave: Games help Native youth tackle tough topics (May 5, 2008)

"Leslie Hale-Hammerberg, a certified therapeutic foster parent, has invented board games to help Native youths talk about what happens in their world. It's hard for kids to talk about suicide, bullying, pregnancy and sexual abuse. “But we have to...

Opinion: Rescind Wounded Knee massacre medals (May 5, 2008)

"On the cold, crisp morning of Dec. 29, 1890, the Sioux Chief Big Foot and some 350 of his followers were camped on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. Surrounding their camp was a force of U.S. troops charged with...

Tim Giago: It's time for action on the Black Hills (May 5, 2008)

Once again there is talk by non-Indian lawyers to pursue the allocation of the monies awarded the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation for the theft of the Black Hills in South Dakota. The amount of that money was around...

House hearing on Missouri River compensation (May 5, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this Thursday on H.R.155, the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Tribal Compensation Act. The bill compensates the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe for damages caused by...

Senate committee sets hearing on contract health (May 5, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on contract health services in Indian Country. The Indian Health Service uses contract health services funds to pay third-party providers for care that it cannot provide at its facilities. Tribes complain...

Yellow Bird: Diversity in the United States (May 5, 2008)

"Years ago, my uncle, Clyde Wesley Plenty Chief, was very ill and came near death. When he recovered, he told me his strength was regained by the many, many prayers that were said for him. He said he had...