The following is the floor statement by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) on the introduction of S.3320, Tribal Law and Order Act of 2008. Mr. President, as Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, I have overseen five hearings this...
Law and order bill wins praise in Indian Country (July 24, 2008)
A bill to improve law and order in Indian Country won praise on Wednesday though time is running out for passage this year. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee spent nearly two years working on the comprehensive measure. S.3320 includes provisions...
Editorial: Health disparities in Indian Country (July 24, 2008)
"As Sanford Health grows and expands around the country and the world, many who are familiar with South Dakota's most troubling health crisis hoped it would be addressed in some fashion. It will. That crisis? The quality and quantity of...
Tribal schools fail to conduct fingerprint checks (July 24, 2008)
Some tribes that run Bureau of Indian Affairs schools aren't requiring employees to undergo fingerprint checks, according to a report from the Interior Department's Inspector General. Based on a sampling of employee hires at 18 tribal-run BIA schools between 2004...
Inuit in Canada condemn ban on seal products (July 24, 2008)
Inuit leaders in Canada say a proposed ban on products made from seals will hurt their economy. The European Union plans to carve out an exception for products made by traditional Inuit sealers. But Inuit leaders say the ban will...
Father charged in death of boy at Jicarilla Apache (July 24, 2008)
A member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico faces charges in the beating death of his 3-year-old son. Treston Paiz died last night, KRQE reported. His father, Jay Rutherford Paiz Jr., was arrested Sunday after the alleged beating...
Nebraska AG suggests Indians to blame for stops (July 24, 2008)
Nebraska attorney general Jon Bruning doesn't know why Indian motorists are stopped and arrested at higher rates than non-Indians but he is pretty sure racism isn't involved. State reports show that Indians were 10 percent of arrests after traffic stops....
Indian woman competes in Ms. Wheelchair America (July 24, 2008)
Elizabeth Reeve, a Cherokee-Delaware woman from Oklahoma, is competing for the Ms. Wheelchair America title this week. Reeve lost her ability to walk due to a spinal cord injury and other medical issues. She credits the Cherokee Nation's Vocational...
NPR: Bill seeks to improve Indian law and order (July 24, 2008)
"Native American women are far more likely to be raped than other women — and tribal officials say many incidents on reservations across the country go unreported and uninvestigated, NPR's Laura Sullivan reported a year ago on All Things Considered....
Utah officials target low Indian graduation rate (July 24, 2008)
Officials in Utah met on Wednesday to discuss the low graduation rate of Indian students. Of the 7,716 Indian students in public schools, only 75 percent graduated in 2007. That's lower than the statewide average of 88 percent. Steven Trubow...
Doctor testifies in Narragansett smokeshop raid case (July 24, 2008)
A doctor who treated a member of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island for a broken ankle testified on Wednesday. Dr. Stephen Gross said the July 15, 2003, injury to Adam Jennings caused him some permanent loss of motion. It...
Indian students get a taste of college experience (July 24, 2008)
Nearly two dozen Indian students are learning more about the college experience at Texas Tech University this week. The Native American Summer Bridge Institute encourages Indian youth to attend college. It's already helped Kelly Kenneth, a 16-year-old from Zuni Pueblo...
Pechanga Band re-elects Macarro as chairman (July 24, 2008)
Mark Macarro will continue to serve as chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians in California. Macarro was re-elected to a seventh term. He first took office in 1996. Five incumbents were re-elected to the council. One newcomer...
Cherokee chief vetoes new districting plan (July 24, 2008)
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith vetoed a new map for the tribe's council districts. Smith said the map was designed to protect incumbents. He said the new districts weren't divided evenly among the Cherokee people. Council members were...
San Manuel Band signs law enforcement contract (July 24, 2008)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians renewed a law enforcement services contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday. The tribe will pay the county $1.2 million for round-the-clock service. The agreement covers six deputies, one...
Senate Indian Affairs hearing on tribal courts (July 24, 2008)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this morning on tribal courts. The hearing started at 9:30am and lasted about 90 minutes. You can download audio clips below: Opening Statements Panel 1 - Testimony | Q&A MR. W....
Jodi Rave: NARF seeks class action for tribal trust (July 24, 2008)
"Lawyers from the Native American Rights Fund, on Thursday will ask a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to grant class-action certification on behalf of 250 tribes whose tribal trust fund accounts are managed by the U.S. Interior Department. Twelve tribes...
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