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Obama addresses minority journalists at UNITY (July 28, 2008)

Addressing a crowd of minority journalists on Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) promised to help tribes create a "better life" for their people if he is elected president. Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, told attendees of the UNITY convention in...

Report: DOJ appointees broke law on hiring (July 28, 2008)

Two Department of Justice appointees broke federal law by making hiring decisions on political or ideological grounds, according to an investigation released today. The report primarily focused on the actions of Monica Goodling, an aide to former U.S. Attorney General...

'Ghetto' sign at Shoalwater Bay housing project (July 28, 2008)

The Shoalwater Bay Tribe of Washington is investigating the placement of a sign at a low-income housing development. A sign with the words "Future Ghetto Site With Your Tax Money" was placed at the development last Tuesday. Authorities say...

Republic of Lakotah to investigate corruption (July 28, 2008)

The Republic of Lakotah will investigate corruption on South Dakota's reservations, activist Russell Means says. Means said a grand jury will start with the Pine Ridge Reservation and move to the other seven reservations in the state. The republic...

Tribes rush to keep languages from dying out (July 28, 2008)

Tribes in Arizona and Iowa are hoping their Native languages don't die out in the coming generations. Pai is spoken among the Yavapai, Hualapai, Havasupai in Arizona. Most young people don't know the language. "We're struggling to preserve the...

Rep. Loring: Tribal-state relations in Maine (July 28, 2008)

"Several recent articles have suggested the Legislature's Judiciary Committee is to blame for the breakdown in tribal-state relations. The breakdown has been blamed on the committee's reduction in funding for the Maine Indian-Tribal State Commission and the failure to support...

LNG firm cuts payments to Passamaquoddy Tribe (July 28, 2008)

The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine will no longer receive quarterly payments from a company that wants to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on the reservation. The payments are being suspended while state and federal officials review the project. Quoddy...

Editorial: New York tribes fail to pay tobacco taxes (July 28, 2008)

"Addressing the National Conference of State Legislatures in New Orleans last week, Mayor Bloomberg cut right to the chase. New York, he noted, is suffering a serious case of the shorts, due largely to a weakening national economy and a...

EPA decision on Navajo power plant due this week (July 28, 2008)

The Environmental Protection Agency is due to make a decision on an air permit for the Navajo Nation's controversial power plant. Opponents don't believe the EPA will meet the deadline that was imposed by a court order. New Mexico Environment...

Editorial: IHS mismanagement hurts patients (July 28, 2008)

"Five thousand pieces of lost or stolen equipment, at an estimated total of nearly $16 million. No, this didn't happen in some far away country. This tragic lack of overall accountability took place here in the United States through the...

Senate hearing this week on IHS mismanagement (July 28, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday, July 31, on mismanagement at the Indian Health Service. A July 21 report from the Government Accountability Office said the IHS lost $15.9 million in property and wasted millions...

NPR: Lenni-Lenape trace roots to Philadelphia (July 28, 2008)

"The Lenni-Lenape Indians were the first known settlers of the area that is Philadelphia. Chet Brooks of Oklahoma is a member of the tribe, and he has devoted the past 36 years to studying and preserving Lenape history and...

Editorial: Virginia tribes deserve recognition (July 28, 2008)

"For years, the argument against recognition centered around one major bugaboo: gaming. In other parts of the United States, federal status has opened the door to casinos on reservations, which bring with them many unintended consequences, like attracting organized crime,...

Lobbyists contribute $181,000 to Sen. McCain (July 28, 2008)

Lobbyists have contributed $181,600 to Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) in the first half of 2008 despite the presumptive Republican nominee's criticism of their industry. “We are 100 percent behind McCain,” lobbyist Kathryn Braden Huffard told The New York Times. McCain...

Sen. Coburn puts holds on 35 pieces of legislation (July 28, 2008)

The Senate is expected to vote on an omnibus bill that includes 35 pieces of legislation being held up by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma). Coburn, who defeated Cherokee Nation member Brad Carson in 2004, has "holds" on bills like...

Tim Giago: Moving back to the land of the Lakota (July 28, 2008)

There are several reasons I am moving back to Rapid City, SD from Albuquerque, NM. One is that I added a new word to my vocabulary a couple of weeks ago. The word is “mad-dogging.” According to all of the...

Opinion: McCain and Obama on Native Hawaiians (July 28, 2008)

"Senator Obama delivered an inspirational speech in Berlin a few days ago, in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. It included comments on unity and race that imply he should oppose the Akaka bill. Yet Obama gave a speech on...

Jodi Rave: Man finds calling in buffalo robes (July 28, 2008)

"Jason Erickson was serving up beef burritos when he decided he would rather be delivering buffalo - and not as a meal. “I didn't know it, but I absolutely love tanning, love it to death,” said Erickson, owner of...