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Senate hearing on Standing Rock Reservation (August 1, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a field hearing on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Monday, August 4, 2008. The hearing will address Operation Dakota Peacekeeper, an effort by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to improve law and...

Judge orders election assistance in Yup'ik (August 1, 2008)

A federal judge ordered election officials in Alaska to provide more assistance to voters who speak Yup'ik. Judge Timothy Burgess said the state must provide bilingual translators at polling stations, pre-election announcements and sample ballots in Yup'ik. The order applies...

KILI Radio celebrates 25 years of broadcasting (August 1, 2008)

KILI-FM, the Voice of the Lakota Nation, marked its 25th anniversary on Thursday. DJ Calvin Two Lance welcomed listeners in English and Lakota on February 25, 1983. The station quickly became the only way most families on the Pine Ridge...

Utah 'medicine man' claims Seminole heritage (August 1, 2008)

A self-described "medicine man" from Utah is claiming to be Seminole but federal authorities say he is not a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida or any federally recognized tribe. James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney runs the Oklevueha Native...

Colville Tribes move to four-day work week (August 1, 2008)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation approved a four-day work week for many of its employees. The change is expected to help employees lower their commuting costs and help the tribe lower energy costs. The new work week starts...

IHS director criticized for property loss response (August 1, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing on Indian Health Service Management: Lost Property, Wasteful Spending and Document Fabrication. July 30, 2008. • Opening Statements • Testimony | Q&A • Written Testimony | Webcast Members of the Senate...

Bill settles Pueblo water rights in New Mexico (August 1, 2008)

Legislation to settle two Pueblo water rights cases in New Mexico was introduced in the Senate and the House on Thursday. One component of S.3381, the Aamodt and Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act, settles the long-running Aamodt case...

Soboba water rights settlement signed into law (August 1, 2008)

A bill to settle the water rights of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians of California was signed into law on Thursday. H.R.4841, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2007, provides $29 million and up to 2...

Native journalists cut from Obama event at UNITY (August 1, 2008)

Native journalists who were scheduled to question Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) during the UNITY conference were cut from the event at the last minute, Indian Country Today reports. Tom Arviso Jr., the publisher of The Navajo Times, and Rhonda LeValdo,...

Leo Aleck, Yakama Nation elder, dies at 80 (August 1, 2008)

Leo Aleck, a respected elder of the Yakama Nation of Washington, died on Thursday. He was 80. Aleck, a medicine man, fought to preserve the tribe's treaty rights. He opposed a tobacco tax compact with the state and initiated...

Bill introduced to recognize Chinook Nation (August 1, 2008)

Rep. Brian Baird (D-Washington) announced a bill to extend federal recognition to the Chinook Nation of Washington. The tribe's ancestors welcomed Lewis and Clark to the Pacific Northwest 200 years ago. Attempts to gain federal status since 1851 resulted in...

Review: Mohawk smuggling in intense 'Frozen River' (August 1, 2008)

"As the summer heats up, let "Frozen River" wash over you; let its bracing drama and the intensity of its acting restore your spirits as well as your faith in American independent film. As those who have seen more than...

Navajo Nation fears loss of Internet service (August 1, 2008)

The Navajo Nation is lobbying Congress to prevent the loss of Internet service on the tri-state reservation. Most of the tribe's 110 chapters, along with some government programs, receive Internet service from a Utah company called Universal Service Administration Co....

EPA investigates spill on Southern Ute land (August 1, 2008)

The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating a chemical spill on land owned by the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado. The gas-field chemical spill occurred at a BP well on April 17. Not many knew of the incident until a nurse...

EPA approves air permit for Navajo power plant (August 1, 2008)

The Environmental Protection Agency approved an air permit for the Navajo Nation's controversial power plant. The decision came on the last day possible under a court order. The tribe sued the EPA for failing to act on an application...

Steve Russell: Everybody knows everything (August 1, 2008)

"Too many years ago, I attended my 25th Not High School Reunion in Bristow, Okla. ''Not High School'' because I am a sort of honorary Purple Pirate, having left high school in the ninth grade to join the service and...

Opinion: No hog farm for Yankton Sioux Tribe (August 1, 2008)

"I've been watching the struggle the Yankton Sioux tribe has been having with the new hog confinement being built west of Wagner. My girlfriend said to me, "What's the problem? I don't see what the big fuss is about." I...

Sen. Stevens set for quick trial on corruption charges (August 1, 2008)

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), will be headed to trial September 24 after pleading not guilty on Thursday to corruption charges. Stevens hopes the case against him can be resolved before the general election in November. He also wants the...

Opinion: Address the oppressive trust system (August 1, 2008)

"There are just 6 million of them, they don't have a lot of money to wave around, and about the only way you're going to hear much about American Indians during a presidential campaign is when one of the candidates...