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First hotel breaks ground in Navajo community (August 4, 2008)

After clearing years of bureaucratic red tape, the first hotel is finally going up in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. The tribe approved the lease for the 69,000-square-foot Best Western in about six months. But the paperwork...

BIA unable to resolve San Pasqual leadership feud (August 4, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairshas been unable to resolve a leadership dispute within the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians in California. Rival groups are fighting over the pending disenrollment of about 80 people. Neither side can agree who is...

BIA recognizes interim chief of Seneca-Cayuga Tribe (August 4, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has recognized LeRoy Howard as interim chief of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. Howard and a new slate of leaders were elected in June. But former chief Paul Spicer disputed the results and held...

High gas prices taking a toll in Indian Country (August 4, 2008)

With gas prices breaking the $4 barrier, people on the powwow circuit are feeling the pinch. Adele Stabler, 51, is used to crossing the country to attend powwows. But this year she's had to borrow money to fill her...

Alaska Natives account for $7M in IHS property (August 4, 2008)

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium says it can account for about $7 million in property that was "lost" by the Indian Health Service. The consortium accepted old equipment, including tractors, trailers and ATVs, from the agency. But a report...

Sheriff worried about more violence at Soboba (August 4, 2008)

A dispute over Public Law 280 could lead to more violence on the Soboba Reservation, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department warns. The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians is checking all law enforcement personnel who come to the reservation. The tribe...

Editorial: Diabetes among Indian children (August 4, 2008)

"Central Consolidated School District deserves a pat on the back for its recent effort to target diabetes among American Indian children. With help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the district will implement a curriculum aimed at...

Kansas tribes seek ouster of Haskell president (August 4, 2008)

Linda Warner has served as president of Haskell Indian Nations University for 16 months but tribes in Kansas aren't happy with her performance. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Kickapoo Tribe have passed resolutions that calls Warner's ouster....

Southern Ute Tribe not told of chemical spill (August 4, 2008)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado has ordered an investigation into a chemical spill on its land. The tribe said it wasn't immediately told of the April 17 spill at a BP gas well. The state and the Environmental Protection...

Monument with ancient sites open to development (August 4, 2008)

Most national parks and monuments are off-limits to energy development but not one in Colorado that is home to countless Indian sites. About 80 percent of the 164,000 acres within the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has been...

Sen. McCain to campaign at Sturgis biker rally (August 4, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) is bringing his presidential campaign to South Dakota today but he won't be making any stops in Indian Country. Instead, the presumptive Republican nominee will appear at the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis. He'll take part...

Marc Simmons: Indian man hanged for failed uprising (August 4, 2008)

"Abó is perhaps best remembered as the birthplace and home of an Indian we now know as Esteban Clemente. That name was given him by the Spaniards when he was baptized in the mission of San Gregorio. The friars...

Meskwaki Tribe to host 94th annual powwow (August 4, 2008)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa kicks off its 94th annual powwow later this week The Meskwaki Indian Pow Wow starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. It will be held at the outdoor arena at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel...

Letter: Law and order needed for tribal leaders (August 4, 2008)

"The recent bipartisan legislation introduced by Sen. Byron Dorgan, chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, seems to have some teeth and could have an impact on American Indian reservations across the country. While supporting senators keep pushing the bill...

Column: Uncle Ted Stevens helped Alaska Natives (August 4, 2008)

"When the senior senator from Alaska visited our small town on the Fourth of July weekend, we knew he was under FBI investigation for renovations done on his house near Anchorage by an oilfield services company. We saw pictures...

Yellow Bird: Eliminate smoking at all tribal casinos (August 4, 2008)

"As some of my friends know, I can be a pain in the neck to those who smoke. The letter from Dr. Eric Johnson reaffirmed my stance against cigarette smoking. It also reminded me how negligent American Indian tribes are...

Jodi Rave: Blackfoot Project promotes education (August 4, 2008)

"Iris Pretty Paint, a sociologist, spent the last 10 years researching and developing a theory on educational persistence as part of her doctoral program. She was driven to find answers about why people don't give up when faced with challenges....

Tim Giago: Billy Mills, the pride of the Lakota Nation (August 4, 2008)

It was nearly 30 years ago that as a cub reporter for the Rapid City Journal I first met Billy Mills, the Lakota man who set the world on its ear by winning the 10,000 meter Gold Medal at the...