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Santa Fe Indian School free to ignore federal laws (September 22, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says the Santa Fe Indian School doesn't have to comply with federal historic preservation laws. The school campus is held in trust for the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. The tribes have razed more than...

BIA official calls young Indians pampered, lazy (September 22, 2008)

Are you Indian and born after 1980? Cal Pino, a fire management officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, thinks you are too pampered and lazy to fight fires. Pino says it's getting harder and harder for him to recruit...

Tribes, state share frustration on Adam Walsh Act (September 22, 2008)

The Southern Ute Tribe and the state of Colorado are in the same place when it comes to the Adam Walsh Act. Tribal and state officials are developing sex offender registries as required by the law. But both say the...

Sioux Falls Argus Leader series on youth suicide (September 22, 2008)

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader is running a three-part series on youth suicide on South Dakota's reservations. The suicide rate among American Indians and Alaska Natives is four to five times higher than the national average. In South Dakota, the...

Muscogee Nation kills tobacco compact talks (September 22, 2008)

The Muscogee Nation has stopped negotiations for a tobacco compact with the state of Oklahoma. Chief A.D. Ellis said the state has gone back on its word several times during the process. The tribe proposed a compact but the state's...

Column: Former 'Fighting Sioux' diehard relents (September 22, 2008)

"As a former logo supporter, I have concluded that it is time for Fighting Sioux logo diehards to recognize some immutable facts about the controversy. For the NCAA, the logo challenge is just the first shot across the bow....

Editorial: Release Indian crime declination rates (September 22, 2008)

"Drew Wrigley is a fine lawyer and respected U.S. attorney for North Dakota. But even the best executives need a tip from the newspaper industry now and then: Wrigley should stop rebuffing Congress’ request for statistics on how many crimes...

Editorial: DOI corruption a 'a slap in the face' (September 22, 2008)

"The sex and drugs and possible bribery within the Interior Department's oil and gas royalties program was bad enough — a slap in the face to those of us struggling with higher gas and fuel costs. Now we learn that,...

Alaska's 'First Dude' active in state business (September 22, 2008)

Todd Palin, the husband of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), has taken an extremely active role in state business, drawing criticism from some voters, Democrats and at least one Native leader. Palin regularly contacts lawmakers and government officials to...

Police report hate crime against Tigua Tribe (September 22, 2008)

The Tigua Tribe of Texas was the target of a hate crime earlier this year, the El Paso Police Department reported. On February 28, racial remarks about Native Americans and a swastika were spray-painted on a wall at a property...

Turtle Talk: Sen. McCain and future of Indian law (September 22, 2008)

"The NYT’s editorial today on the impact of the Presidential election on the federal judiciary should be especially salient to tribal advocates. Sen. McCain promises to continue to stock the federal judiciary and the Supreme Court with arch-conservatives like Justices...

Newsweek: Gov. Sarah Palin's pipeline to nowhere (September 22, 2008)

"The principal achievement of Sarah Palin's term as Alaska's governor, a natural-gas pipeline project backed by $500 million in state tax money, might never be built unless Canadian authorities can strike a deal with some of the country's angry...

House Resources hearing on three Indian bills (September 22, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power, will hold a hearing this Thursday to consider four bills. Three of the bills on the agenda affect tribes. They are: * H.R. 883: To enhance and provide to the...

Senate Indian Affairs business meeting on Tuesday (September 22, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting on Tuesday to consider pending legislation. Six bills are on the agenda. They are: 1) H.R. 5680, To amend certain laws relating to Native Americans, and for other purposes. 2)...

Oneida Hymn Singers receive highest arts honor (September 22, 2008)

The Oneida Hymn Singers are the recipients of a 2008 National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for folk and traditional artists. The singers, who are members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, carry on a tradition that began in...

Column: Native man helps his people recover (September 22, 2008)

"If life had been dark for Edward Grijalva once before, the blackness had become impenetrable the second time around. He had returned to a scourge that had earlier eviscerated his life. Grijalva and heroin became inseparable again. This time...

Letter: Farmington is not a racist community (September 22, 2008)

"Once again the accusation of "racism" has been aimed at our town, and each time this happens I am personally offended. Farmington is not a racist community. Do bigots live here? Of course. Some of these bigots have paler skin,...

Yellow Bird: Wild plum picking in North Dakota (September 22, 2008)

"Only a few weeks ago, the sun seemed to languish in the sky for hours. But Thursday evening, as my sister and I started out into the prairie to pick plums, the sun was there one minute and practically...

Jodi Rave: Corruption 'nothing new' at Interior (September 22, 2008)

"It's no surprise to Native landowners that a recent watchdog report revealed a culture of corruption within an Interior Department bureau responsible for overseeing lucrative tribal oil revenue accounts. The in-kind oil royalty program at the Minerals Management Service came...

Tim Giago: Market collapse affects Indian Country (September 22, 2008)

When Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch took a shellacking in the world of high finances last week many leaders of Indian tribes were hot on the phone lines to their brokers and money managers. I wonder how many...