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Conference looks at diabetes among Indian youth (December 8, 2008)

Health experts were in San Diego, California, last week to discuss diabetes among Indian youth. American Indian and Alaska Native youth have the highest rate of diabetes in the nation. In San Diego County, nearly a third of Indians ages...

Indian business grows with government contracts (December 8, 2008)

A business owned by a member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin has crossed the $100 million mark in government contracts. Master Key Consulting, founded by Jonathan Wilber, is the largest Indian-owned firm in Maryland. After landing its first $40,000...

Grist: Kevin Gover up for Interior Secretary (December 8, 2008)

"Buzz in Washington right now is that the Obama transition team is considering two new candidates for Secretary of the Interior: Kevin Gover and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.). Most speculation last week focused on Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), but...

Editorial: State authority over tribal members (December 8, 2008)

"In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court has sent a strong statement that the courts can regulate the conduct of tribal members. It's a welcome decision because it gives judges in the state court system the authority over the...

Tim Giago: December a hard time for Lakota people (December 8, 2008)

The month of December means different things to many people. To those that have lost a loved one, the festive days of December can be a time of sorrow. To the Lakota, it is a month of sad memories. My...

Opinion: Alaska Native schools in need of reform (December 8, 2008)

"For 100 years, Native Alaskans went to a school where their own language was forbidden, their history and culture benignly ignored or violently demeaned, denigrated, even persecuted. Teachers were given no orientation to the language or culture of their students...

BIA finalizes gaming compact process rule (December 8, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs finalized a gaming compact rule on Friday in one of the last regulatory actions of the outgoing Bush administration. Publication of the rule in the Federal Register marks the first time since the Indian Gaming...

Navajo Nation school meets NCLB standards (December 8, 2008)

A school on the Navajo Nation celebrated on Friday after meeting No Child Left Behind Act standards for the first time in six years. The T'iis Nazbas Community School in Arizona was among the lowest-performing schools on the reservation....

Non-Indians dispute Colorado River jurisdiction (December 8, 2008)

A non-Indian business owner says he will challenge the jurisdiction of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in federal court. Bob Johnson runs a mobile home resort on 26 acres of tribal land on the California side of the Colorado...

Grand Traverse Band election finally settled (December 8, 2008)

Derek Bailey will finally be able to take over as chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan. Bailey, 36, was elected in a special election in September. But challenges kept him from taking...

Editorial: Gov. Palin hides 'Troopergate' testimony (December 8, 2008)

"Much as Gov. Sarah Palin might wish otherwise, she has not given Alaskans a complete, transparent accounting of her actions in Troopergate. The "exoneration" issued by the Personnel Board investigator was rushed out the door the day before the...

Series on Robinson Rancheria disenrollments (December 8, 2008)

The Lake County News is publishing a series on pending disenrollments by the Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California. The tribe has notified 60 people that they could be removed from the rolls. Others say as many as 74...

Crow Tribe to send horse unit to inaugural parade (December 8, 2008)

The Crow Tribe of Montana will be represented at the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2009. The Crow Nation of Montana Horse Mounted Unit applied for one of the spots at the parade. About two dozen tribal...

Oglala Sioux candidates win state House seat (December 8, 2008)

  Two members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe won election to the South Dakota Legislature. Kevin Killer and Ed Iron Cloud will both represent House House District 27. They attributed their victory to turnout among Indian voters. “It’s a...

Charges upgraded in beating of Blackfeet man (December 8, 2008)

Three white males who are accused of beating a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana will face felony charges for the September 20 incident. Todd, Brian and Aaron Molenda were initially charged with misdemeanors for the attack on Ron...

Marc Simmons: Tribes, Spanish united against threat (December 8, 2008)

"To readers of colonial New Mexico history, the names of Coronado, Espejo, Oñate, Vargas, Escalante and De Anza are quite familiar. Not so another name, that of Gov. Antonio de Valverde (1717-1722) who led a grand expedition against the...

Opinion: Raul Grijalva a wise choice for Interior (December 8, 2008)

"Anyone who has visited a national park or traversed the country's diverse wilderness comes home with gorgeous, yet distressing images of it; those returning from a visit to one of the more than 562 tribes the federal government recognizes and...

Yellow Bird: Helping wildlife in North Dakota (December 8, 2008)

"If you find an injured bird beside the road, should you rescue it by taking it to a rehabilitation facility? That’s the question North Dakota is wrestling with, in the wake of Herald staff writer Brad Dokken’s story in...