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Medill: Indian Health Care Improvement Act expires (December 12, 2008)

"If Native American advocate Kennith Scott could time travel back to 1978, he would. It was an era when he was just starting to fight for better Native American health care and the efforts won services for thousands of people...

Editorial: An Indian policy for the 21st century (December 12, 2008)

'The recent presidential election offers an opportunity to reconsider Indian policy. No president has made a major statement about Indian policy since 1968 and 1970. What should an Indian or indigenous policy look like in the 21st century? National policy...

Arizona Tribes: Raul Grijalva for Interior Secretary (December 12, 2008)

"We are writing in support of the appointment of Congressman Raul Grijalva as the new Secretary of the Department of the Interior. He is well respected by the tribal community and has worked diligently for his constituents – many of...

Eastern Cherokees revitalize traditional arts (December 12, 2008)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are reviving their traditional arts with the help of Western Carolina University. Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources began in 2004 as part of WCU's Cherokee studies program. The program helps tribal...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe feels effects of sour economy (December 12, 2008)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona isn't immune from the national recession, KOLD News 13 reports. Angelique Valenzuela of the tribe's social services department has seen an increase in families in need of assistance. Last month, the tribe fielded...

New York tobacco taxation bill sent to governor (December 12, 2008)

A bill that seeks to impose state tobacco taxes on reservations has been sent to New York Gov. David Paterson (D). Paterson has 10 days to sign or veto the legislation. If he does nothing, the bill will automatically...

New evidence in San Manuel woman's arrest case (December 12, 2008)

New evidence has surfaced against a member of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians who may have violated the terms of her probation. Stacy Cheyenne Barajas-Nunez, 26, was sentenced to home detention after pleading guilty to a murder-for-hire...

Another drug sweep on New York reservation (December 12, 2008)

A whopping 63 people have been charged in connection with drug rings on New York reservations. Federal prosecutors say 29 people smuggled marijuana from Canada through the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. The drugs were taken to the Onondaga Nation, where...

Native man calls daughters' deaths an accident (December 12, 2008)

A man from the Yellow Quill First Nation of Saskatchewan says the deaths of his daughters was an accident, CBC News reports. Christopher Pauchay, 24, agreed to an interview and briefly discussed the deaths of his two young daughters,...

Group seeks recall of Santa Ysabel chairman (December 12, 2008)

Some members of the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Indians are trying to recall their leader. Vice Chairwoman Brandie Taylor is leading an effort to oust Chairman Johnny Hernandez from office. She said he has refused to provide information about...

Interior finalizes endangered species regulation (December 12, 2008)

The Bush administration finalized what Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne called a "narrow" change to Endangered Species Act regulations but environmental groups and Democrats vowed a challenge. The change allows federal agencies to determine, on their own, whether to eliminate an...