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Montana paper examines law enforcement at Blackfeet (January 5, 2009)

The Great Falls Tribune ran a series of articles on law enforcement on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. Residents and business owners say crime goes unpunished. The crime rate on the reservation is seven times the national average. "What really...

Iowa Tribe plans wind energy project in Kansas (January 5, 2009)

The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is planning a wind energy project on its reservation in Kansas. The tribe says the system will save $120,000 to $150,000 in energy costs. It will be installed over the summer. Get the...

U.S. Attorney to release report on Yakama deaths (January 5, 2009)

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington plans to release a draft report on 16 unsolved deaths on the Yakama Nation. All of the cases involve women, some of whom were sexually assaulted. Tribal members said they haven't...

Jodi Rave: Montana governor hosts all tribes (January 5, 2009)

"As part of a rare gathering of all Montana tribes, Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Sunday welcomed Native people to the state Capitol during a tribal leaders' summit reception, a prelude to the opening day of the Legislature. Schweitzer said it...

Editorial: Prosecute theft of sacred artifacts (January 5, 2009)

"It never ceases to amaze us what unthinkable acts can occur, prompting the need for state or federal laws to set certain matters straight - and strong enforcement of those laws. The latest examples are cases that involve Native American...

Sovereignty, self-governance forum in California (January 5, 2009)

The American Indian Resources Institute is hosting a two-day forum to address sovereignty and self-governance issues under the new administration of president-elect Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled 111th Congress. "Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Governance in a New Era: Forging Fair and...

Indian couple celebrates New Year's Day baby (January 5, 2009)

The first baby born in 2009 in Omaha, Nebraska, is also a First American. Nasima Sarwary was born at 1:32 a.m. on Thursday. Her parents are Miranda Sarwary, a 27-year-old member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, and Tameem Sarwary...

Opinion: Aboriginal initiatives met with silence (January 5, 2009)

"Maybe I'm hoping for too much. But it is the time of year for fresh resolutions. Twice in the past week senior federal government ministers have given interviews to this paper signalling bold indigenous initiatives in what - in more...

Warm Springs couple dead in apparent murder-suicide (January 5, 2009)

Two young members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon are dead in what is being considered a murder-suicide. Hannah Crowe, and Julian Wallulatum were last seen on New Year's Eve. On Saturday, their three oldest children...

Biloxi-Chitimacha Tribe faces loss of land, culture (January 5, 2009)

The Biloxi-Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana fears it will lose its land and culture unless the entire community moves elsewhere. The tribe has been based on Isle de Jean Charles in the Gulf of Mexico for nearly 200 years. But...

Bill Richardson withdraws as Commerce pick (January 5, 2009)

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) withdrew from consideration as Secretary of the Department of Commerce on Sunday, making him the first casualty of the incoming Barack Obama administration. Richardson cited an ongoing federal investigation that involves a company that...

Editorial: Ken Salazar can't be nice guy at Interior (January 5, 2009)

"The word on Ken Salazar, tapped by President-elect Barack Obama to run the Interior Department, is that he is friendly, approachable, a good listener, a genial compromiser and a skillful broker of deals. That is also the rap on Ken...

DOI cites Indian Country 'accomplishments' (January 5, 2009)

The Bush administration says it improved Indian schools, strengthened law enforcement on reservations and increased energy production on Indian lands. A document from the Interior Department cited the three as "accomplishments" from 2001 through 2007. But two out of the...

In the Loop: Kempthorne spent $235K on bathroom (January 5, 2009)

"If Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) is confirmed this month as interior secretary, he'll have a snappy, scarcely used bathroom in his fifth-floor office, thanks to Dirk Kempthorne, the outgoing secretary. Seems Kempthorne spent about $235,000 in taxpayer funds renovating...

Yellow Bird: Two good resolutions for 2009 (January 5, 2009)

"I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, and I know few people, if asked in July, can say “Yes, I remember,” what they resolved to do Jan. 1. So, as I sat at the penny Dragon Lord slot machine...

Jodi Rave: Series on Indian lawmakers in Montana (January 5, 2009)

"Sen. Carol Juneau, D-Browning, the longest-serving member of the Montana Legislature's American Indian caucus, arrives for the 2009 session with legislative priorities ranging from water compacts and education funding to hate crimes and energy drinks. Juneau is already set for...

Tim Giago: Indian Country looks to Tom Daschle for help (January 5, 2009)

Former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle will soon be seated as the head of the Health and Human Services. As a man who grew up in South Dakota and served as its Representative and Senator for many years, he, probably...