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Youngest Alaska native corporation executive (January 14, 2009)

The new president and chief executive officer of Bristol Bay Native Corp. is the youngest Alaska Native regional corporate executive. Jason Metrokin, 36, is also the first "second generation" Alaska Native shareholder to lead a corporation. He was born...

Editorial: Suicide and abuse in Alaska Native villages (January 14, 2009)

"Rae Fancher spent a childhood in which physical, sexual and emotional abuses were rife. I read about this 23-year-old being the first Alaska Native female ever accepted into the Naval Academy with joy at the thought that some kids can...

Blackfeet men charged under Adam Walsh Act (January 14, 2009)

Two men from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana appear to be among the first In Indian Country to be charged under the Adam Walsh Act. The law requires tribes to develop sex offender registry systems or submit to state jurisdiction....

Crow Creek Sioux leaders indicted for bribery (January 14, 2009)

Three leaders of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota were indicted on federal bribery charges. Vice chairman Randy Shields, treasurer Norman Thompson Sr. and secretary Thomas Thompson face multiple bribery charges. They are also accused of conspiring to...

Yellow Bird: Reviving the horse culture in the Plains (January 14, 2009)

"Sunka wakan ah-ku, “Holy Horse Coming Back,” is the name of a program or maybe I should say a way of life that’s budding on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota. It’s not a new concept but...

Jodi Rave: Series on Indian lawmakers in Montana (January 14, 2009)

"With the Montana Legislature under way, Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, is asking fellow lawmakers to support nearly a dozen bills addressing issues such as domestic violence, celebrating American Indian heritage and improving health care services for rural Montanans....

Confirmation hearing for Interior pick Salazar (January 14, 2009)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a confirmation hearing tomorrow for Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colorado), president-elect Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Department of the Interior. The hearing starts at 9:30am and will be broadcast online. Salazar...

Witness list for Senate hearing on tribal economies (January 14, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing tomorrow on jobs and economic stimulus in Indian Country. The hearing takes place at 2:30pm and will be broadcast online. The witness list follows: Panel 1 MR. JACK REVER Director...

Cherokee chief defends Obama inaugural donation (January 14, 2009)

Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith defended the tribe's $50,000 donation to the inaugural committee for president-elect Barack Obama. . Smith likened the donation -- the maximum possible -- to a "sponsorship" or "advertising" for the tribe. He said the money...

Seneca Nation prepares for 'worst' in tax dispute (January 14, 2009)

The Seneca Nation is "preparing for the worst" in its tobacco taxation battle with the state of New York. The tribe opposes a bill Gov. David Paterson (D) signed into law last month. The goal is to force tribes...

Opinion: What’s so bad about lobbyists, anyway? (January 14, 2009)

"To paraphrase the late Rodney Dangerfield, lobbyists can’t get any respect. In public opinion polls, lobbyists can rank below lawyers as well as used-car salesmen. The recent presidential campaigns capitalized on that sentiment, with each candidate declaring open season against...

Off-reservation casino killed in final days of Bush era (January 14, 2009)

After waiting more than seven years for an answer, two Wisconsin tribes whose off-reservation casino has strong local support were rejected by the Bush administration on Tuesday. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and the St. Croix...