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Melvin Martin: Even more truths about race in Rapid City (May 19, 2009)

This week the Rapid City Journal, www.rapidcityjournal.com, featured a seven-part (plus one video) examination of the problems that the city is having with public intoxication, with the bulk of the...

Urban Indian clinic to break ground on expansion (May 19, 2009)

The Indian Health Care Resource Center will break ground next month on an expansion that will double the size of the facility, The Tulsa World reports. Construction is expected to...

Yakama Nation upset about damage to sacred sites (May 19, 2009)

The state of Washington might fine a developer that damaged several Yakama Nation sacred sites. The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation said the Windy Flats wind farm developer...

Tribes ask New Mexico panel to protect sacred site (May 19, 2009)

Representatives of five tribes asked the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee to place sacred Mount Taylor on the Register of Cultural Properties. The mountain is a central part...

Tohono O'odham Nation seeks to rebury ancestors (May 19, 2009)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona plans to rebury the remains of nearly 200 ancestors that were removed from 11 sites in the 1970s and the 1980s. The remains...

Supreme Court won't hear dispute involving USET (May 19, 2009)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition in a case involving a federal employee who removed from his job after improperly pressuring the United South and Eastern Tribes....

Supreme Court won't hear Blackfeet housing case (May 19, 2009)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition in Marceau v. Blackfeet Housing Authority. The case affects homes that were built by the Blackfeet Nation of Montana using federal...

Tribal critic to testify at land-into-trust hearing (May 19, 2009)

South Dakota attorney general Larry Long, who has fought tribes on land-into-trust, sovereignty and jurisdiction issues, will testify this Thursday on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar....

Judge rejects venue change for Pueblo man's death (May 19, 2009)

A judge in New Mexico rejected a venue change for a man accused in the DUI death of William Tenorio of San Felipe Pueblo. Carlos Fierro, 36, is charged with...

Onondaga Nation wampum belts pulled from auction (May 19, 2009)

Two wampum belts that belong to the Onondaga Nation were pulled from an auction by Sotheby’s, The New York Times reports. Tribal representatives objected to the sale of the...

Editorial: Hilary Tompkins held hostage in Senate (May 19, 2009)

"Here we are, over four months into the new administration and Senator Robert Bennett is still playing games with President Obama’s picks for high office. Mr. Bennett, a Utah Republican...

Alaska Native villages want to form corporations (May 19, 2009)

Five Alaska Native villages are asking Congress to join the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The villages of Haines, Tenakee, Petersburg, Ketchikan and Wrangell were left out of ANSCA for...

Opinion: Better deal needed for Oneida land-into-trust (May 19, 2009)

"Let me begin by thanking all of the residents of Oneida and Madison counties who have contacted me in expressing their thoughts pro or con on the Oneida County executive’s...

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe starts wind energy business (May 19, 2009)

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and a partner have created a company to develop a wind farm, the Associated Press reports. The tribe will own 80 percent...

IHS director cites unmet needs in Indian Country (May 19, 2009)

The new director of the Indian Health Service acknowledges the "unmet needs" in Indian Country. The Obama administration is providing $500 million in stimulus funds and has added $454 million...

Alaska Native corporations under more scrutiny (May 19, 2009)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), the chair of the Senate Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, is asking Alaska Native corporations for detailed information about their businesses. McCaskill wants eight years...

Voices of Power: Interview with Secretary Salazar (May 19, 2009)

The Washington Post has posted three video interviews of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar said a big part of his job is to review decisions made by his predecessors....