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Steven Newcomb: Colonialism and border crossings (June 5, 2009)

"On June 1, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect. It creates new security measures for international travel to and from the United States, even to and from Canada...

Coburn calls for ban on smoking and tobacco (June 5, 2009)

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), one of two physicians in the Senate, says the federal government should outlaw smoking and tobacco products. Coburn questioned the wisdom of a bill to authorize...

Renewable energy a focus at Sovereignty Symposium (June 5, 2009)

Renewable energy was a topic of discussion at the 22nd annual Sovereignty Symposium this week. Speakers urged Oklahoma tribes to join the state's growing wind energy industry. "Don’t be afraid...

Arizona tribes come to rescue for city's fireworks (June 5, 2009)

Two Arizona tribes made the largest donations to the city of Tucson after officials said the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration was being canceled due to budget cuts. The...

Alaska Native corporation ousts board members (June 5, 2009)

Two board members of Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native regional corporation, were ousted following a lawsuit over an election. The board voted 10-3 to remove Bob Rude and...

Tribal 'Fighting Sioux' supporters seek action (June 5, 2009)

Members of the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation hope tribal leaders will take action to formally support the controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North Dakota....

Steve Russell: Fighting the fake Indians in tribal court (June 5, 2009)

"I will leave the question with a gentle suggestion for non-Indians who wish to employ Indians. Few Indians are offended by being asked if they are enrolled in connection with...

House speaker to visit Indian center in Minnesota (June 5, 2009)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California), the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, will visit the American Indian Opportunities Industrial Center Minnesota on Sunday. Pelosi will tour the center...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on health care reform (June 5, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing next Thursday, June 11, to discuss reform of the Indian health care system. The hearing comes amid a national discussion about...

South Dakota group upset with Catholic charity program (June 5, 2009)

A South Dakota Indian organization says a Catholic charity failed to consult tribes before starting a Lakota youth program. Native American Advocacy Program provides services to families and children...

Jury continues deliberations in Navajo shooting case (June 5, 2009)

A federal jury was unable to reach a verdict on the first day of deliberations into the shooting death of a Navajo Nation man who was shot and killed by...

Acoma Pueblo breaks ground on stimulus project (June 5, 2009)

Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico broke ground on fitness facility with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The tribe is spending $14 million on the project....

Wilton Rancheria announces federal restoration (June 5, 2009)

The Wilton Rancheria of California plans a press conference on Monday to announce its restoration to federal recognition. The Me-Wuk Indian Community of the Wilton Rancheria sued the Interior Department...

Pechanga Band opposes gravel mine at sacred site (June 5, 2009)

The birthplace of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians of California is being threatened by a proposed gravel mine. Chairman Mark Macarro asked the Local Agency Formation Commission to allow...

Connecticut tribes support Shinnecock recognition (June 5, 2009)

Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are welcoming the Shinnecock Nation as the New York tribe nears federal recognition. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation was recognized by an act of Congress...

Freedmen protest honoring of Cherokee Nation chief (June 5, 2009)

The Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association held a protest outside an Oklahoma hotel as Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith was being recognized as "Ambassador of...

EchoHawk reaching out to tribes, NCAI in first week (June 5, 2009)

Larry EchoHawk started work this week as the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. EchoHawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, was sworn in to...

AFN chief Phil Fontaine won't run for re-election (June 5, 2009)

Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine said he won't run for a fourth term as leader of Canada's largest Aboriginal organization. Fontaine, 64, a member of the Sagkeeng...

First Nation in Manitoba confirms swine flu (June 5, 2009)

The remote St. Theresa Point First Nation of Manitoba confirmed two cases of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. The two people, along with 19 others with flu-like...