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Navajo Nation Council set for summer session (July 20, 2009)

The Navajo Nation Council meets this week for a special session with a controversial topic up for discussion. Delegate Raymond Joe wants to repeal the Dine Fundamental Law, the tribe's...

Alaska Native corporation land swap is killed (July 20, 2009)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has killed a controversial land swap with an Alaska Native regional corporation. The agency was considering swapping land inside the Yukon Flats National Wildlife...

Tulalip Tribes prepare to open first gas station (July 20, 2009)

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington will open a gas station at its Quil Ceda Village. The gas station is a first for the tribe. Discounts will be offered, most likely...

Brothertown Nation awaits recognition ruling (July 20, 2009)

The Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin is due to receive a preliminary ruling on its federal recognition petition. The tribe started the process in 1980. The Bureau of Indian Affairs...

EchoHawk bringing in his team to Washington (July 20, 2009)

Larry EchoHawk, the new head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is slowly but surely building his team in Washington, D.C. One of EchoHawk's first hires was Paul Tsosie, a...

EchoHawk comes with 'right leadership' for BIA (July 20, 2009)

Larry EchoHawk, the new head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, says he's ready to show the "right leadership" for his agency. Three assistant secretaries ran the BIA during the...

Peter Coyote: Powerful keep Peltier in prison (July 20, 2009)

"As of this year, my good friend, Native American leader Leonard Peltier, has been imprisoned for 29 years for a murder that even the government has no idea if he...

Tex Hall/Chris Stearns: Using $2B in stimulus (July 20, 2009)

"As the debate over the impact of President Obama’s economic stimulus bill rages in Washington, we want to call attention to an unprecedented source of $2 billion in funding for...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe leader faces court date (July 20, 2009)

A judge in South Dakota scheduled an August 11 evidentiary hearing in the case against Michael J. Valandra, a suspended council member for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Valandra, 49, charged...

Louisiana tribes losing way of life along water (July 20, 2009)

Tribes in southwestern Louisiana are losing their way of life and their land in the Gulf of Mexico gradually disappears. The Houma, the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Pointe-au-Chien tribes have long...

NPR: Alaska Native contracts under scrutiny (July 20, 2009)

"Last week, the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight held a hearing about whether Alaska Native Corporations have an unfair advantage when it comes to being awarded government contracts. Host Scott...

DOI to halt uranium mining at Grand Canyon (July 20, 2009)

The Interior Department will halt new uranium mining claims at the Grand Canyon, the Associated Press reports. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will make an announcement today, the AP said. About...

Brenda Golden: Giving thanks to Indian givers (July 20, 2009)

"Last week news sources reported that tribes in Oklahoma had given $105 Million to the State from casino revenues. This represented a 23% increase from that given in the previous...

Valerie Taliman: Stop violence against women (July 20, 2009)

"A nation is not defeated until the hearts of its women are on the ground,” goes an old Cheyenne proverb. Sometimes I think it’s amazing we’re still standing at all....

Tim Giago: Rapid City is changing for the better (July 20, 2009)

My wife and I took my son-in-law and daughter to Denny’s for a late breakfast this week. Our waitress was a really nice Lakota girl named Daphne. She was...

Column: Dirty secrets of border town attacks (July 20, 2009)

"Every so often in this business of journalism, you walk into a situation that seems pretty straightforward and so you run down all the usual suspects in your reporting and...

Opinion: A terrible precedent in Indian health (July 20, 2009)

"According to the Indian Health Service, American Indians suffer much higher death rates of most leading causes of death than the rest of the country. Death rates from tuberculosis, alcoholism,...

Yvette Roubideaux: Reform Indian health care (July 20, 2009)

"President Obama's administration is committed to strengthening the Indian Health Service and improving health care for American Indians and Alaska Native people. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...