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Full witness lists for Senate hearings on Indian health (December 2, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee hold two oversight hearings on Thursday to discuss Indian health issues. The first hearing focus on dental health in Indian Country. The witness list follows:...

Pala Band to purchase site of former ancestral village (December 2, 2009)

The Pala Band of Mission Indians of California is buying a ranch that includes the village that the tribe's ancestors were forced to leave in 1903. The tribe is spending...

Audio: House hearing on Indian Arts and Crafts Act (December 2, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this morning on H.R. 725, the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act of 2009. The committee heard from five witnesses who said...

Indians in New Mexico have highest rate of flu deaths (December 2, 2009)

American Indians in New Mexico are dying from the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, at the highest rate, a Department of Health official said. As of last...

Maisie Shenandoah, Oneida clan mother, dies at 77 (December 2, 2009)

Maisie Shenandoah, a clan mother of the Oneida Nation of New York, died early this morning. She was 77. As a woman of power in a matriarchal society, Shenandoah...

Review: Sherman Alexie reaches out with 'War Dances' (December 2, 2009)

"Sherman Alexie's short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" is a mighty high standard for any contemporary American writer to match. The fusion of emotion and image, sympathy...

Aquash murder defendant wants separate trial again (December 2, 2009)

Richard Marshall, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is again asking for a separate trial for the murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou...

Agua Caliente Chair: Tribe not selling tax-free tobacco (December 2, 2009)

"The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians feels obliged to clarify the story about the 7 Leaf Trading Post selling Native American cigarettes on reservation land in Cathedral City....

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe in dispute over state funds (December 2, 2009)

The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is hoping the state of Montana won't cut off $900,000 in funding but some members say they money should be held back. Tribal...

County asks for Oneida Nation land-into-trust records (December 2, 2009)

The Interior Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Department of Defense and the Air Force are being asked to submit "any and/or all" information about the Oneida Nation land-into-trust...

DOJ releases report on jail facilities in Indian Country (December 2, 2009)

The number of inmates housed in detention facilities in Indian Country fell 1.3 percent between 2007 and 2008, the Department of Justice said on Monday. At midyear 2008, a total...

Melvin Martin: Indian Country's expanding waistline (December 2, 2009)

With nowhere else to go since Alaska has become relatively tamed (except for the recent antics of Sarah Palin), the desperate search for ever-widening circles of places to expand...

Letters: Readers respond to Cherokee poverty opinion (December 2, 2009)

An October 23 opinion piece about poverty by Cherokee Phoenix staff writer apparently touched a chord within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Here's a sampling of some of the responses....

Indian Country waits for long-overdue health reform (December 2, 2009)

After a decade of waiting, Congress appears close to passing the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and including American Indians and Alaska Natives in the national health reform bill. Tribes...

Tribal campaign contributions rose to $11.4M in 2008 (December 2, 2009)

Tribes donated $11.4 million to politicians during the 2008 election cycle, Congressional Quarterly-Roll Call reports. The donations are up from $1.7 million in 2000. Tribal contributions have increased steadily since...

Review: Inuit trilogy continues with 'Before Tomorrow' (December 2, 2009)

"“Before Tomorrow” is set in 1840 at the perilous moment when white explorers with their strange customs and implements began encroaching on the far north territory occupied by Inuit...

Agenda for Senate Indian Affairs Committee meeting (December 2, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will consider four bills at a business meeting on Thursday. The agenda includes: • S.1635, the 7th Generation Promise: Indian Youth Suicide Prevention Act, which...

Judge who worked for Narragansett Tribe up for court (December 2, 2009)

Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson, a judge in Rhode Island who used to serve as legal counsel for the Narragansett Tribe, went before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing on...