Comanche Nation battles Army over sacred site (August 20, 2008)
A federal judge has blocked the U.S. Army from starting a construction project at Fort Sill in Oklahoma out of concern for the religious rights of the Comanche Nation. The tribe says it wasn't consulted about the development of a...
George Will: New paternalism at Indian charter school (August 20, 2008)
"Seated at a solitary desk in the hall outside a classroom, the slender 13-year-old boy with a smile like a sunrise earnestly does remedial algebra, assisted by a paid tutor. She, too, is 13. Both wear the uniform — white...
Column: Bad back leads golfer Begay to good things (August 20, 2008)
"Notah Begay III was once a PGA Tour phenom. He won four PGA events in two years, becoming the first American Indian to win on the PGA Tour. He was a smart and engaging. A fresh face on tour. And...
Opinion: Jim Thorpe, greatest athlete of all time (August 20, 2008)
"I knew I was going to hear someone say it, so I braced myself. Then it happened. “Michael Phelps is the greatest athlete of all time.” Every four years when someone does something remarkable in the Olympics, he suddenly becomes...
Alaska Natives rally for Sen. Obama in Fairbanks (August 20, 2008)
Alaska Natives held a rally for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) in Fairbanks on Tuesday. Supporters said Obama's platform addresses issues important to rural Native villages. Affordable energy, universal health care, reform of the No Child Left Behind Act and protection...
Native finance group supports appeal in Cobell case (August 20, 2008)
The Native American Finance Officers Association supports an appeal of the $455.6 million ruling in the Cobell trust fund case. NAFOA President Bill Lomax said he was "flabbergasted" by the low figure in the long-running case. The Cobell plaintiffs had...
ITMA holds listening conference on Yakama Nation (August 20, 2008)
The InterTribal Monitoring Association on Indian Trust Funds is hosting a listening conference on the Yakama Nation of Washington. The conference starts today and ends tomorrow. Attendees are being asked to talk about individual and tribal trust issues. ITMA's next...
Former Navajo police officer charged with murder (August 20, 2008)
A former police officer for the Navajo Nation is being charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Harrison Largo was charged in 2002 with savagely beating Freda Toledo Smith and her daughter. But the charges were reduced after Smith...
Rewards offered for killings on Alberta reserve (August 20, 2008)
The Samson Cree Nation in Alberta is offering a $50,000 in rewards for information about gang-related violence on the reserve. Three people have been killed in gang-related shootings in the last two months. In April, a toddler was critically injured...
Editorial: Politics of Winnemem Wintu recognition (August 20, 2008)
"If you read a measure that the state Legislature passed last week supporting the Winnemem Wintus' push for federal recognition, it was about Indian rights. If you read between the lines, it's about a lot more -- including whether the...
National Park Service won't expand Bighorn center (August 20, 2008)
The National Park Service has dropped plans to expand the visitor center at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. The $1.1 million expansion would have occurred at base of the hill where Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the...
Report: Indian students more likely to be paddled (August 20, 2008)
Indian students are more than twice as likely to be paddled in school, according to a report being released today. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union used Education Department data to examine corporal punishment in public schools....
Editorial: Endangered Species Act in danger (August 20, 2008)
"In May, the Bush administration reluctantly listed the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The facts left it with little choice: the bear's Arctic Sea ice habitat is melting because of global warming. But the administration...
Opinion: It's time to recognize the Chinook Nation (August 20, 2008)
"Praise the patience of the Chinook. More than 200 years after helping Lewis and Clark at Dismal Nitch and at Cathlapotle, the tribe is on the road to federal recognition. Finally! Only this time, it’s called Tribal Restoration. The Chinook...
10th Circuit to hear jury discrimination case (August 20, 2008)
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments today in a jury discrimination case involving a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Kerry Dean Benally, 36, was found guilty of assaulting Bureau of Indian Affairs officer...
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