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Innu First Nation calls ban on alcohol a success (February 2, 2009)

The Mushuau Innu First Nation of Newfoundland and Labrador says its alcohol ban has been a success. Band members in the Innu community of Natuashish voted for the ban a year ago. Residents say it has led to a drop...

Salt River Tribe partners with cities to promote park (February 2, 2009)

The Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community signed a partnership with three cities in Arizona to promote Papago Park. The park was designated as a reservation for the Maricopa and Pima tribes in 1879. Most of the park was sold...

Column: Salazar reviews scandal-ridden Interior (February 2, 2009)

"Announcing a criminal review this week of the sex-drugs-oil scandal at a federal agency in Lakewood may be one of the easiest calls Ken Salazar gets to make as Interior secretary. After all, the sordid details were outrageous, corrupt and...

Autopsy inconclusive in death of Blackfeet boy (February 2, 2009)

An autopsy has failed to determine conclusively the cause of death for a two-year-old boy from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. The autopsy of James Many White Horses found several signs of skeletal injuries, including a skull fracture. But...

Opinion: Only Alaska Natives can preserve culture (February 2, 2009)

"In the past the American school system and the church could and should be blamed for the loss of our Alaska cultures, but times have changed greatly. Today we are able to make choices about the languages our children are...

BIA blamed for missing title document from 1929 (February 2, 2009)

Tribal and local officials in northern New Mexico are searching for a Bureau of Indian Affairs title document that hasn't been seen in 80 years. In 1929, Nambe Pueblo transferred an approximately one-acre site to Silas McCormick, whose family recently...

Pojoaque Pueblo expands wellness center (February 2, 2009)

Pojoaque Pueblo in northern New Mexico is making it easy to stay healthy with an expanded wellness center. The tribe opened the facility in 1998. Since then, it has added a pool, a cardio room, an aerobics room, more racquetball...

Hoh Tribe awaits approval to move to higher ground (February 2, 2009)

After decades of floods and tsunamis, the Hoh Tribe of Washington is seeking higher ground. A bill being introduced in the 111th Congress will allow the tribe to move its main village away from the Hoh River. The tribe...

Opinion: Residential school payouts squandered (February 2, 2009)

"My mother called me near the tail end of last year. That in itself wasn't as strange as the reason she called. She needed money. She was having trouble making it to the end of the month when her pension...

Facebook not so friendly to Native surnames (February 2, 2009)

A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota finally had her Facebook account reinstated after it was terminated when she used her real name. Robin Kills The Enemy initially signed up as "Robin Killstheenemy" because the site wouldn't...

NIGC approval of Seneca casino survives challenge (February 2, 2009)

A last-minute Bush administration action survived a challenge on Friday as a federal judge refused to shut down a Seneca Nation casino in New York. On the morning of January 20, just as President Barack Obama was being sworn into...

Another guilty plea from a former Interior official (February 2, 2009)

Edgar A. Johnson, a former Interior Department official, pleaded guilty on Friday to accepting $15,000 in kickbacks. Johnson worked in Interior's Office of Insular Affairs. He is the second person from that office to plead guilty to a crime. Interior...

Daschle HHS nomination tied up over tax issues (February 2, 2009)

The nomination of former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has been held up over issues related to his failure to pay certain taxes. Daschle, who was among the early...

House Resources Committee holds organizing meeting (February 2, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold an organizational meeting on Wednesday. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia) continues to serve as committee chairman in the 111th Congress. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington), a critic of the Native American Graves Protection and...

Indian Affairs Committee meeting and hearing (February 2, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting and oversight hearing on Thursday. The meeting is being called to organize the committee for the 111th Congress. It will be followed by a hearing on Indian health care. The...

Opinions: Even more debate on 'Fighting Sioux' nick (February 2, 2009)

Pamela End of Horn: "Let us find a mascot that bridges the American Indian way of life, beliefs and culture with the respect and honor UND wants to give. Let us find a symbol that does both of those...

Editorial: Mohegan Tribe's government in infancy (February 2, 2009)

"The Mohegan Tribe may be hundreds of years old, but it's very much in its infancy when it comes to running a modern government, with all kinds of public works, housing, education and entitlement programs. All that has come with...

Editorial: Apologize to Seneca Nation over taxes (February 2, 2009)

"Gov. David Paterson has been an Albany insider long enough to have learned this lesson from other governors: Leave the Senecas alone. To generate more tax revenue in one of the most taxed states in the U.S., Paterson signed...

Yellow Bird: KIPP a good option for Indian students (February 2, 2009)

"The education of children in reservation schools is especially crucial because, in many instances, these schools are the only available educational opportunity for some Native American children. Many reservation schools rank at the bottom of the lists, as most...

Tim Giago: Native people out of sight, out of mind (February 2, 2009)

When President Lyndon B. Johnson was about to sign the Immigration and Nationality Act on Oct. 3, 1965, he chose to do it at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. That day he said, “Our beautiful America was built...