Firm brings solar power to Navajo Nation homes (January 17, 2005)
An Indian-owned firm is bringing solar power to 50 remote homes on the Navajo Nation. Sacred Power Inc. of New Mexico is using a $825,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture to install the equipment at the homes in the...
Experts focus on California Native languages (January 17, 2005)
Anthropologists and linguists are helping tribes in California preserve their languages. The experts are working with tribal elders to produce dictionaries for languages like Cahuilla, Serrano and Luiseño. Some of the language are spoken only by a handful of people....
Smithsonian supports Native language project (January 17, 2005)
The Smithsonian Institution has partnered with the University of Utah's Center for American Indian Languages for a language preservation project. Lyle Campbell, the center's director, says most Native language are in danger of dying out. Of 175 in use, only...
Native artists sought for Community Spirit Award (January 17, 2005)
The First People's Fund of South Dakota is seeking nominations for the Sixth Annual Community Spirit Award. Four artists who maintain tribal ties will be selected for the award, which comes with a $5,000 fellowship. Nominated artists must be least...
Healing ceremony held at Klallam village (January 17, 2005)
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington held a healing ceremony at the site of an ancient village that was uncovered by a state construction project. About 300 people, including members of other tribes and non-Natives, attended the ceremony on...
Cayuga Nation in disagreement over land claim deal (January 17, 2005)
Leaders of the Cayuga Nation are voicing disagreements over the tribe's proposed land claim/casino deal with the state of New York. Clint Halftown, the tribe's main representative, and Gov. George Pataki (R) announced the settlement in December. It would allow...
Exhibit opens on Native residential schools (January 17, 2005)
The Manitoba Museum has opened an historical exhibit on Native residential schools. "Where are the Children?" features of photographs from the late 1800s to the 1960s. Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Phil Fontaine warns that the photos do not...
Interview: Erma Vizenor, White Earth chairwoman (January 17, 2005)
The Grand Forks Herald inteviews Erma Vizenor, the first woman to lead the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Vizenor defeated rival Darrell "Chip" Wadena in June with 59 percent of the vote. Q: How were your first days as tribal...
Yellow Bird: North Dakota shouldn't step on tribes (January 17, 2005)
"We've come a long way since the days when my father hunted game on the rolling North Dakota prairie or walked the breaks of the Badlands. I knew it was a new day for hunting when I listened to the...
Meskwaki Code Talkers granted military medals (January 17, 2005)
Six deceased Meskwaki Code Talkers received military medals for their World War II service on Sunday. The awards were presented posthumously to the families of the soldiers. The honors ranged from the Bronze Star to the American Defense Service Medal...
South Dakota governor agrees to tribal taxes (January 17, 2005)
South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) has agreed to pay tribal excise taxes on highway projects that run through the reservation. Rounds signed agreements with six tribes, ending a dispute that started with former governor Bill Janklow (R). He had...
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