Indian voters in South Dakota win another case (August 23, 2006)

Citing a "clear" history of discrimination against Native Americans, a federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the state of South Dakota to redraw the voting districts on two reservations. In a unanimous decision, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said...

Tribe in Mexico arranges fake border crossings (August 23, 2006)

The Hahu Tribe of Mexico is offering an unusual new service: fake border crossings. Participants pay about $15 to the tribe for an authentic experience. Led by tribal members, they spend six hours at night avoiding fake U.S. Border Patrol...

Cultural emphasis at Montana reservation schools (August 23, 2006)

Culture is a big component of the education systems on the Crow Reservation in Montana. Leroy Not Afraid, the chairman of the Lodge Grass School Board, said culture and education go hand in hand. "I know there is such a...

Diabetes rates in Indian Country still on the rise (August 23, 2006)

Health experts say diabetes rates in Indian Country continue to rise despite efforts to prevent and treat the disease. American Indians and Alaska Natives are more likely to develop diabetes than any other racial or ethnic group. They are more...

Meetings set on draft energy rights-of-way report (August 23, 2006)

The Interior Department and the Energy Department are holding four public meetings and consultation sessions on the draft tribal rights-of-way report. The first meeting is being held tomorrow in Lakewood, Colorado. Another will be held on Friday in Salt Lake...

Attack on Native officer considered a hate crime (August 23, 2006)

An attack on an undercover Native American police officer in New Mexico is being considered a hate crime. Shawn Halbert, 19, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is accused of attacking an officer during an undercover...

Fry bread a staple at upcoming powwow in Baltimore (August 23, 2006)

You won't have a hard time finding fry bread at the upcoming Baltimore Powwow in Maryland this weekend. Clark "Little Bear" Oxendine of Oxendine Catering and Sherry Haber of Dosha Native Foods will be selling the staple at the event....

Chippewa Cree Tribe near deal on ethanol plant (August 23, 2006)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is near a deal to secure financing of a $100 million ethanol plant, The Great Falls Tribune reports. The tribe has won $20 million in tax credits through the U.S. Treasury Department. Now the...

Tribes back candidate running against Indian woman (August 23, 2006)

Kyle Taylor Lucas, a member of the Tulalip Tribes, is running for Washington State Senate but tribes have endorsed her incumbent opponent. Taylor Lucas, the former executive director of the state Office on Indian Affairs, has the support of...

North Dakota tribe's refinery under scrutiny (August 23, 2006)

A proposal to build an oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota needs approval from three federal agencies. But Tex Hall, the chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, isn't worried. He is confident that the...

Skull Valley Goshute vice chairwoman resigns (August 23, 2006)

The vice chairwoman of the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes resigned in protest of controversial chairman Leon Bear. In a handwritten note, Lori Skiby accused "king" Bear of running the tribe as a dictatorship. "I am here merely as his...

Pechanga Band reaches water deal with district (August 23, 2006)

The Pechanga Band of Luiseo Indians has reached an agreement with a water district in California. Chairman Mark Macarro called the deal with the Rancho California Water District a "win-win." He said it would ensure the tribe and water users...

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation treats drug abuse (August 23, 2006)

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona is part of a growing trend in Indian Country to treat drug offenders instead of imprisoning them. The tribe's Wellness Court graduated its first three participants. "Being sober, being educated, being successful is...

Oneida Nation in New York to host another PGA event (August 23, 2006)

The Oneida Nation of New York will host another PGA event in fall 2007, according to news reports. The final B.C. Open was just held at the Turning Stone Resort. An announcement is being made today about the new PGA...

Group hopes to open new California tribal college (August 23, 2006)

A group of former supporters of D-Q University, the only tribal college in California, hope they can open a new tribal institution in the state. The group has incorporated as the California Tribal University, a nonprofit. Cindy LaMarr, a...

IHS accused of refusing to cover medical bills (August 23, 2006)

The Indian Health Service is being accused of failing to cover the medical bills of tribal members who use a county hospital in New Mexico. The Lincoln County Medical Center provided $6 million in uncompensated care last year. Many patients...

South Dakota mother missing for nearly a month (August 23, 2006)

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota organized a search party for a 33-year old mother who has been missing since July 27. Nearly 200 people helped look for Vicki Eagleman, a mother of five, on Tuesday. They...