First California Indians elected to school boards (November 16, 2006)
Two tribal members from southern California are the first Indians elected to school boards in San Diego County. Nubia Ruiz, a member of the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians, was elected to the Dehesa district board. Bonnie La Chappa, a...
Alaska Native Medical Center goes smoke free (November 16, 2006)
The Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage is going smoke free today as part of an effort by two of Alaska's largest private employers to reduce tobacco use. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation have implemented a...
Gila River artist receives Living Treasure Award (November 16, 2006)
Amil Pedro, an artist from the Gila River Indian Community, received the Arizona Indian Living Treasure Award at a ceremony at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Pedro began creating art at the age of 5. His sketches, carvings, paintings,...
Indian educator watches program spring to life (November 16, 2006)
Everall Fox, a member of the Gros Ventre Tribe, was the only Indian education specalist at the Montana Office of Public Instruction when the state Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling. The court said the state must fund the Indian...
UND student leaves group over 'Sioux' stance (November 16, 2006)
The president of the Indian Association at the University of North Dakota has resigned because he doesn't oppose the school's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. Christopher Peltier, a junior and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians,...
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes bless burial grounds (November 16, 2006)
Members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes held a blessing ceremony at Fort Reno, where their ancestors are buried. An unknown number of burial sites are located at the fort. Tribal members sang songs, passed the pipe and left offerings...
Fetus was not discarded in Dine College bathroom (November 16, 2006)
A fetus was not discovered in a bathroom at Dine College on the Navajo Nation, contrary to prior reports. The Office of the Medical Investigator said the material found in the trash can was a placenta. The school had initially...
Board allocates funds for Torres Martinez dump (November 16, 2006)
The California Integrated Waste Management Board, a state agency, allocated $1.75 million to clean up a dump site on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation. The reservation has been targeted by illegal dumpers. The site in question has more than...
Tex Hall challenges results after losing election (November 16, 2006)
Tex Hall, the ousted chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota, has challenged the results of the tribe's election. Hall alleges casino money was used to influence votes for his opponent, Marcus Wells Jr. Wells won...
Mescalero Apache candidate requests recount (November 16, 2006)
Oliver Enjady, a member of Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico, has requested a recount of the tribe's election after losing his bid for another term on the council by just three votes. Enjady, an artist and former vice president...
Voice of America: California tribal college struggles (November 16, 2006)
"California's only tribal college, DQ University, has graduated nearly 3,000 students over the past 35 years. Many went on to other, 4-year institutions. Some are now doctors and lawyers. The college is named for Deganawidah, the American Indian chief...
Northern Cheyenne Tribe to move slowly on coal (November 16, 2006)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana will move slowly on plans to develop coal resources on the reservation, president Eugene Little Coyote said. A majority of tribal members approved a ballot initiative to develop the coal. But they rejected another...
Montana tribe to hunt bison near Yellowstone (November 16, 2006)
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana plan to hunt a small number of bison near Yellowstone National Park. The tribe is exercising a treaty right to hunt on unclaimed federal lands. Only a handful of tribal members will...
Michigan tribe seeks to purchase Air Force site (November 16, 2006)
The Hannahville Indian Community of Michigan is negotiating the purchase of a U.S. Air Force property in Wells Township. The tribe wants to use the 8.74-acre property for a waterfront housing and recreational development project. An agreement could be reached...
Bush renominates Myers for seat on 9th Circuit (November 16, 2006)
President Bush renominated former Interior solicitor Bill Myers to a spot on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Democrats, who are now in control of the Senate, questioned why Bush resubmitted the names of Myers and five other controversial picks....
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