Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes protest land bill (November 22, 2006)
Members of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma protested against a bill that would lease the mineral rights beneath Fort Reno. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) is sponsoring S.1832, the Fort Reno Mineral Leasing Act. It would allow development of land that...
Tim Giago: Thanksgiving -- A holiday of the imagination (November 22, 2006)
There is a saying amongst the Lakota that when the Pilgrims first landed at Plymouth Rock they fell on their knees and prayed and then they fell on the Indians and preyed. So much fabrication has been woven into the...
Canada given 'F' for treatment of First Nations (November 22, 2006)
The Assembly of First Nations is giving the Canadian government an "F" for failing to carry out the recommendations of a royal commission. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples released a 4,000-page report in 1996. It contained 440 recommendations to...
Creek-Seminole woman recalls Kennedy assassination (November 22, 2006)
"November 22, 1963 was a day that changed American culture forever, many historians even look at this day as the time that America lost its ‘innocence’. For it was on this unforgettable day that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated...
LA Times series on Navajo Nation uranium mining (November 22, 2006)
The Los Angeles Times wraps up its series on the devastating effects of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation. The four-part "Blighted Homeland" series covered the history of uranium development on the reservation. Nearly 4 million tons of uranium...
Alaska Native corporation to pay $85M to IRS (November 22, 2006)
Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native regional corporation, will pay $85 million to the Internal Revenue Service to settle a tax dispute. The dispute arose over CIRI's sale of 55,000 acres of subsurface land obtained through the 1971 Alaska...
Survey provides glimpse into Navajo daily life (November 22, 2006)
An annual survey of 5,000 families on the Navajo Nation provides a glimpse into daily life on the reservation. The "2006 Data Trends Summary for Annual Health Survey" looks at various health indicators. It found a higher percentage of Navajo...
Voices: Safety above sovereignty for tribe (November 22, 2006)
"Ken James accepts honors, but he's not overly quick to brag about them. "I don't think we're doing anything grand or special," said the Flandreau police chief. And maybe that's why, in Flandreau itself, the police department attracts little...
Editorial: How 'fetus' at Dine College became story (November 22, 2006)
"However shocking, the call came in to the newsroom. Diné College officials discovered what appeared to be a near full-term fetus in the toilet of a stall in the woman's bathroom, the unnamed caller said. The reporter took the information...
Shakopee Tribe donates $500K to medical center (November 22, 2006)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota has donated $500,000 to the St. Francis Regional Medical Center. The money will help the center improve health care services. The hospital is undergoing a $40 million expansion. Separately, the tribe donated 21...
Book Review: Town taps into 'Indian' identity (November 22, 2006)
"Harry Shearer occupies a peculiar niche in our pop cultural landscape, somehow managing to be legendary (he played the cucumber-packing bassist in “This Is Spinal Tap”), ubiquitous (he supplies the voices of Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns, among others,...
Montana tribe seeks full control of bison range (November 22, 2006)
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have asked for full control of the National Bison Range in Montana. The tribes and the Interior Department signed an agreement to share duties at the 19,000-acre range on the Flathead Reservation. The tribes...
Oldest woman in Yup'ik village dies in house fire (November 22, 2006)
Jojean Charlie, the oldest resident of the Yup'ik village of Newtok, was killed in a house fire that was apparently started by a grandson playing with a lighter. The fire started Saturday night. A passerby was able to save...
Column: 'Redskins' offensive on Omaha Reservation (November 22, 2006)
"This is the capital of the Omaha Nation, homeland to Jillian Pappan, 19, one of six young Native Americans who have taken legal action to change the name of the Washington Redskins. I recently visited the reservation during a...
Letter: Tribe should change mind on freeway (November 22, 2006)
"I want to say a big "thank you" to the Gila River Indian Community for its willingness to enter into talks with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration on the options for the potential placement of...
Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico declares victory (November 22, 2006)
Rep. Heather Wilson (R-New Mexico) declared victory after winning the election by just 875 votes. Wilson was in a close race with Democrat Patricia Madrid, the state attorney general. But Madrid conceded because she said a recount would be too...
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