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Yellow Bird: Catching a ride on the Dakota wind (January 2, 2007)

"Flying above the white, snow-covered North Dakota plains while harnessed to a kite may be the sport of the future - or at least, that's what two young entrepreneurs from UND are hoping. I met Sam Salwei and Jason...

Cheyenne-Arapaho land dispute inches forward (January 2, 2007)

The Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma are hoping to resolve a decades-old land dispute with the federal government. The tribes filed a land claim last year over 7,000 acres at Fort Reno. The lawsuit says the federal government promised to return...

Oglala Sioux Tribe loses longtime council member (January 2, 2007)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota lost a longtime council member, Marlin G. "Moon" Westin, who died on Monday. He was 45. Westin served the tribe for several terms, most recently from 2002 through 2004. He became a quadriplegic...

Brother of Pascua Yaqui chairwoman killed (January 2, 2007)

The brother of the chairwoman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona was killed on New Year's Day. The FBI is investigating the death of Gabriel Frias, 32. He was shot sometime early January 1 on the reservation. Chairwoman Herminia...

Opinion: Misleading stories on reservation homicide (January 2, 2007)

"Recently, the Rocky ran a front page story concerning "runaway" violent crime on the two small Ute Indian reservations in the southwest part of our state. In a follow-up commentary, newly minted U.S. Attorney Troy Eid repeated some of those...

DOI official under investigation for ties to industry (January 2, 2007)

An Interior Department official is being investigated by the Department of Justice for ties to oil companies seeking contracts with the government, The New York Times reports. Gregory W. Smith was director of the royalty-in-kind program at the Minerals Management...

Editorial: Overhaul royalty collection at Interior (January 2, 2007)

"Starting in the Clinton administration, Washington began offering generous incentives in the form of royalty relief to oil companies to encourage deep-water exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. The motives — increasing domestic production, lowering prices, reducing America’s dependence on...

Tim Giago: Recognize an Indian hero in the new year (January 2, 2007)

I come from a world that is, for the most part, out of sight and out of mind for the average American. We (the Indian people living on the nine Indian reservations in South Dakota) are usually featured in the...

Editorial: California tribes must play by the rules (January 2, 2007)

"Sometimes it's hard to tell the meaning of a court decision, but not in this case. California's right to protect its political system from corruption trumps tribal sovereign immunity. That is the essence of a sensible ruling handed down by...

Harjo: Resolve to help Native people in 2007 (January 2, 2007)

"In the spirit of resolute commitment to realistic goals, here are some 2007 resolutions that won't force others to crash diet - just to do a few healthy things for Native peoples. All are priorities; put them in the order...

Mark Trahant: President Gerald Ford and Indian health (January 2, 2007)

"Every president has made important contributions that are found only in footnotes. The asterisk might cite a difficult decision, the launching of an innovative federal program or a signature that made a congressional act the law of the land. "I...

Jodi Rave: Cobell sees hope for case in new year (January 2, 2007)

"The year 2006 was marked by “huge disappointments” in the 10-year litigation battle by half a million Native landowners who are suing the U.S. Department of Interior for mismanaging Indian lands and resources. But the suit's lead plaintiff, Elouise Cobell...