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Tribal colleges find ways to help students succeed (January 5, 2007)

With small classrooms, child care and partnership with other institutions, tribal colleges are trying to help their students succeed. LaVonne Bakken, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, went to a university off the Minnesota reservation but...

Two sought in slaying of Yaqui chair's brother (January 5, 2007)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe's police department want to question two men who may be connected to the New Year's Day shooting of the brother of chairwoman Herminia Frias. Anyone with information about Lorenzo Salinas Jr. and Samuel Andres Baltazar is...

Navajo man fights to serve tribe and New Mexico (January 5, 2007)

New Mexico State Sen. Leonard Tsosie is asking the Navajo Nation Supreme Court to let him serve in the Navajo Nation Council. Tsosie is a Democrat who has served in the state Senate since 1993. He was elected to the...

Jodi Rave: Interior mum on class action tribal suit (January 5, 2007)

"The head of the Interior Department will be forced in 2007 to balance two major class-action lawsuits - one involving billions of dollars owed to a half-million individual Native landowners, and now a trust fund suit that includes more than...

Jodi Rave: Rep. Rehberg backs Indian committee (January 5, 2007)

"The U.S. Senate has one, and now House leaders see the need for a permanent committee on Indian affairs, too. On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to consider an amendment to the House...

No House Indian Affairs Committee for now (January 5, 2007)

There will be no House Indian Affairs Committee in the foreseeable future, Indian Country Today reports. Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) advocated for the creation of the committee. But Democrats didn't want to take up the...

Art Welmas, Cabazon leader, dies at age of 77 (January 5, 2007)

Art Welmas, the former chairman of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and a giant among California Indians, died on December 17. He was 77. Welmas led the tribe in a landmark legal battle. He opened a small gaming facility...

Democrats take control of House and Senate (January 5, 2007)

Democrats took control of the House and Senate on Thursday, making history with Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California serving as the first female Speaker of the House. Pelosi and other Democrats pledged to address lobbying and ethics reform, raise the...

Prosecutors seek stiff sentence for former Rep. Ney (January 5, 2007)

Federal prosecutors are submitting additional information about former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) in hopes of getting him a stiffer prison sentence. Ney pleaded guilty to accepting campaign contributions, meals and other items in exchange for legislative favors for Jack Abramoff's...

Rep. Issa introduces Pechanga land-into-trust bill (January 5, 2007)

On the first day of the 110th Congress on Thursday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) introduced a land-into-trust bill for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The tribe wants about 991 acres placed in trust. The land is adjacent to the...

Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe appeals land claim (January 5, 2007)

The Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe asked the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the tribe's claim to ancestral land in Connecticut. The case was dismissed by a federal judge due to the tribe's lack of federal recognition. After several...

Bush urged to nominate Hopi woman for U.S. Attorney (January 5, 2007)

President Bush is being urged to nominate Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, as U.S. Attorney for Arizona. Sen. John McCain (R) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R) say Humetewa, a lawyer, is highly qualified for the job. Both...

Harjo: President Ford and federal Indian policy (January 5, 2007)

"Only a handful of people in American history have held as many important offices in Congress and the White House as President Gerald R. Ford. For a quarter-century, he filled a congressional seat from Grand Rapids, Mich., rising to his...