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Deaths and disappearances on Yakama Nation (January 22, 2007)

There have been nearly two dozen mysterious deaths and disappearances -- including a string of 13 in early 1990s -- on the Yakama Nation in Washington. The Yakima Herald-Republic filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI to...

George-Kanentiio: New York governor can mend rift (January 22, 2007)

"Gov. Spitzer swept into office by pledging his administration would be defined by its ethics, fiscal responsibility and willingness to enact constructive changes in all areas of the state, ranging from health care reform to an emphasis on economic revitalization....

Opinion: California tribes must follow same rules (January 22, 2007)

"With the New Year we can start with good news: the California Supreme Court, on December 21, 2006, ruled Indian Tribes must follow the same rules as other political spenders from petroleum companies to the Sierra Club. But this is...

Appeals court revives mixed-blood Ute lawsuit (January 22, 2007)

A group of mixed-blood Utes who were terminated in the 1950s rejoiced on Friday after a federal appeals court gave them an opening to pursue their termination and trust accounting case. The 600-plus plaintiffs filed suit in November 2002, nearly...

Navajo man fights for discharge from Marines (January 22, 2007)

Ronnie Tallman, a member of the Navajo Nation, is trying to get discharged from the Marines for spiritual reasons. Tallman is a hand trembler, a type of spiritual healer. He discovered his abilities shortly before he was notified that...

Dorgan and Thomas disagree on Cobell settlement (January 22, 2007)

The two leaders of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee disagree on the role of Congress in settling the Cobell trust fund lawsuit. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman, co-sponsored legislation to resolve the case. But more than a year...

Letter: Guilt by membership -- Crow man's trial (January 22, 2007)

"Ted Hogan being an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe and convicted many years ago seemed to be of extreme importance to The Gazette. These were mentioned twice per article and in photo captions. Perhaps reiterating these facts was...

Column: Convicted felon wins Sokaogon election (January 22, 2007)

"Arlyn Ackley doesn't sport the type of resume typical of most successful politicians: a few drunken-driving arrests and two stints in prison - once for drugs and once for stealing more than $38,000 from his tribe, the Sokaogon (Mole Lake)...

Oneida Nation refused county inspection of gas pumps (January 22, 2007)

The Oneida Nation of New York objected to an unannounced inspection of its gasoline station by Madison County. The tribe says it would have agreed to an inspection of its SavOn gas station. But county inspectors say their policy is...

School says 'Chief Illiniwek' headdress was returned (January 22, 2007)

The University of Illinois says it has already returned a headdress and eagle feathers that were used by the controversial "Chief Illiniwek" mascot. Lakota elder Frank Fools Crow sold the headdress, the feathers and some other items to the...

BIA grants Abenaki Nation delay on recognition (January 22, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to delay its final decision against recognition for the Abenaki Nation of Vermont, Indian Country Today reports. The BIA issued a proposed negative finding in November 2005. The agency said the tribe failed...

Turtle Mountain man wins top business honor (January 22, 2007)

Jim Laducer, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, has been named 2007 Marketplace Entrepreneur of the Year in North Dakota. Laducer is the founder and president of Laducer & Associates. The firm, based in Mandan,...

Colorado tribes develop NAGPRA protocol (January 22, 2007)

The following information comes from the Southern Ute Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Colorado Historical Society and the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved a proposed solution to an ongoing issue...

Tim Giago: How many others will die over Iraq? (January 22, 2007)

Perhaps there should be a new recruitment motto for the military personnel that are about to become George W's 'new surge army." It might be "This is not just a job, it's an occupation." When President Bush proclaimed "Mission Accomplished"...

Harjo: Mel Gibson makes his own Macacalypto (January 22, 2007)

"Mel Gibson's ''Apocalypto'' is a pretty good yarn with some great-looking people, beautiful Mayan jungles and expert cinematography. If the movie were about fictional creatures - some humanoid, some not - in a galaxy far, far away, I might want...

Ex-Congressman gets 2.5 years for Abramoff (January 22, 2007)

Former Congressman Bob Ney, Republican of Ohio, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Ney pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for official acts. In the most well-known incident, he took...

Jodi Rave: Navajo Nation to market scenic routes (January 22, 2007)

"Verginia Yazzie is helping the Navajo Nation create the first tribal department to house a federal National Scenic Byways program on the sprawling Navajo Reservation, where the borders stretch into three states. 'We have a lot of scenic areas...

Mark Trahant: Too hard to ignore global warming (January 22, 2007)

"What will it take? How much evidence is required before our schools, region and nation quit arguing over the nature of global warming? What data will convince the body politic it's time to match the consensus already found in the...