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Appeal planned in Arapaho eagle shooting case (January 29, 2007)

Federal prosecutors have filed a notice of appeal in the case of Winslow Friday, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who was arrested for shooting an eagle on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Friday shot the eagle to...

Navajo Nation reaches interim rights-of-way deal (January 29, 2007)

The Navajo Nation has reached an interim deal with El Paso Natural Gas Co. over rights-of-way on the reservation. Negotiations have been ongoing for several years. The tribe has asked for more compensation for the 900-mile gas pipeline that crosses...

Tribal meth legislation introduced in Congress (January 29, 2007)

The 110th Congress is considering four bills that would address the methamphetamine crisis in Indian Country. S.267 and H.R.545 would ensure tribes receive funds for three anti-meth programs. S.85 is a closely related bill. H.R.405 would open tribes to family-related...

Jemez Pueblo drum group up for another Grammy (January 29, 2007)

Black Eagle, a drum group from Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico, has been nominated for another Grammy. The group, compose of 14 members of the Yepa family, has been nominated four times in six years. In 2004, they won...

Senate committee to consider BIA nomination (January 29, 2007)

The stalled nomination of Carl Artman to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs will be revived this week in an attempt to fill the long-vacated position. Artman, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, was nominated for the assistant...

Nebraska tribes make suicide prevention a priority (January 29, 2007)

At its quarterly meeting on Friday, the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs agreed to make suicide prevention a top priority and to seek a state task force on the issue. Tribal leaders acted in response to a growing number of...

Hopi woman touted as next US Attorney for Arizona (January 29, 2007)

Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, could be the first Native woman in history to serve as U.S. Attorney. But that all depends on President Bush's next move. Paul Charlton, the current U.S. Attorney for...

Tim Giago: Writing helped heal wounds of abuse (January 29, 2007)

Why do some children survive abuse by growing stronger while others whither and die as the result of alcoholism, drugs, suicide or even as murderers at the hands of an executioner? And why do many of those abused as children...

Bill seeks Indian for South Dakota parole board (January 29, 2007)

South Dakota Rep. Tom Van Norman, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, introduced a bill in hopes of placing an Indian on the state Board of Pardons and Paroles. Native Americans are disproportionately represented in the prison system...

Navajo Nation Council speaker mistakenly arrested (January 29, 2007)

Lawrence T. Morgan, the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, was mistakenly arrested by tribal police on Thursday due to outdated information in a computer system. Morgan was pulled over for running a stop sign near the council chambers...

Bill would bar new liquor licenses by Bear Butte (January 29, 2007)

A Democratic group of lawmakers in South Dakota introduced a bill to ban new liquor licenses within four miles of sacred Bear Butte. HB1227 would exempt business within the boundaries of Sturgis, the site of an annual biker rally. Tribal...

Mille Lacs Band hopes to provide for future (January 29, 2007)

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota is one of the few tribes nationwide to offer a pension program for its members. Band executive Melanie Benjamin announced the program earlier this month. She said she wanted to make...

Delay in residential school abuse settlement (January 29, 2007)

Appeals and cross-appeals have delayed resolution of the $1.9 billion residential school abuse settlement in Canada. Several judges have approved the deal to provide payments to all former residential school students. Elderly Natives have already received $74.8 million, the Assembly...

Column: Respecting Sitting Bull's gravesite (January 29, 2007)

• New York Times Slideshow "Here, on a snow-dusted bluff overlooking the Missouri River, rests Sitting Bull. Or so it is said. Stand before the monument and see the pocks left in the granite by bullets. Notice where the...

Column: Public in denial about Indian mascots (January 29, 2007)

"On Facebook, the popular, student-driven social Web forum, a University of Illinois undergraduate began a group late last year called 'If They Get Rid of the Chief I'm Becoming a Racist.' These were two students' postings on the site,...

Opinion: Indian mascots send wrong message to kids (January 29, 2007)

"Native American mascots and 'nicknames' are damaging to the self-identity, self-concept and self-esteem of Native American people. The vast majority of Native American Indians oppose the use of their image and names by non-Indian schools and sports teams, as evidenced...

Drug raid on Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Reservation (January 29, 2007)

Tribal, local and state law enforcement authorities issued 25 arrest warrants as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking on the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Reservation in Wisconsin. The drug ring trafficked LSD, cocaine and marijuana on the reservation...