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Nearly two dozen suicide attempts on First Nation (February 7, 2007)

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine says Kashechewan First Nation in Ontario is in crisis after 21 young people attempted suicide in the last month alone. A 9-year-old was among those who tried to commit suicide, according...

Passamaquoddy Tribe at odds with developer (February 7, 2007)

The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine says a developer that wants to bring a liquefied natural gas terminal to the reservation hasn't lived up to its end of the deal. The tribe signed an agreement with Quoddy Bay LNG of Tulsa,...

Phil Lucas, award-winning Choctaw filmmaker, dies (February 7, 2007)

Phil Lucas, a member of the Choctaw Nation who made more than 100 television shows, films and documentaries, died on Sunday. He was 65. Lucas, who lived in Washington, won an Emmy in 1994 for co-directing "The Native Americans"...

Montana tribes form brain injury support groups (February 7, 2007)

Two brain injury support groups will be meeting for the first time on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and on the Crow Reservation in Montana. Montana has the second highest rate of traumatic brain injuries, with motor vehicle wrecks as the...

Indian voting rights trial continues in Wyoming (February 7, 2007)

Testimony continued on Tuesday in an Indian voting rights trial in Wyoming. Five members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are suing Fremont County. They say the county's at-large system violates the voting rights of residents...

Chumash Tribe closes deal on purchase of hotel (February 7, 2007)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has closed escrow on the purchase of a hotel in Solvang, California. The tribe did not disclose the purchase price of the Royal Scandinavian Inn. The three-story, 133-room hotel is the largest in...

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation wins car tag case (February 7, 2007)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday handed the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas another victory in its car tag case. In a unanimous decision, the court said the state interfered with the tribe's sovereign rights to issue...

Another hearing on Oneida Nation land-into-trust (February 7, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs held the fifth public hearing on the Oneida Nation's application to have 17,000 acres in New York placed in trust. The BIA heard from tribal leaders, tribal employees and supporters of the request. A...

Confederated Siletz Tribes re-elect three to council (February 7, 2007)

Members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in Oregon re-elected three council members on Saturday. Alfred "Bud" Lane III, Lillie E. Butler and Delores A. Pigsley each won more than 400 votes, the highest ever in a council election....

Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe discusses BIA roads (February 7, 2007)

The Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe met with commissioners in Marshall County, South Dakota, to discuss a memo of understanding over Bureau of Indian Affairs roads. The tribe has already entered into an agreement with the state covering 219 miles of...

Eastern Cherokee Band to banish drug dealers (February 7, 2007)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians approved a new law to banish convicted drug dealers from the North Carolina reservation. The Controlled Substances Act of 2007 creates sentencing guidelines for drug-related crimes, authorizes emergency exclusions or banishments for non-members and...

County won't take stand on Klamath land return (February 7, 2007)

After more than five hours of testimony, commissioners in Klamath County, Oregon, agreed not to take a stand on the return of 690,000 acres to the Klamath Tribes. The move came after Klamath Chairman Allen Foreman offered to work with...

Editorial: It's time to remove dams on Klamath River (February 7, 2007)

"For years, Indian tribes, conservationists and fishing groups have argued that removing four power dams blocking the headwaters of the Klamath River would reverse the losses of once-plentiful salmon. Free flows of cold water are what the fish need, and...

Jodi Rave: Montana panel cuts Indian education budget (February 7, 2007)

"Indian education proponents held a press conference Tuesday to protest a legislative panel's vote to nix the state's entire budget for Montana's Indian Education Office this spring. A joint Appropriations Education Subcommittee voted on party lines last Thursday to...

IHS budget eliminates urban Indian health program (February 7, 2007)

For the second year in a row, the Bush administration has proposed to eliminate all funding for urban health clinics that serve more than 100,000 Native Americans. In the fiscal year 2008 budget released on Monday, the Indian Health Service...

DOJ budget slashes funds for tribal courts and jails (February 7, 2007)

Funding for tribal courts and detention centers has been eliminated in the Department of Justice budget, The Gallup Independent reports. The fiscal year 2008 budget eliminates $12 million for Indian Country detention centers and $7 million for tribal courts. Another...

Tribal meth bill approved by House subcommittee (February 7, 2007)

A House Judiciary subcommittee passed H.R.545, the Native American Methamphetamine Enforcement and Treatment Act, on Tuesday. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico). It would ensure tribes are eligible to receive federal funds for three anti-meth programs....

Rosebud Sioux Tribe links fatal stabbing to teen gangs (February 7, 2007)

A fatal stabbing of a girl on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota is being linked to gang activity. The 15-year-old girl died Friday, January 26. Two 14-year-old girls have been arrested in connection with the incident and their...