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GAO finds unresolved Indian trust management problems (February 8, 2007)

The Office of Special Trustee still can't guarantee the accuracy of the billions of dollars it holds in trust for individual Indians and tribes, according to a new report. Fourteen years after the passage of the American Indian Trust Reform...

Editorial: Urban Indian health clinics cut by Bush (February 8, 2007)

"If our outrage toward President Bush's budget proposal were a cupcake, this would be the thick layer of fury icing: His budget proposes to eliminate all public funding for the Indian Health Service's Urban Indian Health Program, which funds 34...

Column: 'Scalped' comic portrays violent rez (February 8, 2007)

"Written by a white, stay-at-home dad in Kansas, "Scalped' is a violent crime drama scripted on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation. Again, the Prairie Rose rez is imaginary, ripped from author Jason Aaron's mind. But the setting is too...

Editorial: Tribal colleges deserve state funds (February 8, 2007)

"On Friday morning, Tom Shortbull, president of Oglala Lakota College, and representatives of the three other tribal colleges in South Dakota plan to testify before the Legislature's Appropriations Committee. They want to plug a loophole in tribal college funding. At...

Fire Thunder to present lecture at South Dakota college (February 8, 2007)

Cecilia Fire Thunder, the former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will present the Harding Distinguished Lecture at South Dakota State University. Fire Thunder will speak on February 14. Her theme is "Re-Imagining American Indian Traditions: Lakota Women and the...

Utah bill expands protection for remains on private land (February 8, 2007)

A bill pending in the Utah Legislature expands the state's role in protecting tribal remains found on private land. The Utah Department of Community and Culture handles repatriation for ancestors found on public lands. But the state doesn't have any...

North Dakota tribe announces layoffs of employees (February 8, 2007)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota is laying off about 80 employees due to a budget deficit. Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Marcus Wells Jr. said the reduction in force affects employees whose salaries are funded by the...

Maine governor backs Penobscot pharmacy (February 8, 2007)

Maine Gov. John Baldacci (D) continues to support the Penobscot Nation's mail-order pharmacy business, saying an ongoing investigation doesn't affect the state's involvement. Baldacci gave the tribe $1 million to star PIN Rx in November 2005. He says the tribe...

Former Grand Traverse chair quits tribal politics (February 8, 2007)

George E. Bennett, a former chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, says he's out of tribal politics for good. Bennett served on the council for 14 years, including four as chairman and...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe shuns critics for seven years (February 8, 2007)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has officially shunned five members to deny them services and benefits for seven years. The tribal council acted after four tribal members filed a lawsuit in state court seeking to look at the tribe's...

Blackfeet Nation farmers eligible for USDA loans (February 8, 2007)

Members of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana are eligible for Department of Agriculture loans to help them recover from last summer's drought and fires. The USDA considers the reservation a primary natural disaster area. Last August, the Red Eagle Fire...

Oklahoma Indians criticize English-only measure (February 8, 2007)

Oklahoma tribal leaders and members criticized a bill that would make English the "official" language in a state that is home to more than 30 tribes. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith said the bill makes the state look intolerant....

Bush budget cuts health, education and housing (February 8, 2007)

President Bush's fiscal year 2008 budget completely eliminates three important Indian health, education and housing programs. At the Indian Health Service, Bush wants to cut the $33 million Urban Indian Health Program. The program helps fund 34 clinics that provide...

Factions of Ione Band continue long-running feud (February 8, 2007)

Rival factions of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians continue to fight over leadership of the California tribe. Matthew Franklin is the Bureau of Indian Affairs-recognized chairman. Nicolas Villa Jr. claims to represent the historic tribe. The two sides claim...

Seminole Tribe to host Boys & Girls Club summit (February 8, 2007)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is hosting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's fourth annual Native American Summit on February 13-15. The three-day event is part of a nationwide effort to develop and strengthen the Boys & Girls Clubs...

House committee approves tribal meth legislation (February 8, 2007)

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed H.R.545, the Native American Methamphetamine Enforcement and Treatment Act, on Wednesday. The bill would tribal governments eligible for three grant programs -- the COPS Hot Spots program, the Drug-Endangered Children program and the Pregnant...

Monteau: Republicans and the politics of exclusion (February 8, 2007)

Montana State Representative Ed Butcher (R-Billings) should have stuck his gavel in his mouth before he stuck his foot in it. However, given some of the previous venom that we have heard from his mouth, he may have room for...

Indian Affairs Committee meeting, hearing (February 8, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a business meeting and hearing this morning. The items on the agenda for the business meeting are: S. 322, Indian Youth Telemental Health Demonstration Project Act of 2007 S. 375, A bill to...