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NCAI 2007: Updates from winter session in Washington (March 1, 2007)

Updates from the 2007 winter session of the National Congress of American Indians! BIA in Limbo Carl Artman, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, came to NCAI to talk about his strong background on tribal matters. As a...

Six Nations mark one-year anniversary of protest (March 1, 2007)

Members of the Six Nations held a march on Wednesday on the one-year anniversary of their occupation at Caledonia, Ontario. On February 28, 2006, tribal members started camping out at the site of a housing development. The Six Nations...

Alaska Natives on both sides of development debate (March 1, 2007)

Alaska Natives testified for and against a bill that seeks to protect salmon and restrict mining in Bristol Bay. Several Native villages are located near some of the state's largest salmon fisheries. But a Canadian company is proposing to build...

ACLU weighs challenge to South Dakota county (March 1, 2007)

The American Civil Liberties Union is considering a lawsuit to block the expansion of the commission in Charles Mix County, South Dakota. On behalf of members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, the ACLU sued the county over the commission's voting...

Utah's top court hears Indian Country dispute (March 1, 2007)

The state of Utah, the Ute Tribe and a terminated Indian argued over jurisdiction and Indian Country before the Utah Supreme Court on Wednesday. Rickie Reber, 54, was convicted of hunting without a state license in Uintah County. He is...

New Mexico bill supports Code Talker postage stamp (March 1, 2007)

A bill making its way through the New Mexico Legislature supports the creation of a Navajo Code Talker postage stamp. The bill already passed the House and is likely to be approved in the Senate, said Rep. Ray Begaye, a...

Jodi Rave: Environmental racism expert in Montana (March 1, 2007)

"The majority of hazardous waste facilities are located near poor communities of color, and the numbers have increased since a groundbreaking study on environmental racism was first released 20 years ago. “When we think of the Civil Rights Act of...

Penobscot Nation to close mail-order pharmacy (March 1, 2007)

The Penobscot Nation of Maine is closing its mail-order pharmacy. The tribe opened PIN Rx in late 2005 as a partnership with the state. The pharmacy provided low-cost prescription drugs through the mail to state residents. But it came...

Muscogee woman made history with political run (March 1, 2007)

Pat Norman is a member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. She's also African-American. And lesbian. So it may not be surprising that her campaign for public office in San Francisco in 1984 wasn't successful. Neither were her subsequent...

Opinion: Alaska Natives know environment best (March 1, 2007)

"Growing up in my hometown of Allakaket, I have with my people lived a subsistence assimilation with the earth and have helped manage our traditional hunting lands as did my forefathers. Villages survived by having a handful of great hunters...

Virginia tribes want to share Pocahontas story (March 1, 2007)

Amid the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, Virginia tribes want to share their story about Pocahontas, the Powhatan woman whose tribe helped the English settlers survive. Dr. Linwood Little Bear Custalow, a member of the Mattaponi Tribe, is the...

Yerington Paiute Tribe receives $130K housing grant (March 1, 2007)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe of Nevada will receive a $130,000 housing grant from Nevada State Bank. The tribe will use the money to provide rental housing to low-to-moderate income Indian families. The housing is needed because a flood destroyed the...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gets say on wind farm (March 1, 2007)

With federal recognition in hand, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is being consulted about a proposed wind farm on Cape Cod. The tribe is concerned about Cape Wind Associates' plans to build 130 turbines at an important archaeological site....

Ousted US Attorney cites Republican pressure (March 1, 2007)

David Iglesias, the former U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, said Republican lawmakers pressured him to pursue a corruption case against Democrats prior to last year's elections. Iglesias said two GOP lawmakers called his office in October, a month before the...

Column: Don't get fooled by Indian tax scam (March 1, 2007)

"Every year the Internal Revenue Service announces the top 12 tax scams. This tax season, topping the latest Dirty Dozen are fraudulent schemes connected with the one-time telephone excise tax refund available to most taxpayers. This year's Dirty Dozen list...

Indian Country ruling a victory for Navajo Nation (March 1, 2007)

Opponents of a proposed uranium mine are hailing the Environmental Protection Agency's determination that 160 acres in northwest New Mexico is Indian Country. The land is owned by Hydro Resources, Inc. But the EPA said that the site, near...

Former Congressman says goodbye before prison (March 1, 2007)

On the eve of his 30-month prison sentence, former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) said good bye to friends and colleagues via e-mail. Ney gave his inmate number, 28882-016, at the federal prison in Morgantown, West Virginia. "i will not have...