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White Earth Band considers ethanol plant (March 7, 2007)

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota is considering building an ethanol plant on its reservation. Chairwoman Erma Vizenor testified about the proposal before a state Senate on Tuesday. She said the plant could generate revenues and jobs...

Tribal gas tax bill advances in Washington (March 7, 2007)

A bill to authorize tribal-state tax agreements was approved by the Washington State Senate on Tuesday. A federal judge struck down a tax imposed on the sale of gasoline on reservations. Two tribes -- the Swinomish Tribe and the Squaxin...

Oneida Nation fights to save land claim from dismissal (March 7, 2007)

The Oneida Nation of New York is fighting to save its 250,000-acre land claim. The tribe filed suit in 1974. After two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, the state and two counties appeared to be on the hook for...

North Dakota opposes return of Army Corps land to tribe (March 7, 2007)

The state of North Dakota continues to oppose the return of 24,000 acres to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. The tribe lost the land when the Garrison Dam was created in 1953. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

Freedmen to challenge ouster, Cherokee funding (March 7, 2007)

Descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen won't give up their citizenship in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma without a fight The Freedmen plan to file a challenge to the election in which 77 percent voted to deny them citizenship. They also...

Hualapai Tribe prepares Grand Canyon Skywalk (March 7, 2007)

The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona is attaching its massive Skywalk over the Grand Canyon. The tribe began placing the million-pound structure 4,000 feet over the edge of the Grand Canyon yesterday, The Arizona Republic reported. The work will be...

Tulalip Tribes move pharmacy over IHS shortfalls (March 7, 2007)

The Tulalip Tribes will be moving its pharmacy out of the Indian Health Service clinic in order to limit prescription drugs to tribal members Since the pharmacy was part of the IHS, it was required to fill prescriptions for all...

Artman ready to get to work as assistant secretary (March 7, 2007)

Carl Artman, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, could be sworn in as assistant secretary for Indian affairs as early as this week. Artman was confirmed to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday. The vote in...

Editorial: Oneida Nation proud of Carl Artman (March 7, 2007)

"There's nothing better than seeing a local person who's done well. So congratulations to Carl J. Artman, a member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians and its former chief counsel who was confirmed Tuesday to run the federal Bureau of...

Shadow Wolves seek to expand all-Native border unit (March 7, 2007)

The Shadow Wolves, an all-Native unit of officers who patrol the Tohono O'odham Nation, is seeking to expand its ranks. The unit, created by Congress in 1972, currently has 15 members. By law, it can grow to 21 officers....

Indian Health Care Act introduced in House (March 7, 2007)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act on Tuesday. Led by Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-West Virginia), Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-New Jersey) and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the lawmakers said the...

Bush offers low figure to settle all trust fund claims (March 7, 2007)

The Bush administration has proposed to settle all trust mismanagement claims and pay for trust reform with $7 billion despite acknowledging the price tag could run into the hundreds of billions. In testimony to Congress two years ago this month,...

Jodi Rave: BIA decision-making slow without leader (March 7, 2007)

"After a two-year vacancy in the nation's top post for federal Indian affairs, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Carl Artman as the new head of the Interior Department‘s Bureau of Indian Affairs. On Tuesday, Artman said he's ready to “clean...

Opinion: 'Indian' mascots perpetuate stereotypes (March 7, 2007)

"In Andrew Jackson's hey day — before the historic Trail of Tears — there were bounties on some American Indian tribes that were in his way. To show proof that the scalp was indeed that of an Indian, the bounty...

Yellow Bird: Native Media Center at UND prospers (March 7, 2007)

"American Indian camp criers sitting atop an earth lodge and with hands cupped would be hoarse yelling this good news to the community: The Native Media Center at the UND School of Communication has grown legs and is running full-out....

House Resources Committee markup session (March 7, 2007)

Note: The Native Hawaiian bill was NOT considered at the markup this afternoon. It was taken off the agenda prior to the session. The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup session this afternoon to consider the Native Hawaiian...

Commentary: Cherokee blood spread far and wide (March 7, 2007)

"Some families are aware this, some people have heard rumors or stories from family members about Indian background and some are totally unaware of it. Did great, great, great grandma really have a Cherokee parent? There may be more Americans...