9th Circuit blocks snowmaking at sacred peaks (March 12, 2007)
The Bush administration violated tribal religious rights by approving the use of reclaimed wastewater in the sacred San Francisco Peaks, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. In a unanimous decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the treated...
Bush administration takes limited view of Indian health (March 12, 2007)
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Oneida Nation shifts lobbying to Washington (March 12, 2007)
The Oneida Nation has beefed up its lobbying expenditures in Washington, The Syracuse Post-Standard reports. The tribe spent nearly $700,000 in 2006. That's up from about $400,000 in 2005, the paper said. The tribe is lobbying federal officials on its...
Billy Walkabout, Cherokee veteran, dies at 57 (March 12, 2007)
Billy Walkabout, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who was most decorated Indian soldier of the Vietnam War, died on March 7. He was 57. Walkabout received the Distinguished Service Cross -- the second-highest award for combat...
War Mothers Memorial at Haskell suffers damage (March 12, 2007)
A 39-year-old man faces charges after allegedly knocking over the War Mothers Memorial at Haskell Indian Nations University. The man pushed the 6-foot, 250-pound sculpture to the ground, causing significant damage. “It was knocked off the pedestal. It hit...
Tribes mark 50 years after loss of Celilo Falls (March 12, 2007)
More than a thousand people, representing tribes across the Pacific Northwest, gathered on Saturday to mark the 50 years since the loss of Celilo Falls in Washington. Celilo Falls, on the Columbia River, was traditional fishing grounds for dozens...
Shadow Wolves to join search for Osama bin Laden (March 12, 2007)
The Shadow Wolves, an all-Native border patrol unit, is joining the search for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. The unit was sent to two former Russian republics to train local border units. The Pentagon now wants the officers to look...
Review: 'Macbeth' in Tlingit at NMAI theater (March 12, 2007)
"The Southeastern Alaskan language Tlingit -- pronounced "klinkit" -- isn't especially full of sound and fury in the "Macbeth" of Juneau's Perseverance Theatre. But that's because in this production, which has been carefully imbued with Tlingit symmetry and ceremony...
Former judge to lead inquiry into Native man's death (March 12, 2007)
A former judge will lead the inquiry into the death of Frank Paul, a Native man who was dumped in an alley by police officers in Vancouver, British Columbia. William H. Davies was a judge for the B.C. Supreme...
Opinion: Cherokee Nation ignores own treaty (March 12, 2007)
"For years, those of us in Oklahoma government have stood with Native American tribes to protect their sovereignty under treaties with the federal government. But given Cherokee Nation members’ recent decision to ignore provisions of their own treaty, I wonder...
Tim Giago: Cherokee Nation votes out Freedmen (March 12, 2007)
After she and 2,800 descendants of slaves once owned by the Cherokee Nation were denied membership or disenrolled from the tribe, Marilyn Vann, president of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma said, “We’re not going...
Jodi Rave: Violence against Native women rising (March 12, 2007)
"While more than 17 million women have been raped in their life, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report for 2006, Native women reported the highest number of rapes of any racial or ethnic group in the United States...
Opinion: Sisseton-Wahpeton vet deserved honor (March 12, 2007)
"North Dakota’s most decorated soldier, who had more than 30 citations, was from Wahpeton. Woody Keeble saw extensive action in World War II and the Korean conflict, and his extraordinary bravery should soon be reflected with a Medal of...
Yellow Bird: Return land to North Dakota tribe (March 12, 2007)
"Another heated dispute between North Dakota and the Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Reservation is bubbling to the surface. It's not a new issue. It involves 24,000 access acres around Lake Sakakawea in the western part of...
Mother Jones: Pennies on the dollar for Cobell (March 12, 2007)
"Here’s the latest in the continuation of the epic Cobell v. Kempthorne lawsuit—a veritable Odyssey for our times, chronicled in Mother Jones (Sept-Oct 2005) "Accounting Coup." Ten years and three Secretaries of the Interior have passed since Elouise Cobell, a...
Mark Trahant: Mismanagement of the Indian trust (March 12, 2007)
"Perhaps the most egregious example of the do-as-we-say methodology is the government's mismanagement of American Indian trust funds. Those trust funds are payments collected on behalf of individual Indians and tribes for land leases, sales of oil, coal and other...
Opinion: Cherokee Nation takes the lower road (March 12, 2007)
"As President Bill Clinton and others arrived in Selma, Alabama for the 42nd anniversary of the "bloody Sunday" march that prodded Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Cherokee Nation chose a lower road. It voted overwhelmingly for...
Column: Narragansett Tribe attacked troopers (March 12, 2007)
"It happened on July 14, 2003. The Narragansetts had opened a shop selling cigarettes without charging the hefty state tax, claiming it didn’t apply on tribal land. They were warned repeatedly but wouldn’t budge. So state troopers were sent to...
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