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US Attorney earned tribal praise despite Bush ouster (March 20, 2007)

The ousted U.S. Attorney for Arizona sought to record FBI interviews with people suspected of committing crimes in Indian Country, documents released on Monday show. Officials at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., did not outright oppose the proposal,...

Court allows UKB suit over Arkansas River (March 20, 2007)

The United Keetoowah Band of Oklahoma can proceed with a lawsuit over the Arkansas River without the participation of the Cherokee Nation, an appeals court ruled on Monday. In a unanimous decision, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals said the...

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20, 2007)

Wednesday is the first annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, the Indian Health Service and tribal and health agencies across the country are using the event to draw attention to rising rates of...

Two appointments to NAGPRA review committee (March 20, 2007)

Rosita Worl, a member of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska, has geen reappointed to serve on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee. Worl was reappointed to a two-year term. She is the director of the Sealaska Heritage...

Abramoff associate still free and cooperating (March 20, 2007)

Michael Scanlon pleaded guilty to defrauding tribes out of $19 million but remains free while cooperating with federal prosecutors. Scanlon, a former aide to former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), has not been sentenced for his role in the Jack Abramoff...

Reception to benefit Vine Deloria endowment (March 20, 2007)

The American Indian College Fund will hold a reception in Rapid City, South Dakota, on March 26 to benefit the Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Endowment. The reception takes place at the Prairie Edge Native American Gallery. For more information, visit...

Urban Indians hurt by IHS policy in Montana (March 20, 2007)

Urban Indians in Montana are finding it difficult or even impossible to obtain prescription drugs under a new Indian Health Service policy. Tribal members who lived in Billings were able to pick up their prescriptions at the Indian Health Board....

Alaska Native corporation posts record profit (March 20, 2007)

Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native regional corporation posted a record profit in fiscal year 2006. The corporation earned $18.9 million on $96.7 million in revenue. It was the 22nd year of profitability, Doyon chief executive Orie Williams said. Revenues were...

Bush renominates tribal foe to Michigan judgeship (March 20, 2007)

President Bush renominated Robert Jonker to a federal judgeship in Michigan despite opposition from several tribes. Jonker, an attorney, has represented anti-gaming groups whose legal challenges to the land-into-trust process have been rejected by the courts. He is also a...

Website Review: The revolt of the Black Seminoles (March 20, 2007)

"John Horse's story feels like an answer to every Hollywood studio's wish list: a mix of Spartacus, Braveheart, Amistad, and Glory, with just a pinch of Dances With Wolves. A sweeping tale of a decades-long struggle against oppression, the movie...

Former top aide to Sen. Campbell to plead guilty (March 20, 2007)

Ginnie Kontnik, the former chief of staff for retired Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado), will plead guilty to taking kickbacks. Kontnik arranged for a staffer to receive a bonus but took the money for herself. She said Campbell approved...

Editorial: Navajo Nation slow to reopen Boys & Girls (March 20, 2007)

" We can't seem to get too excited about the proposed April reopening of the Shiprock Boys and Girls Club. Why? Well, there was a time when we were enthusiastic. We were happy for the children of the Navajo Nation...

Driver charged for deaths of teens in Washington (March 20, 2007)

A 19-year-old member of the Quinault Nation of Washington was charged in federal court on Monday with involuntary manslaughter for a car accident that claimed the lives of two teens. Sela Kalama, a former Miss Quinault Nation, was driving...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe buys next to reservation (March 20, 2007)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona recently purchased 90 acres from the state but officials are still deciding what to do with the land. The tribe could ask the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place the land in trust. No...

Chumash Tribe re-elects chairman, incumbents (March 20, 2007)

Members of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians of California re-elected their chairman and four council members last week. Chairman Vincent Armenta and the four incumbents all ran unopposed. “I am honored that our tribe demonstrated confidence in my...

Catawba Nation chief steps down after 34 years (March 20, 2007)

Gilbert Blue, the longtime chief of the Catawba Nation of South Carolina, resigned unexpectedly on Saturday. Blue, 73, led the tribe for 34 years. His biggest achievement was securing a land claim settlement and federal recognition in 1993. But...

South Dakota water project gets extra funds (March 20, 2007)

The office of Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) announced additional funding for the Mni Wiconi Rural Water System that will serve three reservations and nine counties in South Dakota. In 2007, Mni Wiconi will get $37.86 million, up from $32...

Two killed in accident at Cheyenne River (March 20, 2007)

Two people were killed in an alcohol-related accident on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Four men were traveling in a truck on Sunday morning when it rolled over several times. Tribal authorities are trying to figure out...

Ho-Chunk Nation closer to reclaiming Army land (March 20, 2007)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin signed an agreement on Monday to reclaim some of its ancestral land. The tribe, the state, the federal government and two historical societies will work together to clean up and preserve the former Badger...