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Kempthorne touts Indian initiatives in new budget (March 21, 2007)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne went before the Senate on Tuesday to discuss his department's fiscal year 2008 budget. In his opening statement, Kempthorne said the Interior Department has four main initiatives in the new budget. Two of them -- one...

Hualapai Tribe takes first steps over Grand Canyon (March 21, 2007)

The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona took the first steps on its Grand Canyon Skywalk on Tuesday. The tribe brought astronauts John Herrington, the first Native American to walk in space, and Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon,...

Editorial: Grand Canyon Skywalk won't last long (March 21, 2007)

"Perched ominously on the west rim of the Grand Canyon, the much-hyped Skywalk was inaugurated Tuesday. It's a $30 million tourist trap that mars one of the planet's astounding natural landmarks. The glass-bottomed observation deck juts 70 feet from the...

Yellow Bird: Even more about colon cancer screening (March 21, 2007)

"There are some things that deserve repeating, my mother used to say when I was a teen (and yes, I can remember that long ago). Back then, I'd say, “Yes, yes, you told me that already,” and before she...

Bill encourages drilling on Fort Berthold Reservation (March 21, 2007)

A bill in the North Dakota Legislature encourages more oil drilling on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The bill allows state monitoring of oil wells on the reservation. It authorizes the state to negotiate an agreement to share up to 50...

Jodi Rave: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness (March 21, 2007)

"Mark Parra, a gay man who has lived with HIV for 20 years, embraces the first-ever National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which takes place Wednesday. Parra vividly remembers the day he walked into a San Francisco clinic to see if...

New York governor open to tobacco tax sharing (March 21, 2007)

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) is open to a revenue-sharing agreement over tobacco taxes. Spitzer has said he will enforce a state law that requires the collection of taxes on the sale of tobacco to non-Indians. Tribes and tribal...

EPA goes after dumps on Torres Martinez land (March 21, 2007)

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action against illegal dumpsites on the Torres Martinez Reservation in southern California. With the cooperation of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe and the state the EPA has closed three of the largest...

Tearful Native teen recalls sexual assault at trial (March 21, 2007)

A Native teen fought back tears as she recounted being sexually assaulted at the age of 12 by three non-Natives. The teen, now 17, ran away from home in Saskatchewan in 2001. She encountered a group of three young men,...

Fond du Lac Band encourages wills for landowners (March 21, 2007)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is encouraging tribal members to prepare wills to pass on land to their descendants. The tribe is hosting a two-day workshop, starting today, on wills. It was called in response to...

Girl attacked by dogs on Yakama Reservation (March 21, 2007)

A four-year-old girl was mauled by a pack of dogs on the Yakama Reservation in Washington last week. The girl suffered bites to her head and back and needed stitches, The Yakima Herald-Republic reported. She was released from the hospital...

Editorial: Court 'misguided' on sacred site case (March 21, 2007)

"Different courts have now weighed in on the issue of using reclaimed water to make artificial snow at the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff. Their conclusions are polar opposites, which leaves the question: Should the U.S. Forest Service appeal the prohibition...

Kara Briggs: The fight to reauthorize IHCIA (March 21, 2007)

"All the right steps are being taken by America Indians and by those in Congress who still have hearts to get the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act passed this session. The act is the underlying legislation for...

Four Tulalip women seek spots on tribal council (March 21, 2007)

Only one women serves on the council for the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. Helene Contraro, Debbie Posey, Marilyn Sheldon and Dawn Simpson hope to change that. They have filed for two open seats on the seven-member council in hopes of...

Mashpee woman presses tribe to open books (March 21, 2007)

Amelia Peters Bingham is used to tough battles. In the 1970s, she was part of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's land claim in Massachusetts. The tribe lost the case but recently won federal recognition -- with the help of investors...

Morongo Band prepares for 'Prez on the Rez' (March 21, 2007)

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians of California is preparing to host the unprecedented "Prez on the Rez" forum on August 23. The tribe was selected to host the event, which is being organized by Kalyn Free, the founder of...

Marilyn Vann: Loss of Cherokee Nation citizenship (March 21, 2007)

"My name is Marilyn Vann I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. I am descended from Cherokee Freedmen and Cherokee by Blood ancestors. My citizenship status was stripped March 3, 2007. By the vote of my people...

Blast from the Past: NBC segment on Cobell (March 21, 2007)

After Elouise Cobell of the Blackfeet Nation filed her class action trust fund lawsuit in 1996, NBC News ran a segment about the case for its "Fleecing of America" series. J.Rhoan has an archived copy of the segment posted on...