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Jodi Rave: George Longfish never short on imagery (April 4, 2007)

"George Longfish never comes up short on imagery or words when he presses a paint brush to canvas. The internationally recognized artist's work is as provocative as the names he gives each art piece, titles such as, “Good-bye Norma Jean,...

Lawmaker cites 'no basis' for Cobell and tribal lawsuits (April 4, 2007)

A key Congressional appropriator is questioning why the Bush administration wants to spend up to $7 billion to end the Indian trust fund debacle, saying the Cobell and tribal lawsuits lack "real substance." As chairman of the House subcommittee that...

Margaret Sayers, Ojibwe instructor, dies at 89 (April 4, 2007)

Margaret Sayers, an Ojibwe language instructor for Minneapolis public schools, died on March 23. She was 89. Sayers, a member of the Red Lake Nation, began her career as a teaching assistant, helping Indian students. She later started an Ojibwe...

Indian lawmakers vote against Bill of Rights Day (April 4, 2007)

Four Indian lawmakers in Montana voted against legislation that would create a Bill of Rights Day. Rep. Joey Jayne, a Democrat, said she couldn't support the bill because the state still honors Columbus Day every year. “We have to abide...

Four await trial for meth-related triple homicide (April 4, 2007)

Three men and one woman await trial for a triple homicide on the Navajo Nation. Michael Johnson, Eugina Cowboy, Robert Darcy Manus and Chuck Nahkai are accusing of murdering three people in November 2005. The crime took place near the...

Blackfeet Nation to relinquish detention center (April 4, 2007)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana is returning control of its juvenile detention center to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe entered into a self-determination contract to operate the facility. But the BIA only pays $250,000 a year when $950,000...

Navajo Nation to debut new health center (April 4, 2007)

The Navajo Nation is hosting a grand opening for a new health center in Red Mesa, Arizona. The Four Corners Regional Health Center will serve 11,000 people in the Four Corners region. The 118,000-square-foot, $64.1 million facility features a 24-hour...

SCIA sets April 12 meeting, hearing on tribal colleges (April 4, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee returns to work next week with a business meeting and oversight hearing on April 12. The meeting will consider pending legislation. Immediately following, the hearing will examine tribal colleges and universities. The agenda and the...

Carl Artman to appear on Native America Calling (April 4, 2007)

Carl Artman, the new assistant secretary for Indian affairs, will appear on Native America Calling today. Artman is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. He was confirmed to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs last month. The show...

Mississippi Choctaws open new justice center (April 4, 2007)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians opened a new justice center on Tuesday. The complex includes the tribe's law enforcement department, its court system and a forty-seven bed jail. It was funded by the tribe and the federal government. Convicted...

FBI says Red Lake boys died from accidental drowning (April 4, 2007)

The FBI says a provisional autopsy shows two brothers from the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota died from accidental drowning. Tristan White, 4, and Avery Stately, 2, died of "probable fresh-water drowning," according to the Ramsey County medical examiner's office,...

Rolo: Cherokee Nation blasted for ousting Freedmen (April 4, 2007)

"In a highly controversial move, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma recently voted to remove 2,700 Blacks known as Freedmen from their tribal rolls, sparking an immediate outcry and possibly setting the stage for a showdown with the federal government. Last...

Pember: Money and influence behind Indian mascots (April 4, 2007)

"The battle over the use of American Indian names and mascots among college and professional athletic teams has a seldom-told economic backstory. It’s more than simple alumni sentimentality. Money, influence and power often play a significant role in decisions regarding...

Column: Grand Canyon Skywalk doensn't live up to hype (April 4, 2007)

"Oh, sure, the Grand Canyon is OK. If you like that sort of thing. But to be honest, what kind of kid slouched in the back seat of an SUV these days, his pudgy tummy hanging over his belt and...

Woman fought for custody of nephew under ICWA (April 4, 2007)

A Washington woman who had to fight for custody of her nephew says the state isn't complying with the Indian Child Welfare Act. Tracy Fuentes, who is Cree and Hispanic, said social workers placed her nephew in a non-Indian...

Coeur d’Alene Tribe is top employer in Idaho (April 4, 2007)

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is one of the top three employers in Idaho, according to a new study. The tribe employs more than 1,400 people through its governmental operation and business enterprises. This has an impact of $250 million...

Menominee Nation sued over $1M in BIA funds (April 4, 2007)

The federal government sued the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin on Monday, alleging the tribe misused over $1 million in Bureau of Indian Affairs funds. The lawsuit claims the tribe billed the BIA for fire suppression and roadwork but used the...

Column: Foxes guarding the henhouse at Interior (April 4, 2007)

"The Bush administration's House of Straw seems to be blowing apart, buffeted by alternating gusts of scandal and incompetence. The tornado of disastrous headlines -- a Pentagon that can't take proper care of its wounded, a Justice Department that can't...