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Consultation sessions set on NAGPRA issue (April 11, 2007)

The Interior Department is holding three consultation sessions next week to discuss a sensitive issue under the Native American Graves Protection And Repatriation Act. NAGPRA was created so individual Indians, tribes Native Hawaiians could reclaim their ancestors and cultural property....

Shakopee Tribe donates furniture to tribes (April 11, 2007)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community of Minnesota is donating eight floors of furniture to several tribes and an urban Indian organization. The furniture comes from one of the tribe's hotels, which is undergoing renovation. It will go to the Red...

Blackfeet Nation water deal draws complaints (April 11, 2007)

A proposed water compact between the Blackfeet Nation and the state of Montana drew criticism at a public meeting on Tuesday. The deal would settle a long-running dispute over water rights. The tribe, the state and the federal government...

Belcourt to receive honorary doctorate from UM (April 11, 2007)

Gordon Belcourt, the executive director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Montana. Belcourt, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, was selected for his accomplishments. He has served on the National...

Freedmen protest removal at BIA office in Oklahoma (April 11, 2007)

Descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen and their supporters protested outside of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The Freedmen say the BIA isn't doing anything to protect them since they were removed from the Cherokee...

Opinion: Time to end Columbus Day in Colorado (April 11, 2007)

"One hundred years ago this month, Colorado Gov. Henry Buchtel signed Columbus Day into law, making Colorado the first state in the country with such an annual holiday. This 100th anniversary provides an excellent opportunity for the people of Colorado,...

Inquest hears of Native teen's suicide in Manitoba (April 11, 2007)

The inquest into the suicide of a 14-year-old Native girl who was forced into the sex trade resumed on Tuesday. Tracia Owen was described as "a little sweetheart" who helped other girls. But she also had a temper and took...

Mashantucket Pequot man dies in car accident (April 11, 2007)

Michael Daggett, a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, died on Monday after crashing his car into a stone wall. Daggett was a cousin of chairman Michael Thomas. He was a football standout who helped the...

Mattaponi Tribe, city settle reservoir lawsuit (April 11, 2007)

The Mattaponi Tribe and the city of Newport News, Virginia, settled a lawsuit over a planned reservoir. The tribe sued the city, saying the proposal violated a 1677 treaty. A trial was set to begin in June. The city will...

Ousted Hopi chairman sues council to regain post (April 11, 2007)

Ben Nuvamsa, the former chairman of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, is trying to get his job back. Nuvamsa filed suit against several members of the tribal council. He said they overstepped their authority by removing him from office,...

Husband suspected in death of Navajo weaver (April 11, 2007)

The estranged husband of Anita Tsosie, an award-winning Navajo weaver, has emerged as suspect in her death. Tsosie, 48, was found dead at her home in Colorado on Monday. She had been shot. Her mother, who only speaks Navajo,...

BIA office in Palm Springs criticized by landowners (April 11, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Palm Springs, California, moves too slow, Indian landowners say Larry Olinger, a member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, said it was very confusing to deal with the office. He said...

House sets hearing on Lynch, friend of Piestewa (April 11, 2007)

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled an April 24 hearing in which the rescue of Jessica Lynch, a friend of slain Hopi soldier Lori Piestewa, will be examined. Lynch and Piestewa were roommates and best...

House committee hits Gonzales with first subpoena (April 11, 2007)

The House Judiciary Committee issued its first subpoena in the investigation over the firings of several U.S. Attorneys. The subpoena, issued to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, demands new and unredacted documents from the Justice Department. Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan),...

Tim Giago: Racism and hypocrisy over Imus (April 11, 2007)

Let’s talk about racism and hypocrisy today. Several years ago I received a phone call from my friend Frank LeMere, a Native American activist. He advised me to tune into a radio show called “Imus in the Morning.” To be...

Jodi Rave: Doctrine of Discovery and Indians (April 11, 2007)

"The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 was not the $15 million land deal of the century, despite “99 percent” of teachers and historians saying and writing so, law professor Robert Miller said Monday during a University of Montana lecture. In reality,...