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Campaign launched to stop violence against Native women (April 25, 2007)

Native women advocates on Tuesday hailed the release of an Amnesty International report as the first step in a long campaign to combat sexual assault in Indian Country. "Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence...

House Resources markup: IHCIA, recognition (April 25, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee holds a markup session today to consider some significant Indian bills. The agenda includes: • H.R. 65, To provide for the recognition of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and for other purposes. • H.R....

House approves bill to extend Indian home loans (April 25, 2007)

By a voice vote, the House on Tuesday approved an extension to an Indian home loan program. H.R.1676 extends the Indian loan guarantee program for another five years. Supporters said it would help Native Americans realize the dream of homeownership....

Low water levels threaten wild rice bed in Wisconsin (April 25, 2007)

Low water levels in Lake Superior are threatening one of the largest wild rice beds in the world. Members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have harvested wild rice at the lake for centuries. Now they might...

Navajo Boys & Girls Club in Shiprock to reopen (April 25, 2007)

The Boys and Girls Club in Shiprock, New Mexico, will finally reopen after more than two years of leadership struggles. The club was closed amid a funding dispute between the Navajo Nation and the nonprofit that operated 14 Boys...

Pine Ridge drug traffickers appeal convictions (April 25, 2007)

Five people convicted for dealing drugs on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota have filed appeals. Geraldine Blue Bird, the alleged ring leader, and four others went to trial on various drug and weapons charges. They were convicted of...

California Democrats consider ICRA resolution (April 25, 2007)

Delegates to the California Democratic Convention will consider a resolution calling for reform of the Indian Civil Rights Act. The resolution seeks to amend ICRA to give tribal members greater ability to challenge decisions made by tribes. It was written...

HHS holds consultation session in Salt Lake City (April 25, 2007)

The Department of Health and Human Services wrapping up a tribal consultation session in Salt Lake City, Utah. The session began on Monday. Tribal leaders cited methamphetamine, obesity and suicide as growing problems in their communities. They are also concerned...

Utah Supreme Court rules in Ute hunting case (April 25, 2007)

The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated state charges against a terminated Ute man and his minor son. The court said the land where Rickie L. Reber and his son shot a deer is not under the jurisdiction of the...

North Dakota lawmakers approve tribal oil tax bill (April 25, 2007)

North Dakota lawmakers have approved a bill that gives the governor two years to reach an oil tax agreement with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. The deal would resolve taxation and regulatory issues regarding oil production on the Fort...

Seminole Tribe blocks Billie from upcoming election (April 25, 2007)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has blocked former chairman Jim Billie from running for office. The tribe says Billie doesn't live on Seminole land. But he says he maintains a home on the reservation in Brighton. Billie was removed by...

Report details 'maze' Native women victims face (April 25, 2007)

Amnesty International released a report on Tuesday that details the "maze of injustice" that Native women face when they become victims of rape and sexual assault. Native women are victimized at 2.5 times the rate of other racial and ethnic...

Lynch calls Piestewa 'hero' at House hearing (April 25, 2007)

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch hailed Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman who died in Iraq, as a true hero during a House Oversight Government Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday. Lynch and Piestewa became best friends while serving in...

Review: Alexie makes readers laugh and cry in 'Flight' (April 25, 2007)

"Echoing the tragic events last week at Virginia Tech, Sherman Alexie’s latest novel, “Flight,” features a young, edgy outcast named Zits on the verge of colossal violence. Mr. Alexie is no stranger to this brand of gutsy writing. With...

Rep. Feeney denies relationship to Abramoff (April 25, 2007)

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Florida) denies having a "relationship" with Jack Abramoff even though the Congressman went on a golf outing to Scotland that was arranged by the convicted lobbyist. Feeney went to Scotland in 2003 along with former House...

Editorial: More misbehavior from Republicans (April 25, 2007)

"The FBI raided two Republican Congressmen earlier this month, and we can't muster much sympathy. Their misbehavior is the residue of the GOP's lost, arrogant Congressional majority, which allowed its principles to atrophy. If the Republicans hope to retake Congress...

Rep. Renzi steps down from Resources Committee (April 25, 2007)

Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona), the co-chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus, has stepped down from the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. Renzi decided to remove himself temporarily amid an FBI investigation. Last week, agents...

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe settles Abramoff suit (April 25, 2007)

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas has settled a lawsuit involving convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The tribe sued Abramoff and several of his associates. The tribe says it was duped into donating $50,000 to an Abramoff charity that was instead used...