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Lawmakers seek funds for Indian education programs (May 2, 2007)

Members of the Congressional Native American Caucus are urging their colleagues to allocate funds for two critical Indian education programs. One program is new. The Esther Martinez Native American Languages Act, singed into law last fall, seeks to preserve hundreds...

Tulalip Tribes revive traditional carving at art studio (May 2, 2007)

Members of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington are reviving their traditional arts. The tribe opened an art studio to teach a new generation of artists. Several master carvers are helping create totem poles that will grace the tribe's new...

EPA plans to clean up uranium sites on Navajo Nation (May 2, 2007)

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will clean up five uranium sites on the Navajo Nation. The five residential sites are located near Gallup, New Mexico. They have been contaminated by runoff from the abandoned Northeast Church Rock Mine. Tests...

Indian names can't be entered into Mexican system (May 2, 2007)

The parents of a Hñahñu girl in central Mexico are upset that they can't get their daughter's name officially recognized by the government. Cesar Cruz Benitez and Marisela Rivas named their daughter Doni_Zänä, which means "flower of the world" in...

Methodist churches in Oklahoma host powwow (May 2, 2007)

Four Methodist churches in Oklahoma hosted a powwow on Saturday to celebrate their Indian and Christian faiths. Rev. Glenn "Chebon” Kernell Jr. said the powwow shows how Indian beliefs can co-exist in the Christian church. He contrasted it to...

Yakama Nation to start free bus system this summer (May 2, 2007)

The Yakama Nation of Washington plans to debut a free public transportation system this summer. The tribe received a $490,890 federal grant to start the system. It will be open to all residents of the reservation. The tribe is working...

Indian Health Care Act introduced in Senate (May 2, 2007)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) introduced the Senate version of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act last week. Dorgan, the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee said the bill tackles the crisis of health care in Indian Country. It...

Pine Ridge students warned about dangers of meth (May 2, 2007)

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) brought a recovered methamphetamine addict to the Pine Ridge Reservation to warn students about the dangers of the drug. Jeremy Bucholz, who now works as a drug counselor, described how meth ruined his life....

California tribes seek removal of Klamath dams (May 2, 2007)

Representatives of the Yurok Tribe, the Hoopa Valley Tribe and the Karuk Tribe are on their way to Nebraska to ask billionaire Warren Buffett to remove four dams on the Klamath River. Buffett recently purchased PacifiCorp, which operates the...

Cangleska set to open new shelter at Pine Ridge (May 2, 2007)

Cangleska Inc. is opening a new women's shelter on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The 7,800-square-foot shelter will house up to 36 women and children and provide space for offices, meetings and counseling services. Funding for the $1.35...

Western Shoshone man nominated for Utah court (May 2, 2007)

Darold J. McDade, a member of the Western Shoshone Nation of Nevada, has been nominated to serve on Utah's 4th District Court. McDade, who grew up in Nevada, currently serves as a section chief in the Child and Family Support...

Editorial: Puyallup Tribe hits big time with port deal (May 2, 2007)

"The landmark 1988 land claims settlement with the Puyallup Tribe continues to bear fruit – and it produced a watermelon of a deal Monday. The newly announced agreement between the tribe and SSA Marine promises to result in a 180-acre...

House Resources Committee markup on water bill (May 2, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup session today. One Indian bill is on the agenda. It is H.R.468, a bill to amend the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Equitable Compensation Act to provide compensation to members of the...

Navajo Nation approves emergency jail funds (May 2, 2007)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. signed a bill into law to provide emergency funds to a detention center in Chinle, Arizona. The Chinle Adult Detention Center was closed last month due to safety and health concerns. It will receive...

U.S. Attorney in Montana protected by Patriot Act (May 2, 2007)

Bill Mercer, the U.S. Attorney for Montana, is protected by a special provision in the USA Patriot Act that he had a Republican staffer insert into the legislation, The Washington Post reports. The provision ensures that a U.S. Attorney can...

Cobell status conference pushed back to May 14 (May 2, 2007)

The first status conference for the Cobell historical accounting trial has been rescheduled. The conference was to take place May 9. For unexplained reasons, Judge James Robertson moved it to May 14. Robertson plans to hold a series of conferences...

Interior official resigns after breaking rules (May 2, 2007)

An Interior Department official who broke federal rules by giving internal documents to lobbyists and special interest groups resigned on Monday. Julie A. MacDonald was deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks. An investigation by Inspector General Earl...