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Rep. Cole hopes to take back Congress for GOP (May 9, 2007)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, is the new chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee. It's up to Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, to reclaim Congress for Republicans. The prognosis...

Virginia tribes clear major hurdle in recognition fight (May 9, 2007)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Debate on H.Res.377, the closed rule: Rep. Alcee Hastings Rep. Doc Hastings Rep. Jim Moran Rep. Chris Shays Rep. Moran and Rep. Shays Exchange Rep. Doc Hastings Rep. Chris Shays Rep. Doc Hastings Rep. Alcee Hastings...

Prairie Band chairwoman maintains business (May 9, 2007)

When she's not busy running the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas, Tracy Stanhoff is running her advertising agency. The tribe always comes first, Stanhoff says. But thanks to the Internet and e-mail, she is able to monitor her business,...

Indian charter school president defends remarks (May 9, 2007)

The president of the American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, California, is being criticized for his overly frank language. Ben Chavis, who is Lumbee, has been hailed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and the Bush administration. But students at...

Power company drops support for CIRI wind farm (May 9, 2007)

Alaska's biggest electric company has withdrawn support for a wind farm proposed by Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native corporation. Chugach Electric Association had agreed to consider buying power from CIRI's proposed farm on Fire Island. But a new...

AIM protests lack of action to repeal Columbus Day (May 9, 2007)

The American Indian Movement of Colorado held a protest at the state Capitol on Tuesday to protest Democratic leaders for failing to act on legislation to repeal Columbus Day. Glenn Morris said AIM was working with Sen. Suzanne Williams,...

BIA to host economic development summit (May 9, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is co-hosting an economic development summit May 15-17 in Phoenix, Arizona. Assistant secretary Carl Artman said tribes, federal agencies and the private sector will meet for high-level policy talks. "What is planned is something radically...

Editorial: Land transfer a vital deal for Arizona (May 9, 2007)

"It's time to take a step back, breathe deeply and focus clearly on what still remains a spectacular, if tricky, opportunity for Arizona, one that has been caught up - unfairly - in the web of U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi's...

Land transfer tied to Rep. Renzi under scrutiny (May 9, 2007)

The San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona is still opposed to a land transfer that has put Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) in political and legal trouble. The tribe has mobilized opposition to the transfer of federal land to the Resolution...

Nisqually Tribe's land transfer stirs debate (May 9, 2007)

The Nisqually Tribe of Washington is seeking to reacquire ancestral land currently held by the Army. The tribe hopes to obtain 500 acres at Fort Lewis. The plan has angered some residents, who are raising fears of gaming and sovereignty....

Emergency room at IHS facility fails inspection (May 9, 2007)

The emergency room at an Indian Health Service facility on the Navajo Nation has been closed after equipment failed a government inspection. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services inspected the ER at the Crownpoint Health Care Facility in Crownpoint,...

Opinion: Mending tribal-state relations in Maine (May 9, 2007)

"The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, or MITSC, is a creation of the Maine Implementing Act, Maine’s ratification of the land claims settlement between the Houlton Band of Maliseets, Passamaquoddy Tribe, Penobscot Nation, Maine, and the U.S. government. It exists to...

HBO movie adds mixed-race character to cast (May 9, 2007)

HBO added a mixed-race Indian to its adaptation of Dee Brown's “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” in order to make the film more palatable to white audiences, The New York Times reports. The book sold five million copies...

Seminole Tribe gives back to high school (May 9, 2007)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is giving back to the public school that opened its doors to tribal members when other schools refused to enroll them. The tribe is a major supporter of the athletic department at the Okeechobee High...

House passes Virginia tribes recognition bill (May 9, 2007)

By a unanimous voice vote on Tuesday, the House passed H.R.1294, a bill to recognize six Virginia tribes. The vote came after Democrats rejected an attempt by Republicans to block consideration. The roll call was 228 to 186, with only...

Ex-Rep. Tom DeLay demands DOJ action on probe (May 9, 2007)

Former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) says the Department of Justice needs to wrap up its investigation of his wife. DeLay quit Congress amid scrutiny over his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He also faces political corruption charges in Texas....

Yellow Bird: Woman sees world with understanding (May 9, 2007)

"When I first moved to Grand Forks, a friend introduced me to the Bailey family, who live in the country near Larimore, N.D. The family lives on land where peacefulness seems to propagate from the corn and bean crops....