Native veteran due for Medal of Honor for heroic actions (May 29, 2007)
A bill to award the Medal of Honor to one of the most decorated Native veterans was signed into law on Friday. The late Woodrow Wilson Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe who died in 1982 at...
Umatilla homeownership program wins national award (May 29, 2007)
A homeownership program started by the Confederated Umatilla Tribes of Oregon was recognized at the Home Ownership Participation for Everyone Awards last week. The Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority won the Education Award for the "Wapayatat" program Wapayatat, which means...
Washburn: Iowa takes positive step on tribal courts (May 29, 2007)
"Iowa's Legislature recently enacted a law that provides clearly for enforcement of tribal-court judgments in state courts. The law, signed by Gov. Chet Culver on Friday, contains numerous safeguards. And it applies only if the tribal court also recognizes Iowa's...
NCAI concerned about DOJ's commitment to tribes (May 29, 2007)
Tribes are concerned about the Department of Justice's commitment to public safety on reservations, National Congress of American Indians President Joe Garcia said. Garcia cited testimony last week of Monica Goodling, a former DOJ aide. She said she heard complaints...
International Whaling Commission meets (May 29, 2007)
The International Whaling Commission opened its meeting on Monday with Japan saying it won't oppose bowhead whaling for Eskimos in Alaska. Japan has tried to muster opposition to Eskimo whaling in hopes of overturning a ban on commercial whaling....
Residential center in Oklahoma provides hope (May 29, 2007)
The Oaks Indian Mission in Oklahoma has been providing young Indians with hope since 1926. The small residential center houses up to 48 children and teens who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, or whose parents cannot provide care....
University president seeks firing of Churchill (May 29, 2007)
University of Colorado president Hank Brown is recommending the firing of controversial professor Ward Churchill. In a 10-page letter, Brown said Churchill's research "misconduct" has damaged the school's reputation. He cited "severe" and "deliberate" errors in Churchill's works on...
Elders oppose Agua Caliente development deal (May 29, 2007)
Some Cahuilla elders are opposing development of the sacred Chino Canyon near Palm Springs, California. Alvino Siva and his sister, Katherine Siva Saubel, say the canyon was home to one, or possibly two, village. They say the spirit of...
Cayuga land claim settlement faces opposition (May 29, 2007)
The Cayuga Nation faces opposition over its land claim settlement with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) The deal cuts the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma out of the picture. "When the courts threw out the Cayuga judgment and land claim,...
New Mexico halts autopsies for Navajo Nation (May 29, 2007)
The state of New Mexico has stopped performing autopsies for the Navajo Nation because the tribe hasn't paid its bills. The state Office of the Medical Investigator placed a moratorium back in April 2006. The tribe owes $254,000, associate director...
Maine tuition program open to all Native Americans (May 29, 2007)
The University of Maine's North American Indian Waiver and Scholarship Program is open to all American Indian, Alaska Native and Canadian Native students. The program provides tuition, fees, room and board for any undergraduate or graduate student who can...
Meskwaki Tribe investigates man's death (May 29, 2007)
The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa is investigating the death of a 35-year-old man. Sam Lincoln, a reservation resident, was found dead on the train tracks on Sunday. An autopsy is pending but tribal police say he suffered massive head trauma....
Chippewa Cree Tribe hopes to declare water safe (May 29, 2007)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana hopes to declare the water system on the Rocky Boy's Reservation safe by the end of the week. The tribe and the Environmental Protection Agency have been working to clean up the system after...
A new leader for Tohono O'odham Nation (May 29, 2007)
The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona has elected a new leader. Ned Norris Jr. defeated incumbent chairwoman Vivian Juan-Saunders. The vote was close, a tribal spokesperson said. Norris served as vice chairman when Juan-Saunders was elected as the tribe's...
BIA takes comments on Navajo power plant project (May 29, 2007)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking comments online about the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant. The BIA contracted with URS Corporation to host http://www.desertrockenergy.com. The site contains the draft environmental impact statement and a form to submit comments. The...
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