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Justice O'Connor visits Cherokee Nation (June 4, 2007)

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visited the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma on Saturday. O'Connor took part in a Youth Leadership Conference organized by the tribe. She appeared on a panel with former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller,...

Bush administration appeals sacred site case (June 4, 2007)

Native activists from the Southwest plan to hold a demonstration in Arizona today to protest the Bush administration's decision to appeal a sacred site case. The Save the Peaks Coalition has been fighting the proposed expansion of a ski area...

Mille Lacs chairwoman backs Sen. Clinton (June 4, 2007)

Melanie Benjamin, the chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota, reiterated her support for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York), who has refused to attend the "Prez on the Rez" forum. Benjamin said she was...

Nebraska tribes receive suicide prevention funds (June 4, 2007)

Four Nebraska tribes will share $140,000 in state funds for youth suicide prevention efforts. The Ponca Tribe, the Omaha Tribe, the Winnebago Tribe and the Santee Sioux Tribe will each receive $35,000. They money comes from the state Health and...

Torres Martinez Reservation littered with dumps (June 4, 2007)

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California is home to at least 26 illegal dumps, including the largest one in the state. "I would say this is in its own league," Clancy Tenley, the tribal program manager...

Tribes blast BIA on law enforcement (June 4, 2007)

Tribal leaders criticized the Bureau of Indian Affairs at a House Natural Resources Committee field hearing on law enforcement. The hearing was held on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The committee heard from e Bureau of Indian...

Sen. Thune: Woodrow Keeble, a hero among heroes (June 4, 2007)

The following was submitted by Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota), one of the backers of legislation to authorize the Department of Defense to issue a Medal of Honor to the late Woodrow Wilson Keeble. On a day in October...

Senate hearing on transportation issues (June 4, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this Thursday on transportation issues in Indian Country. The hearing will be the committee's first on the subject in the 110th Congress. The witness list has not been made public....

DOI solicitor can't recall Schaghticoke details (June 4, 2007)

Interior Department Solicitor David Bernhardt gave 34 ''I don't recall'' responses when asked about his role in the federal recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut, Indian Country Today reports. Bernhardt couldn't remember if he attended meetings or...

Choctaw Nation assistant chief resigns post (June 4, 2007)

Mike Bailey, the assistant chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, has resigned his post after 21 years serving the tribe. Bailey resigned on Friday but no reason was given for his departure. He was appointed to his post by...

Column: Muckleshoot Tribe interested in the Sonics (June 4, 2007)

"Sonics owner Clay Bennett says he's "out of ideas." Fortunately, that's a state of being completely foreign to Bob Santos. The 73-year-old has spent a lifetime plotting the future of Seattle's International District. Now retired, with "nothing much to do,"...

Tim Giago: The theft of the sacred Black Hills (June 4, 2007)

Anyone who watched HBO’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” had to be pretty quick to catch the scroll at the end of the movie about the illegal taking of the Black Hills from the tribes of the Great Sioux...

Sen. Tester unveils tribal college initiative (June 4, 2007)

"Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., also a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, plans to unveil a legislative proposal on Saturday that will strengthen health care initiatives at the 31 tribal colleges across the country. “I will...

Jodi Rave: Nez Perce homeland remains sacred (June 4, 2007)

"Nez Pierce Chief Joseph remains one of the most remarkable Native leaders who refused to willingly surrender his father's homeland to white settlers and gold diggers. In 1877, within a year of the Battle of the Little Big Horn,...

Yellow Bird: Meth walks our reservations (June 4, 2007)

"April Flores, a Crow woman, went from innocence to the deepest depth of addiction yet was able to recover, she told a group of health care givers at the Third Annual Great Plains Regional Summit on Methamphetamine. The summit...

Mark Trahant: A boost of the unambiguous (June 4, 2007)

"Newspapers certainly could use a boost of the unambiguous. Nowhere is this concept more problematic than in opinion pages. Every day, we submit for readers' consideration dozens of different articles with different guarantees, information that may be referred to, and...

Letter: HBO fails to deliver 'Wounded Knee' truth (June 4, 2007)

"In the wake of HBO' s disappointing and history-deranging adaptation of "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" ["The Last Stand," May 27], American Indian actors, writers, aspiring directors and producers arrive at the end of the trail after their decades-long...

Editorial: Indian voting rights and Heffelfinger (June 4, 2007)

"In a few short weeks, former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger has gone from believing that he left his post in the good graces of the Justice Department to realizing that he not only was on an early list of prosecutors...