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House panel boosts funds for Indian programs (June 11, 2007)

Indian education, urban health clinics, law enforcement and language preservation will see boosts in funding under bills advanced by the House Appropriations Committee last week. At a markup on Thursday, the committee approved $5.7 billion for Indian programs at the...

Cherokee Freedmen headed to court for injunction (June 11, 2007)

The Cherokee Freedmen are back in federal court today to seek an injunction against the Interior Department and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The Freedmen want Judge Henry Kennedy to order DOI to halt funding to the tribe and to...

Indian Country struggling with scourge of meth (June 11, 2007)

Tribal communities across the country are trying to address the devastating effects of methamphetamine. Tilano Montoya and Kenzie Crawford, both members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, sold meth on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. As part of their...

Miss Navajo Nation tackles tough issue: HIV/AIDS (June 11, 2007)

Jocelyn Billy is using her position as Miss Navajo Nation to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS on the reservation. Billy, 24, says education is key to preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. She's had to overcome cultural...

Scientists cite new explanation for mammoth death (June 11, 2007)

After attributing the disappearance of the woolly mammoth to the first Americans and climate change, scientists have come up with a new explanation: a comet killed the large animal off more than 10,000 years ago. One group of scientists...

Travel: Hualapai heritage resonates at Skywalk (June 11, 2007)

"Sometime before 6 a.m., on the arid plateau that is home to the steel and glass platform known as the Skywalk , a stage show for vertigo that projects tourists into empty air above the 4,000-foot drop of the Grand...

House Natural Resources Committee hearing (June 11, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this Wednesday on three Indian bills. The committee will take up: * H.R. 673: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to take lands in Yuma County, Arizona, into trust as...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe won't change official name (June 11, 2007)

Officially, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is still known as the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The Michigan tribe started calling itself the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation in some press releases and announcements. But the tribal constitution still refers to the...

Editorial: Kickapoo Tribe's water woes in Kansas (June 11, 2007)

"Tribal leaders are acutely aware of water’s importance, having faced three decades of supply problems here. But in recent years, water hasn’t seemed anywhere near the top of most Kansas policy makers’ agenda. That’s not surprising, with legislators entangled in...

Tim Giago: Indians still the most misunderstood (June 11, 2007)

John F. Kennedy said that the American Indian is the least understood and the most misunderstood of all Americans. I believe that with the disparities now so apparent in Indian country, that description by JFK takes on an entirely new...

Chad Smith: Cherokee sovereignty at stake (June 11, 2007)

"Today, some seek to compromise Indian self-government, and Cherokee voters should send a clear message on June 23 that the right of Indian self-government is not negotiable. Cherokees should vote yes again on June 23 to remove federal oversight and...

Mark Trahant: Creating a world with less garbage (June 11, 2007)

"I once lived about as far off the highway as is possible in rural Arizona, surrounded by pinion and juniper. One of the things that shocked me when I first moved into the woods was the amount of garbage tossed...

Jodi Rave: Graduates eager to make a difference (June 11, 2007)

"Michelle Gattone gave one of her final presentations before a panel of professors last week, a last salute to her undergraduate years at Oregon State University. The Cherokee woman will graduate June 17, taking her place among hundreds of...

Yellow Bird: An unforgettable sweat experience (June 11, 2007)

"It was a sunny, windy day. Anna stood beside the sweat lodge. Her dark hair blew in the wind as she talked and motioned with her hands. We stood away from the sweat lodge. The small dome, covered with...