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Criminals fall through the cracks in Indian Country (June 12, 2007)

The Wall Street Journal runs a front-page story about inadequate law enforcement in Indian Country. The first major point is the lack of criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians. Chane Coomes, a non-Indian on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, was...

Opinion: Native people celebrate their foods (June 12, 2007)

"Indeed, we live in strange times. For the first time in the history of humankind, most of our citizens could not raise, catch, hunt, gather, nor prepare a nutritious diet if their lives depended on it. Which they do. As...

Navajo Nation seeks emergency plans (June 12, 2007)

The Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management is urging all tribal chapters to develop emergency response plans. Jimson Joe, the program manager at the department, said few communities are prepared to respond to potential disasters. The threats include fires, floods...

Voting rights lawsuit filed for Alaska Natives (June 12, 2007)

The Native American Rights Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Yup'ik voters. NARF and ACLU say the state is not doing enough to help voters whose first language...

Indian business must pay workers' compensation (June 12, 2007)

A Three Affiliated Tribes member doing business on the Fort Berthold Reservation must pay workers' compensation, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled last week. Frank Whitecalfe said he didn't have to pay premiums to the state since his business was...

NCAI unveils anti-meth toolkit at midyear conference (June 12, 2007)

The National Congress of American Indians unveiled an anti-methamphetamine toolkit aimed at helping tribes combat the drug on reservations. The "No Meth in Tribal Communities" features information for schools, courts, law enforcement and health communities. "This is groundbreaking in terms...

Urban Indian center gets help from Oneida Nation (June 12, 2007)

The United Amerindian Center in Green Bay will restore services thanks to a $100,000 donation from the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. The center was forced to cut back on services after losing its Indian Health Service funds. The agency said...

Floods hit Crow, Northern Cheyenne reservations (June 12, 2007)

Residents of the Crow Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana have been hit by heavy rains and flooding. The Crow Tribe declared the entire reservation a disaster area after flooding washed out roads and damaged crops and...

Seneca Nation breaks ground on $20M golf course (June 12, 2007)

The Seneca Nation broke ground on an off-reservation golf course on Monday. The $20 million Hickory Stick Golf Club is located in Lewiston. The public course will generate an estimated $300,000 in property taxes and nearly $400,000 in sales...

Mississippi Choctaw voters headed to polls (June 12, 2007)

Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are headed to the polls today. Chief Phillip Martin is running for his eighth term. He faces five challengers: Beasley Denson, Linda Farve, Jesse Thomas, Edward Wesley, and Kennith York. Also up...

Yakama Nation, utility district sign agreement (June 12, 2007)

The Yakama Nation of Washington signed an agreement on Monday to end a dispute with the Grant County Public Utility District. The tribe will receive up to $8 million from the utility to expand its Yakama Power company. In exchange,...

Cherokee Freedmen back in court over citizenship (June 12, 2007)

The Cherokee Freedmen were back in court on Monday to halt an upcoming Cherokee Nation election though a federal judge seemed skeptical of the effort. The Freedmen were voted out of the tribe, the second-largest in the country, in March....

Canada to announce new land claims commission (June 12, 2007)

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine will unveil legislation aimed at speeding up hundreds of land claims. The bill will create an independent commission to resolve land claims and treaty disputes. The government...

Ex-professor accused of spreading hate online (June 12, 2007)

Police in Regina, Saskatchewan, raided the home of a former university professor who is accused of spreading hate against Jewish, Black and First Nations people on the Internet. Terry Tremaine, 58, is part of a white supremacist group. In postings...

No-confidence vote against Gonzales blocked (June 12, 2007)

Republicans in the Senate blocked a no-confidence vote against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday. Republicans forced a cloture vote on the measure. It fell seven votes short of the 60 needed to clear the non-binding resolution [Roll Call]....

Letter: Change in leadership for the Cherokee Nation (June 12, 2007)

"Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith once again wants the tribal members to vote yes on the amendment to keep the Bureau of Indian Affairs from interfering with his personal agenda. What he is not telling the tribal members is vote...

Humor: Natives seek changes to immigration bill (June 12, 2007)

"Flexing their new-found political muscle, Native Americans — the only “true” Americans — have now weighed in on the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill, lobbying Congress to provide for the immediate deportation of all Mayflower descendants. Speaking for the National Council...