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Tohono O'odham Nation to open cultural center (June 13, 2007)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is opening its Cultural Center & Museum on Friday. The $15.2 million facility in Topawa features artifacts dating back 5,000 years. Many of the items were repatriated to the tribe by other museums. The...

Gonzales not committed to Indian Country (June 13, 2007)

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is not committed to Indian Country, three former federal prosecutors said at the National Congress of the American Indian midyear conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Paul Charlton of Arizona, Margaret Chiara of Western Michigan and Dan...

Interview: Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples (June 13, 2007)

Cultural Survival Quarterly interviews four Native leaders about the stalled Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that is before the United Nations. Les Malezer, a native Australian of the Gabi Gabi community, is the general manager for the...

Pueblo woman to lead Native WIC organization (June 13, 2007)

Charlene Anglada, a member of Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico, has been elected the chairwoman of the National Indian and Native American WIC Coalition. Anglada became involved with the Women, Infants and Children program at the Department of Agriculture as...

Navajo First Lady accepts 1,407 pairs of socks (June 13, 2007)

Navajo Nation First Lady Vikki Shirley accepted a donation of 1,407 pairs of socks from the San Juan Rotary Club in New Mexico. Shirley visited the club last fall and spoke of the need for clothing for Navajo children....

Two Montana tribes start to recover from flooding (June 13, 2007)

The Crow Tribe and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe are starting to recover from floods that hit their reservations in Montana. Crow Chairman Carl Venne declared the reservation a disaster area. The tribe is starting to tally losses from the floods...

Rocky Boy's Reservation still without clean water (June 13, 2007)

Most of the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana has been without clean water since May 25 after an accidental contamination. The Chippewa Cree Tribe has been unable to declare the water safe for consumption. The Environmental Protection Agency is still...

Yellow Bird: Monarch butterfly a special creature (June 13, 2007)

"The Monarch isn't all biology, either. It's the subject of many American Indian stories. My son-in-law, who is Muskogee (Creek) from Oklahoma, told their story of how the Monarch came to be. A scaly monster, he said, who had...

Ponca Tribe opens sixth field office in Nebraska (June 13, 2007)

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska hosted an open forum at its newest field office on Monday. The tribe was terminated in 1966 and lost all of its land. After being restored to recognition in 1990, the tribe has been slowly...

Federal court won't rehear tribal labor law dispute (June 13, 2007)

A high-profile sovereignty case could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a California tribe lost its last shot at a rehearing on Friday. In a short order, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals announced it was denying a...

Mississippi Choctaw chief trailing in early count (June 13, 2007)

Phillip Martin, the longtime chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, was trailing in early returns from the tribe's election on Tuesday. Martin fell 120 votes behind challenger Beasley Denson. But absentee and affidavit ballots have yet to be...

Seneca Nation bills New York $2.1M for highway (June 13, 2007)

The Seneca Nation sent the state of New York a $2.1 million bill for every car that has passed through tribal lands in the last two months. The tribe charged $1 for every car on the State Thruway. That...

House passes Native American One Dollar Coin Act (June 13, 2007)

By a voice vote, the House on Tuesday approved H.R.2358, the Native American $1 Coin Act. The bill authorizes new designs for the back of the Sacagawea dollar coin. "I was glad to introduce this bill. I can think of...

Editorial: Ancestors come home to Nisqually Tribe (June 13, 2007)

"A wooden box on a shelf at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is not a fitting final resting place for American Indians from South Sound. We are pleased that Smithsonian officials have agreed to send the skeletal...

Senate hearing for FEC official who targeted tribes (June 13, 2007)

The Senate Rules Committee is holding a confirmation hearing this morning for four Federal Election Commission nominees. One of the nominees is Hans von Spakovsky, who has been serving on the FEC on a temporary basis. He has accused tribes...

House Natural Resources Committee hearing (June 13, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee held a legislative hearing this morning on the following bills: * H.R. 673: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to take lands in Yuma County, Arizona, into trust as part of the reservation of...