Blog: Cherokee chief offers Freedmen a deal (June 20, 2007)

"A rumor started gaining steam yesterday over on John and David Cornsilk's Cherokee board. Apparently, Chad Smith approached the lawyers for the Freedmen with a deal: Ask Congresswoman Watson to hold off on introducing her anti-Cherokee bill, and he would...

Gaming not on Griles' calendars at Interior (June 20, 2007)

Interior Secretary Gale Norton poses with lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Chief Phillip Martin on February 5, 2005. File Photo DOI. Indian gaming was not a top issue for J. Steven Griles during his three...

CARE center aims to help children in need (June 20, 2007)

The new Child and Adolescent Referral and Evaluation Center at the Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital in Montana aims to help young victims of physical and sexual abuse. CARE is a joint effort of the Crow Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe,...

Reservation flood damage being assessed (June 20, 2007)

Tribal, state and federal officials are assessing flood damage on three reservations in Montana.. The Crow Reservation, the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and the Fort Peck Reservation were hit by heavy rains and hail. The Crow Tribe has tallied at least...

Yellow Bird: Festival days and prairie nights (June 20, 2007)

"In the great and wide-open Plains of North Dakota, we often find islands of land that are different from the surrounding prairie. Many of these islands are being turned into recreation areas. One of those places is the updated...

Oklahoma tribes attend signing of home loan bill (June 20, 2007)

Leaders of five Oklahoma tribes attended the Whit House signing of an Indian home loan bill. President Bush signed H.R.1676 on June 18. Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Choctaw Nation Assistant Chief Gary Batton, Muscogee...

Navajo medicine man convicted of rape (June 20, 2007)

After a second trial, a medicine man from the Navajo Nation has been convicted of rap. It took the New Mexico state jury less than two hours to find Herbert Yazzie Sr., 55, guilty of raping 27-year-old woman in 2000....

Editorial: More poor planning on Navajo Nation loan (June 20, 2007)

"Once again, the Navajo Nation Budget and Finance Committee is having problems with alleged misuse of a Nation-back loan, this time to the tune of $2.2 million. It is time for an audit. However, all this could have been avoided...

Cover Story: Urban Indians invisible in Portland (June 20, 2007)

"On Margo Guajardo's right arm is the tattoo "N8ive Pride." It may be callous to ask what she has to be proud of. Callous, but not entirely inappropriate. By traditional standards, Margo's own life story has not been one...

World Peace and Prayer Day observed on Thursday (June 20, 2007)

The 11th annual World Peace & Prayer Day will be observed on Thursday, June 21. Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Sioux Nation established the event in 1996 to honor the earth and pray for sacred sites. Observances are taking...

Opinion: Indigenous nations oppose border fence (June 20, 2007)

"The Southern Border Indigenous Nations continuously faces abuse of authority and violation of rights by the current and proposed U.S. anti-immigrant legislation and by border enforcement policies and practice. The Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras (Indigenous Alliance Without Borders) strongly...

Blood taken from tribe in Brazil sold by scientists (June 20, 2007)

The Karitiana Tribe in Brazil says it was duped into providing blood and DNA samples that are now being sold on the Internet for $85. Scientists began taking blood from the tribe in the 1970s. But promises of medicine...

Earliest victim of New World genocide found in Peru (June 20, 2007)

Archaeologists in Peru say they have found the earliest gunshot victim in the New World. A 500-year-old skull found in an Inca cemetery bore two round holes that were characteristic of a gunshot wound. An electron microscope scan confirmed the...

Letter: Cherokee citizenship not about blood (June 20, 2007)

"I am a proud member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and am responding to a June 8 New York Times editorial “The shame of the Cherokee Nation.” It is accurate to state that the citizens of the Cherokee Nation...

Griles denies hiding Abramoff ties from investigation (June 20, 2007)

Attorneys for former Interior Department deputy secretary J. Steven Griles say he didn't conceal his ties to Jack Abramoff from the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Griles was interviewed by investigators for the committee and testified at a public hearing. During...

Ex-DOJ official who backed Griles up for Senate (June 20, 2007)

Tom Sansonetti, a former Department of Justice official who is seeking leniency for J. Steven Griles, is one of three nominees to replace the late Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyoming). Sansonetti received the most votes from the Wyomng GOP Central...

Opinion: Griles did the crime but not the time (June 20, 2007)

"J. Steven Griles was convicted earlier this year of withholding information from the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in 2005 about his meeting Jack Abramoff. Facing a possible five year jail sentence, Griles has enlisted a small army of the well-connected...

UKB Chief: Cherokee Nation can't break treaty (June 20, 2007)

The following is the opinion of George Wickliffe, the chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Federally-recognized tribal governments are in a better position with the United States than ever before. And because of that, I...