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Choctaws of Alabama renew hopes for recognition (July 2, 2007)

A changing political landscape could help the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians from Alabama gain federal recognition. The MOWA went through the Bureau of Indian Affairs process but was rejected. An attempt at legislative recognition was opposed by the Poarch...

Tohono O'odham soldier honored for service in Iraq (July 2, 2007)

Eric Isaac, a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Oklahoma, took part in a gourd dance to honor his service in Iraq. Isaac served two tours in Iraq and has been with the Marines for four years. He...

Major fire affects Uintah and Ouray Reservation (July 2, 2007)

A fire in Utah prompted some evacuations on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and caused at least three deaths nearby. The North Neola Fire started Friday on land managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. So far it has...

Land swap to resolve Alaska Native fish camp dispute (July 2, 2007)

The National Park Service is moving to finalize a land swap that would end a dispute over the use of an Alaska Native fish camp. Cook Inlet Region Inc. uses the 5-acre camp in the Lake Clark National Park and...

Navajo baseball player makes major leage debut (July 2, 2007)

Jacoby Ellsbury, a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. Ellsbury, 23, was drafted by the Sox in 2005. He participating in spring training this year and...

Choctaw chief boosts campaign with outside consultants (July 2, 2007)

Incumbent Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin has brought in a group of outside consultants in hopes of winning re-election. Martin, who is seeking an eighth term, usually has no trouble getting votes. But he came in second in a June...

Hopi Tribe fights lawsuit over ouster of chairman (July 2, 2007)

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by ousted Chairman Ben Nuvamsa. Nuvamsa filed suit in tribal court against several tribal council members after he was removed from office in May. Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma...

Column: Pueblos persevere after 1680 revolt (July 2, 2007)

"When Juan de Oñate initiated the Spanish colonization of New Mexico in 1598, his settlers and missionaries encountered some 100 Indian pueblos occupying the area. Many of these native villages were concentrated in a fertile 215-mile stretch of the Rio...

Opinion: Don't bad-mouth Indian Country schools (July 2, 2007)

"The Argus Leader had an article concerning 19 schools in South Dakota that were told they had to improve under the No Child Left Behind Act. Sixteen of those schools were in Indian Country: Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Standing Rock, Cheyenne...

Editorial: Cherokee Nation like an all-male country club (July 2, 2007)

"The Cherokee decision in March to restrict membership to Indians ran into a firestorm of criticism from the politically correct crowd — not unlike some Indians have done to institutions that gave their sports teams names like "Savages” and "Warriors.”...

Mark Trahant: Science still clear on global warming (July 2, 2007)

"If you listen to critics of global warming (or more precisely, those who do not believe that humans have contributed to climate change), they say that science is always changing its story. That's flat out wrong, [science historian Naomi ]...

Yellow Bird: Yellowstone River needs protection (July 2, 2007)

"As I admired the beautiful river, I found my admiration was overshadowed by reports that there is trouble at the Yellowstone's headwater. The river has been named the second most endangered river in the U.S. for 2006. Why? Because...

Travel: Hualapai Tribe's Skywalk worth a visit (July 2, 2007)

"The Grand Canyon, long a symbol of the grandeur of America's landscapes, is more than 200 miles long. Just over 100 miles of that is within the Hualapai Indian Reservation. The skywalk is about 120 miles east of Las...

Editorial: Mississippi Choctaws head to the polls (July 2, 2007)

"For the first time in almost three decades, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Chief Phillip Martin faces a competitive challenge in his re-election bid as leader of the state's largest Native American tribe. The run-off election for chief of the...

New date for Senate hearing on transportation (July 2, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has set a new date for its oversight hearing on transportation issues in Indian Country. The original June 6 hearing was postponed due to the death of Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyoming), who was vice chairman...

Tim Giago: Columnist disparages Native people (July 2, 2007)

Thomas Sowell is a nationally syndicated columnist who happens to be an African American. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. I am sure that he is an expert at the things he normally...