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Opinion: America is not a nation of immigrants (July 5, 2007)

"Amnesty is dead. Now, let's talk about the other "A" word. It's the word and the concept completely abandoned during the immigration debate: assimilation. Over the last year, hundreds of thousands of illegal alien demonstrators took to the streets...

Veteran honored for 39 years of sobriety (July 5, 2007)

Octave Finley, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana, was honored on Wednesday for 39 years of sobriety. Finley, 70, a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, said he started drinking at age 14....

Appeals court backs Michigan land-into-trust acquisition (July 5, 2007)

A Michigan tribe can finally move forward with its casino plans after a federal appeals court on Tuesday dismissed yet another land-into-trust lawsuit. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians gained federal recognition in 1995 and filed a land-into-trust application...

Native Americans at high risk of alcohol dependence (July 5, 2007)

Native Americans have a 40 percent greater risk for alcohol dependence than whites, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Based on the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, Native Americans and whites were...

California tribal trespassing measure shelved (July 5, 2007)

A bill to impose fines and penalties for trespassing on reservations in California was pulled by its sponsor. SB 331 was supported by the Barona Band of Mission Indians and other tribes. They said it would help maintain law...

Quinault Nation celebrates signing of 1855 treaty (July 5, 2007)

The Quinault Nation of Washington celebrated the signing of its July 1, 1855, treaty this week. The treaty represents "the backbone of our government and the backbone of our people," vice chairman Guy Capoeman told The Seattle Times. "Without...

Spirit Lake woman named to UND search committee (July 5, 2007)

Cynthia Lindquist Mala, a member of the Spirit Lake Nation, has been named to the University of North Dakota presidential search committee. Mala, the president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College, will represent the Indian community. She received her undergraduate...

NMAI in Washington to host 'Live Earth' concert (July 5, 2007)

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is presenting its own "Live Earth" concert this Saturday, July 7. The "Mother Earth" concert features performances from several Native artists. The lineup includes Native Roots, The Plateros and Yarina....

Swearing-in ceremony for new Kiowa Tribe officials (July 5, 2007)

The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma held a swearing-in ceremony on Saturday. Four council members were sworn in for two-year terms. They were: Vice Chairman Phil Dupoint, Secretary Sharon Cozad Pena and business committee members Ronald Quetone and Alva Tsoodle. Two...

Letter: Indian children in South Dakota deserve better (July 5, 2007)

"You're telling me that a man smart enough to amass a huge fortune, within which he can afford to give away more than $500 million, cannot find the means to help children who have such a bleak future? I'd like...

Infant dumped in river was probably Indian (July 5, 2007)

One of the three infants whose bodies were dumped in the Mississippi River in Minnesota was probably Indian, test results showed. The infant, a girl, was found three months ago in a marina operated by the Prairie Island Indian Community....

Navajo player makes big impact on baseball field (July 5, 2007)

He's only been on the field for a couple of games but Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury, the first Navajo to play major league baseball, has made a big splash. Crowds cheered Ellsbury when he made his debut with the Boston...

Fallon Paiute-Shoshone police officer killed on duty (July 5, 2007)

A police officer for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe was killed on duty early Wednesday morning. Adam Menuez was responding to a medical emergency when he apparently lost control of his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Menuez...

Chiefs seek investigation of pepper spray incident (July 5, 2007)

The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is calling for an investigation into the pepper spraying of members of the Sechelt First Nation, including children and infants, by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. On Monday night, RCMP officers sprayed a...

Mississippi Choctaw Chief Martin loses election (July 5, 2007)

Phillip Martin, the longtime chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, was defeated after more than 30 years in office. Martin lost to challenger Beasley Denson by 211 votes, according to the tribal election committee. The results are...

Yellow Bird: Indians were foreigners in own land (July 5, 2007)

"As I mulled over immigration and the whole issue of being born free, I thought, “What a paradox for Indian people.” We had such a strange designation: We were foreigners - outcasts in our own land for much of...