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Youth gang activity on the rise in Indian Country (July 6, 2007)

Youth gang activity is on the rise in Indian Country, law enforcement officials and experts say. Christopher Grant, a retired commander of the gang task force in the Rapid City, South Dakota, area, says gangs have most affected the Midwest,...

More Native children being abused and neglected (July 6, 2007)

More and more Native American children are being abused and neglected, an advocate in northeastern Oklahoma says. Jo Prout, the executive director for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country, says 76 percent of her cases involve Native children. She...

Review: 'What's an Indian Woman to Do?' in LA (July 6, 2007)

"Social consciousness suffuses "What's an Indian Woman to Do?" at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Mark Anthony Rolo's solo play about the rift between heritage and modernity requires that a Native American actress play its multiple roles, which DeLanna Studi,...

Court ordered to reconsider Native teen's case (July 6, 2007)

For the second time, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a federal judge to reconsider the criminal case of a Native teen accused of murder. The juvenile from Montana was 15 years old when he allegedly committed second-degree...

Mississippi Choctaw Chief Martin concedes election (July 6, 2007)

Longtime Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin conceded defeat after losing his re-election bid by 211 votes. "I'm disappointed that I didn't win but that's O.K. That's life! The election process has worked," Martin told WTOK-TV. "The people have decided...

Washington tribes to sign $33M shellfish deal (July 6, 2007)

Seventeen tribes will sign a $33 million shellfish settlement with the state and federal government today. The deal ends the so-called "shellfish wars." A federal court said tribes have the right to half of the shellfish growing naturally on...

BIA names Cherokee woman to head up trust services (July 6, 2007)

Vicki L. Forrest, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, has been named deputy director for Office of Trust Services at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Forrest comes to the BIA from the Office of Special Trustee. She...

HUD expands Indian service area to cover Idaho (July 6, 2007)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has expanded the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's Indian service area to include the entire state of Idaho. The expansion will enable members of federally recognized tribes to apply for Section 184 home loans anywhere...

Cheyenne River Sioux man killed in Hawaii (July 6, 2007)

Jake Hale, a 28-year-old member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was killed at his home in Hawaii on Wednesday. Hale was stabbed and bleeding when neighbors found him in front of his Ewa Beach home. His...

Opinion: Why Native Americans celebrate on July 4 (July 6, 2007)

"I was asked the other day why Native Americans celebrate Independence Day. The argument presented to me was one I had felt in my younger years as an angry American Indian. The formation of the United States marked the...

Search continues for Native girl missing for three years (July 6, 2007)

It's been three years since five-year-old Tamra Keepness went missing from her home in Regina, Saskatchewan. Despite a massive search and more than 1,500 tips, no traces of Tamra have been found. Meanwhile, police say key witnesses are refusing...

New York won't pay Seneca Nation's highway toll (July 6, 2007)

The state of New York is refusing to pay the Seneca Nation $2.1 million for a highway that passes through tribal lands. The New York State Thruway Authorities said the state has already fully compensated the tribe for the use...

Al Gore to speak at NMAI's 'Live Earth' concert (July 6, 2007)

Former Vice President Al Gore will speak at the National Museum of the American Indians "Live Earth" concert on Saturday. Gore is one of the organizers of the Live Earth concerts being held around the world. The NMAI's event is...

Internet arrives in tribal villages in Brazil (July 6, 2007)

The Internet is slowly making its way to remote tribal villages in Brazil. The government is providing satellite Internet access to 150 remote communities to help tribes communicate and to report illegal logging and ranching. Another federal program is bringing...

Two more Republicans break with Bush on Iraq (July 6, 2007)

Two more Republicans have joined the call to remove U.S. troops from Iraq starting in 2008. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) and Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) both said the war was taking too big of a toll on American soldiers....