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Opinion: Learning to love my Native roots (July 19, 2007)

"My mom is Quechan Native American and grew up in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, while my dad was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in New York. So, I have Indian from both sides. One side...

Navajo basketball team accuses police of bias (July 19, 2007)

The boys' basketball team from a high school on the Navajo Nation filed suit against three New Mexico state police officers, alleging the players were singled out because they were Native. The team from the To’hajiilee Community School played a...

House Natural Resources Committee passes bills (July 19, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee approved six Indian bills on Wednesday. The committee acted on all the bills by unanimous consent. The entire proceeding took less than five minutes. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia), the chairman of the committee, described...

Judge hits BIA on Chickasaw Nation gaming site (July 19, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs failed to determine whether an Oklahoma tribe's land qualified for gaming before approving a Class III compact, a federal judge said on Monday. Citing an administrative record "lacking in substance," Judge David L. Russell ordered...

Anchorage excited for World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (July 19, 2007)

The opening day of the 46th annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics drew an estimated 1,500 people to Anchorage. The games are being held in Anchorage for the first time. Participants were excited to share their culture with Alaska's largest city....

Native hip-hop family spreads anti-meth message (July 19, 2007)

A Northern Cheyenne family is fighting the war on methamphetamine through hip-hop. Charles "Apache" Mitchell, his sister Shareez, and their parents Waymon and Marina operate the On The Cut Records label on the reservation. They are organizing the "War...

Appeals court upholds Pine Ridge man's conviction (July 19, 2007)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction and sentence of a man from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Donovan New, 37, was found guilty for killing two people in a car accident...

'Wounded Knee' lands 17 Emmy nominations (July 19, 2007)

The HBO movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” landed 17 Emmy nominations this morning, more than any other television production. Despite the large number, lead actor Adam Beach did not receive a nomination. Aidan Quinn, who portrayed Senator Henry...

Navajo power plant hearing draws a big crowd (July 19, 2007)

A Bureau of Indian Affairs hearing on the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant drew more than 200 to Farmington, New Mexico. Tribal members were on both sides of the debate. Opponents said it would harm the environment but supporters cited...

Sen. Murkowski is first woman vice chair of SCIA (July 19, 2007)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was officially installed as the vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee this morning. "She is the first woman vice chair of this committee in all of its years," said Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota),...

Rosebud Sioux chairman faces hearing over land deal (July 19, 2007)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will hold a hearing to determine if Chairman Rodney Bordeaux violated the constitution over a $1 million land deal, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. An ethics complaint names Bordeaux, his sister and...

Interim US Attorney promoted to top DOJ spot (July 19, 2007)

Craig S. Morford, an interim U.S. attorney in Tennessee, has been named acting deputy attorney general, the second-highest ranking position at the Department of Justice. Morford replaces Paul J. McNulty, who announced his resignation amid the scandal over the firings...

Clinton names Native leadership council (July 19, 2007)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York), a Democratic candidate for president, announced the formation of a Native American Leadership Council for her campaign in Nevada. The council includes 13 current and former tribal leaders, tribal administrators and Native activists. They will...

Rep. Young issues threat over Alaska Native funds (July 19, 2007)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) threatened retaliation against a colleague who tried to cut funding for an Alaska Native program on the House floor on Wednesday. "Those who bite me will be bitten back," Young said, The Hill newspaper reported. Rep....

Michael Jackson and entourage spotted at NMAI (July 19, 2007)

The King of Pop met the Chiefs of Indian Country at a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian on Wednesday, reports the Reliable Source column of The Washington Post. Michael Jackson, his children and two bodyguards visited...

Opinion: Delawares may be next for disenrollment (July 19, 2007)

The following represents the opinion of Steve Osburn, Cherokee Delaware, of Oklahoma. Cherokee Chief Chad Smith's view of the Freedmen issue is very twisted. Most Cherokees know there are tribal members of mixed blood, and some of those happen to...

Jodi Rave: Native center at UM raises enough money (July 19, 2007)

"Native students at the University of Montana needed a hefty multimillion-dollar donation before any would witness a Native American Center built on campus - and as of Wednesday, the long wait is over. “It feels awesome to be able...

Indian Affairs Committee meeting, hearing (July 19, 2007)

MP3 Files: • Business Meeting/Sen. Murkowski • Opening Statements Note: Due to a technical glitch on the Senate's side, Sen. Dorgan and Sen. Murkowski were cut off. The audio comes back for parts of Sen. Tester's statement. • Panel 1...