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Counties face deadline on Cayuga land settlement (July 23, 2007)

Two New York counties face a July 31 deadline on the Cayuga Nation's land claim settlement. Cayuga and Seneca counties are meeting to formulate their response to the deal. The goal is to speak with one voice, said the chair...

Appeals court backs tribe in land-into-trust dispute (July 23, 2007)

A federal appeals court on Friday handed another victory to the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island in its long-running battle against the state. In a case watched across Indian Country, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals said nothing in federal...

Native Elite Sports to host basketball camp (July 23, 2007)

The Native Elite Sports Showcase will be held July 27-28 on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska. Top basketball players from schools across the nation will attend the camp. They will showcase their skills for college recruiters and compete in a...

Nooksack Tribe hosts annual sobriety powwow (July 23, 2007)

The Nooksack Tribe of Washington hosted its 11th annual sobriety powwow on Sunday. An estimated 200 dancers participated in the powwow. Some traveled from as a far away as British Columbia, Canada. “My generation is trying to help this...

Rosebud man pleads not guilty to stabbing teen (July 23, 2007)

A man from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota pleaded not guilty in connection with the stabbing death of a teenage boy. Melvin Smashed Ice, 38, is charged with second-degree murder. He is accused of killing Bryan Clairmont in...

Pueblos celebrate 35th annual arts and crafts show (July 23, 2007)

The Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Council held its 35th annual arts and crafts show over the weekend. The show featured over 250 artists and vendors. About 3,500 attended on Saturday and similar crowds were seen on Sunday, The Albuquerque Journal...

Man who kidnapped Native boy to appear in court (July 23, 2007)

A Canadian man who is accused of kidnapping and sexual assaulting a Native boy and another boy is due to appear in court in Regina, Saskatchewan. Peter Whitmore, 36, is a known sex offender. But as part of a proposed...

Pill 'epidemic' strikes reservations in Montana (July 23, 2007)

The Indian Health Service is being accused of over-prescribing painkillers, antidepressants and other drugs to patients on reservations in Montana. Louis Gobert, 31, was prescribed methadone for chronic migraines. He became addicted and, after three overdoses, he died last September....

Ousted Ute officials gave themselves $12K (July 23, 2007)

Three officials of the Ute Tribe of Utah who were voted out of office gave themselves more than $12,000 in "parting gifts" before giving up their seats in May, The Deseret Morning News reports. Former chairwoman Maxine Natchees received a...

BIA official backs change to Cherokee constitution (July 23, 2007)

A Bureau of Indian Affairs official in Oklahoma is recommending approval of the Cherokee Nation's constitutional amendment. The tribe voted June 23 to remove federal oversight of the constitution. In a July 11 letter, Jeanette Hanna, the director of the...

Editorial: Alaska embarrassed by Rep. Young again (July 23, 2007)

"Don Young has done it again. He has let his passion for defending Alaska carry him beyond the bounds of decorum in the U.S. House of Representatives. Once again, his intemperate bluster has embarrassed Alaska. The occasion for his...

Alaska Native village supports 'Road to Nowhere' (July 23, 2007)

A remote Alaska Native community supports a controversial proposal to build a road through a national wildlife refuge. The residents of King Cove say the road will give them a safe and direct route to the airport. Right now,...

Catawba Nation elects first chief in over 30 years (July 23, 2007)

Members of the Catawba Nation of South Carolina elected Donald Rodgers as their first chief on over 30 years. Rodgers defeated three other candidates in Saturday's election. "It was almost symbolic because I feel like this is a new day...

Senate confirmation hearing for Dr. Grim of IHS (July 23, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a confirmation hearing this Thursday for Dr. Charles Grim to be director of the Indian Health Service. Grim is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He worked for the IHS for...

Yellow Bird: Re-examining tribal governments (July 23, 2007)

"Hardly a month goes by without some kind of indictment, ousting or indication of wrongdoing by some tribal council. The introduction of casino monies in and on reservations seems to have only added to the stories about corruption. This...

Tim Giago: Modern Indian heroes compiled in book (July 23, 2007)

I suppose it can be said of all minorities that we have our own heroes. Most Native Americans can find a bone to pick with this Nation’s acclaimed and widely accepted heroes. Even an Abraham Lincoln comes up short in...