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Gaming rules behind schedule, BIA head confirms (August 13, 2007)

It will be months before the Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes regulations for gaming-related land acquisitions, assistant secretary Carl Artman said on Friday. Announced more than a year ago, the rules have fallen behind schedule more than once. They were...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe ousts chairwoman (August 13, 2007)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona has a new chairman after Herminia Frias, the first woman to lead the tribe, was ousted on Friday. Frias faced 22 ethics charges and was sanctioned for six of them. Though an appeal...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band builds health clinic (August 13, 2007)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians plan to open the doors to the tribe's first health clinic in January 2008. Construction on the $1.1 million facility should be completed by the end of the year. The 6,200-square-foot clinic will...

NMAI draws thousands to Washington powwow (August 13, 2007)

About 45,000 people attended the National Museum of the American Indian's National Powwow in Washington, D.C. The three-day powwow drew dancers and drum groups from the U.S. and Canada. "It's a time for all the tribes to come together...

Editorial: Don't close Yankton emergency room (August 13, 2007)

"It's been a long, hard fight for the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Since 1994, the tribe has been fending off efforts by the Indian Health Service to close the Wagner Service Unit's emergency room, converting it into an urgent care clinic....

BIA opposes Congressional oversight on Freedmen (August 13, 2007)

The head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs sees no point to Congressional hearings or oversight on the Cherokee Freedmen, The Tulsa World reports. Assistant secretary Carl Artman says the BIA considers the Freedmen to be part of the Cherokee...

Northwest Native youth attend leadership summit (August 13, 2007)

About 60 high school students are attending the fourth annual Northwest Native Youth Leadership Summit this week. The students will focus on tribal sovereignty and treaties at the weeklong summit. They will also work to promote HB1495, a new state...

Bullies blamed for drowning death of 6-year-old (August 13, 2007)

Three children who allegedly caused the drowning death of a six-year-old boy on the Pauingassi First Nation in Manitoba won't face charges because they are too young. The three boys reportedly bullied Adam Keeper into taking off his clothes. Then...

WSJ: Disparate justice for Native Americans (August 13, 2007)

The Wall Street Journal runs front-page story on the disparate punishments that face Native Americans who are convicted of crimes on reservations. On the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana, Bobbi Jo Wing and her husband were convicted of arson....

Opinion: Cherokee Nation punished for ancestry (August 13, 2007)

"Congresswoman Watson's H.R.2824 essentially punishes the Cherokee Nation for requiring its citizens to have Indian ancestry. Approximately 500 other Indian tribes across the USA mandate that citizens be of verifiable Indian bloodline in order to be a citizen of that...

Quechan Nation goes to battle over sacred sites (August 13, 2007)

The Quechan Nation has been fighting -- and winning -- its battle to protect sacred sites in Arizona and California. The tribe has blocked a low-level nuclear waste dump and a gold mine on sites near its reservation. The...

Aide to former Rep. Bob Ney faces sentencing (August 13, 2007)

Will Heaton, the former chief of staff to former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), awaits sentencing on Wednesday for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Heaton helped secure Ney's guilty plea, according to federal prosecutors. They say he wore...

Senate field hearing on health this Wednesday (August 13, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a field hearing on Indian health on Wednesday. The hearing takes place on the Crow Reservation. It is expected to last about two hours, The Billings Gazette reported. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota),...

Tim Giago: America wanders away from ideals (August 13, 2007)

I don’t know about you, but I am having a hard time distinguishing between “spin” and “euphemism.” For example, the Bush Administration calls the rise in the number of troops in Iraq a “surge” and the mainstream media falls in...

Yellow Bird: Abuse of Indians reaches back in history (August 13, 2007)

"Abuse for Indians reaches much further into history. Sometimes, even the abuser can't put his finger on reasons why he does what he does because fear, disrespect, isolation and so on began with colonialism (when one nation or territory...

Mark Trahant: Democrats pass on Prez on the Rez (August 13, 2007)

"I will be moderating a forum for Democratic Party candidates called "Prez On The Rez" on the Morongo Reservation in California. The idea is to engage candidates and tribal leaders in a conversation about issues important to Indian Country. There...

Jodi Rave: Families reconnect during powwow season (August 13, 2007)

"It's been 11 years since Margarita Hawley has been to the annual powwow on Montana's Rocky Boy's Reservation. She left Wednesday after reacquainting with friends and relatives during the annual event near the Bear Paw Mountains. The celebration attracted...