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Graham: Facts and fiction on Cherokee Freedmen (August 16, 2007)

"Got Indian blood? Some U.S. Congressional Black Caucus members are claiming the Cherokee Nation and its citizens are not honoring an abandoned 1866 treaty. They are referring to article nine of a federal 1866 treaty that pertains to in...

Land issues complicate criminal jursidiction (August 16, 2007)

Who has jurisdiction when a crime is committed on the Navajo Nation? Depending on race of the perpetrator and the victim, as well as the location, the answer varies. In San Juan County, New Mexico, more than 60 percent of...

Bush urged to award medal to Dakota veteran (August 16, 2007)

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) wants President Bush to award a Medal of Honor to the late Woodrow W. Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. Keeble can receive the medal under a special act of Congress. Defense Secretary...

Men charged for rape, murder of Navajo woman (August 16, 2007)

Three men will go to trial for the rape and murder of Nicole Leigh Redhorse, a Navajo woman who was killed in Durango, Colorado. Harold Nakai, 34, was Redhorse's on-and-off boyfriend, according to The Farmington Daily Times. He allegedly admitted...

Navajo Nation president laughs at 'DC' spoof (August 16, 2007)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. thinks the "DC Navajo" short film on YouTube is funny, a spokesperson said. "This is a president who keeps an editorial cartoon of himself on the office wall," spokesperson George Hardeen told The...

Cayuga land claim settlement up for discussion (August 16, 2007)

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's Indian affairs adviser is holding meetings today to discuss the Cayuga Nation's land claim settlement. The tribe has agreed to limit its land-into-trust applications to 10,000 acres in Cayuga and Seneca counties. But the tribe...

Notah Begay touts Oneida Nation golf tournament (August 16, 2007)

Navajo/Pueblo golfer Notah Begay III is hoping to draw top talent to the Oneida Nation's upcoming golf tournament. As the official ambassador of the Turning Stone Resort Championship, the four-time PGA tour winner was in New York on Wednesday...

Indian Affairs minister in Canada replaced (August 16, 2007)

Jim Prentice has been replaced as Indian Affairs minister in Canada. Prentice tried to resolve outstanding land claims and the residential abuse school settlement. Native leaders in Saskatchewan say they made progress under his tenure. "I think Mr. Jim Prentice...

Pauma Band buys land for organic farm (August 16, 2007)

The Pauma Band of Mission Indians has purchased an 85-acre organic farm in San Diego County. The tribe paid $1.4 million for the land and will lease it to the Tierra Miguel Foundation to operate the farm. The tribe agreed...

Murder charges laid in death of Lakota woman (August 16, 2007)

The 18-year-old boyfriend of a Lakota woman who was killed in Oklahoma has been charged with first-degree murder. Enrique Pacheco is accused of stabbing Shelliegh Poorbear, 18, to death on Monday. Pacheco and Poorbear had a 10-month-old son together...

US Attorney: There is justice in Indian Country (August 16, 2007)

"There is no dispute regarding the staggering rates of victimization in Indian country. Indian women in particular are victimized at more than 2½ times the national average, and more than one-third of Indian women are raped during their lifetimes. It...

Wild horses get more money than IHS hospital (August 16, 2007)

A wild horse program receives more federal funds per year than the hospital on the Crow Reservation in Montana, the chairman of the Crow Tribe told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday. "We are the poorest of the poorest...

Wyoming court hears Arapaho murder appeal (August 16, 2007)

The Wyoming Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in a murder case against a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Andrew John Yellowbear Jr. was convicted of murdering his 22-month-old daughter Marcela Hope Yellowbear, who was a member of the...

Opinion: Theresa Lamebull leaves strong legacy (August 16, 2007)

"Don't drink, don't smoke and — with good luck and good genes — you've got a shot at living past the century mark. Theresa Walker Lamebull, who died Friday at 111, gave her children another piece of advice on...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe eyes new future (August 16, 2007)

Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts say federal recognition gives them a new set of tools to succeed. Mashpee ancestors greeted the first European settlers at Plymouth Rock. Despite efforts to push them out, tribal members dominated...

Yakama Nation might fine concrete plant (August 16, 2007)

The Yakama Nation of Washington might find a concrete plant that has resumed work on the reservation despite a stop work order. Bub Mills, the tribe's water code director, said Central Pre-Mix could face $5,000 a day in fines...

Spin Zone: Debate Native Hawaiian recognition (August 16, 2007)

Haunani Apoliona of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Kenneth Conklin debate the Native Hawaiian recognition bill. Apoliona: "The Hawaiian Federal Recognition Bill is good for Hawaii and good for business. It makes good business sense to support a measure...