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Cherokee chief blasts 'hostile' members of Congress (September 4, 2007)

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith compared the U.S. to a "bully" and described his tribe as a "victim" in the dispute over the citizenship of the Freedman. Smith delivered his annual State of the Nation address on Saturday. He...

Meth use growing on reservations in California (September 4, 2007)

Federal and tribal officials say methamphetamine use is rising on reservations in southern California. Statistics are hard to come by but a recent federal survey said meth use is more prevalent among American Indians. In a highly publicized case, a...

Editorial: Arena tries end run on 'Fighting Sioux' (September 4, 2007)

"Ralph Engelstad Arena's decision to reach out to the Sioux people is the right impulse, but the execution is completely wrong. The arena ran into trouble last week when its envoy persuaded a veterans group at Standing Rock Sioux...

South Dakota to host Indian education summit (September 4, 2007)

The South Dakota Department of Education is holding an Indian education summit September 19-21 in Rapid City. The "Our Voice. Your Voice. One Voice" summit will focus on how to help Indian students succeed. Topics include language, culture, teacher recruitment...

Urban Indian drama 'Mocassin Flats' returns as movie (September 4, 2007)

The urban Indian drama "Mocassin Flats" will air as a made-for-TV movie in 2008. "Mocassin Flats" aired for three seasons on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. It depicted the lives of Native youth in Regina, Saskatchewan. APTN will air the movie...

Editorial: More jobs coming to Navajo Nation (September 4, 2007)

"It's only just down the road from Farmington that revolutionary technology is taking form. That's great news for the Navajo Nation, even though that success comes at the hand of one of the most controversial issues affecting America today —...

Rally for Indian health set in DC for September 12 (September 4, 2007)

The National Indian Health Board is holding a rally for Indian health on September 12 in Washington, D.C. The rally will be held at 1:30 PM in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room of the US Capitol Building. The goal is...

Abramoff and associates still cooperating with probe (September 4, 2007)

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associates continue to cooperate with the Department of Justice's probe. Abramoff and his main partner, Michael Scanlon, pleaded guilty to defrauding tribes. Both have been given three more months to talk with federal prosecutors....

Eastern Cherokees head to polls on Thursday (September 4, 2007)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina will go to the polls on Thursday. incumbent Principal Chief Michell Hicks is facing a challenge from Patrick Lambert. incumbent Vice Chief Larry Blythe's opponent is Teresa McCoy Hicks says he...

Coushatta Tribe develops digital cultural center (September 4, 2007)

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is turning to technology to keep its traditions alive. The tribe has been working with Red Knight Learning Systems, a gaming development firm, to create a digital cultural center. The 10,000 square-foot facility will feature...

Yurok Tribe debates use of $93M trust fund (September 4, 2007)

The Yurok Tribe of California will vote this fall on how to use a $92.6 million trust fund. Citing poverty-level conditions on the reservation, some tribal members favor per capita payments. With about 5,000 members, that would mean a...

Rep. Watson: Congressional oversight of Freedmen (September 4, 2007)

""Watson's view; Congresswoman states her case” (Our Views, Aug. 23) included the well-worn argument that Congress should hold off on looking at the Cherokee freedmen issue until legal challenges are allowed to play out in court. Cherokee Principal Chief Chad...

Editorial: Salmon recovery should be top priority (September 4, 2007)

"It's well-known that replacing culverts is important for salmon recovery. It should not have taken a successful lawsuit by 20 tribes to get the state to act on this concern. We're delighted that negotiations are under way to make it...

Mark Trahant: Deflation a threat to U.S. economy (September 4, 2007)

"Deflation happens when consumer prices decline over time. It's especially hazardous for a society in debt (because your assets are worth less while your debts remain the same). The way it could work now is that as more houses are...

Jodi Rave: Hoop spreads healing across country (September 4, 2007)

"Many stories start by introducing a living person. This story starts with what some describe as a living object - a sacred hoop. The Hoop is a simple willow branch rounded into a circle. One hundred eagle feathers have...

Tim Giago: AIM responsible for Anna Mae's death (September 4, 2007)

Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, a Mi’kmaq Indian from Canada, was brutally murdered in 1975. Her murder can only be described as a conspiracy and a cover-up by the American Indian Movement. One man, Arlo Looking Cloud, an Oglala Lakota,...