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Appeals court upholds death penalty for Navajo man (September 6, 2007)

A divided appeals court on Wednesday upheld the murder conviction and death sentence for a Navajo man in a controversial case that was an issue in the Bush administration's firing of a U.S. Attorney. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th...

California tribes oppose museum's NAGPRA move (September 6, 2007)

Several California tribes are opposing plans by the University of California at Berkeley to eliminate a specialized Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act unit. The tribes say UC Berkeley's Phoebe Hearst Museum's did not consult them before making the...

Column: Cherokee citizenship about sovereignty (September 6, 2007)

"It’s safe to say that my fellow Cherokees in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma have a mess on their hands. A referendum to remove membership from descendants of the Freedmen, freed slaves once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation,...

Editorial: Lakota family donates vital recordings (September 6, 2007)

"In a tradition with no writing, songs and stories are the preservers and transmitters of culture. The spoken word remains sacred in a way that has been lost to English since the time of "Beowulf." So the gift this week...

Charles Grim withdraws nomination for IHS (September 6, 2007)

Dr. Charles Grim, a member of the Cherokee Nation, has withdrawn his nomination to be director of the Indian Health Service. Grim went before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee for his confirmation hearing in July. He acknowledged that the White...

Native police force hit with another complaint (September 6, 2007)

The first Native-run police force in Saskatchewan has been hit with another complaint. Marla Desnomie, from the Peepeekisis First Nation, lost her daughter, Becky Cyr, in an apparent double suicide three years ago. She said the case was mishandled from...

Native teen latest murder victim in Winnipeg (September 6, 2007)

The family of a 17-year-old Native girl who was found dead outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba, say police didn't respond when they reported her as missing. Fonassa Bruyere was last seen getting into a car in Winnipeg, where she reportedly...

Navajo education official challenges firing (September 6, 2007)

The Navajo Nation's first education superintendent is challenging his firing. Tommy Lewis Jr was removed by the Navajo Nation Board of Education in late July after a little over a year on the job. Board members said Lewis failed to...

STDs a touchy subject for Tohono O'odham Nation (September 6, 2007)

A syphilis outbreak on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona has tribal and federal officials treading carefully. Since January, 46 cases of the sexually transmitted disease have been reported on the reservation. Typically, only one or two cases are...

Altercation at Cheyenne-Arapaho headquarters (September 6, 2007)

The disputed leader of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma says he was punched in a brawl outside the tribal headquarters on Wednesday. The Bureau of Indian Affairs had to break up the altercation. Darrell Flyingman says a woman...

Mississippi Choctaw whooping cough threat subsides (September 6, 2007)

A whooping cough outbreak that affected the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians appears to have subsided. Tribal members made up the majority of cases diagnosed in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came to the reservation to...

Rhode Island governor fights Narragansett testimony (September 6, 2007)

The Rhode Island Supreme Court is being asked to block Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) from testifying about his role in the state's raid of the Narragansett Reservation. Carcieri ordered the July 14, 2003, raid to shut down a tax-free smokeshop....

Blog: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe wants new treaty (September 6, 2007)

"In 1976 the United States celebrated its 200th anniversary and descendants of the Mashpee Wampanoags filed a lawsuit in United States District Court claiming they had rights and title to more than 15,000 acres in the town of Mashpee. The...

VOA: NMAI draws thousands to Washington powwow (September 6, 2007)

"American Indians performed war dances and beat drums, competing in the National Powwow staged to honor past and present warriors. Some American Indian military veterans marched in the opening ceremony. v Pamela Barnwell is part Cherokee. She came from...

Navajo student killed in fight with roommate (September 6, 2007)

Mia Henderson, a member of the Navajo Nation, was killed on Wednesday in what police said was a fight with her roommate at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Henderson, 18, was a freshman and part of the Native...

Aides to Rep. Doolittle testify before grand jury (September 6, 2007)

Two aides to Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) testified before a grand jury on Wednesday. Scheduler Alisha Perkins and deputy chief of staff Dan Blankenburg were subpoenaed by a grand jury investigating Jack Abramoff. Doolittle and his wife have ties...

Bill Means: AIM will defend record in court (September 6, 2007)

The following is the opinion of Bill Means, Oglala Lakota, in response to Tim Giago's September 4 column about the American Indian Movement and the murder of Anna Mae Aquash. Means has been with AIM since the early 1970s. Well...

UKB Chief: Cherokee Nation tells half-truths (September 6, 2007)

The following is the opinion of George G. Wickliffe, the chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. From observing the materials handed out in mass quantities at the recent Cherokee National Holiday, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has really...