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Indian Country rallies for health care in U.S. Capitol (September 13, 2007)

More than 100 tribal leaders and tribal members packed the halls of Congress on Wednesday to rally for the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The law expired in 2000 and has been met repeatedly with opposition from the Bush administration....

Navajo student was accused of another theft (September 13, 2007)

A Navajo student who has been charged with murdering her roommate at University of Arizona was accused in a second theft incident, the Associated Press reports. Galareka Harrison, 18, admitted to stealing roommate Mia Henderson, 18. The dispute apparently led...

Paiute leader urges Utah tribes to take action (September 13, 2007)

Utah tribes need to do less talking and take more action to improve conditions on reservations, a Paiute executive said. Travis Parashonts, the founder and CEO of the Cedar Band of Paiutes' economic development corporation, gave the keynote at Utah's...

Paul Jackson, Tlingit cultural leader, dies at 75 (September 13, 2007)

Paul Jackson, a cultural leader of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska, died on Monday. He was 75. Jackson was a member of the Sockeye Clan. He was known as a keeper of Tlingit traditions and passed them on to...

EPA wants more information on Navajo power plant (September 13, 2007)

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking more information about the Navajo Nation's power plant. The EPA submitted comments on a draft environmental impact statement issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The EPA is concerned about byproducts from the...

Jodi Rave: Indigenous rights declaration up for vote (September 13, 2007)

Update: The Declaration was adopted by a vote of 143 to 4, with 11 abstensions. The U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia voted no. "The United Nations General Assembly is prepared to vote Thursday on a declaration that would...

Gover defends record after criticism from Cobell (September 13, 2007)

Kevin Gover, the incoming director of the National Museum of the American Indian, defended his handling of the Indian trust after criticism from Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the trust case. As head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Ex-officers appeal firing over Native teen's death (September 13, 2007)

Two police officers who were fired for their involvement in the death of Native teen are appealing to the Saskatchewan Police Commission. Former officers Larry Hartwig and Brad Senger were last seen with Neil Stonechild, 17, in late November 1990....

Makah leaders hopeful after Washington meetings (September 13, 2007)

Leaders of the Makah Nation were cautiously optimistic after meeting with lawmakers and Bush administration officials in Washington, D.C. The tribe wanted to assure lawmakers and officials that it condemned the illegal hunt that took place on Saturday. The tribe...

Column: Makah Nation shouldn't hunt whales (September 13, 2007)

"If you don't hunt whales, can you be a Makah? I think so. There is no other sustainable choice. A genetic study published Monday claims gray-whale populations have not recovered, that the decision to take them off the endangered list...

Column: Tlingits welcome non-Natives into family (September 13, 2007)

"By the time I was handed the thermal blanket, I was out of room on the table, my lap and the floor for any more gifts. I already had a bag of fruit and cans of Vienna sausages, pork...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe removes chairwoman (September 13, 2007)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona has officially removed Herminia Frias as chairwoman. Frias was suspended a month ago over an ethics complaint. The council voted 7-3 on Wednesday to remove her from office. Frias, the first woman to lead...

UN to consider indigenous rights declaration (September 13, 2007)

The United Nations is set to vote on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples today. The declaration is expected to pass. But the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia are planning to vote against it. The vote...

Former Abramoff associate given probation (September 13, 2007)

Neil Volz, a former associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former aide to imprisoned ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), was sentenced to probation for his role in the scandal. Volz pleaded guilty to conspiracy but federal prosecutors said he...

Interior board rejects Nipmuc recognition appeals (September 13, 2007)

Two Nipmuc tribes in Massachusetts who were denied federal recognition by the Bush administration have lost their appeals. The Hassanamisco Nipmuc Nation and the Webster-Dudley Band of Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck Indians asked the Interior Board of Indian Appeals to overturn...

Democrats warn Bush on Attorney General pick (September 13, 2007)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said on Wednesday that Democrats would not allow former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson to be confirmed as Attorney General. President Bush has yet to name a replacement for outgoing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales....

Senate Indian Affairs sets hearing on recognition (September 13, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday, September 19, on federal recognition. The hearing is the committee's first since the August recess. A witness list has not been made public. The committee has so far approved...