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Whites outnumber Indians on NMAI search panel (September 17, 2007)

Non-Indians outnumbered Indians on the panel that searched for a new director of the National Museum of the American Indian, according to one of the participants. In a letter posted on Pechanga.Net, Dwight A. Gourneau, a member of the Turtle...

Court revives Passamaquoddy lawsuit against BIA (September 17, 2007)

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday revived a lawsuit filed by members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine against the Bureau of Indian Affairs. A group called Nulankeyutmonen Nkihtaqmikon (We Protect Our Homeland) sued the BIA for approving...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sets media conference (September 17, 2007)

Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts are making themselves available to the media today amid a federal investigation into the tribe's finances. The IRS and the FBI are investigating former chairman Glenn Marshall. They are reportedly interested in...

Artman to appear on Native America Calling (September 17, 2007)

Assistant secretary Carl Artman and his principal deputy Majel Russell will appear on Native America Calling tomorrow. The two officials will discuss the Bureau of Indian Affairs' modernization initiative. In meetings through this month, the agency is talking to tribes...

Chief Smith: Cherokee Nation helps UKB members (September 17, 2007)

The following represents the opinion of Chad Smith, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Nation is accustomed to attacks from United Keetoowah Band Chief George Wickliffe. After all, he has run, and lost, many elections for seats...

'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' wins five Emmys (September 17, 2007)

"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," the HBO adaptation of the best-selling book by Dee Brown, won five Emmys, including Outstanding Made For Television Movie. None of the actors, however, were recognized. August Schellenberg, who portrayed Sitting Bill, was the...

Senate and House hearings of interest this week (September 17, 2007)

There are three Senate and House hearings of interest this week. On Tuesday, the House Natural Resource Committee's Subcommittee On Water And Power holds a legislative hearing on H.R.2733, the Trinity River Restoration Fund Act. Leaders of the Hoopa Valley...

Bush said to pick ex-judge for Attorney General (September 17, 2007)

President Bush is said to have picked a former federal judge from New York as the next U.S. Attorney General. The announcement of retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey to head the Department of Justice could as early as...

Review: Alexie's 'Diary of a Part-Time Indian' (September 17, 2007)

"Few writers are more masterful than Sherman Alexie, the prolific Native American author who, a decade ago, burst on to the literary landscape with a fierce prose informed by his experiences growing up poor on an Indian reservation near...

Editorial: Wait for courts on Freedmen dispute (September 17, 2007)

"U.S. Rep. Dan Boren did the correct thing in convincing the House to hold off cutting Cherokee Nation funds until freedmen lawsuits are resolved. Earlier this month, the U.S. House voted to eliminate the federal funding to Cherokees that normally...

Travel: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe invites tourists (September 17, 2007)

"It was late afternoon, and the sun was falling into the west, as Scott Jones and I followed a ribbon of highway winding through Indian country. To our right, the Missouri River ran slowly south. Behind us, Lower Brule, the...

Tim Giago: Healing the wounds that haunt Pine Ridge (September 17, 2007)

Last year I attended the funeral of my cousin and classmate Everett “Budger” Brewer on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Like so many citizens of the reservation, Budger was labeled as a Goon by the members of the...

Prairie Voices: Interview with Standing Rock chair (September 17, 2007)

Dorreen Yellow Bird of The Grand Forks Herald interviews Ron His Horse Is Thunder, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for her "Prairie Voices" feature. His Horse Is Thunder talks about the challenges facing the tribe, including...

Editorial: Bush administration ignores Native rights (September 17, 2007)

"At the United Nations, the world has solemnly committed itself to better treatment of native populations. Well, most of the world, except for some of those that have the most responsibility for relating to indigenous populations. Yup. The Bush administration...

Mark Trahant: Everyone still interested in the money (September 17, 2007)

"A generation ago constituents were clear in their demands from elected representatives: Bring home the bacon. The Seattle P-I, like most newspapers of that era, was pleased when Sens. Warren G. Magnuson and Henry M. Jackson delivered our "share" of...

Yellow Bird: A short but sweet wild fruit season (September 17, 2007)

"In the fall of the year, I wonder why the past plays so well in my mind — the summer imprint is evident. Maybe it's because I can see the passing of time so readily in the harvesting of...