Class III gaming efforts in doubt after court decision (September 24, 2007)
The Bush administration is debating whether to appeal a gaming case that could hurt tribes in several states. On August 17, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a Texas tribe from offering Class III games without the state's approval....
Audit finds Indian trust management problems (September 24, 2007)
A new audit finds problems with the management of Indian trust land in Palm Springs, California. The Bureau of Indian Affairs didn't track lease payments and did not enforce leases for land owned by members of the Agua Caliente Band...
More than 18,000 Natives sent to Iraq, Afghanistan (September 24, 2007)
Native Americans are only 0.8 percent of the U.S. population but they make up 1.6 percent of the military's ranks. According to McClatchy-Tribune News, that means there are nearly 22,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives in uniform. Of those,...
School district combats Indian absenteeism (September 24, 2007)
About 25 percent of Indian students in the Tempe Elementary School District in Arizona have chronic attendance problems, The Arizona Republic reports. In hopes of boosting attendance rates, the district has started the Native American Absentee Prevention Program. Liaisons will...
Exhibit showcases Yu'pik life, past and present (September 24, 2007)
A traveling exhibit of Yup'ik culture opened in Bethel, Alaska, this month. "Yuungnaqpiallerput -- The Way We Genuinely Live: Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival" features 80 artifacts depicting Yup'ik life, past and present. A number of the items...
Navajo Nation seeks to upgrade airstrips (September 24, 2007)
The Navajo Nation is working on plans to upgrade the airstrips on its vast reservation. The tribe's Department of Transportation will hold the first Navajo Nation Airport in Window Rock, Arizona, on Wednesday to discuss the effort. "The reservation...
Hollow Water First Nation erects blockade (September 24, 2007)
The Hollow Water First Nation in Manitoba is blocking a road to a housing subdivision that was built on traditional land. The blockade began on September 14. Band members are standing guard around the clock to limit access to the...
Editorial: Lumbee recognition long overdue (September 24, 2007)
"Congress appears closer than ever to righting a 50-year-old wrong and at last granting formal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The federal government has let this injustice go on far too long. The U.S. Senate should approve...
Cherokee Nation hurt by Freedmen dispute (September 24, 2007)
The Cherokee Nation's public image has been hurt by the Freedmen citizenship dispute, Chief Chad Smith says. Smith has been meeting with lawmakers in hopes of preventing legislative action against the tribe. Some members of the House are trying to...
Plains tribes skeptical of BIA modernization talks (September 24, 2007)
Tribal leaders in North and South Dakota are skeptical of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' modernization initiative. Ron His Horse Is Thunder, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said tribes want to improve the BIA. But they can't...
Native American $1 Coin Act signed into law (September 24, 2007)
The Native American $1 Coin Act was signed into law by President Bush last Thursday. The bill authorizes a new back for the Sacagawea dollar coin to honor Native Americans and their contributions to the United States. The front will...
Mother questioned for putting fry bread in lunchbox (September 24, 2007)
A Native mother in Alaska is upset after school officials questioned her for feeding frybread to her daughter Amy Lotcher said she was lectured about the "doughnut" in her daughter's lunch box. "Telling me what I can feed my...
Tim Giago: Growing up in Kyle, Pine Ridge Reservation (September 24, 2007)
While researching on the Internet today I ran across the announcement that a 75-year-old man from Kyle, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, had passed away. His name was Sidney Hunter. I remember Sid as a young boy...
Review: Alexie's 'Diary' of a nerdy Indian (September 24, 2007)
"If you've seen the film "Smoke Signals," if you've read some of Sherman Alexie's short stories, and especially if you've dipped into anything about Alexie's life, you'll recognize Junior a k a Arnold Spirit, the endearing, nerdy Spokane Indian...
Opinion: Pit River government in shambles (September 24, 2007)
"Nepotism, lack of policy development, lack of internal controls, conflicts of interest, lack of limits on Tribal Council consecutive office terms, strategic disenrollments of entire family voting blocks and mismanagement of government grants are but only a few of the...
Jodi Rave: Protecting indigenous rights (September 24, 2007)
"Beverly Jacobs arrived at the United Nations to see standards put in place to protect the human rights of the world's indigenous peoples. I met Jacobs Sept. 13 in the United Nations General Assembly hall just before 144 nations...
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