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Indian health care bill cleared for vote in Senate (October 22, 2007)

After years of delay, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act has finally been cleared for a vote on the Senate floor. The law expired in 2000 and tribes and Indian health organizations have been working hard to reauthorize it. But...

Interior attorney set to testify in Cobell case (October 22, 2007)

Robert McCarthy, a field solicitor for the Interior Department, is set to testify for the Cobell plaintiffs in the Indian trust fund trial. McCarthy is expected to take the stand on Tuesday. He will contradict testimony from Interior associate deputy...

Reservation trailer park is overcrowded (October 22, 2007)

Anywhere between 2,000 and 6,000 live at a mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California, according to The New York Times. Crammed into about 300 trailers on 40 acres, that means the Desert Mobile...

Alaska Natives to meet for annual convention (October 22, 2007)

About 3,000 people are expected to attend the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention this week. AFN is returning to Fairbanks for the second time since 2005. The convention is normally held in Anchorage but Fairbanks has been competing to...

State audit finds problems at Chief Leschi Schools (October 22, 2007)

The Washington State Auditor said staff at the Chief Leschi Schools on the Puyallup Reservation falsified and misrepresented teacher data. The audit said a teacher was overpaid more than $5,100 due to several errors made by the school's human resource...

Letter: Repeal recognition of tribal governments (October 22, 2007)

"The sad fact is that American Indians were displaced by the successive pressures of the colonization, settlement and economic exploitation of North America. They lost a series of battles against soldiers and disease, and ultimately against the onslaught of a...

Hannahville Tribe wins USDA grant to study winery (October 22, 2007)

The Hannahville Indian Community of Michigan will use a $22,000 federal grant to study the winery business. The tribe received the grant from the Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency. It will be used to develop technical and marketing...

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma expands eagle aviary (October 22, 2007)

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has expanded its eagle aviary due to increased need. The tribe opened the Gray Snow Eagle House in 2006 with a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Now the tribe is...

State says smoking ban applies to bar at White Earth (October 22, 2007)

The state of Minnesota says its smoking ban applies to a bar on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation. The bar is located in the city of Callaway, which sits entirely within reservation boundaries. But since the bar is not owned...

Winnebago firm to receive top Small Business award (October 22, 2007)

A business owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will be presented with the Department of State's Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year this week. All Native Systems is a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk Inc., the tribe's economic development corporation....

Oglala councilor suspended after drug charges (October 22, 2007)

A council member for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was suspended after being indicted on drug charges. Don Garnier, 38, is charged with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy and aiding and abetting a crime. He...

Editorial: Sac and Fox Nation brings hope to city (October 22, 2007)

"Viewing Indian tribes as a drain on society because of their casinos and smoke shops is short-sighted. Tribes are increasingly diversified and sharing their wealth in ways that save taxpayers money. The Sac and Fox tribe, for example, has...

Tim Giago: Remembering Vernon Bellecourt (October 22, 2007)

My receptionist, Christy Tibbitts, stuck her head in the door of my office at the Lakota Times weekly newspaper several years ago and said, “There’s a Vernon Bellecourt on the line.” Whoa! Vernon Bellecourt? Bellecourt was one of the spokesmen...

Native woman wins $2K human rights judgment (October 22, 2007)

A Native woman in Saskatchewan won a $2,000 human rights judgment against her former landlord. Marjorie Starr was moving out of her apartment in Prince Albert when landlord Glenn Olson made disparaging remarks about Native people. "You have to admit...

Cherokee Chief: Tribes are not special interests (October 22, 2007)

"As the Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, I felt compelled to respond to the recent disturbing press release issued by Asheville Councilman Carl Mumpower belittling our Nation as a special-interest group. Mumpower would not be the...

Jodi Rave: Sami in Norway embrace their heritage (October 22, 2007)

"I recently met people on the other side of the world who use beads, tepees - they call them lavvus - and sacred drums. And they're not “wannabes” - pretending to be indigenous people of North America. These reindeer...

Yellow Bird: Foreign journalists shared cultural gifts (October 22, 2007)

"In the 10 years I've worked at the Herald, many people of different races have come through our doors. The ones I remember most are Chinese, Korean, Mongolian and South African people. Looking back at their visits, I realize...