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House passes Native Hawaiian recognition bill (October 25, 2007)

The House easily passed a bill to extend self-determination to Native Hawaiians on Wednesday but the vote tally may not be enough to overcome a potential White House veto. After three hours of debate and a slew of procedural moves,...

Ski resort criticized tribes in sacred site case (October 25, 2007)

A ski resort in the sacred San Francisco Peaks of Arizona has called tribes hypocritical for going to court to stop the use of treated sewage to make snow. Snowbowl General Manager Eric Borowsky said some of the tribes involved...

Two tribes among hardest hit by California fires (October 25, 2007)

The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians are among the hardest hit by fires in southern California. The Poomacha Fire hit both reservations, destroying homes and sending residents into shelters. At Rincon,...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes sign gas tax agreement (October 25, 2007)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes signed a gas tax agreement with the state of Idaho on Wednesday. The tribes will collect the same 25-cents-per-gallon rate as the state. The tribes can use the revenue for transportation programs. Additionally, the agreement allows the...

SBA hears from Alaska Native corporations (October 25, 2007)

The SBA heard from Alaska Native corporations held a consultation session in Fairbanks, Alaska, on proposed changes to the 8(a) minority contracting program. Alaska Native corporations said they oppose changes that would hinder their growth. Native corporation contracting has become...

Northern Arapaho Tribe tackles infant mortality (October 25, 2007)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has received a $2 million federal grant to combat infant mortality. The grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help the tribe's Women Infants and Children program. Pregnant women and new...

Chickasaw governor honored by alma mater (October 25, 2007)

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby is being inducted into East Central University's Hall of Governors. Anoatubby graduated from ECU in 1972. His portrait and bronze bust will be unveiled at a ceremony on Friday and will be displayed permanently...

Editorial: Address violence in Indian Country (October 25, 2007)

"The statistics are frightening, and something has to change. Between 1992 and 2002, Native Americans were victims of violent crime at twice the rate of the general population, according to Department of Justice statistics. One in three Native American women...

Judge hearing 'Sioux' case was part of mascot group (October 25, 2007)

The judge hearing the case over the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo was part of a student group that promoted Indian caricatures, The Fargo Forum reports. As a student at UND in the 1960s, Judge...

Blackfeet Nation revises water rights compact (October 25, 2007)

The Blackfeet Nation and the state of Montana have revised their draft water rights compact. The draft requires the state to pay the tribe $14.5 million. The tribe would limit water usage from the Birch Creek for 15 years. Both...

Village protests Census Bureau's tribal policy (October 25, 2007)

A village within the boundaries of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is protesting the U.S. Census Bureau's tribal policy. The tribe is participating in the 2010 Local Update of Census Addresses program. It allows state, local and tribal governments to...

Ex-Yakama business manager sues tribal leaders (October 25, 2007)

The former business manager for the Yakama Nation of Washington is suing tribal leaders in state court for defamation. Lehigh John was fired from his job at the Yakama Land Enterprise, which oversees the tribe's businesses. Tribal leaders and an...

Jodi Rave: Conference addresses violence (October 25, 2007)

"Tribal community members and health service providers are invited to discuss the trauma associated with physical, spiritual and emotional violence in Native homes. “We want to acknowledge the hurt and suffering that has occurred, but we want people to...

Oklahoma Academy to discuss tribal partnerships (October 25, 2007)

The Oklahoma Academy is hosting a four-day conference on how to build partnerships with the state's tribes. "Oklahoma's Second Century: Building Alliances with Tribal Governments, State and Local Governments and Private Sectors” starts Sunday. The goal is to come up...

Seminole Tribe faces water crisis in Florida (October 25, 2007)

The Seminole Tribe is taking steps to reduce water usage in response to drought conditions in southern Florida. The drought conditions are affecting the Big Cypress and Brighton reservations. The tribe has cut off sugar cane planting and may not...

Opinion: Republicans divided on Native Hawaiians (October 25, 2007)

"Why are Republicans so split on an unconstitutional bill that carves a group of Americans out of our society and sets them -- like an Indian tribe -- as a separate sovereign state? Yesterday, by a vote of 261-153 the...

Column: Looking Shakopee Tribe's gift in the eye (October 25, 2007)

"Good deeds, such as the Shakopee tribe's gift to the University of Minnesota's new football stadium, deserve not be punished. No, they should called what they are -- a generous manifestation of the gambling monopoly handed to indigenous tribes...