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Cobell historical accounting trial wraps up (October 26, 2007)

After just 10 full days of testimony, the trial into the Indian trust fund historical accounting concluded in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Judge James Robertson, who was assigned the case last December, called the trial in April. At the time,...

Native veterans advocate for fellow soldiers (October 26, 2007)

The National Association of County Veterans Service Officers has accredited 21 Native Americans in New Mexico to advocate for their fellow soldiers. The graduates represent the Navajo Nation and eight Pueblo tribes. They spent a week learning how to...

Tribal firefighters battle California blazes (October 26, 2007)

A charred bus lies in ruins on the La Jolla Indian Reservation. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times). A tribal crew of volunteer firefighters has been at the forefront of one of the devastating blazes in southern California. The...

IHCIA delayed but could come up next week (October 26, 2007)

The long-delayed Indian Health Care Improvement Act could finally come up for a Senate vote next week, National Congress of American Indians executive director Jackie Johnson said on Thursday. S.1200 was placed on the Senate's legislative calendar after being reported...

Scholar maps Nisenan communities (October 26, 2007)

A scholar at the University of California-Davis has spent the last five years mapping the traditional communities of the Nisenan people. Sheri Tatsch, who is Cherokee, says Sacramento and the surrounding region were Nisenan territory. One community even survived...

Residential school survivors targeted for payments (October 26, 2007)

Former students at Native residential schools are seeing an increase in sales calls and pitches now that their shares in a $1.9 billion settlement are coming in. The Blood Tribe of Alberta says the number of businesses applying to trade...

Opinion: Violence against Native women rising (October 26, 2007)

"Domestic violence affects American-Indian women at a higher rate than any other group in the United States. This is not our tradition. Historically, Cherokee women were held in high esteem, and violence among our people was dealt with harshly....

Goshute Tribe questions state's new stance on nuclear (October 26, 2007)

The Skull Valley Goshute Tribe is questioning why some state Republicans all of a sudden support the nuclear industry. The tribe has been trying to open a nuclear waste facility on its reservation. The state has spent 10 years and...

Sen. Dodd called a friend to Mashantucket Tribe (October 26, 2007)

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) isn't considered one of the leading presidential candidates but he's emerged as a top pick for members and employees of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Citing records from the Federal Election Commission, The New London Day...

Steve Russell: Life lessons from a poker game (October 26, 2007)

"Some months ago, I was playing poker in a clubhouse belonging to an apparently all-white organization known for charitable work, which did not make the game legal but made it unlikely to draw law enforcement attention. I do this about...

Jodi Rave: Film explores Blackfoot ties to land (October 26, 2007)

"Narcisse Blood will be in Missoula on Friday to introduce a film on the Blackfoot Tribe of southern Alberta and to participate in a full-day presentation on the subject Saturday. The documentary, 'Kaa?hsinnooniksi,' offers a Blackfoot perspective on the significance...

Disenrollment an issue for Narragansett Tribe (October 26, 2007)

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island has disenrolled about 140 people, including a former council member and people who helped with the tribe's federal recognition bid. The tribe says members of the Champlain family do not meet enrollment requirements. But...

Senate pushed to act on Lumbee recognition (October 26, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is being urged to take action on a bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Republican Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr, who sits on the committee, were joined by Sen. Daniel Inouye,...

Column: Compromise possible on Indian mascots (October 26, 2007)

"The Native American mascot controversy has embroiled Oregon, with a considerable backlash to the State Board of Education considering banning Indians, Braves and Warriors as mascots. On one side, you have a race of people who feel insulted by their...

Settlement proposed in 'Fighting Sioux' case (October 26, 2007)

A settlement could lead to the end of the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo, The Grand Forks Herald reports. UND is proposing to eliminate "Sioux" within three years unless it can get approval from Sioux...