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Alaska Native contracting faces challenges (October 29, 2007)

The Alaska Federation of Natives convention ended on Saturday amid warnings about potentially negative changes in the government's billion-dollar minority contracting industry. Alaska Native corporations have benefited greatly from government contracts. Taking advantage of their status as minority-owned businesses, they...

Potawatomi boy acted quickly during tornado (October 29, 2007)

A fast-moving Potawatomi boy in Michigan made sure the kids in his family's foster home were safe during a recent tornado. Derrek Collett, 7, heard the tornado sirens on October 18 and quickly rushed a 2-year-old foster girl to the...

Justice system in Indian Country criticized (October 29, 2007)

Tribes should be able to prosecute people who commit crimes on reservations, a former federal prosecutor says. Kevin Washburn, a former assistant U.S. Attorney and former general counsel to the National Indian Gaming Commission, said the justice system in Indian...

Senate hearing on tribes along Missouri River (October 29, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this Thursday on tribes along the Missouri River who were affected by the Flood Control Act of 1944. The law created dams along the river that flooded reservations and destroyed...

Former Oglala vice president guilty of theft (October 29, 2007)

Eileen Janis, a former vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was found guilty of theft. Janis was charged with one count of theft from a tribal organization. She took more than $22,000 from the tribe in...

New Mexico tribe in spat with former US Attorney (October 29, 2007)

A New Mexico tribe is accusing a former U.S. Attorney of failing to prosecute crimes on Pueblo land. Pojoaque Pueblo Gov. George Rivera said former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias deserved to be fired by the Bush administration because he...

Minnesota tribes protest Twin Cities radio station (October 29, 2007)

Tribal and Indian leaders in Minnesota plan to protest today at KQRS, a popular Twin Cities radio station whose disc jockeys made offensive comments about Native Americans. On a September 18 show, radio personality Tom Barnard and his co-host Terri...

Narragansett Tribe re-elects chief sachem (October 29, 2007)

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island re-elected Matthew Thomas as chief sachem on Saturday. According to unofficial returns cited by The Providence Journal, Thomas defeated challenger Paulla Dove Jennings by a more than 2-1 margin. "I’m humbled," Thomas, a former...

Fort Peck election brings change in leadership (October 29, 2007)

Voters of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana ousted their chairman, vice chairman and several council members in an election on Saturday. A.T. "Rusty" Stafne, a former council member, defeated John Morales Jr. for the chairman's post....

Rep. Watson: Cherokee Nation maintained slavery (October 29, 2007)

"Many Americans do not realize that some Native American tribes owned slaves of African descent. As an independently recognized nation in the 19th Century, the Cherokee Nation embraced and promoted African slavery, a position it maintained after removal to Indian...

Tim Giago: Church abuse must not go unpunished (October 29, 2007)

Writing about lawsuits can be like going to the dentist; it can be numbing and very painful. With that I will try to be as brief (no pun intended) as possible. Two lawsuits involving the physical, mental and sexual abuse...

Editorial: Reject state policy on Indian mascots (October 29, 2007)

"Oregon state School Superintendent Susan Castillo recently received a report from an advisory panel that had spent several months studying the issue of Native American mascots in the state's high schools. The report recommends that 15 schools in the state...

Editorial: 'Fighting Sioux' deal strikes balance (October 29, 2007)

"A note to Fighting Sioux nickname supporters who are depressed about UND's settlement with the NCAA: First, don't give up. Yes, it's true that Ron His Horse Is Thunder, tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, told Attorney General...

Column: Nuclear fine for Utah but not for tribe (October 29, 2007)

" Nuclear waste somehow doesn't smell so bad when it's being dumped by two self-serving state legislators rather than an impoverished American Indian tribe. Republican Reps. Aaron Tilton and Mike Noel want to build a nuclear power plant somewhere along...

Column: The truth about the 1862 Dakota War (October 29, 2007)

"As Minnesotans blow out the candles next year on 150 years of statehood, they'll do well to acknowledge that there were people living on this land long centuries before 1858. And that for those original people -- and their...

Mark Trahant: Those who know don't really know (October 29, 2007)

"It's interesting to go back and read what we've been told by Those Who Know. Two years ago, now Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress that there wasn't a housing bubble about to burst. Sure, prices went up, by nearly...

Jodi Rave: Cobell trial ends after 10 days (October 29, 2007)

"The 11-year legal battle pitting a half-million American Indian landowners against the U.S. government has closed another chapter, but it isn't over yet. A 10-day trial wrapped up Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Lawyers on both sides...