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New York governor backs off Indian tax collections (October 31, 2007)

New York Gov Eliot Spitzer (D) is backing away from plans to collect state taxes on the sale of goods on reservations. During his campaign, Spitzer said he would require tribes to collect taxes on the sale of cigarettes and...

Opinion: Alaska Natives must face their demons (October 31, 2007)

"For most of us who have spent any time living in Native villages in Alaska, the survey done by the First Alaskans Institute and recently discussed at AFN offered few surprises. Perhaps most eye-opening was the finding that "young Native...

Shinnecock Nation loses sovereignty bid (October 31, 2007)

Citing the "disruptive nature" of the Shinnecock Nation's attempts to assert sovereignty, a federal judge on Tuesday blocked the New York tribe from opening a gaming facility on ancestral land. The tribe has lived on Long Island for thousands of...

Bush proclaims American Indian Heritage Month (October 31, 2007)

President Bush today issued a proclamation declaring November as "National American Indian Heritage Month." "American Indians and Alaska Natives continue to shape our Nation by preserving the heritage of their ancestors and by contributing to the rich diversity that is...

Mike Graham: Recognize Native Hawaiians now (October 31, 2007)

"America has to undo a great wrong committed against the Native Hawaiian people. The illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiian Government on January 17, 1893 by the United States Government Minister John L. Stevens and a company of uniformed...

Ousted Pascua Yaqui chair back on council (October 31, 2007)

Herminia Frias, who was ousted as the first woman chair of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, is back on the tribal council. Frias was elected for one of two open seats on the council. She received the second...

Oklahoma tribes, urban Indian center win grant (October 31, 2007)

Eight Oklahoma tribes and an urban Indian center have won a $5.45 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grant will target cardiovascular disease and diabetes prevention, behavioral modification and system delivery policies in Oklahoma, Kansas...

Column: Narragansett woman seeks to protect lands (October 31, 2007)

"Wherever Paulla Dove Jennings looks in Charlestown, she is confronted with loss. The house where she lived for most of her youth, on Buckeye Brook Trail, is a vacant lot, only its rusty water pump still standing. The apple,...

Red Lake child protection services at issue (October 31, 2007)

The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota is seeking funding to pay for the costs of child protective services. The tribe has been paying for the services after pulling out of an agreement with Beltrami County. The county has since agreed...

California tribes begin fire recovery efforts (October 31, 2007)

Tribal leaders in southern California met with state and federal officials on Tuesday to discuss fire recovery efforts. Fires blazed through several reservations in San Diego County. The Rincon Reservation and the La Jolla Reservation were among the hardest hit....

Pueblo seeks compensation for use of sacred symbol (October 31, 2007)

Zia Pueblo seeking compensation from the state of New Mexico for the use of the tribe's sacred symbol. The zia sun symbol first appeared on the state flag in the 1920s. The design came from a piece of pottery used...

Cops called on Sioux woman who was burning sage (October 31, 2007)

A member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota hopes to educate non-Natives after police officers responded to a call of someone smoking marijuana. Rose Paz was burning sage in her apartment in Sioux Falls. Someone in her...

Colville Tribes faced with budget crisis (October 31, 2007)

Members of the Confederated Colville Tribes of Washington will see a reduced per capita payment and some layoffs due to budget woes. Tribal business council chairman Mike Marchand said the budget will be approved soon. "It looks like there will...

Yellow Bird: Put an end to 'Fighting Sioux' nick (October 31, 2007)

"In the 15 years I've lived in the Red River Valley, the issue of UND's nickname and logo has dominated. It overshadows, influences, punishes, ridicules and divides the community. The settlement of the lawsuit that UND had filed against...

Interview: Sherman Alexie's 'Part Time Indian' (October 31, 2007)

The Austin American-Statesman interviewed Spokane/Coeur d'Alene author Sherman Alexie, whose latest book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," has been nominated for a National Book Award. "American-Statesman: I've read a lot about your life story, and see...

Editorial: Send 'Chief Illiniwek' back into retirement (October 31, 2007)

"Last weekend an unfortunate figure returned to the University of Illinois, and it wasn't Jeff George. Chief Illiniwek, the former school mascot, was back to adorn floats and assorted regalia at Homecoming to the cheers of some and the...