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Anti-meth ad campaign unveiled at NCAI (November 15, 2007)

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the National Congress of American Indians unveiled an anti-methamphetamine ad campaign on Wednesday. The print and radio ads target Native youth. In one radio spot, a young woman states, "Sometimes it just seems...

House Resources Committee markup on Indian bills (November 15, 2007)

UPDATE After a delay of more than one hour, the committee started the markup. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia), however, said the two Michigan off-reservation gaming/land claim settlement bills will not be considered. "I will not call up those bills...

N. Scott Momaday to receive National Medal (November 15, 2007)

Kiowa author/poet N. Scott Momaday will be presented with the National Medal of Arts at the White House today. Momaday, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is the third Oklahoman to receive the honor. Osage ballerina Maria Tallchief and Apache sculptor Allan...

NCAI backs Cherokee Nation in funding fight (November 15, 2007)

The National Congress of American Indians is asking tribes to oppose legislation that would cut federal funds to the Cherokee Nation. Rep. Diane Watson (D-California) is sponsoring H.R.2824. She says the tribe must reinstate the Freedmen, who are the descendants...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe opposes 'Sioux' (November 15, 2007)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe voted 8-1 last Friday to oppose the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North Dakota. The tribe's position would mean the school has to get rid of the controversial name and...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to elect chairman (November 15, 2007)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is electing a new chairman on Sunday. Chairman Donald Widdiss is seeking another three-year term. He is being challenged by Cheryl Andrews-Maltais. Widdiss says one of his main achievements was a memorandum of agreement...

Sherman Alexie wins National Book Award (November 15, 2007)

Spokane/Coeur d'Alene author Sherman Alexie won the National Book Award for his book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." Alexie accepted the award yesterday in New York City. He was nominated in the young people's literature category....

Audio: Kempthorne speech at NCAI conference (November 15, 2007)

The Interior Department has posted an audio copy of Secretary Dirk Kempthorne's speech to the National Congress of American Indians. Kempthorne addressed the 64th annual convention yesterday via satellite. NCAI is meeting in Denver, Colorado, this year. Kempthorne talked about...

Montana tribes contribute more than $1B to state (November 15, 2007)

Tribes in Montana contribute more than $1 billion to the state's economy, according to a report from the State Tribal Economic Development Commission. The report looked at revenues generated by the eight federally- and state-recognized tribes in Montana in 2003....

Reservation smoke shop owner on trial in New York (November 15, 2007)

The owner of a smoke shop on the Poospatuck Reservation in New York went on trial on murder and racketeering charges. Rodney Morrison is accusing of stealing from a business rival, burning the car of another and murdering a former...

Inquiry into Native man's death begins in B.C. (November 15, 2007)

The British Columbia government began an inquiry into the death of Frank Paul, a Mi'kmaq man who was dumped in an alley by police officers in Vancouver. Peggy Clement, Paul's cousin, was the first witness on Tuesday. She said...