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Oklahoma Indians protest state's centennial (November 19, 2007)

About 500 Oklahoma Indians marched on the state Capitol on Friday to protest the celebration of the state's 100th birthday. Chanting "No peace, no justice" and carrying signs that read "Celebrate 100 Years of Theft?" and "The Land Run...

Settlement reported in Alaska Native abuse case (November 19, 2007)

A Jesuit order has agreed to pay $50 million to settle an Alaska Native abuse case. The 110 plaintiffs, mostly men, said they were abused as children during the 1960s and 1970s. They lived in rural Alaska villages where priests...

Cultural site held up due to flood concerns (November 19, 2007)

Plans for a major cultural site in Rapid City, South Dakota, are being held up due to concerns about flooding. The Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates wants to build an outdoor Native art market, living history village and powwow grounds...

Sen. Johnson asks IHS about youth suicide (November 19, 2007)

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) is asking the Indian Health Service to focus more efforts on preventing youth suicide. Johnson cited the high rate of suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native youth. South Dakota has a rate three times...

Bill seeks to improve Bureau of Indian Affairs schools (November 19, 2007)

A bill that will enable tribes to issue bonds for school construction was introduced last Thursday. The Indian School Construction Act affirms federal government's responsibility for repairing, renovating and replacing Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. It creates a pilot program...

Editorial: Inaction on racism in border town (November 19, 2007)

" A Navajo man was killed when a white Farmington police officer shot him in a store parking lot during the summer of 2006. It mattered little to critics of the Farmington Police Department that the man killed was stopped...

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe buys Forest Service cabins (November 19, 2007)

The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its new housing project. The tribe bought eight cabins and 5.64 acres from the U.S. Forest Service for $1.5 million. The cabins will be used to address the...

Sen. Domenici seeks probe of Navajo NIEA trip (November 19, 2007)

Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) has asked the Interior Department's Inspector General to investigate the Navajo Nation's trip to the National Indian Education Association conference in Hawaii. More than 350 representatives from the tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs schools and...

Opinion: Identity under attack by Indian mascots (November 19, 2007)

"The heart of the problem is a conceptual flaw in the practice of using Indian logos. We don't want change simply because we disagree semantically with the word “Sioux”. No, we want change because our very identity is under...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe ousts chairman (November 19, 2007)

Voters of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts ousted chairman Donald Widdiss on Sunday. Cheryl Andrew-Maltais, the tribe's historic preservation officer, defeated Widdiss, who had served as chairman three times. Also elected were secretary Eleanor Hebert and council members Naomi...

Opinion: Tongass Tribe needs own corporation (November 19, 2007)

"The U.S. government owes Sealaska Corp. 85,000 acres of land to fulfill its obligation to Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The act promised that the Native people of Southeast Alaska would gain ownership of productive, culturally significant lands....

Tim Giago: The myth of the Pilgrims and Indians (November 19, 2007)

Rupert and Jeannette Costo, now both deceased, celebrated only one national holiday and that was Thanksgiving Day. Rupert, a member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians of California, and Jeanette, an Eastern Cherokee, were the publishers of the Indian Historian...

Interview: War on diabetes in Indian Country (November 19, 2007)

Dorreen Yellow Bird of The Grand Forks Herald interviews Dr. Monica Mayer about Mayer's efforts to combat diabetes in Indian Country. Dorreen Yellow Bird: From your experience as a physician in private practice on the Fort Berthold Reservation, tell...

Column: Tribes already said no to 'Fighting Sioux' (November 19, 2007)

"We may soon witness the biggest meeting between the government and the Sioux Nation around these parts since Minnesota leaders told the Sioux in 1851 to give up their land or soldiers would drive them at gunpoint to the...

Opinion: Virginia tribes deserve recognition (November 19, 2007)

"Virginia's American Indian tribes have been officially embraced by the state since the 1980s, but the tribes' sovereignty bill has been stalled in Congress since 2001, denying their existence and rights, even as the state, the nation and Britain's queen...

Mark Trahant: Groups under siege in Pakistan (November 19, 2007)

"How would we object if we lost our freedom? Would we demonstrate in the streets if a dictator set the rule of law aside? Would we risk torture, police beatings or arrest? Hundreds of lawyers in Seattle, in Washington, D.C.,...

Yellow Bird: Indian people take care of their own (November 19, 2007)

"For my “Prairie Voices” interview feature that will appear on the Sunday Herald's Insight page, I spoke with Dr. Monica Mayer, a physician in private practice at the Trinity Community Clinic in New Town, N.D. I did so because...