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Family sues over death at BIA detention center (November 21, 2007)

The family of a woman who died at a Bureau of Indian Affairs detention center on the Spokane Reservation in Washington has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Misty E. Ford, 28, died of a heart attack at the Wellpinit Law...

Editorial: Sherman Alexie one of our best writers (November 21, 2007)

"Regional pride surrounds novelist Sherman Alexie, the latest local author to win a prestigious National Book Award for his autobiographical novel for young people, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." This region also owes a lot to...

Alaska Native abuse victims share stories (November 21, 2007)

Two Alaska Native men who were victimized by a Jesuit missionary say they tried to tell other people about their abuse. James Niksik said he told his parents but they didn't believe him. His father beat him and never...

Oneida Nation allows gas station inspection (November 21, 2007)

The Oneida Nation of New York has allowed Madison County to inspect pumps at one of the tribe's gas stations. The tribe previously rejected the county's inspection, citing its sovereignty. But a spokesperson said the tribe was willing to cooperate...

Editorial: 'Miss Navajo' shines in the spotlight (November 21, 2007)

"There are only so many things a son can do when it comes to following in his mother's footsteps. Vying for a Miss Navajo crown certainly wasn't an experience Luther Johnson could share with his mother Sara Johnson, who...

Southern Ute man sentenced for manslaughter (November 21, 2007)

Alan Herrera Jr., a member of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado, was sentenced to three years probation for involuntary manslaughter. Herrera, 22, pleaded guilty to killing his best friend, Kesmond Lee Morgan. The March 2007 shooting was accidental. Federal...

Border fence exempted from NAGPRA, other laws (November 21, 2007)

The Department of Homeland Security is moving ahead with a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border that is exempt from repatriation and environmental laws. Secretary Michael Chertoff has issued three exemptions for construction of the 12-to-15-foot-tall steel fence. He has...

Aquinnah Wampanoag chair prepares for office (November 21, 2007)

The incoming chairwoman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts wants tribal members to be more involved in decision making. Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, 48, defeated incumbent Donald Widdiss in an election on Sunday. She said Widdiss became too distanced and...

Miss Teen Lumbee's crown and regalia stolen (November 21, 2007)

Miss Teen Lumbee Alexis Rising is "devastated" after someone stole her silver crown and regalia in North Carolina on Saturday. Rising, 15, and her mother were at a shopping mall when the items were taken from their car. “She...