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Bush brief opposes review of Colville pollution case (November 26, 2007)

The Bush administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to stay out of an environmental dispute between a Canadian company and members of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Joseph A. Pakootas, a former tribal chairman, and Donald R. Michel, a former...

Oklahoma woman is last fluent speaker of Wichita (November 26, 2007)

Doris Jean Lamar is the last fluent speaker of the Wichita language. Lamar, who was born in Oklahoma in 1927, learned the language from her grandparents. "Ever since I could remember, I spoke Wichita," she told The Tulsa World....

Supreme Court rejects Maine sovereignty cases (November 26, 2007)

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected appeals in two Maine tribal sovereignty cases. The Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians lost a major ruling before the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. The tribes are...

World's largest zinc mine boosts Alaska Natives (November 26, 2007)

The world's largest zinc mine is turning out to be a cash cow for Alaska Native corporations. The Red Dog Mine is operated by Teck Cominco on land owned by NANA Regional Corp., an Alaska Native regional corporation. After...

Reserves home to abandoned military explosives (November 26, 2007)

Canada's Defence Department says as many as 25 reserves across the country could be littered with abandoned military explosives. A document from the department lists 731 sites on reserves that were used as training grounds throughout the 20th century. A...

Northern Cheyenne Tribe still in leadership dispute (November 26, 2007)

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana remains in a leadership dispute and some tribal members are trying to do something about it. Eight council members and Vice President Rick Wolfname have been at odds with President Eugene Little Coyote. They...

Navajo Nation college hosts observing station (November 26, 2007)

One of the Navajo Nation's colleges is taking part in a project that measures atmospheric data across the world. Dine College was chosen as an atmospheric data collection station due to its location. The school is on a mountain top...

Tim Giago: Helen Felix, a Lakota with gift of gab (November 26, 2007)

Her obituary was just a small footnote in the Rapid City (SD) Journal last week. Writing obits used to be the first job of many aspiring journalists. In order to see if they could write with any sort of flair...

Views: The 'Fighting Sioux' nickname and logo (November 26, 2007)

Everyone's still talking about the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The school has agreed to give up the name if it can't get the support of Sioux tribes within three years. Here's what newspapers, columnists...

10th Circuit to hear Arapaho eagle killing case (November 26, 2007)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is holding arguments on December 17 in the case of a Northern Arapaho man who killed an eagle for use in the Sun Dance. Winslow Friday was prosecuted for killing an eagle without a...

Senate field hearing on Alaska Native veterans (November 26, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a field hearing this Friday on Alaska Native veterans. The hearing will address health care for Alaska Native veterans who are returning from the Middle East. It also focuses on health care services...

Editorial: Better management for Yakama enterprise (November 26, 2007)

"With all due respect to the sovereign-government status of the Yakama Nation, it would appear that the tribe needs to take a page or two from the management books used by other governments and private enterprise. In a revealing...

Editorial: U.S. Attorney must earn credibility (November 26, 2007)

"The U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota is an important office for Minnesotans, as a federal government watchdog for those major criminal and economic fraud crimes that rise beyond local jurisdictions. The U.S. Attorney's Office also is a visible office in...

Editorial: Don't ignore Indian youth suicide (November 26, 2007)

"Of all the problems that plague South Dakota's Indian reservations, the steady stream of stories about suicides are perhaps the most upsetting. The rate of suicide among Native Americans in South Dakota is triple the national rate for all races,...

Marc Simmons: The art of Indian diplomacy (November 26, 2007)

"Shortly before Juan de Oñate departed southern Chihuahua with a caravan on his way to settling New Mexico in 1598, his expedition underwent a review by a royal inspector. Its purpose was to establish that Oñate had acquired the...