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Editorial: Questioning Alaska Native contracts (November 28, 2007)

"Several Alaska Native firms have used generous federal contracting preferences to become prosperous multimillion-dollar enterprises. Some years, the total amount of federal contract payments to Native firms tops $1 billion. Of the 10 biggest Alaska-owned companies in Alaska Business Monthly's...

Opinion: European arrival a holocaust to Natives (November 28, 2007)

"From the indigenous perspective, European arrival was a holocaust, complete with genocide, property theft, cultural destruction and slavery. Few of us were left to speak for ourselves due to outright butchery and criminalization of traditions, languages, and ceremonies. For us...

Man's death at Colville jail ruled a suicide (November 28, 2007)

A 34-year-old man hanged himself in a Bureau of Indian Affairs detention facility on the Colville Reservation in Washington. Denver L. Buckman was found dead in his cell last Wednesday. The tribal police department said he may have been depressed....

Mike Graham: Ethics complaint against Rep. Watson (November 28, 2007)

"United Native America has filed a congressional ethics complaint against California congresswoman Diane Watson before the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. The group is also drafting a letter of ethics violations against Watson to be sent to...

Boy, 9, suspended for using term 'brown people' (November 28, 2007)

A 9-year-old boy in Phoenix, Arizona, was suspended for allegedly using the term "brown people" but his mother says it's the principal who should be in trouble. The boy violated the Abraham Lincoln Traditional School's hate crime code, according to...

Seminole Tribe keeps business deals in the family (November 28, 2007)

Want to do business with the Seminole Tribe of Florida? It helps if you are a tribal member or, better yet, related to one of the tribal council members. Tribal officials regularly vote on deals involving relatives, according to The...

New Mexico urged to fund water settlements (November 28, 2007)

New Mexico State Engineer John D'Antonio urged lawmakers to allocate funds for three major Indian water rights settlements. D'Antonio said the state has to contribute at least $270 million to resolve the disputes. But delays could end up costing the...

Navajo Nation Head Start director selected (November 28, 2007)

The Navajo Nation has selected a permanent director for its Head Start program. Spencer Willie starts December 10. He was the government liaison for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. "Spencer Willie's heart is in the right place, and one cannot...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe firm on nickname stance (November 28, 2007)

Leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said they aren't dropping their opposition to the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of South Dakota. Chairman Ron His Horse Is Thunder said the school should drop the name...

EEOC dispute over 'No Navajo' policy continues (November 28, 2007)

A drive-in restaurant in Arizona is still facing federal scrutiny for its "No Navajo" language policy. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued RD’s Drive-In after four Navajo women refused to sign the policy. The women were fired. The Kidman family...

Gila River Tribe allows access for highway study (November 28, 2007)

The Gila River Indian Community is allowing the Arizona Department of Transportation access to the reservation to complete a highway study. The tribe, however, is not dropping its opposition to placing the 22-mile South Mountain Freeway on the reservation....

Jicarilla Apache Nation partners on natural gas pipeline (November 28, 2007)

The Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico has entered into a partnership with an energy development firm from Texas. The tribe and Enterprise Products Partners will share ownership and assets in a natural gas pipeline that crosses the reservation. Enterprise...

2010 Olympic mascots inspired by First Nations (November 28, 2007)

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics unveiled three mascots and a sidekick that are based on First Nations culture and heritage. Miga is a snowboarding sea bear that is part killer whale and part Kermode spirit bear. He is based...

Canada unveils land claim resolution legislation (November 28, 2007)

The Canadian government introduced legislation on Tuesday to resolve more than 800 First Nations land claims. The bill was co-authored by the Assembly of First Nations. It creates an independent tribunal of six judges to resolve land claims valued...

Official defends treatment of Native woman in jail (November 28, 2007)

The justice minister in Labrador says the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were justified in the treatment of a Native woman who was held in jail naked for four days. Minister Jerome Kennedy said officers were trying to protect Emily...

Native artist found guilty for filming in Yosemite (November 28, 2007)

A Native artist was found guilty for filming inside Yosemite National Park in California. Lorenzo Baca, who is Pueblo and Apache, faces a year in prison and $10,000 in fines for making a commercial film called "Yosemite Big Time." A...