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Interior again shifts duty to account for Indian trust (December 5, 2007)

In February 2002, former Interior Secretary Gale Norton took the stand in the Indian trust fund case to reject the Clinton administration's attempts to limit the historical accounting. Norton, an attorney, said a federal appeals court "clearly threw out" a...

Column: Wannabes ruining Indian spirituality (December 5, 2007)

"Christians aren’t the only ones for whom spirituality is a matter of life and death. So Jacob Anaya has taken up the role as a defender of the faith. Anaya, owner of All My Relations Creations in Manitou Springs,...

Book Review: Short stories in 'Sovereign Bones' (December 5, 2007)

"Sovereign Bones, published by Nation Books and distributed in Canada by Publisher Group Canada, is a collection of writings by contemporary Native American artists about what it's like to be an artist when your culture hasn't been yours for...

Western Shoshone leader blasts Yucca Mountain (December 5, 2007)

MAP: Tribes located near Yucca Mountain site. More than 200 people turned up to a hearing on the federal government's nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The facility is on Western Shoshone treaty lands. Ian Zabarte of the...

Alaska Natives ask court to halt off-shore drilling (December 5, 2007)

Attorneys for Alaska Natives and environmental groups asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to block off-shore drilling on the Arctic Ocean. Inupiats from the village of Barrow say Royal Dutch Shell's plans for exploratory drilling will hurt the bowhead...

Police force Native teen to remove 'gang' t-shirt (December 5, 2007)

Police in Thunder Bay, Ontario, have launched an internal investigation after officers forced a Native teen to remove a t-shirt that displayed an image of a war chief. Abraham Miles, 17, was told the t-shirt was associated with gangs....

Opinion: Alaska Native contracts benefit many (December 5, 2007)

"Prior to 1970 our people faced deplorable socio-economic conditions: Jobs were few and far between; health care was primitive; public services nonexistent; racial discrimination was common; and our people's legitimate claims to their ancestral lands were both ignored and trespassed...

South Dakota Indian voting rights lawsuit settled (December 5, 2007)

A South Dakota county has agreed to submit its proposed redistricting plan to the Department of Justice as part of an Indian voting rights settlement. Charles Mix County will seek federal approval to increase the number of districts on the...

North Dakota company prints 'No Sioux' t-shirt (December 5, 2007)

A North Dakota company is stirring tensions with a t-shirt that proclaims "No Sioux Logo No Sioux Casinos!" Originals Inc. began printing the t-shirts about a week ago. They are selling for $14.95 on the company's website but not...

Native mother and four children killed in crash (December 5, 2007)

A well-known caregiver from the Lake Babine Nation in British Columbia was killed on Monday morning in a two-vehicle collision. Brenda Levick, 50, was on her way to a medical appointment when her car spun into a truck. She...

Editorial: Navajo Nation a perfect fit for project (December 5, 2007)

"The Navajo Nation is a perfect place for many things, such as taking a scenic drive or buying authentic native jewelry. Now we can add an important scientific study to the list. Atmospheric data collection equipment recently was installed on...

Yellow Bird: Teachers and cultural sensitivity (December 5, 2007)

"It does something to you to hear someone who is the authority - your teacher - scold the class because we believed in the ancient religious practices of our tribe. In this day and age, I'd ask the community...

Most charges in New York tobacco suit dismissed (December 5, 2007)

A federal judge has dismissed all but one charge in a tobacco taxation lawsuit against two New York tribes. John A. Catsimatidis, who owns a supermarket chain, sued the Shinnecock Nation and the Unkechaug Nation . He accused the tribes...

Oglala Lakota College unveils new Head Start (December 5, 2007)

The Oglala Lakota College is holding an open house today for its new Head Start in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The college used a $1.2 million federal grant to renovate an old elementary school. The Head Start Center is now...

Canadian man awaits word on Aquash extradition (December 5, 2007)

A Native man from Canada is awaiting word on his extradition appeal to face charges for the murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. John Graham has asked Canada's Supreme Court to take his case. If the...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe re-elects Cantu as chief (December 5, 2007)

Fred Cantu won re-election as chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. According to The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun, Cantu is the first chief to win a second consecutive term in 18 years. He said he would continue...

Editorial: Scrutinize Seminole Tribe's spending (December 5, 2007)

"Good governance benefits everyone. Bad governance costs everyone. The principle sticks no matter whether it is a municipality, a county, the state or federal government — or even the Seminole Tribe of Florida. U.S. taxpayers and Florida residents have a...