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Editorial: Suicide worse among South Dakota tribes (December 7, 2007)

"According to a recent Mental Health America study, South Dakota had the lowest rate of depression among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Unfortunately, our suicide rates don’t offer much evidence for the idea that South Dakotans are...

Shakopee Tribe donates to Minnesota State Patrol (December 7, 2007)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has donated $200,000 to the Minnesota State Patrol. The money will pay for 199 automatic external defibrillators. The tribe's donation means every state patrol vehicle will have the life-saving device. "In order to protect Minnesotans,...

Border town officer accused of targeting Indians (December 7, 2007)

A lawsuit in federal court accuses a police officer in Farmington, New Mexico, of targeting American Indians. Attorneys for Derek Parrish, 17, say officer Russell Bradford used excessive force in an incident this past May. They say Bradford slammed Parrish's...

Aquash murder suspect loses extradition appeal (December 7, 2007)

John Graham, a Native man from Canada, will be extradited to the U.S. to face trial for murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Graham fought U.S. attempts to extradite him. But Canada's Supreme Court rejected his final...

Kiowa/Delaware artist Parker Boyiddle dies at 60 (December 7, 2007)

Parker Boyiddle, a Kiowa/Delaware artist and sculptor, died on Tuesday. He was 60. Boyiddle was in Idaho working on a sculpture when he died. He was originally from Oklahoma and had been living in Colorado for several years. Some...

Lac Du Flambeau Band breaks ground on health center (December 7, 2007)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa broke ground on a $5.7 million health center on Thursday. The 26,000 square-foot facility replaces the aging health center on the tribe's reservation in Wisconsin. "I hope this wellness center...

South Dakota tribes awarded grants for scenic byway (December 7, 2007)

Three South Dakota tribes have been awarded grants from the Department of Transportation for projects along the Native American Scenic Byway. The Yankton Sioux Tribe will use $286,656 to renovate a formal tribal hall and reopen it as a museum...

Ex-Rep. Hayworth says Abramoff probe axed (December 7, 2007)

Ex. Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona) says the Department of Justice is no longer investigating his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Hayworth was defeated last November amid reports of his Abramoff connections. He received $101,620 from Abramoff, nine of...

Opinion: Rise of the Eastern Cherokee middle class (December 7, 2007)

"Our Cherokee tribe has seen substantive changes in our community as a result of the success of our gaming business. These changes can be seen as bricks and mortar in the form of a water treatment facility, better roads,...

Sen. Dorgan: Indian health care an embarrassment (December 7, 2007)

"Why is Native health care not simply an indistinguishable component of the overall health care system? Because our country has an affirmative trust obligation toward American Indians. That obligation is grounded in numerous treaties and, more generally, in the moral...

Harjo: An Indian story caught on film in Philadelphia (December 7, 2007)

"Thirty-five years ago, Philadelphia police killed an Iroquois ironworker, shot his co-workers and got away with it, but four ironworkers were charged and convicted of assaulting the police. Happily, the story didn't end there. This Philadelphia story begins with Iroquois...

Native hockey legend urges youth to stay sober (December 7, 2007)

Native hockey legend Reggie Leach says he "screwed up" his career because he was an alcoholic. Leach, an Ojibwe from the Beren's River First Nation in Manitoba, helped the Philadelphia Flyers win the Stanley Cup in 1975. He set...