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Floyd Red Crow Westerman passes away at 71 (December 13, 2007)

Floyd Red Crow Westerman died this morning in Los Angeles, his family said. He was 71. Westerman was a member of the Sisseton-Wapheton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. He was a musician and activist whose first album, "Custer Died...

Wisconsin tribe cites potential land-into-trust shift at BIA (December 13, 2007)

Indianz.Com Casino StalkerTracking casino proposals across Indian Country. The Bush administration might be rethinking its position on a disputed land-into-trust policy, a Wisconsin tribe said after going to court on Wednesday. The St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued...

Montana U.S. Attorney to visit Fort Peck Reservation (December 13, 2007)

Bill Mercer, the U.S. Attorney for Montana, will attend a community meeting on the Fort Peck Reservation next Monday. The Fort Peck Tribes called the meeting to address concerns about the lack of prosecutions for suspicious deaths. Several people have...

Indian student discrimination settlement approved (December 13, 2007)

A federal judge has approved a settlement in a case that alleged discrimination against Indian students in South Dakota. The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of 10 students and their families. They said the Winner School District singled...

Homelessness common among Minnesota tribes (December 13, 2007)

More than 1,200 Indians in northern Minnesota are homeless or live in overcrowded homes, according to a study by the Wilder Foundation. The foundation used a broader definition of homeless to examine housing conditions on the Red Lake, Leech Lake,...

Quinault woman pleads guilty to crash that killed two (December 13, 2007)

Sela Anne Kalama, a member of the Quinault Nation of Washington, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with a car crash that killed two Indian teenagers. Kalama, 20, admitted responsibility for driving her car into the Elwha River on...

Prenatal care improves among Oklahoma Indians (December 13, 2007)

More Indian mothers in Oklahoma are receiving prenatal care, according to the state Department of Health. Based on data from 2000 through 2005, 77 percent of American Indian mothers received first trimester prenatal care. In comparison, nearly 79 percent of...

North Dakota board to discuss 'Fighting Sioux' (December 13, 2007)

The state Board of Higher Education will meet in person on December 20 to discuss the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo." The meeting was supposed to be held be telephone but board president John Paulsen...

Muscogee chief stays low-key despite high profile job (December 13, 2007)

A.D. Ellis, the principal chief of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, is going to the White House next week. It's not a big deal. "It's something to be there," Ellis told The Tulsa World. "But I've already been. I...

Cheyenne River Sioux soldier killed in Afghanistan (December 13, 2007)

Tanner O'Leary, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday. O'Leary, 23, was a corporal in the U.S. Army. He died when a roadside bomb exploded in Musa Qal'eh. O'Leary,...

Bill creates Gabrielino-Tongva state reservation (December 13, 2007)

A California state lawmaker has introduced a bill to create a state reservation for the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe. Sen. Jenny Oropeza, a Democrat, hopes the bill will help the tribe obtain federal recognition. But the leaders of one Gabrielino-Tongva faction say...

OIG report looks into land-into-trust consortium (December 13, 2007)

A September 2006 from the Office of Inspector General at the Department of the Interior looked into the California Fee to Trust Consortium. Tribes created the consortium to speed up review of their land-into-trust applications. According to the report, at...

DOI OIG posts report on National Bison Range (December 13, 2007)

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of the Interior has posted a report on the National Bison Range in Montana. The OIG investigated allegations made against top Interior officials and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The tribe...

Oklahoma tribes affected by winter storms (December 13, 2007)

Tribes in northeastern Oklahoma are among those affected by severe winter storms. The Osage Nation put up a day shelter and lost power to most of the reservation, Chief Jim Gray said. The tribe is delivering meals, blankets, water, groceries...

Navajo woman plans to combat domestic violence (December 13, 2007)

Jennifer Leslie, a 37-year-old single mother, plans to help domestic violence victims now that she has her college degree. Leslie earned a bachelor's in criminal justice with a minor in women's studies from Arizona State University. She is one...

Urban Indian health center in Phoenix might close (December 13, 2007)

An urban Indian health center in Phoenix, Arizona, might be forced to close due to lack of money. The Native American Community Health Center primarily serves elders in the area. But with only $36,000 in the bank -- less than...

Opinion: Eastern Cherokee Band ignores public (December 13, 2007)

"As some tribes have strayed from traditionalism toward assimilation, their governments have gotten away from that concept and have adopted the notion that tribes have a “sovereign right” to govern like tyrants. The basic rule of law with this...

Shakopee Tribe re-electes business council (December 13, 2007)

Voters of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community of Minnesota re-elected all three members of the tribal business council. Chairman Stanley R. Crooks, Vice Chairman Glynn A. Crooks, and Secretary/Treasurer Keith B. Anderson all retained their seats. It was a first...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe reaches water deal (December 13, 2007)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has reached a water usage agreement with the Union Township. The township will supply water to 70 acres of trust land. The tribe will pay for installation and maintenance of water mains, transmission lines...