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Storytelling a part of Lakota Nation Invitational (December 20, 2007)

The first Lakota Nation Invitational Storytelling Competition began on Wednesday. Sixteen students are participating in the competition. They are sharing traditional Lakota and Dakota stories, contemporary stories and family knowledge. "Something like this preserves our oral traditions," Lydia Whirlwind...

Report finds poor treatment of New Jersey Indians (December 20, 2007)

A report delivered to New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) on Wednesday cited "lingering discrimination, ignorance of state history and culture, and cynicism" in the treatment of Indian people. New Jersey is home to several Lenape tribes. None have federal...

Chippewa Cree Tribe to hand out 1,150 turkeys (December 20, 2007)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is distributing 1,150 turkey baskets to families on the Rocky Boy Reservation. The baskets come with a turkey, a 5-pound bag of potatoes, cranberries, stuffing mix and other food items. "It's a full...

New Mexico tribe plans massive wind farm (December 20, 2007)

Nambe Pueblo in northern New Mexico is seeking to develop what would be the largest wind farm in the state and the largest in Indian Country. The tribe has teamed up with Green Energy Wind, a new company, on...

Lakota Freedom Delegation withdraws from US (December 20, 2007)

A group called Lakota Freedom Delegation is withdrawing from the treaties their ancestors signed with the U.S. and is setting up their own independent nation. Four activists, including Russell Means, were in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to announce their plans....

Emory Sekaquaptewa, Hopi scholar, dies at 78 (December 20, 2007)

Emory Sekaquaptewa, a Hopi linguist, artist and scholar, died on December 14. He was 78. Sekaquaptewa wrote the tribe's first dictionary. He spent 30 years on the project and was working on a children's language workbook when he died....

Pueblo man announces run for U.S. Congress (December 20, 2007)

Benny Shendo Jr., the former Secretary of Indian Affairs for the state of New Mexico, is announcing his run for U.S. Congress today. Shendo, 43, is making the announcement at Jemez Pueblo. He told The Santa Fe New Mexican...

Judge refuses to delay tribal trust fund suits (December 20, 2007)

A federal judge on Wednesday denied the Bush administration's attempt to delay 37 tribal trust fund lawsuits. The administration asked for a six-month delay in order to work on historical accountings for the tribal plaintiffs. A motion stated the Interior...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe close to deal with town (December 20, 2007)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is reportedly close to an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Mashpee. The tribe promised not to reopen its land claim in return for the town's support on its federal recognition petition. That...

Operation Morning Star helps Lakota families (December 20, 2007)

Richard Boyden used to be a radio talk show host in Kansas City, Missouri, but now he works full-time to help Lakota families in North and South Dakota. Boyden started Operation Morning Star to help some of the poorest...

Omnibus includes $28M for Mni Wiconi water project (December 20, 2007)

The fiscal year 2008 omnibus appropriations act includes $28 million for the Mni Wiconi water project in South Dakota. The money will be used to continue construction of the project, which will bring water to the Pine Ridge Reservation, the...

Red Lake Nation reopens commercial fishery (December 20, 2007)

The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota has reopened its commercial fishery. The Red Lake Fisheries is processing walleye now that the fish has rebounded. The company hopes to process 820,000 pounds. The fishery began in 1917 but closed in...

Editorial: Attorney's ties to tribe are troubling (December 20, 2007)

"When Bobby Jindal was running for governor, he promised an ethical administration far above the standards of the past. But Jindal’s pick for executive counsel, an enormously influential position as the Governor’s Office attorney, hopes to retain some interest, of...

Teacher was 'abducted' for Native ceremony (December 20, 2007)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said a teacher who was taken from her school is participating in a Coast Salish ceremony and isn't being held captive. Roxanne Harris, 32, was taken by four members of the Chemainus First Nation...

Anniversary of massacre in Mexico approaches (December 20, 2007)

This Saturday marks the tenth anniversary of a massacre in Mexico that left dozens of Tzotzil Indians dead. The December 22, 1997, attack took place amid a growing indigenous rights movement in Chiapas in southern Mexico. The Zapatista rebels blamed...

Home-brewed drink affecting First Nations youth (December 20, 2007)

A potent home-brew drink called "superjuice" and its impact on Native youth was the subject of a discussion in Manitoba. Superjuice is made from a high-potency yeast and sold on four remote First Nations in the Island Lake area of...