Yosemite accused of excluding Paiute history (January 11, 2008)
The leader of an unrecognized Paiute tribe says Yosemite National Park is wrongly excluding his people from historical displays. David Andrews, the chairman of the Yosemite Mono Lake Paiute Tribe, wants the park to give a more prominent role...
Snoqualmie Tribe seeks to buy hospital site (January 11, 2008)
The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington is negotiating the purchase of the 48-acre Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. The tribe would buy the site for $30 million and convert the facility into a major Indian health center. "You have to dream big,"...
Editorial: Mille Lacs law enforcement dispute (January 11, 2008)
"If you've been reading the paper lately, you can't help but notice that bad things are happening on the west side of Mille Lacs. Every week, there are reports of shootings, fires, beatings or burglaries. Last week it was a...
Kevin Abourezk: Neglecting Indian voters (January 11, 2008)
Ed. Note: Sen. John Edwards (D-North Carolina) supported recognition for the Lumbee Tribe. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) skipped the Prez on the Rez Democratic presidential debate. "In Iowa and New Hampshire this week, voters...
Editorial: Pine Ridge walk a good step for youth (January 11, 2008)
"Headlines usually only tell half the story. We can read about the crimes that are committed and of the prosecution and sentencing of individuals who responsible. Often, their victims are mentioned only in passing or remain unknown. But the consequences...
New York tribe sues over off-reservation gaming rejection (January 11, 2008)
Update: The St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from Wisconsin has amended its previously filed land-into-trust lawsuit to challenge the Bush administration policy. The tribe is still waiting for a decision on its off-reservation casino. Also, assistant secretary Carl...
Review: Indian stereotypes in 'Comanche Moon' (January 11, 2008)
"“Comanche Moon,” a six-hour mini-series beginning Sunday on CBS, is based on Larry McMurtry’s novel of the same title, and begins as it ends, with the camera retreating from the image of a distraught child. Both the first boy...
Absentee Shawnee governor abruptly resigns (January 11, 2008)
Jennifer Onzahwah, the first woman elected to lead the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, resigned as governor on December 31, 2007, just six months into the job. Onzahwah blamed fellow elected officials for undermining her. She also said the tribe is facing...
Ousted Northern Cheyenne leader sues BIA (January 11, 2008)
A federal judge will hold a hearing today in a lawsuit filed by the ousted president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana. Eugene Little Coyote sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Interior Department. He says federal...
Auburn Rancheria to buy land to protect sites (January 11, 2008)
The United Auburn Indian Community of northern California announced plans to buy land in order to protect sacred sites and limit a controversial housing development. The tribe will buy 66 acres from housing developer Clover Valley Partners. The land...
Opinion: Rick West's abuse of power at NMAI (January 11, 2008)
"When W. Richard West Jr. opened the National Indian Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in 2004, he said this: ''The message of this museum is cultural redemption and reconciliation.'' The promos he and his staff wrote at that...
Steve Russell: The Indian law Hall of Shame (January 11, 2008)
"It's hard to overstate the significance of Brown v. Board of Education to the mainstream (African-American) civil rights movement. Here's why. Congress passed the 14th Amendment as part of Reconstruction after the Civil War. However, the Supreme Court was the...
Rick West: 'Gossip' journalism in ICT and WaPo (January 11, 2008)
"During my 17 years as director of the National Museum of the American Indian, I welcomed and learned from criticism, whether gentle or harsh. But nothing prepared me for the recent gossip passing for investigative journalism at The Washington...
Rep. Doolittle to retire amid Abramoff probe (January 11, 2008)
Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) dropped his re-election plans on Thursday amid scrutiny over his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Doolittle said he wanted to retire so that he and his wife, Julia, can return to a private life....
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