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Native woman heads to Miss America competition (January 15, 2008)

Elyse Umemoto, a member of the Yakama Nation of Washington, hopes to be the first Native American to win the Miss America pageant. She'll also be the first Hispanic woman and the second Asian woman to wear the crown....

New Tigua leader hopes to stimulate economy (January 15, 2008)

The Tigua Tribe of Texas has a new leader who hopes to revitalize the reservation's stuttering economy. The tribe, also known as the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, ran a successful casino in El Paso. A legal battle with the...

Northern Cheyenne youth complete 400-mile run (January 15, 2008)

Youth of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana completed the 12th annual Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run on Monday. About 130 young tribal members took part in the 400-mile run. It is held every year to commemorate the escape...

Court upholds state jurisdiction in Arapaho man's murder case (January 15, 2008)

A city that lies within the original borders of the Wind River Reservation is no longer Indian Country, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled on Monday. In a unanimous decision, the court acknowledged that Riverton was once part of the reservation....

Judge ponders closure of troubled trailer park (January 15, 2008)

A federal judge on Monday said he would close down a troubled trailer park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California unless an improvement plan was submitted by January 28. Judge Stephen Larson said he was worried...

Red Lake men charged with sexual abuse (January 15, 2008)

Two men from the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota have been charged in separate cases with sexual abuse of minors. Donald Wayne Clark, 26, was indicted with one count of aggravated sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual contact with a...

FBI probes death on Mescalero Apache Reservation (January 15, 2008)

The FBI is investigating the brutal death of a 26-year-old man on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. Dustin Earl Pesewonit was reported missing when he didn't show up for work. When he was found on January 2,...

Columbus and crew accused of spreading syphilis (January 15, 2008)

Christopher Columbus and his crew spread syphilis out of the New World, according to a study published by the Public Library of Science Neglected Tropical Diseases journal. Researchers examined 23 strains of the Treponema pallidum bacterium. They found that...

Tulalip Tribes to host Coast Salish Gathering (January 15, 2008)

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington will host the third Coast Salish Gathering next month. Tribal leaders from the Pacific Northwest and Canada will attend the event, which runs February 27-29. They will discuss ways to protect the environment in...

Montana, Wyoming tribes awarded $5.6M grant (January 15, 2008)

Tribes in Montana and Wyoming will share a $5.6 million grant to help people obtain drug and alcohol treatment. The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council won the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The money will...

Leech Lake legal director fired by council members (January 15, 2008)

The legal director for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has been fired by two of the tribal council members that were being investigated. Michael Garbow was fired during a a special tribal council meeting attended only by Secretary-Treasurer...

Appeals court upholds new trial for Native leader (January 15, 2008)

Saskatchewan's highest court on Monday said disgraced Native leader David Ahenakew deserves a new hate crimes trial. Ahenakew, 74, a former chief of the Assembly of First Nations, was convicted of spreading hate about Jewish people. He defended the...

Suzan Shown Harjo: On Rick West, Kevin Gover and NMAI (January 15, 2008)

Much has been written lately about the National Museum of the American Indian and its transitioning directors, some of it even true. Indian Country Today and The Washington Post have traded stories like children passing a secret and getting farther...

Editorial: Interior playing games with polar bear (January 15, 2008)

"Although Congress and the courts have largely frustrated the Bush administration’s efforts to open up Alaska to oil and gas drilling, Vice President Dick Cheney and his industry friends remain determined to lock up as many oil and gas...

Supreme Court to hear Navajo man's appeal (January 15, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear oral arguments today in the case of a Navajo man whose sentence was more than tripled under a violent crime law. Larry Begay of New Mexico pleaded guilty to threatening two female family...

Urban Indian center in Wisconsin shuts down (January 15, 2008)

The United Amerindian Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has shut down due to lack of funds. The center lost a $2 million contract from the Indian Health Services last year. A donation from the Oneida Nation kept the doors open...