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NCAI kicks off Native Vote 2008 initiative (January 22, 2008)

The National Congress of American Indians is kicking off its Native Vote 2008 campaign. NCAI is targeting 18 states with significant Indian populations. The goal is to increase voter registrations and get more people to the polls. "We know what...

Alaska Natives break long silence on abuse (January 22, 2008)

Alaska Natives in the western part of the state are coming forward in hopes of breaking the cycle of abuse. According to the data from the Alaska State Troopers, western Alaska has the highest number of sexual abuse cases involving...

Indian trust meeting on Crow Reservation (January 22, 2008)

The Minerals Management Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians are holding a meeting this Thursday on the Crow Reservation in Montana. Federal officials will discuss minerals and royalties, the American Indian...

InterTribal Bison Cooperative sees cut in funds (January 22, 2008)

The InterTribal Bison Cooperative has been seeing a slow reduction in federal funds during the Bush administration. The organization will receive $1 million this year. That's down 75 percent from five year ago, said executive director Jim Stone. The cut...

Deaths linked to residential school payouts (January 22, 2008)

Leaders in Fort Simpson in the Northwest Territories of Canada say four deaths can be attributed to an influx of residential school payments and alcohol abuse. Four people have died in the community since December 20. All had a history...

Native teen found frozen to death in Manitoba (January 22, 2008)

A 15-year-old Native boy was found frozen to death in southwestern Manitoba. Police do not suspect foul play. Kingsley Redhead was from the Shamattawa First Nation. He moved to the Canadian Forces Base Shilo in December to stay with an...

Indian educators cite struggles in California (January 22, 2008)

Educators in southern California say it's getting harder to ensure Indian students get a proper education. There are always funding cuts. The Rincon Indian Education Center on the Rincon Reservation has seen its budget drop to $170,000 from a high...

Senate opens debate on Indian Health Care Improvement Act (January 22, 2008)

UPDATE: It's 7:30pm and Sen. John Thune is speaking on the bill. He reiterates that work will continue tomorrow. He finished talking around 7:38pm. The Senate is back into a quorum call. At 6pm, :Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said...

Leader of fake tribe ordered to stand trial in Utah (January 22, 2008)

The leader of a fake tribe in Utah has been ordered to stand trial on charges of attempted lewdness. Dale N. Stevens, 69, says he's the leader of the Wampanoag Nation, Tribe of Grayhead, Wolf Band. The group was formed...

Chippewa Cree woman wins small business award (January 22, 2008)

Jean Zabrocki, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, has been named the 2007 Minority Small Business Person of the Year award for Montana. Zabrocki, 51, was chosen for her small business skills. She bought the Havre Taco Treat...

Abourezk: Remember Ponca Chief Standing Bear (January 22, 2008)

"As the country honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this week, I think it's a good time to remember a man many consider to be our country's first civil rights activist. He is widely known in Nebraska, but...

Shakopee Tribe donates $1M to Bad River Band (January 22, 2008)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community of Minnesota has donated $1 million to the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin. The Bad River Band will use the money to build a health clinic. The tribe's prior clinic was...

Opinion: Makah Nation shouldn't hunt whales (January 22, 2008)

"Micah McCarty says the Makah tribe is committed to seeking federal approval to hunt gray whales. Claims that the system has been abused to deprive the tribe of its treaty rights ignore the reality of the current situation facing gray...

Editorial: Reject proposed NAGPRA regulation (January 22, 2008)

"Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne should reject a proposal that would foreclose the ability of scientists to shed light on American prehistory. Proposed new rules likely would preclude the examination of remains such as the 9,300-year-old Kennewick Man, found on federal...