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Day 2 of debate on Indian Health Care Improvement (January 23, 2008)

Updates Posted At Top 6:22pm - Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is on the floor. He said "progress" has been made on IHCIA. He said some amendments have been filed. He said "compromises" have been made with Republicans on certain issues....

Woman wanted in robbery of Cherokee smoke shop (January 23, 2008)

Authorities are looking for a woman they say robbed a Cherokee Nation smoke shop in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The Cherokee Tobacco Sales was robbed on Sunday. Surveillance video shows a woman walking up to the clerk with a handgun. The suspect...

Sen. Obama addresses Indian issues in Nevada (January 23, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) said he would meet regularly with tribal leaders if he were elected president. At a campaign stop in Nevada, Manuel Couchum of the Te-Moak Tribe asked Obama what he would do to help tribal members....

Bemidji State seeks Indian center director (January 23, 2008)

Bemidji State University in Minnesota is seeking a new director for its American Indian Resource Center. Joe Aitken, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, who was serving as interim director, is retiring on Friday. He spent most...

Brazilian Indians being murdered at high rate (January 23, 2008)

The murder rate among Indians in Brazil is at its highest in 20 years, the Indigenous Missionary Council of the Roman Catholic Church says. At least 76 Indians were killed in 2007. Many died in clashes with farmers, miners and...

Draft EIS on Alaska Native corporation land swap (January 23, 2008)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be taking public comments on a proposed land swap in the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. The agency is releasing a draft environmental impact statement for the swap. The document examines...

Thousands denied residential school payments (January 23, 2008)

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says more than 2,300 people in the province have been denied a share of the $1.9 billion residential school settlement. Leon Manitopyes is one of them. He said his application was rejected even...

Overall crime rate has dropped on Soboba Reservation (January 23, 2008)

The overall crime rate on the Soboba Reservation in California has dropped in the past two years, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports. Based on county statistics, assaults, burglaries, theft-related incidents and drug-related calls dropped in 2007. There were increases in misdemeanor...

Northwest tribes await outcome of IHCIA vote (January 23, 2008)

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians winter conference began on Tuesday as the Senate began debate on the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Tribal leaders said the bill was crucial. They said it will address population growth, provide more...

Agua Caliente Band changes view on habitat plan (January 23, 2008)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians says it no longer needs 1,000 acres in Cathedral City, California, for its habitat plan. The tribe wanted to set aside 1,200 acres for conservation and applied for an "incidental take permit" from...

Marie Smith Jones, last Eyak speaker, dies at 89 (January 23, 2008)

Marie Smith Jones, the last known speaker of Eyak, died on Monday. She was 89. Jones was known as a strong advocate for Native rights. Though she dropped out of school in the fourth grade, she fought to protect...

Blast from the Past: Alaska Native sovereignty (January 23, 2008)

The Anchorage Daily News republishes an April 19, 1997, article about the Alaska v. Venetie court case. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that land in the village of Venetie was Indian Country. The ruling was hailed by Alaska...

Stillaguamish Tribe to hold first elk hunt in years (January 23, 2008)

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington plans to hold its first elk hunt in more than a decade. The Nooksack elk herd numbered up to 1,700 in the early 1980s, but dwindled to fewer than 350 in recent years, The...

Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe to develop land (January 23, 2008)

The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada plans to develop commercial and retail centers at three sites. The 36-acre Fox Peak Center in Fallon already has a smoke shop, convenience store and a Quiznos. The tribe plans to add sewer, roads...

Editorial: Independent ethics office on Capitol Hill (January 23, 2008)

"Representative John Doolittle, under criminal investigation for his past ties to Jack Abramoff, the imprisoned über-lobbyist, has decided not to seek re-election. The nation may not have noticed his adieu, but surely other members of Congress can draw a timely...

Black lawmakers to meet with Artman over Freedmen (January 23, 2008)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus plan to meet with assistant secretary Carl Artman to discuss the Cherokee Freedmen, The Hill newspaper reports. Rep. Diane Watson (D-California) and other caucus members want to cut federal funds to the Cherokee Nation....

Yellow Bird: Race and gender in presidential race (January 23, 2008)

"This year, as we all know, there are new elements in the mix - a leading contender who is a black man and another who is a white woman. I might be stepping out on thin ice here, but...