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Decision near on Torres-Martinez trailer park (January 28, 2008)

A federal judge is expected to make a decision whether to close a controversial trailer park on the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California. Judge Stephen Larson visited the Desert Mobile Home Park last month. He told Harvey Duro,...

Former KBIC chairman Fred Dakota back on council (January 28, 2008)

Fred Dakota, a controversial former chairman of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan, won a seat on the tribal council on Saturday. Dakota and Charles Loonsfoot were in a runoff after they received the same number of votes...

New Fort Belknap jail lacks money to operate (January 28, 2008)

The federal government spent $1.7 million for a new detention facility on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana but there's not enough money to operate it. The Bureau of Indian Affairs only has $74,000 in the budget for the...

Tim Giago: Claiming Indian status to get ahead (January 28, 2008)

There is a recurring problem in Indian country that has been a bother for many years. I hear Native Americans discussing it oftentimes with a lot of anger. It’s a very touchy issue and some would even find it offensive,...

Editorial: Reponsibility for Indian health care (January 28, 2008)

"One of the great fears about universal health care stems from the government's own track record. It's not pretty. For proof, look no further than the U.S. Indian Health Service. The United States promised health care to American Indians in...

Obama touts Indian policy ahead of Super Tuesday vote (January 28, 2008)

Fresh from a big win in the South Carolina primary, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinoia) on Sunday said he would respect tribal sovereignty and empower Indian communities as president. Obama, a first-term senator, is promising to meet with tribal leaders on...

Editorial: The sound of real Navajo leadership (January 28, 2008)

"The answer: Yes, it certainly was. The question: Was that the sound of real Navajo leadership we heard? The newspaper's weekend interview with Shiprock's three delegates to the Navajo Nation Council, which is the tribe's version of Congress, provided a...

Kumeyaay tribes seek to rebury ancient remains (January 28, 2008)

The 12 Kumeyaay tribes of southern California are trying to repatriate three ancestors who died nearly 10,000 years ago. During a dig at the University of California-San Diego in 1976, the remains of about 29 ancestors were excavated. But the...

NCAI State of Indian Nations speech on Thursday (January 28, 2008)

National Congress of American Indians President Joe A. Garcia will deliver the 6th annual State of Indian Nations address this Thursday. The speech is Garcia's third as president of NCAI, the largest inter-tribal organization in the country. It comes...

BIA modernization meeting this Wednesday in DC (January 28, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding a meeting in Washington, D.C., this Wednesday to discuss its modernization initiative with tribal leaders. Last September, the BIA held a series of meetings to talk about the future of the agency. Topics...

Sen. Thune: Pass Indian Health Care Improvement Act (January 28, 2008)

The following is the opinion of Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota), one of the co-sponsors of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. One of the most important issues facing America today is the challenge of providing access to first-rate health...

Editorial: Rebuff Bush's veto threat on IHCIA (January 28, 2008)

"President Bush’s threat to veto a bill intended to improve health care for the nation’s American Indians is both cruel and grossly unfair. Five years ago, the United States Commission on Civil Rights examined the government’s centuries-old treaty obligations for...

CSKT chairman gives keynote for Montana GOP (January 28, 2008)

James Steele Jr., the chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, delivered the keynote at the Montana Republican Party's winter meeting on Saturday. Steele said the GOP hasn't done enough to reach Indian voters. "I think the Democratic...

Editorial: Peace treaty for Klamath River basin (January 28, 2008)

"Up in the Klamath River basin, a mix of farmers, Indian tribes, conservationists and government agencies have a rare chance to quell decades of bitter dispute. They are close to a deal to remove four dams, restore salmon runs on...

Letter: Equal rights for Little Shell Chippewa Tribe (January 28, 2008)

"We, the Little Shell Indians of Montana, would like to know when we of these United States are going to get our equal rights, as all other races of the U.S. people are supposed to have? There has been prejudice...

McKosato: Obama or Clinton for Indian Country? (January 28, 2008)

"When Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his name earlier this month from the 2008 Democratic presidential race, perhaps the most disappointed of his supporters were in Indian Country. So now, with Super Tuesday fast approaching, which candidate are the state's 23...

Yellow Bird: Tribal casinos should be alcohol free (January 28, 2008)

"The Navajo Nation is considering whether to sell alcohol at its new casino that will open in July near Gallup, N.M. The Navajo gaming chief, Bob Winter, supports liquor sales, saying the casino could lose gaming income without them....