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Onondaga woman named to United Nations post (January 30, 2008)

Tonya Gonnella Frichner, a member of the Onondaga Nation of New York, has been named North America's regional representative to the United Nations' Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Frichner, an attorney, will spent most of her time at the...

Bush administration press conference on Thursday (January 30, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and other Bush administration officials will hold a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Kempthorne will discuss progress on two of his Indian initiatives. He sought $15 million to improve Indian education and $16 million...

Cobell statement on historical accounting decision (January 30, 2008)

Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana who is the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, issued the following statement today after a federal judge said an historical accounting is impossible. "This is a great...

Mille Lacs Band investigates assault of child (January 30, 2008)

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is investigating a possible sexual assault involving a 3-year-old boy and an older child. The alleged assault occurred on the evening of January 23 at a child care facility called Kids Quest. The facility...

Gila River Tribe's hotel booked for New York Giants (January 30, 2008)

The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona is hosting the New York Giants for Super Bowl XLII. The NFL booked the tribe's Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort for the Giants. It's the first time in Super Bowl history that...

New Mexico county names roads in Tewa language (January 30, 2008)

Santa Fe County in New Mexico has given Tewa language names to several roads and driveways on two reservations. The county worked with San Ildefonso Pueblo and Nambé Pueblo to pick Native names for the roads. Previously, the roads...

Clinton and Obama target votes on Navajo Nation (January 30, 2008)

With the Super Tuesday primary fast approaching, Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton and are targeting voters on the Navajo Nation. Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, is opening an office in Shiprock, New Mexico. Don Benally,...

Yellow Bird: Another cold January in North Dakota (January 30, 2008)

"It's January. We know that because we passed the January thaw a few weeks ago, and now, we're into another cold spell. As cold spells go, however, it's really not that bad. Remember, this is North Dakota, and it's...

Judge: Cobell historical accounting 'impossible' (January 30, 2008)

The federal judge handling the Cobell trust fund case has issued his findings of fact and conclusions of law on the Bush administration's historical accounting. In a 165-page decision, Judge James Robertson said the Interior Department is "unable to perform...

Congressional Record: In honor of Carole Anne Heart (January 30, 2008)

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) honored the late Carole Anne Heart, Indian health and education advocate, with the following statement in the Congressional Record today. Mr. President, I rise today to honor one of the most dedicated advocates for health...

Kempthorne brought major shift on off-reservation gaming (January 30, 2008)

Less than four years ago, the Bush administration told Congress there was no legal basis to reject an off-reservation casino based solely on distance. In testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee, former Bureau of Indian Affairs official Aurene Martin...

New Mexico Pueblos gear up for Super Tuesday (January 30, 2008)

The 19 Pueblos in New Mexico are getting ready for the state's Democratic primary on February 5. The Democratic party is setting up more than 180 polling sites across the state, including several on Pueblo reservations. Joe Garcia, the chairman...

Morongo Band concerned about city's airport plan (January 30, 2008)

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians wants to work with the city of Banning, California, to develop a master plan for the local airport. The city council is ready to make a decision on the $17 million plan but postponed...

Quechan Nation receives grant for nature park (January 30, 2008)

The Quechan Nation has received a $600,000 grant from the state of Arizona to create a nature park. Construction on the Quechan Nature Park is expected to begin in April or May. The 4.5-acre site will feature an amphitheater,...

Navajo Nation Council rejects benefit increase (January 30, 2008)

The Navajo Nation Council voted down a proposal to increase per diem benefits for delegates. Each delegate receives a per diem between $60 to $150 for travel and lodging per session. That's in addition to the $25,000 annual salary and...

McCain defeats Romney in Florida primary (January 30, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the two-term chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, won the Florida primary on Tuesday. McCain had 36 percent of the vote, followed by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with 31 percent of the vote....