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Garcia pushes for IHCIA in State of Indian Nations (February 1, 2008)

National Congress of American Indians President Joe Garcia on Thursday called on Congress to pass the long-overdue Indian Health Care Improvement Act. During the sixth annual State of Indian Nation address, Garcia said the bill has been delayed for more...

Investigation into toddlers' deaths begins (February 1, 2008)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has begun an investigation into the death of two young girls on the Yellow Quill First Nation in Saskatchewan. Three-year-old Kaydance Pauchay and her one-year-old Santana Pauchay were found frozen to death in a...

Abourezk: Focus on children in State of Indian Nations (February 1, 2008)

"As Senate leaders fought over an economic stimulus package Thursday, the nation's highest profile Indian leader reminded the nation's leaders that Native people also are in need of economic stimulus. "As you know, the President and Congress are now...

Opinion: Ojibwe too beautiful a language to lose (February 1, 2008)

"Only three Native American languages now spoken in the United States and Canada are expected to survive into the middle of this century. Mine, Ojibwe, is one of them. Many languages have just a few speakers left -- two...

Police claim officers assaulted at Mohawk protest (February 1, 2008)

The Ontario Provincial Police says two officers were assaulted on Tuesday during the ongoing Mohawk occupation of a quarry. The officers were on their way to meet with Mohawk elders from the Tyendinaga Territory. The OPP says protesters accosted the...

Column: Navajo youth a protector of his language (February 1, 2008)

"I was an ancient (25 years old) college freshman. By the time I got there, I knew which direction I wanted to go. I hadn't given it a thought in high school and I certainly hadn't entertained any such ideas...

Mille Lacs Band shuts child care centers after incident (February 1, 2008)

The MIlle Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota closed two child care centers on the reservation after a reported sexual assault. The tribe said the centers will remain closed until the investigation into the alleged assault is complete. Authorities suspect...

Leech Lake legal director sues Indian newspaper (February 1, 2008)

The ousted legal director for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota is suing the Native American Press/Ojibwe News. Michael Grabow, who was fired earlier this month, says his reputation is being damaged by the newspaper. Unsigned letters in...

Muscogee Nation rallies members to hit the polls (February 1, 2008)

The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma held a get out the vote rally on Thursday. Speakers urged tribal members to make their voices heard. The tribe has over 16,000 registered voters. “A lot of issues affect the tribes; people don’t think...

Native America Calling to host presidential forum (February 1, 2008)

Native America Calling will host a presidential forum on its show on Monday. So far, representatives of the two Democratic candidates have confirmed. Keith Harper (Cherokee) will represent Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Ojibwe) will...

Tonkawa Tribe to elect new slate of leaders (February 1, 2008)

Members of the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma will vote for a new slate of leaders on Monday. Tribal members drafted a petition to force the election after President Anthony Street was arrested. Police in Blackwell found 1.75 grams of...

Steve Russell: Indian voters a voice for change (February 1, 2008)

"Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton I administration, made a remark recently that bears serious consideration. We should not, Reich suggested, pick a presidential candidate by making a list of salient issues and ticking off positions one by...

Sen. Obama: Campaign for change in Indian Country (February 1, 2008)

"The 2008 presidential election will determine the future direction of the country, and I am running for president to change the national policy agenda so that it provides opportunity and improves the quality of life for all Americans, not just...

Utah Navajo trust fund accounting report due (February 1, 2008)

A federal judge held a hearing on Thursday on the Utah Navajo Trust Fund. Congress delegated trustee duties to Utah in 1993. The state is supposed to manage 37.5 percent of oil and gas royalties for Navajos in San...

Arizona tribes support eagle preservation lawsuit (February 1, 2008)

Three Arizona tribes filed a friend of the court brief in a case that seeks to put desert-nesting bald eagle back on the list of endangered species. The San Carlos Apache Tribe, the Yavapai-Apache Nation and the Tonto Apache...

Kempthorne reiterates $7B Indian trust offer (February 1, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne reiterated the Bush administration $7 billion offer to settle the Indian trust when asked about the Cobell case on Thursday. Half of the money would be used to end the Cobell case and pay for future...

Kempthorne previews BIA's upcoming budget (February 1, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne gave a preview of the upcoming Bureau of Indian Affairs budget on Thursday. Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Kempthorne said the fiscal year 2009 budget he is proposing continues funding for...

Editorial: A remedy for 'neglect' of Indian trust (February 1, 2008)

"The case of the mismanaged American Indian trust funds is Dickensian both in length — now 11 years before the courts — and inequity. On Wednesday, Judge James Robertson of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled...