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Giuliani law firm represents Navajo power plant (February 11, 2008)

The law firm of New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is representing the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant. Bracewell & Giuliani works for the Desert Rock Power Plant, a project of the tribe and energy company Sithe Global Power....

Editorial: Bad news and worse news for Shiprock (February 11, 2008)

"There's bad news, worse news and a small hope for some good news at the Shiprock Chapter House. The bad news: A Navajo Nation review of the Shiprock Chapter's accounting books found nearly 85 percent of expenditures over a 21-month...

Alaska Native appointed to state game board (February 11, 2008)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) appointed an Alaska Native to the state Board of Game on Friday. Craig Fleener, who is Athabascan, will replace Teresa Sager-Albaugh, a former president of the Alaska Outdoor Council. Sager-Albaugh declined the nomination after Alaska...

Chippewa Cree Tribe passes anti-slander law (February 11, 2008)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana has passed a tough anti-slander law that could result in the banishment for offenders. The law makes it a crime to slander a tribal council member of a tribal employee. Offenders could have...

Editorial: Expand tribal police authority in Washington (February 11, 2008)

"As more and more non-Indians work, play and shop on tribal land, there is a serious imbalance in the legal ability to maintain law and order. House Bill 2476, and a companion measure in the Senate, would give tribal police...

Johnny Whitehorse wins Native Grammy award (February 11, 2008)

Johnny Whitehorse won the Best Native American Music Album at the 50th annual Grammy awards on Sunday. Whitehorse, a creation and character of Taos Pueblo artist Robert Mirabal, won for "Totemic Flute Chants." The album features 12 songs in...

Tim Giago: The education of Jerry Reynolds (February 11, 2008)

The receptionist for the Lakota Times came back to my office and said, “There’s a young white man out here to see you.” Now she didn’t say it to sound racist. My newspaper was on the Pine Ridge Reservation and...

United South and Eastern Tribes host meeting (February 11, 2008)

The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) kick off their annual Impact Week meeting today. Tribes from Maine to Florida to Texas are meeting in Arlington, Virginia, for four days. They will hear from federal officials, members of Congress and...

Artman to launch inter-tribal economic initiative (February 11, 2008)

Assistant secretary Carl Artman, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will kick off the intertribal economic consortium initiative today. Artman will be joined by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The...

House Resources markup and hearing this week (February 11, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee has two events of interest this week. On Wednesday, the committee has a markup on seven bills. The agenda includes H.R. 2176 and H.R. 4115, two controversial bills that settle tribal land claims in Michigan...

Opinion: The Indian land grab in Minnesota (February 11, 2008)

"Alexander Ramsey - first Minnesota territorial governor, a recently elected U.S. senator and the man who negotiated the 1863 Old Crossing Treaty - was a consummate negotiator. His methods included duplicity, innuendo, divide-and-conquer tactics, lies and bribery. The treaty...

Hoopa Chairman: Fish key to Klamath River (February 11, 2008)

"As chairman of the Hoopa Valley Reservation, which has the Klamath and Trinity rivers running through it, I want to clarify my tribe's position regarding the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The Bee's editorial noted disparate parties have finally agreed to...

Yellow Bird: It's time for a change in music (February 11, 2008)

"Much of our music today has changed from songs with melodies and words that carried a message to very loud background instruments, playing behind singers in revealing costumes yelling obscene words into microphones. That's why I was so surprised...

Ombudsman: NMAI deserves public scrutiny (February 11, 2008)

"A Dec. 28 story about more than $250,000 spent on travel over the last four years of W. Richard West Jr.'s tenure as founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian drew angry responses from West,...