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IHS approves expansion of air ambulance program (February 12, 2008)

The Indian Health Service has approved the expansion of an air ambulance program that serves tribes in the Great Plains. The South Dakota-based Private Air Shuttle Services Network started on the Pine Ridge Reservation in January 2007. PASSNet now has...

Taos Pueblo musician tickled by Grammy win (February 12, 2008)

Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal was told his recordings weren't "traditional" enough to qualify for a Grammy nomination. So he created a new character called Johnny Whitehorse and recorded an album with more traditional flute sounds. And "Totemic Flute...

Native teen with cancer starts bone marrow drive (February 12, 2008)

A Native teenager with cancer has launched a campaign to encourage more people to donate bone marrow. Chantelle Chornoby, 19, is from the War Lake First Nation in Manitoba. She was diagnosed with leukemia in August but hasn't been able...

Red Lake Nation to hold drug and gang summit (February 12, 2008)

The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota is holding its second drug and gang summit on Thursday and Friday of this week. The mission of the summit, entitled “Listening to One Another," is to educate and mobilize tribal agencies, professionals, schools...

NIEA president delivers education address (February 12, 2008)

Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, the president of the National Indian Education Association, delivered the annual state of the Indian education address in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The full text of his speech follows. Lolma, My name is Dr. Willard Sakiestewa...

Oklahoma bill allows tribes to charter schools (February 12, 2008)

An Oklahoma Senate committee approved a bill that allows tribes to sponsor charter schools. Sen. Glenn Coffee, a Republican, says tribes are interested in charter schools. Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith said the tribe wants to start a school focused...

Editorial: The uranium threat to the Navajo Nation (February 12, 2008)

"It is alarming that the nuclear power industry is talking about resuming uranium mining near a Navajo reservation. A mining company has applied for permits for a new mine on privately owned land in New Mexico just outside the reservation’s...

Oklahoma couple creates Indian scholarship (February 12, 2008)

An Oklahoma couple has donated $15,000 to Oklahoma City University to start a scholarship for Indian business students. Phil Busey, who is Cherokee and Delaware, and his wife, Cathy, attended OCU. They are starting a foundation to expand their...

Column: No room for racist nicknames in schools (February 12, 2008)

"Tradition. Honor. Pride. These are the terms used by those who are attempting to overturn the Natick School Committee's decision last February to eliminate ``Redmen'' as the nickname of Natick athletic teams. But a consideration of tradition, honor, and...

Judge appoints overseers for mobile home park (February 12, 2008)

A federal judge appointed three overseers for a troubled mobile home park on the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California. Judge Stephen Larson said he could have closed the Desert Mobile Home Park, home to an estimated 2,000...

Navajo president vetoes trust fund measure (February 12, 2008)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. vetoed legislation to increase the amount of money set aside for the tribe's permanent trust fund. The Navajo Nation Council passed a bill that would set aside 18 percent of tribal revenue into the...

Judge to rule in Narragansett smokeshop raid case (February 12, 2008)

A judge in Rhode Island is set to rule today whether to dismiss charges against members of the Narragansett Tribe who arrested in a raid of a smokeshop on the reservation. The seven Narragansetts -- including Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas...