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Tulalip Tribes launch Native television station (February 13, 2008)

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington have launched KANU TV, which is being billed as the first and only nationally broadcast tribal network. The channel offers a variety of programming aimed at Native audiences. There are shows specific to the...

Yankton Sioux Tribe in push to save emergency room (February 13, 2008)

The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is making a last-minute push to keep its emergency room up and running. The tribe hopes to convince Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to approve the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The...

Ex-Rep. Ney to be released early from prison (February 13, 2008)

Former Congressman Bob Ney (R) is being released early from his 30-month prison term for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Ney pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements. He admitted accepting campaign contributions, trips, event tickets and...

Judge won't drop Narragansett smokeshop charges (February 13, 2008)

A judge in Rhode Island refused to drop charges against seven members of the Narragansett Tribe who were arrested in a state raid of the reservation more than four years ago. Judge Susan E. McGuirl criticized the state for failing...

Australia offers apology for treatment of Aborigines (February 13, 2008)

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd officially apologized on behalf of the government for its poor treatment of Aborigines. Rudd apologized for forcibly taking thousands of Aboriginal children from their communities. The policy of forced assimilation ended in the 1970s....

Obama wins Maryland, Virginia and DC primaries (February 13, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) won three primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia on Tuesday, defeating Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) in the Democratic presidential race. Obama won 60 percent of the vote in Maryland, 64 percent...

Kempthorne to testify on Interior's 2009 budget (February 13, 2008)

Update: Due to inclement weather, the hearing started at 10:15am. The hearing will be interrupted by a Senate vote. Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will testify today before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about the Interior Department's fiscal year...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on Bush's 2009 budget (February 13, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing on Thursday on President Bush's fiscal year 2009 budget request for tribal programs. Assistant secretary Carl Artman told the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) earlier this week that he...

House Resources markup on Michigan land claim bills (February 13, 2008)

Update: Due to inclement weather, the markup will be delayed until 1pm. The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup session this morning. The agenda includes H.R. 2176 and H.R. 4115, two controversial bills that settle tribal land claims...

House Resources field hearing next week in Oklahoma (February 13, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a field hearing next Wednesday, February 20, in Oklahoma. The hearing is titled "Oklahoma Indian Issues: Proposed Regulations Governing Economic Development." It takes place at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College in Miami....

Jerry Reynolds: In response to Tim Giago's 'education' (February 13, 2008)

A bouquet of stink-roses came around when Tim Giago distributed a slew of insulting misrepresentations about me in his column, posted under a ludicrous headline, "The Education of Jerry Reynolds." As an employee of Indian Country Today (then the Lakota...