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Indian teen girl reported missing in Minnesota (February 14, 2008)

Natasha Gellings, a 15-year-old Indian girl from Minnesota, has been missing since February 5. Gellings was last seen Bagley. Authorities believe she is still in the area. Gellings is described as American Indian/white, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, about...

Observer: Peyote getting harder to find in Texas (February 14, 2008)

"Before LSD, before Ecstasy, there was peyote. Peyote and mescaline are both classified by the federal government as Schedule I Controlled Substances. This puts them in the same legal category as crack and heroin, drugs that, according to the Drug...

House hearing with Kempthorne on budget (February 14, 2008)

Today's House Natural Resources Committee hearing with Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne is still scheduled to take place. It has been delayed to 11am. Kempthorne will be accompanied Pam Haze, Budget Director, Office of Budget, Department of the Interior and Jim...

Senate resumes debate on Indian Health Care (February 14, 2008)

The Senate has resumed debate on S.1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The bill first came to the floor late last month. It was set aside to focus on other legislative priorities. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman...

Lac Courte Oreilles Band cites tax exemption (February 14, 2008)

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is telling tribal members not to pay property taxes in Sawyer County, Wisconsin. Chairman Louis Taylor said tribal members are exempt under the 1854 Treaty of LaPointe.. He cited a recent...

Abourezk: Action, not apology, for Indian people (February 14, 2008)

"Should the United States apologize for its mistreatment of Indian people? A Kansas senator wants his government to again wrestle with that question, proposing that the U.S. Senate issue a formal apology to Native people. Consideration of an official apology...

Ex-Cheyenne and Arapaho treasurer admits theft (February 14, 2008)

Edward Dunn Whiteskunk, the former treasurer of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to embezzlement on Wednesday. Whiteskunk admitted he accepted $6,000 in tribal funds. But instead of taking a trip on tribal business to Washington,...

Hearing sought on Little Shell recognition bill (February 14, 2008)

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Montana) is asking the House Natural Resources Committee to schedule a hearing on a bill to recognize the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana. Rehberg says the tribe deserves federal recognition. The state of Montana and other...

Opinion: British should apologize to Aboriginals (February 14, 2008)

"The historic apology offered by prime minister Kevin Rudd to the "stolen generations" was a crucial step for Australia, as Richard Flanagan wrote on these pages this week. But it does not make amends for the role played by the...

California tribes meet for annual gaming conference (February 14, 2008)

California tribes scored a major victory at the ballot box week but there wasn't much celebrating as the 13th annual Western Indian Gaming Conference opened on Wednesday. Instead, tribal leaders reflected on the struggles they faced in order to open...

Spirit Lake Nation disputes story on company (February 14, 2008)

The Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota says a New York Times story about the tribe's manufacturing company was inaccurate and misleading. On February 7, the paper reported that Sioux Manufacturing Corp. settled a false claims lawsuit with the Department...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on 2009 budget (February 14, 2008)

Update: The hearing was canceled. A new date hasn't been set. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this morning on President Bush's fiscal year 2009 budget request for tribal programs. The hearing starts at 9:30am and...

Hoopa Valley Tribe receives mobile homes (February 14, 2008)

The Hoopa Valley Tribe of California is receiving a donation of 20 to 30 mobile homes. The homes are coming from Rancho Monticello, a resort on Lake Berryessa. The Bureau of Reclamation has banned trailers on the shoreline so...

Omaha man sentenced for murdering cousin (February 14, 2008)

Charles Parker, a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, was sentenced to five years for murdering his cousin. Parker, 27, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He admitted he hit Nicholas White Eagle Parker in the head with a tire...

Della Warrior named to Rumsey Band position (February 14, 2008)

Della Warrior has been named chief operating officer by the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians of California. Warrior is a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma. She is the former president of the Institute of American Indian Arts...