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Interview: Gilbert Blue, former Catawba Nation chief (February 18, 2008)

The Charlotte Observer interviews Gilbert Blue, the former chief of the Catawba Nation of South Carolina. Blue, 74, retired last year after more than 30 years in charge of the tribe. "Q. Since retiring as chief, how are you...

Blogger: North Dakota tribes out of control (February 18, 2008)

"First the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe banished me for writing about the poverty, crime and rampant substance abuse which exists on the reservation. Now the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe has banished a health care provider for getting a restraining order against...

Opinion: Crow Tribe on path to economic development (February 18, 2008)

"Working together, the secretary of state's office and the Crow Tribe standardized the means by which banks file liens in Crow Reservation communities, throwing open the doors to prosperity. On Feb. 6, I joined Chairman Carl Venne of the Crow...

Opinion: Apology not enough for Aboriginals (February 18, 2008)

"I'm glad that seven years after I witnessed the march across the Sydney Harbour Bridge demanding an apology for the treatment of Aboriginals someone has finally got around to it. But making it all about the lost generation is very...

Ray Halbritter: Oneida Nation and George Washington (February 18, 2008)

"The Oneida people and George Washington were more than friends, they were allies in war. As we honor the memory of George Washington on Presidents Day today, we think back to the special relationship the Oneida Nation had with...

Senate to resume debate on IHCIA next week (February 18, 2008)

The Senate will resume debate on S.1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, on Monday, February 25. Debate began on January 22 with the hope of passage at that time. Due to other legislative priorities, the bill was delayed. Debate...

House hearing on new land-into-trust policy (February 18, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, February 27, to discuss the Bush administration's new land-into-trust policy. In January, assistant secretary Carl Artman issued guidelines that make it harder for tribes to take land into trust...

Yellow Bird: Sadness on a trip to Standing Rock (February 18, 2008)

"Last week, I made an unscheduled trip to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota for a very sad ceremony. On my journey to Fort Yates, N.D., I found our state expansive, wildly beautiful and powerful. Even under the...

Tim Giago: Apology of no use for Native Americans (February 18, 2008)

I was speaking with my Nez Perce friend, Ron Holt, on Saturday about the apology offered to the Aborigines of Australia by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. “What good is that going to do for the Aborigine people?” Holt said. And...