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Senate resumes debate on IHCIA (February 25, 2008)

The Senate has resumed debate on S.1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. You can watch the session on C-SPAN2. Updates will be posted on top. 7:35pm - The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 10am. 7:29pm - Sen. John...

Opinion: Questions about Klamath settlement (February 25, 2008)

"After meeting in secret for the past several years, the Bush administration, together with irrigation interests, some tribes and some environmental groups, recently released a draft “Klamath Settlement Agreement.” While the deal has been the subject of breathless hype and...

Famous Dave opens water park resort in Illinois (February 25, 2008)

"Famous" Dave Anderson, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe, is opening a new water park resort in Illinois. The $135 million KeyLime Cove Water Resort is in Gurnee, about halfway between Chicago and...

Code Talker park envisioned on Rosebud Reservation (February 25, 2008)

Two South Dakota State University professors are seeking to raise $2 million for a Code Talkers Veterans Memorial Park Complex on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Russ Stubbles, a professor of park management, and Paul Fokken, an assistant professor of recreation...

Supreme Court accepts land-into-trust case (February 25, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear the state of Rhode Island's challenge to the land-into-trust process. The justices granted the state's petition, limited to the following issues: 1. Whether the Interior Department can acquire land in trust for...

Seattle Times: Uranium on Spokane Reservation (February 25, 2008)

"Sherman Alexie was a teenager when he first felt threatened by the uranium mines near his home on the Spokane Indian Reservation. His grandmother had died from esophageal cancer in 1980. A few years later, his mother and some...

Cason to follow through on Oneida land-into-trust (February 25, 2008)

County officials in upstate New York say the Bush administration will accept a recommendation to place 13,000 acres in trust for the Oneida Nation. Officials from Madison and Oneida counties met with Jim Cason, the associate deputy secretary of the...

Sen. Dorgan vows approval of Indian Health Care Act (February 25, 2008)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, says the Indian Health Care Improvement Act will be passed on Tuesday. Debate on S.1200 resumes today. Dorgan says unanimous consent has been reached to vote on...

Two men claim control of San Ildefonso Pueblo (February 25, 2008)

A leadership dispute at San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico heightened with the results of a new election on Saturday. Male tribal members said they elected Leon T. Roybal as governor. Paul Rainbird was elected first lieutenant governor. But Martin...

Iowa Tribe releases bald eagle back in the wild (February 25, 2008)

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma released its second eagle back into the wild during a small ceremony on Sunday. The 4-1/2-year-old Southern bald eagle was nursed back to health at the tribe's aviary. I "We did our job today,"...

Eastern Cherokees report campaign contributions (February 25, 2008)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has filed new campaign finance disclosure forms with North Carolina's Board of Elections. The tribe had failed to disclose over $52,000 in campaign contributions to state politicians and parties. Some of the oversights were...

House Resources hearing on land-into-trust policy (February 25, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this Wednesday on the Bush administration's new land-into-trust policy for off-reservation casinos. The hearing takes place at 11am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. The witness list follows:...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on foreign aid program (February 25, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing this Wednesday on S.2232, the Foreign Aid Lessons for Domestic Economic Assistance Act. The bill was introduced by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). It would create the Native American Millennium Challenge Demonstration...

Editorial: Rep. Renzi, under indictment, must resign (February 25, 2008)

"Twenty-six damning pages of a federal indictment stare down U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., today. They paint a picture of a scofflaw who used his congressional authority to try to line his own pockets by extorting money from private...

McKosato: Catching up with Indian Affairs Secretary (February 25, 2008)

"I've written about the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department in this column before, but only in passing. What exactly does Indian Affairs do? I talked with new Cabinet Secretary Alvin Warren, from Santa Clara Pueblo, to educate myself. I caught...

Yellow Bird: More Plains foods that are good for you (February 25, 2008)

"Chokecherries, I wrote earlier in the week, are a wonder fruit. True, but I must add there are other plants and fruits in our North Dakota Plains that can be just as nutrition-filled and also contain anti-cancer agents. Some...

Tim Giago: No celebrating at Pine Ridge Reservation (February 25, 2008)

For some odd reason, and I will explain what I mean by odd later, the tribal government of the Oglala Sioux Tribe celebrates a reservation-wide holiday on February 27. On Feb. 27, 1973, a group of American Indian Movement members...