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Winnebago Yankee to take family on vacation (February 29, 2008)

Joba Chamberlain, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, never took a family vacation when he was growing up. There wasn't enough money in his single-parent home." So the Yankees pitcher is doing something to help a family...

Joe Saubel, oldest Morongo member, dies at 95 (February 29, 2008)

Joseph Francis Saubel, the oldest member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians of California, died on February 20. He was 95. Saubel was known among tribal members as "Uncle Joe." He was the last fluent speaker of the...

Services held for Paiute elder Frank Winnemucca (February 29, 2008)

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada paid tribute to elder Frank Winnemucca, who died February 21 at the age of 77. More than 150 people attended services on the reservation. Attendees recalled Winnemucca as a Korean War veteran,...

Final decision signed to protect sacred Cave Rock (February 29, 2008)

The U.S. Forest Service signed a final decision to protect the sacred Cave Rock in Nevada. The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit developed a plan to ban climbing at the rock. The plan was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court...

Editorial: Indians deserve presidential attention (February 29, 2008)

"An Open Letter to Senators Clinton, McCain and Obama: We haven't seen much of you here in South Dakota. These are the rules of the game, of course - our electoral votes are about the equivalent of Samoa or the...

Narragansett smokeshop trial finally begins (February 29, 2008)

The trial of seven members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island who were arrested during the state's raid of the reservation has finally begun, more than three years after the July 14, 2003, incident. The jury was seated...

Editorial: Study tribal justice in South Dakota (February 29, 2008)

"There is a crisis of crime and justice on America’s Indian reservations, as the residents of South Dakota’s eight reservations know all too well. Sen. John Thune has heard more and more of those crime horror stories. In response, Thune...

Yankton Sioux Tribe still fighting to save ER (February 29, 2008)

The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is holding a rally today to stop the Indian Health Service from cutting hours at its emergency room. IHS could reduce the hours as early as this weekend. Tribal leaders say lives will...

Sen. Dorgan seeks probe of Spirit Lake business (February 29, 2008)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, is seeking an investigation of a manufacturing company owned by the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota. Dorgan asked the Department of Defense to look into Sioux...

Steve Russell: Cherokee Nation and assimilation (February 29, 2008)

"Cherokees, as my Plains Indian pals never hesitate to remind me, are among the most assimilated peoples indigenous to North America. We've been a constitutional republic since 1827, but our fascination with written law goes back farther. In Oklahoma, they...

Letter: Blackfeet families living in faulty homes (February 29, 2008)

"On the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, more than 150 families have been living with and breathing in toxic mold for nearly 30 years. The residents of Glacier Homes are trapped in unhealthy and substandard, federally funded homes that were built...

Opinion: Keeble leaves legacy of honor and duty (February 29, 2008)

"Two recent newspaper pieces (an AP story, the other a Tribune editorial) announced and acknowledged the awarding of the Medal of Honor, posthumously, to Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble. As stated, Keeble was a Native American, a member of...

Editorial: A big step for improving Indian health (February 29, 2008)

"Today, we visit a different health-care arena, one that is most assuredly notworking OK for another group of less-than-powerful citizens: Native Americans. Despite a constitutional commitment to provide health care for the nation's first citizens, the agency charged with doing...

Column: Duwamish Tribe finally gets some respect (February 29, 2008)

"That must have been some cat, people joked. But before anyone knew what they were, the bones found in a crawl space at the Pike Place Market Clinic Wednesday were simply, mysteriously, remains. Someone at the construction site called state...

Senate hearing on jails, schools and health facilities (February 29, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing next Thursday, March 6, on the condition of jails, schools and health facilities in Indian Country. The Interior Department's Inspector General has released reports that have highlighted inadequate conditions at...