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Senate bill seeks to amend Indian gaming act (March 10, 2008)

A Republican Senator last month introduced a bill to amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act despite facing long odds in changing the law. Since it was passed in 1988, IGRA hasn't been amended in any significant way. Meanwhile, the tribal...

Indians with disabilities lack services in schools (March 10, 2008)

American Indians with disabilities are being left behind by school systems, according to a report from the Native American Disability Law Center in New Mexico. A 2007 survey found that 41 percent of Indians with disabilities couldn't get the...

Blog: Racial disparities in women's health care (March 10, 2008)

"It's not every day that the United States is reprimanded on the international stage for racial discrimination. And it's certainly not every day that part of the charges includes discrimination against women of color in the area of reproductive health...

Faking It: Why do writers pretend to be Indians? (March 10, 2008)

"Margaret B. Jones, the author of Love and Consequences, is hardly the first person to have invented an Indian self and a past. Her memoir tells of her upbringing as a half-white, half-Indian foster child by a black family in...

Muscogee chief calls apology too little, too late (March 10, 2008)

The chief of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma says a measure to apologize to Native people for their mistreatment by the United States won't have much of an effect in Indian Country. "Our parents should have received the apology, my...

Quinault woman sentenced for fatal car crash (March 10, 2008)

A 20-year-old member of the Quinault Nation of Washington was sentenced to 26 months for a fatal car crash. Sela Anne Kalama, a former Miss Quinault, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. She admitted responsibility for the deaths...

Native youth in Manitoba launch 310-mile walk (March 10, 2008)

Native youth from Island Lake northern Manitoba are walking 310 miles to raise awareness about issues in their community, CBC News reports. The two dozen youth are from four reserves in the Island Lake area. They are walking from Norway...

Anti-Indian figure takes position in Wisconsin (March 10, 2008)

Elaine Willman, a controversial anti-Indian figure, has taken the top position in the village of Hobart on the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin. Willman founded a group on the Yakama Nation in Washington that opposed the tribe's sovereignty. She was...

Floyd Leonard, Miami Nation chief, dies at 82 (March 10, 2008)

Floyd E. Leonard, the longtime chief of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma, died on Saturday. He was 82. Leonard, a World War II veteran, began serving his tribe in 1954. After stints on the tribal council and as second...

Senate field hearing on law enforcement next week (March 10, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a field hearing next Monday, March 17, on law and order in Indian Country. The committee has been consulting tribes about law enforcement issues on reservations. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman,...

Tim Giago: Disenfranchising the Oglala Lakota people (March 10, 2008)

There are many Oglala Lakota people that are not living on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota that are under the false impression that they are still citizens. Wrong! One of the most important Secretarial Elections in the history...

Column: A turn of fortune for Jicarilla Apaches (March 10, 2008)

"Following the U.S. occupation of New Mexico in 1846, the Jicarilla Apaches engaged in sporadic warfare with Americans for the next 50 years or so. Finally, after much shifting about, the tribe was permanently settled on an isolated reservation...

Opinion: 'Fighting Sioux' promotes racism (March 10, 2008)

"Supporters of the “Fighting Sioux” logo claim it honors American Indians and insist that it’s not offensive. Opponents say such logos give life to racial stereotyping and revive historical patterns of appropriation and oppression. These results often create discomfort...

Yellow Bird: UND powwow survives budget woes (March 10, 2008)

"A bare-bones budget almost canceled the 39th annual Time-Out Powwow at UND. After a lot of agonizing and restructuring the budget, American Indians students were able to commit to the 2008 powwow. Its Time-Out panels and programs are scheduled...