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Wilma Mankiller discusses role in tribal politics (April 1, 2008)

When she was running for chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma in the 1980s, Wilma Mankiller faced critics who said she couldn't lead the tribe because she is a woman. Mankiller went on to win the election but it...

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe receives $1M grant (April 1, 2008)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has received a $1 million grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. The tribe will use the money to finish an elderly village and nursing home in Eagle Butte and...

Column: Piestewa the right name for Arizona peak (April 1, 2008)

"'ll ask the same question that I asked in April 2003. Now that five years have passed, there is no way to avoid answering it by changing the subject: Would you call Lori Piestewa a "squaw"? Not long after the...

Arrests made at troubled tribal college in California (April 1, 2008)

Sheriff deputies in Yolo County, California, arrested 18 people at the defunct D-Q University on Monday. The tribal college hasn't held classes since 2004. The Bureau of Indian Affairs pulled federal funding and the school lost its accreditation. Several...

Narragansett smokeshop raid case goes to jury (April 1, 2008)

Jurors heard closing arguments in the trial of seven members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island who were arrested during a state raid of the reservation. The jury will determine whether the tribal members -- including Chief Sachem --...

Native man killed, another hospitalized in attacks (April 1, 2008)

Police in Mesa, Arizona, have arrested a suspect in two knife attacks at a local mall that left one Native man dead and another Native man hospitalized. Bernard E. Allen, 25, allegedly stabbed Issura Jackson, 31, on Monday. Jackson later...

Editorial: Approve designation of Piestewa Peak (April 1, 2008)

"The time has arrived to permanently name one of the Valley’s most prominent mountains for a fallen soldier, and to set aside years of lingering resentment about how the change came about. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names is scheduled...

Column: Tough case for Narragansett jury (April 1, 2008)

"The newspaper had a nice photo last week of Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas testifying in Superior Court in the Narragansett Indian smoke shop case. But it was a sorry sight too. On ceremonial occasions this same man dons a handsome...

Fire that killed three boys claims another victim (April 1, 2008)

A fire that killed three Native boys on the Pukatawagan Reserve in Manitoba claimed the life of their 57-year-old uncle. Simon Nicholas died of smoke inhalation. He had been taking care of Troi Castel-Lapansee, 3, and Robert Castel-Lapansee Jr., 4,...

Controversial Native leader gets old position back (April 1, 2008)

David Ahenakew, a controversial Native leader who went to trial for making anti-Semitic statements, has been reinstated as a senator for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Ahenakew had been stripped of his position when he was charged with...

Tribal member faces challenge in Democratic primary (April 1, 2008)

Correction: Jim Bradford is not a tribal member. A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is facing an unexpected challenge in the Democratic primary for Senate District 27. Theresa Two Bulls is the incumbent. She is being...

Certification of Rosebud Sioux officers at issue (April 1, 2008)

The police officers for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota have not been properly certified since 1999, an issue that is affecting criminal cases in tribal and federal court. More than 200 criminal cases have been thrown out of...

Editorial: What's next in tobacco compact fight? (April 1, 2008)

"Arbiters who were asked to resolve a dispute between the state and the Cherokee Nation over a tobacco compact gave the tribe a serious scolding. The question now is, what's next?. Will the tribe begin to abide by the compact...

Film explores Indian boarding school experience (April 1, 2008)

“Older than America" is a new film that explores the Indian boarding school experience from a contemporary point of view. Georgina Lightning co-wrote, directed and starred in the movie. She drew on her father's time at a boarding school...

Former Eastern Cherokee paper editor sues tribe (April 1, 2008)

The former editor of the newspaper for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is suing in tribal court. Joseph Martin was editor of the Cherokee One Feather for 11 years. He says he was forced out because he disagreed with...

HUD Secretary Jackson announces resignation (April 1, 2008)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson will leave the Bush administration on April 18 amid an investigation into alleged favoritism. Jackson, 62, is accused of steering government work to friends and allies of the administration. The FBI and...