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Rural Alaska Natives at risk due to lack of in-home water (April 2, 2008)

Alaska Natives who live in rural homes without running water are more likely to suffer from respiratory and skin infections, according to a study released on Tuesday. While in-house water is enjoyed by 99.4 percent of U.S. homes, only about...

Column: Missed opportunity in naming Piestewa Peak (April 2, 2008)

"The e-mails and phone calls started pouring into Washington a week ago, urging that a certain controversial Phoenix landmark be named for a certain fallen Arizona soldier who should be anything but controversial. "We've gotten probably about 100 e-mails and...

Snohomish Tribe expects fight on recognition (April 2, 2008)

As it pursues a lawsuit over its lack of federal recognition, the Snohomish Tribe of Washington expects a fight from the Tulalip Tribes. The Snohomish were rejected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Tulalips say they are the rightful...

Rosebud police chief says officers are certified (April 2, 2008)

The police chief for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota said all of his officers are federally certified. Chief Charles Red Crow said the officers are certified through the tribe's self-determination contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. "We...

Column: Five Natives on South Dakota delegate list (April 2, 2008)

"Registering as a Democrat was an easy choice when it came time for Matt Thompson, 18, a Watertown High School senior, to designate his political preference. He is one of five Native Americans whose names will appear on the June...

Bill Clinton pledges Indian Country support (April 2, 2008)

Former president Bill Clinton campaigned for the presidential campaign of his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York), in Montana on Tuesday. Clinton met privately with tribal leaders during his first stop in Havre. Leaders of the Blackfeet, Fort Peck,...

Former Passamaquoddy leader pleads not guilty (April 2, 2008)

Robert L. Newell, a former leader of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine, pleaded not guilty to charges that he misused $1.7 million in federal funds. Newell, 64, who was the governor of the tribe's Indian Township reservation, faces 30...

White Earth chairwoman beats primary challenge (April 2, 2008)

Voters of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota overwhelmingly re-elected Erma Vizenor to another term as chairwoman. Vizenor faced six challengers in yesterday's primary. But since she won 66 percent of the vote, she won't have to...

Uproar over controversial Native leader's return (April 2, 2008)

The return of controversial Native leader David Ahenakew to the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is causing an uproar in Canada. Roland Crowe, the chair of FSIN's senate, resigned after Ahenakew was restored to a position on the body. Crowe...

House Appropriations hearings on IHS, BIA and OST (April 2, 2008)

The House Interior Appropriations subcommittee will be hearing from the Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Special Trustee this week. Bob McSwain, the acting director of IHS, is testifying today about his agency's fiscal...

North Dakota tribe signs hunting agreements (April 2, 2008)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation signed two hunting agreements with the state of North Dakota on Tuesday. Under the agreements, the tribe and the state will recognize each other's hunting licenses and assist each other in prosecuting violations. The...

Jury begins deliberations in Narragansett case (April 2, 2008)

A jury deliberated for four hours on charges against seven members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island who were arrested during the state's raid of the reservation. The jury has seven women and five men, The Providence Journal reported....

Letter: Induct Keeble in North Dakota Hall of Fame (April 2, 2008)

"On a recent business trip to Washington, I was honored to be the guest of Lt. Gen. Chris Christianson at the Pentagon’s Medal of Honor induction ceremony for Master Sgt. Woodrow “Woody” Keeble. Keeble, a two-war veteran from Wapehton,...

Environmental laws waived for fence along border (April 2, 2008)

The Department of Homeland Security waived more than 30 environmental laws, including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, to finish construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Congress exempted construction of the fence from the laws. The...

Native singer from Canada rising on country charts (April 2, 2008)

Crystal Shawanda, an Ojibwe from Canada, is being hailed as a rising star on the country music scene. Shawanda, who grew up on the Wikwemikong Reserve on Ontario, is currently featured in a County Music Television show called "Crystal:...

University to offer Eastern Shoshone language (April 2, 2008)

Reba Teran, a member of the Eastern Shoshone, will teach the Shoshone language at the University of Wyoming this fall. Teran grew up speaking Shoshone on the Wind River Reservation. She now serves as the language coordinator at the...

Native women's shelter in search of new home (April 2, 2008)

Native women in South Dakota who are the victims of abuse will have one less place to turn for help on May 1. The Ohitika Najin Win Oti (Standing Strong Woman) shelter in Rapid City served nearly 700 women...