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Makah judge won't dismiss illegal whaling case (April 21, 2008)

A judge for the Makah Nation of Washington has refused to dismiss charges against three men who hunted a gray whale without tribal or federal approval. Frankie Gonzales, Theron Parker and William Secor Sr. pleaded guilty in federal court to...

Column: Indian mascots a national disgrace (April 21, 2008)

"What are today's students learning about U.S. history and what are they learning about real, living American Indian people? Do today's students believe that American Indians receive a free college education from the government? That all Indians are well compensated...

Lawsuits target Bureau of Indian Education (April 21, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Education, a part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is facing lawsuits from former employees. In January, two former employees accused the Shiprock Education Line Office in New Mexico of racial and sexual harassment, creating hostile...

Indian baby gets face time with Obama and Clinton (April 21, 2008)

A 10-month-old Indian baby managed two photo opportunities of a lifetime when Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigned in Montana. Twila Old Coyote took her daughter, Tazawana Jo Barlow, to an Obama rally in Missoula in...

State rejects lower tobacco tax for Cherokee Nation (April 21, 2008)

The state of Oklahoma won't agree to lower the tobacco tax rate for the Cherokee Nation, The Muskogee Phoenix reports. The tribe's compact calls for a tax of 86 cents per pack. But the tribe believes it is entitled...

NIGC opposes bill to mandate tribal consultation (April 21, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing on the National Indian Gaming Commission. April 17, 2008.• Opening Statement • Testimony [8.4MB] | Q&A [10.2MB] • Webcast | Written Testimony National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman Phil Hogen eagerly admitted...

Kevin Abourezk: Crow man to help Obama in Montana (April 21, 2008)

"A Dartmouth-educated member of the Crow Tribe has been hired to lead Sen. Barack Obama's Native American outreach efforts in Montana. Samuel Kohn, who spoke up two years ago when a student newspaper at his college published a racially...

Adam Beach to leave Law & Order at end of season (April 21, 2008)

Canadian Native actor Adam Beach is leaving the popular NBC series Law & Order: SVU after just one season. Beach first appeared on the show as a guest actor a year ago. He later joined the cast as detective...

Mohawk protesters block highway in land dispute (April 21, 2008)

About 75 Mohawk protesters have blocked off a highway in Ontario as part of a land dispute. The blockade on the main street through Deseronto went up Sunday night. Protesters want to stop work at a housing development that they...

House Resource Committee markups this week (April 21, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is marking up two Indian bills this week. On Wednesday, the full committee will consider H.R. 2801, a bill that affects a right-of-way for the Alaska Native village of King Cove. The bill is the...

Senate business meeting, hearing on recognition (April 21, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a business meeting and oversight hearing this Thursday. The agenda for the business meeting has not been posted. Typically the committee considers legislation and presidential nominees. The meeting will be following by an...

Editorial: Overreaction to Yankton Sioux protest (April 21, 2008)

"They came, it seemed, prepared to quell an uprising. As many as 50 patrol cars, more than police the entire state at any given time, showed up at a small, organized and peaceful protest of a hog confinement facility...

Column: Money trumps tribes in radio show dustup (April 21, 2008)

"Sometimes, money and ratings speak louder than words. So for better or worse, "Bob and the Showgram" was back on the air this week, despite what the host of the Triangle's No. 1 show facetiously called his "forced vacation" after...

Winona LaDuke: Native against Native on energy project (April 21, 2008)

"A power company now has the opportunity to pit Native against Native, thanks to a handful of former tribal chairmen. Firetail Energy Systems (represented by former Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Chairman William Schumacher) and the Inter-Tribal Economic Alliance (represented by...

Steve Russell: Odds and ends and current events (April 21, 2008)

"I've been writing an opinion column for one publication or another for more than 30 years. When you have promised some editor a certain word count in a certain time, you keep your eyes open for inspiring tidbits, since nobody...

Julie Kitka: Nothing funny about violence against women (April 21, 2008)

Julie Kitka is president of the Alaska Federation of Natives. "On April 9, one of the radio personalities on the "Woody and Wilcox" show on KBFX 100.5-FM, made brutally offensive racial remarks on the morning show. The two were...

Yellow Bird: Program graduates Indian nurses at UND (April 21, 2008)

"As I arrived at the UND School of Nursing, I could hear the clatter of fixing and fussing that goes on when a new building is in the making. Pick-ups were backed up to the building, and men were...

Jodi Rave: Groundbreaking for Indian center at UM (April 21, 2008)

"Gregory Cajete told his audience on Saturday that the University of Montana's new Native American Center would inspire a new era in leadership, vitalize Native studies and become of cornerstone of tribal community. “Community is the foundation of identity,”...

Tim Giago: Indian health care a national tragedy (April 21, 2008)

Mycole James Ferguson and Leah Page will never grow up to find their potential in life. Both infants were stillborn one week apart on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Sadly, this is not an uncommon occurrence on this...