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DJs who insulted Alaska Native women back on the air (April 30, 2008)

Two Alaska radio DJs are back on the air today after making derogatory remarks about Alaska Native women. Woody and Wilcox from KBFX 100.5 were suspended and ordered to undergo sensitivity training after making remarks about being at "real" Alaskan....

Longest Walk 2 makes way through Kansas (April 30, 2008)

Participants in the Longest Walk 2 made their way through Kansas on Tuesday as they move closer to their final destination of Washington, D.C. Walkers marched in Topeka and Lawrence. They advocated for the Kickapoo Tribe's water needs, sacred sites...

U.S. House honors late Ponca Chief Standing Bear (April 30, 2008)

The U.S. House passed H.J.Res 1043 on Tuesday in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, who won a landmark court case on behalf of Indian rights. Standing Bear was chief of the tribe when the U.S. government forced the...

Native leader upset by 'wine and beer' comment (April 30, 2008)

The leader of Manitoba's Southern Chiefs Organization wants an apology from a Conservative party lawmaker who made a comment about "wine and beer" when Native fishing was brought up. Chief Morris Shannacappo accused lawmaker Leanne Rowat of ignorance and racism...

Jodi Rave: Montana Indian Educator of the Year (April 30, 2008)

"Mike Jetty's knowledge of Native issues, friendly demeanor and Rolodex of jokes has made him a favorite in classrooms across Montana. As Montana's Native curriculum specialist, he has become “the face of Indian education” in a state touted as...

Senate confirms McSwain as director of IHS (April 30, 2008)

By unanimous consent, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Bob McSwain as director of the Indian Health Service. McSwain is a member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California. He has worked for the IHS for more than...

House Resources Committee markup on two bills (April 30, 2008)

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virignia), the chairman of the committee, just said H.R.5680, the technical corrections bill, will not be considered today. He said it needs "a bit more work" before the committee can mark it up. The House Natural...

Turtle Talk: Disaster looming on land-into-trust (April 30, 2008)

"Yesterday’s per curiam opinion in MichGo v. Kempthorne, while very, very important to the Gun Lake Band and other Michigan tribes, did not break any new ground. It was the third time in recent years that citizens groups challenged the...

Tribes and unions are top donors to Tom Udall (April 30, 2008)

Tribes and labor unions are the biggest donors to the U.S. Senate campaign of Rep. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico). According to Federal Election Commission records, organized labor donated at least $82,500 to Udall's campaign from January through March, the Associated...

Judge allows state prosecution of mixed-blood Ute (April 30, 2008)

A judge in Utah says a descendant of a mixed-blood Ute can be prosecuted in state court. Jesse Doyle Clark said he is a member of the Uintah Band of Ute Indians. He argued that the state can't prosecute him...

Yellow Bird: Pollution a threat to North Dakota (April 30, 2008)

"What a strange spring this has been for North Dakota. That winter spirit, the wolf, has dug in and is holding fast to our land. And there is a new threat on the horizon. When I traveled to White...

Oklahoma wants single tobacco tax rate for tribes (April 30, 2008)

Oklahoma Treasurer Scott Meacham said the state wants to negotiate a single tobacco tax rate for tribal smoke shops. Most tribal retailers sell cigarettes with an 86-cent stamp. But smoke shops near the Texas, Arkansas and Missouri borders have a...

Editorial: Rebuild tribal-state relations in Maine (April 30, 2008)

"Gov. John Baldacci's veto of Penobscot Nation plans to install slot machines on Indian Island has grabbed headlines. But tribal frustration with state officials goes way beyond gambling. The Legislature’s failure to make meaningful updates to the tribes’ status and...

Navajo president wants to reduce council seats (April 30, 2008)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. wants to reduce the number of seats on the Navajo Nation Council from 88 to 24. Shirley filed paperwork to put the issue to tribal voters. He needs at least 16,000 signatures to get...

Gila River Tribe opposes freeway path (April 30, 2008)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona says a proposed freeway path would destroy sacred land. The Arizona Department of Transportation wants a portion of the South Mountain Freeway to run through the reservation. But the tribal council passed a...

Artman's tenure marked by Freedmen dispute (April 30, 2008)

Assistant secretary Carl Artman cited "many accomplishments" in his resignation letter on Monday but one controversial matter remains unresolved. As Artman came on board in March 2007, voters of the Cherokee Nation amended their constitution to deny citizenship to the...

Judge gives Interior deadline on polar bear listing (April 30, 2008)

A federal judge on Monday ordered theInterior Department to make a decision on listing the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Judge Claudia Wilken said the Bush administration violated the law by delaying a decision. She gave a...