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Artman's decisions making waves even after resignation (July 7, 2008)

Carl Artman left his job as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs more than a month ago but his decisions are still making their way out of the Bush administration. Artman's final day as assistant secretary was May 23....

Editorial: Seneca Nation builds economic engine (July 7, 2008)

"That the Seneca Nation of Indians has contributed significantly to the economy of Western New York in the past few years is indisputable. The extent of that contribution has been outlined in a new Seneca-commissioned report, but the value...

Author takes another look at Bear River Massacre (July 7, 2008)

Utah author Rod Miller hopes his new book will renew interest in the Bear River Massacre. On January 29, 1863, the U.S. Army attacked a Shoshone village near the Idaho-Utah border. Initial reports described the incident as a battle but...

BIA official made derogatory remarks about women (July 7, 2008)

A senior Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement official made derogatory remarks about two female employees before he moved to terminate them, Indian Country Today reports. Brent LaRocque, the number three law enforcement official, used the words "bitch," "stupid...

Menominee Nation sends most people into military (July 7, 2008)

The Wisconsin county that is home to the Menominee Nation sends more people per capita into the military than any other in the United States, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Based on a review of Department of Defense records,...

Arizona high court to consider Indian candidate case (July 7, 2008)

The Arizona Supreme Court is being asked to hear a case that challenges the nominating petition for an Indian candidate. State Sen. Albert Hale (D), a member of the Navajo Nation, is running for re-election. His nominating petition includes...

TV show host spends '30 Days' on Navajo Nation (July 7, 2008)

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock spent "30 Days" on the Navajo Nation without running water and electricity for his FX Network television show. Spurlock described the reservation as "America's dirty little secret." "There's a lot of things people don't know about,...

Lawmakers seek answers from BIA on Freedmen (July 7, 2008)

Rep. Diane Watson (D-California) and Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Michigan) are asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs for answers on the status of the Freedmen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Watson and Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary...

Oneida Nation reports record turnout for election (July 7, 2008)

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin returned Rick Hill to the chairman's post in an election on Saturday. Hill, who served as chairman for three terms in the early 1990s, defeated six other candidates for the job. Turnout...

Blackfeet firefighter who died on duty laid to rest (July 7, 2008)

Michael MacDonald, a firefighter from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana who died in the line of duty, was laid to rest on Saturday. MacDonald was a member of the Chief Mountain Hot Shots fire crew. He died in a...

Editorial: Land swap bill protects Apache sites (July 7, 2008)

"The prospects for Arizona's next big copper mine are looking shinier than they have in a long time, thanks to a bill introduced by Sen. Jon Kyl. The Resolution Copper Co. project would create hundreds of jobs, revive the languishing...

Democracy Now: Inupiat village sues big oil companies (July 7, 2008)

Democracy Now reports on a lawsuit filed by an Inupiat Eskimo village in Alaska that accuses big oil companies of contributing to global warming. The 400 residents of Kivalina are being forced to relocate their community due to erosion...

Puyallup Tribe honors Lena Landry, oldest member (July 7, 2008)

At age 89, Lena Landry is the oldest member of the Puyallup Tribe of Washington. Landry remains active in tribal affairs. She serves as chair of the tribe's gaming advisory commission and the charity trust board. “I just live...

Cherokee Nation weighs Adam Walsh implementation (July 7, 2008)

Sex offenders who live within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will have 90 days to register under legislation being considered by the tribal council. The tribe opted to create its own sex offender registry under the Adam Walsh Act of...

Jamul chairman dies in motorcycle accident (July 7, 2008)

William C. “Bill” Mesa, the chairman of the Jamul Band of Kumeyaay Indians of California, and his daughter-in-law were died in a motorcycle accident on Saturday. Mesa lost control of the motorcycle and struck a power pole, police said. The...

Yellow Bird: Sometimes the media gets carried away (July 7, 2008)

"I follow the news and try to stay abreast of national and state politics, although I don’t compare myself with the Herald’s publisher and editorial page editor, who are political wonks. Yet, it has been my pleasure to sit...