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Longest Walk 2 participants head to Washington, D.C. (July 9, 2008)

After five months and more than 8,000 miles, participants in the Longest Walk 2 are finally near their final destination. Led by American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks, more than 100 walkers left San Francisco on February 11. After...

Court affirms arbitration in Cherokee contract case (July 9, 2008)

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered a health care company to arbitrate a breach of contract dispute with the business entity of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation Industries won a contract from the U.S. Army...

White Earth Band to open youth treatment center (July 9, 2008)

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians has purchased a youth treatment center in Bemidji, Minnesota. The tribe bought the 40-acre center after it was shut down by the Episcopal Community Services last year. The facility will provide treatment for...

In These Times: Poison pill in Indian health care bill (July 9, 2008)

"When it comes to their health, American Indian women face extraordinary barriers — from high disease risks to increased incidents of sexual violence. They now face another obstacle, rooted in the political battleground of abortion. The Senate’s recent passage of...

Indian candidate in Montana wins race by one vote (July 9, 2008)

Tony Belcourt, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, is headed to the Montana Legislature after winning his race by just one vote. Belcourt faced Adrian Main and Johnathan Walker for the Democratic nomination for House District 32. A hand...

Turtle Mountain Reservation hit hard by tornadoes (July 9, 2008)

The Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in North Dakota was the hardest hit by six tornadoes on Monday afternoon. A 44-year-old man was the only person injured by the storms. But at least 19 homes were seriously damaged, leaving families...

Descendants of Sitting Bull push for reburial (July 9, 2008)

Descendants of Lakota leader Sitting Bull want to rebury their ancestor -- but not at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument as previously announced. Sitting Bull is currently buried in Mobridge, South Dakota, on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Great-grandson...

Editorial: Pine Ridge wind turbine good for state (July 9, 2008)

"Pine Ridge Indian Reservation joined the growing list of wind turbine sites in the state last week with the installation of its first wind turbine. Pine Ridge and the state’s other reservations have a unique opportunity to develop wind energy...

Rosebud college to promote computer careers (July 9, 2008)

Sinte Gleska University, a tribal college on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, has joined a partnership to encourage Indian students to enter the computer field. SGU, the University of South Dakota and the EROS Data Center at the...

Bill includes funds for South Dakota water project (July 9, 2008)

The 2009 Interior appropriations bill includes funds for the Mni Wiconi Rural Water Project in South Dakota. The House version appropriates $28.24 million for the project. A version being considered in the Senate appropriates $27 million. The project will bring...

Yankton Sioux Tribe concerned about jurisdiction (July 9, 2008)

The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is concerned that a recent court ruling could affect its jurisdiction. The tribe was not party to a lawsuit in which Judge Lawrence Piersol said a 40-acre site was not within reservation boundaries....

Navajo leaders discuss local government certification (July 9, 2008)

Hundreds of Navajo Nation leaders attended the third annual Local Governance Act summit this week. The Navajo Nation Council passed the LGA to put more power in the hands of the tribe's chapters. But only nine chapters, out 110, have...

Narragansett man stabbed at Wampanoag powwow (July 9, 2008)

A 19-year-old member of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island was stabbed while he was attending a powwow hosted by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. Norman Gonsalves suffered a punctured liver and diaphragm and a collapsed lung, his mother...

Cortina Band hears complaints about proposed landfill (July 9, 2008)

The Cortina Band of Wintun Indians held a hearing on Tuesday to address a controversial landfill on its reservation in California. The tribe plans a 443-acre landfill in partnership with a Canadian company. Up to 1,500 tons of waste...

Jodi Rave: Grandmothers seek help from Pope Benedict (July 9, 2008)

"Thirteen indigenous grandmothers from around the world will arrive at the Vatican on Wednesday to ask the pope to end more than five centuries of “power and domination” over indigenous people. “We carry this message for Pope Benedict XVI,...

Cheney staff edited testimony on global warming (July 9, 2008)

Vice President Dick Cheney's staff censored Congressional testimony that warned of the health threats of global warming, a former Environmental Protection Agency official said on Tuesday. Former EPA deputy associate administrator Jason K. Burnett said the White House ordered the...

Cherokee Nation donates $6M for road construction (July 9, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation is donating another $6 million to the state of Oklahoma for a road construction project. The tribe's money will speed up the expansion of a heavily-trafficked interchange. The total project is expected to cost between $48...