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Senate backs bill with $2B for Indian Country (July 17, 2008)

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a global health bill on Wednesday that includes $2 billion for Indian Country. The money is part of a $50 billion package that targets HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases worldwide. Key Senators were able to...

World Eskimo-Indian Olympics opens in Alaska (July 17, 2008)

The 48th annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics opened in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Wednesday. The event returned to Fairbanks after taking place in Anchorage last year. Participants compete in the ear pull, the high kick, the toe kick and other "show-stoppers,"...

Sen. Baucus seeks investigation of IHS (July 17, 2008)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is seeking an investigation of the Indian Health Service. Baucus asked the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate how the IHS allocates funding....

Judge rules on Chumash land-into-trust lawsuit (July 17, 2008)

Opponents of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians are claiming victory in their land-into-trust lawsuit. Preservation of Los Olivos and Preservation of Santa Ynez challenged a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to acquire 6.9 acres for the tribe. But...

Opinion: Sen. McCain doomed sacred Mount Graham (July 17, 2008)

"Mount Graham attracted astronomers for the some of the same reasons it harbors unique wildlife and is revered by the Apache: it is wild, remote, tall and steep. Indeed, although it's not the tallest mountain in Arizona, Mount Graham is...

White House tribal college advisers in New Mexico (July 17, 2008)

The White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities held its board meeting in New Mexico this week. The advisers went to Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint on Tuesday to learn about the Internet to Hogan program. The college...

Sen. Dorgan to introduce law enforcement act (July 17, 2008)

Sen. Byron Dorgan, the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said he will introduce a law enforcement bill next week. Dorgan said the bill, which has been in development for several months, has nine co-sponsors. He described support for...

Half of Indian students in Utah drop out of high school (July 17, 2008)

Only 50 percent of Indian students in Utah complete high school, according to a recent Department of Education study. The National Indian Education Study reported on educational levels and social conditions affecting Indian students. Forrest Cuch, the director of the...

Nevada Supreme Court dismisses child support case (July 17, 2008)

The Nevada Supreme Court has dismissed a child support case involving a member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes. Norman Thomas was sued in state court by the mother of his child. All parties live on the Duck Valley Reservation. A lower...

Interior opens 2.6M acres in Alaska to drilling (July 17, 2008)

The Interior Department opened 2.6 million acres in northern Alaska to drilling. Most of the northeast section of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska will be open for development. An estimated 3.7 billion barrels of oil could be produced. Interior continued...

Tulsa Indian Club hosts 56th annual powwow (July 17, 2008)

The Tulsa Indian Club hosts its 56th annual powwow in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this weekend. Louis Gray, a board member of the club, said this year's event appears to be the biggest in recent history. "I think we're going to...

IRS ruling on tax-exempt bonds being challenged (July 17, 2008)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California is fighting the Internal Revenue Service over tax-exempt bonds. The IRS has been going after tribes for using bonds to finance projects such as hotels and golf courses. The agency claims...

Colorado man kept remains in closet for 20 years (July 17, 2008)

A Colorado man has handed over the remains of a Native person after keeping them in his closet for 20 years. Robert Owens said he found the remains near a river. He told the county sheriff about his discovery on...

Agua Caliente woman to stand trial for murder (July 17, 2008)

A 20-year-old member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is going to trial on murder charges. Candace Rochelle Duran allegedly stabbed a handyman 13 times at her home in Palm Springs, California. Police said there was so...

Indian charter school plans reorganization (July 17, 2008)

An Indian charter school on the Rincon Reservation in southern California is reorganizing amid concerns about its financial status. The All Tribes American Indian Charter School will reopen in the fall with a new structure. It's not entirely clear what...

BIA to mediate San Pasqual membership dispute (July 17, 2008)

Rival factions of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians have agreed to mediation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe has split into two camps over a membership dispute. About 50 people are being removed from the rolls....

Jodi Rave: High gas prices hurt powwow circuit (July 17, 2008)

"Johnny Sam had to make a choice between driving 408 miles to sing and dance at a powwow in Montana or staying home and saving gas. “It's pretty hard these days,” said Sam who lives in White Swan, Wash. “The...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe on 'shoestring' budget (July 17, 2008)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts operates on a "shoestring" budget, Chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais said. Andrews-Maltais, who took office in January, said the tribe receives about $3 million in federal funding. About $860,000 is used for basic programs and...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on Adam Walsh Act (July 17, 2008)

Note: If you had trouble accessing the feed, close RealPlayer and start again. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this morning on tribal implementation of the Adam Walsh Act. The hearing starts at 10am and will...