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Review finds background checks lacking at BIA schools (July 21, 2008)

Employees at schools within the Bureau of Indian Affairs system are being hired without going through all of the background checks, according to a recent investigation. Federal law requires BIA employees who come in contact with Indian children to undergo...

'Pink Paddlers' raise cancer awareness on journey (July 21, 2008)

The "Pink Paddlers" are once again taking part in this year's Tribal Canoe Journey. Roberta "Birdie" Kimberly came up with the idea three years ago after she survived breast cancer. The crew uses pink paddles to honor those who...

Opinion: Native Americans deserve recognition (July 21, 2008)

"On July 23, 2007, Sen. Daniel Inouye from Hawaii introduced Senate Bill 1852 and Rep. Joe Baca of California introduced House Resolution 3585 to establish on the American calendar a Native American Heritage Day, one day after Thanksgiving. Why? It...

Opinion: Mascots a way to teach about Indians (July 21, 2008)

"But here's the thing: the modern left has worked for decades to build a legal doctrine of proprietary ownership of images and words by indigenous peoples. My original Alma Mater, Arkansas State University, used to have a football team...

Native swimmer represents Canada in Olympics (July 21, 2008)

Adam Sioui, a member of the Huron Tribe in Ontario, is representing Canada at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Sioui is competing in three events for Canada. He's bringing along his family, his major source of support. "If my...

Pojoaque Pueblo opens gallery for SWAIA artists (July 21, 2008)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico is opening a new gallery to showcase the works of Native artists. The gallery will exclusively feature the works of artists who belong to the Southwest Association of Indian Arts. About 100 artists will be...

Controversial Alaska Native land swap delayed (July 21, 2008)

A controversial land swap between an Alaska Native regional corporation and the federal government has been delayed. Doyon Ltd., wants to give at least 150,000 acres of its land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In exchange, the corporation...

Alaska Native villages losing war against soda (July 21, 2008)

Soda pop is the drink of choice in rural Alaska Native villages, where milk can cost more than $9 a gallon and where clean water is scarce. Nearly one-third of toddlers in rural villages have two or more cups of...

Fired Alaska Native cop cites pressure from governor (July 21, 2008)

Walt Monegan, the state of Alaska's former commissioner of public safety, said pressure from Gov. Sarah Palin (R) led to his unexpected firing. Monegan, who is Alaska Native, said members of Palin's administration and her family repeatedly asked him...

TV station finds Lakota man with $13.11 in trust (July 21, 2008)

A television station in California helped a Lakota man track down his missing trust assets. Martin Waukazoo, the CEO of the Native American Health Center, relocated to the Bay Area from South Dakota 30 years ago. Though he has been...

Interview with Bill Iyall, new Cowlitz chairman (July 21, 2008)

The Columbian interviews Bill Iyall, the new chairman of the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington. Iyall, 61, replaces the late John Barnett, the tribe's longtime chairman who died on June 15. "He has been the glue that has held the...

San Pasqual Band weighs disenrollment dispute (July 21, 2008)

About 80 people could be kicked out of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians in California. Ron Mast, a tribal member, says the group does not have blood ties to the tribe. He says they are made up...

Opinion: New Jersey Natives deserve fair treatment (July 21, 2008)

"They raced down the dirt road at high speed, shooting wildly at houses, blowing out windows and front doors with shotgun blasts. Never mind that they were shooting at homes occupied by families of men who had recently returned from...

White Mountain Apache Tribe near dam settlement (July 21, 2008)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona is reportedly near a settlement that would finally allow a dam to be built on the Fort Apache Reservation. The tribe has been seeking the dam for decades. Concerns over the loach...

Nick Coleman: Bigotry over Mille Lacs fishing (July 21, 2008)

"Somebody tried to kill the Messenger last week. It didn't work. The Mille Lacs Messenger is a weekly newspaper published in Isle, Minn., on the southeast shore of Lake Mille Lacs, a fertile area that seems to spawn conflict,...

Teams compete in Lori Piestewa tournament (July 21, 2008)

The sixth annual Lori Piestewa National Native American Games were held in Arizona over the weekend. The tournament drew 2,000 players, an organizer said, beating last year's record of 1,910. Teams from all parts of Indian Country competed in baseball,...

Elderly couple arrested in Hannahville drug sweep (July 21, 2008)

An elderly couple who have been married 25 years say they were tricked into committing a crime by FBI agents who are targeting the Hannahville Indian Community in Michigan. Edna Keezer, 60, and Reed Keezer, 55, say they aren't drug...

Tim Giago: Jobs and homes in Indian Country (July 21, 2008)

There is a paradigm shift in Indian country today that is probably as pronounced as the one that occurred in 1492. When the National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law in 1988, just 20 years ago, the shift moved into...

Jodi Rave: Tulalip Tribes raise funds for NARF (July 21, 2008)

"The Tulalip Tribes of Washington on Friday asked all tribes, individuals, organizations and businesses to join a national fundraising campaign to support the Native American Rights Fund, a national nonprofit legal and advocacy organization for indigenous peoples in the United...