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Texas files response in Indian gaming case (July 23, 2008)

The state of Texas is urging the U.S. Supreme Court against hearing a case that tests a long-contested provision of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Twenty years after IGRA's passage in 1988, tribes have created a $28 billion industry in...

Final Call: Longest Walk 2 arrives in Washington (July 23, 2008)

"When militant Native American activists captured Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, reclaiming it as Indian land more than 30 years ago, the group was referred to in the local White-media as “Red Muslims,” hoping that linking them...

Dare to Ask: Why no apology to Native Americans? (July 23, 2008)

"New York had the first American Indian Day, in May 1916, and many other states have followed suit. Florida proclaimed Sept. 28, 2007, as American Indian Day - believed to be a first for the Sunshine State. Federal government-wise, November...

New Alaska top cop was accused of harassment (July 23, 2008)

Alaska's new public safety commissioner was reprimanded for sexual harassment of a female subordinate but the complaint was removed after an appeal. Chuck Kopp said he was told not to "hug" an employee when he was chief of police in...

Report looks at cancer among Alaska Natives (July 23, 2008)

A new report from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium looks at cancer rates among Alaska Natives. Native women saw an unexplained rise in breast cancer rates between 1969 and 1998. The new data shows the cases might be leveling...

Woody Keeble to receive North Dakota's top honor (July 23, 2008)

The late Woodrow Wilson Keeble will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award for his military service. Keeble fought in World War II and the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his efforts in...

Indian inmate escaped county jail in Montana (July 23, 2008)

Authorities are searching for an Indian inmate who escaped a jail in Roosevelt County, Montana. Robert War Club, 48, and a second man escaped from the jail in Wolf Point on Monday night. The second man was apprehended on...

8th Circuit dismisses IHS birth switch lawsuit (July 23, 2008)

Two women who were switched at birth at an Indian Health Service hospital waited too long to sue the federal government, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday. Rowena Madrigal and Beverly Bowker were born less than three...

Work continues on Oklahoma Indian cultural center (July 23, 2008)

Work continues on the $150 million American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma. The basement and exterior of the building in Oklahoma City will be finished by the end of the September. But since a $25 million bond...

Tribes Call for End to IRS Limits on Debt (July 23, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Finance Committee hearing on Indian Governments and the Tax Code: Maximizing Tax Incentives for Economic Development. July 22, 2008. • Opening Statements • Testimony | Q&A • Written Testimony | Webcast The Senate Finance Committee held...

Deadline looms for EPA on Navajo power plant (July 23, 2008)

The Environmental Protection Agency has until July 31 to make a decision on the Navajo Nation's controversial power plant. The tribe applied for an air permit for the Desert Rock Energy Project more than four years ago. A federal judge...

California tribes declare public health emergency (July 23, 2008)

Three California tribes have declared public health emergencies due to smoky conditions caused by wildfires. The Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe say more and more people are being treated for smoke-related problems. The Northern California...

Column: Congress shares blame in IHS mess (July 23, 2008)

"Once again, complete incompetency, corruption, mismanagement, greed and most likely a combination of all these traits has created yet another storm of mistrust regarding American Indian affairs and the wisdom in spending taxpayer dollars. This time the target is squarely...

Narragansett man testifies about smokeshop raid (July 23, 2008)

A member of the Narragansett Tribe said he was following orders when a Rhode Island trooper broke his ankle during the state's raid of the reservation on July 14, 2003. Adam Jennings was working at the tribe's smokeshop when troopers...

Navajo Nation Council rejects term limit measure (July 23, 2008)

The Navajo Nation Council voted 56-16 to defeat a measure that would have imposed term limits on delegates. The bill would have limited delegates to four consecutive four-year terms and the council speaker to four consecutive two-year terms. A term...

Alcohol ban at Blackfeet event called a success (July 23, 2008)

Law enforcement on the Blackfeet Nation of Montana called a ban on alcohol sales during the North American Indian Days was a success. Police chief K. Webb Galbreath said there were no vehicle fatalities or domestic violence calls during the...

Yellow Bird: Sundance offers food for the soul (July 23, 2008)

"Throughout our lives, we find ways to mark and measure our progress in life — to look back at our journey. That time for me is my annual retreat into prayer, where I separate myself from the pace of...

House Resources markup on Trail of Tears bill (July 23, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup session today. One Indian-related bill is on the agenda. It's H.R.5335, a bill to add new segments to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. New segments include routes that Cherokee...

Senate sets hearing on IHS mismanagement (July 23, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday, July 31, to address mismanagement at the Indian Health Service The Government Accountability Office released a report on Monday that said IHS lost $15.8 million of property. The report...

Senators to unveil law and order reform bill (July 23, 2008)

A comprehensive bill addressing law and order in Indian Country will be unveiled today. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee developed the bill. It covers a wide range of issues, from domestic violence to detention centers to the Indian Civil Rights...