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Opinion: Sen. McCain loses image as reformer (August 15, 2008)

"As Sen. John McCain makes daily statements about the conflict in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, his campaign is answering questions regarding how his top foreign policy adviser, lobbyist Randy Scheunemann, made a killing in lobbying fees from the...

More than $3 million in NAGPRA grants diverted (August 15, 2008)

The National Park Service has used more than $3 million in tribal grants for purposes not covered by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, according to a report released on Thursday. The 1990 law authorizes the Interior Department...

Cowlitz Tribe helps members get back on track (August 15, 2008)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington is operating the first tribal vocational rehabilitation program to win accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The tribe started the program four years ago with a $1.3 million, five-year federal grant....

Museum hosts exhibit on Indian baseball players (August 15, 2008)

The Iroquois Indian Museum in New York is hosting an exhibit that documents the American Indian presence in baseball. Louis Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot Nation of Maine, is considered to be the first Indian player in the...

Dairy farm on Yakama Nation sees opposition (August 15, 2008)

The operators of a proposed dairy farm on the Yakama Reservation in Washington failed to sway opponents at a public forum on Thursday night. Cathy and Andy Sytsma explained their 6,000-cow operation to tribal and non-tribal members. Experts said...

BIA sends 25 temporary officers to Pine Ridge (August 15, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has sent 25 temporary police officers to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The officers are helping after about half of the police force for the Oglala Sioux Tribe walked out on the job...

EPA challenged over Navajo power plant permit (August 15, 2008)

Seven environmental groups, including Dine Citizens Against Ruining our Environment, are challenging an air permit for the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant. The Environmental Protection Agency approved an air permit late last month in response to a lawsuit filed by...

Cahuilla teen blames racism for stop by deputies (August 15, 2008)

A member of the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians says deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department stopped and detained him because he is Indian. Michael Malone, 19, says deputies pointed a Taser at him and remarked, "Yee-haw, boys, we caught...

Amnesty International: Justice for Indian women (August 15, 2008)

"N. Bruce Duthu rightly points to the need to restore tribal authority over cases of rape and sexual assault committed against Native American and Alaska Native women and to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Senator Byron L. Dorgan...

Indian woman competes in Oklahoma prison rodeo (August 15, 2008)

Look out for Lakota Wise at the annual prison rodeo at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary this weekend. Wise, who is serving a lengthy prison sentence for drug possession and forgery, has been training with her all-female team since June. "This...

Philip Morris supports New York tobacco tax bill (August 15, 2008)

Philip Morris is supporting a tobacco tax bill that the Seneca Nation of New York is trying to kill. Philip Morris says the bill won't affect the average non-Indian consumer because the tax is imposed at the wholesale level. The...

Opinion: County allows defiling of sacred Bear Butte (August 15, 2008)

"I am a Custer County resident, who happened to spend 5 nights & 6 days at the foot of Mato Paha (Bear Butte). I had never been to the Butte before, but had heard stories about the problems associated with...

Editorial: Winners and losers in Oklahoma tobacco (August 15, 2008)

"STATE Treasurer Scott Meacham said he sees a new tobacco compact with the Comanche Nation as "sort of a win-win.” He's right about that. Under the compact, the Comanches will pay the state 66.5 cents in taxes for each pack...

Miccosukee Tribe loses motion on Everglades project (August 15, 2008)

A federal judge on Thursday denied a motion by the Miccosukee Tribe to restart a water project in the Florida Everglades. The tribe wants the state to restart construction on a large reservoir. But Judge Federico Moreno said the project...

Charles Trimble: Shed the chains of victimhood (August 15, 2008)

"In this new social and political era, we will be challenged to solve the problems that plague our tribal communities, moving up from victims to victors; the one thing we must do is shed the chains of victimhood. In the...

Off the Reservation: Cobell ruling a slap in the face (August 15, 2008)

"Back in June, I was riding back to Missoula with my girlfriend, aunt and grandmother. It’s a long drive from Ft. Belknap to Missoula, so we idled time with conversation, music and news. The newscaster told us about the lawsuit...