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One-third of Native Americans lack health insurance (August 28, 2008)

Nearly one-third of all Native Americans lack health insurance, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Tuesday. According to the data, 32.1 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives went without health coverage from 2005-2007. That's more than twice the national...

Blog: Rosebud Sioux leader delivers proud moment (August 28, 2008)

"The Democratic National Convention’s opening ceremony was a show stopper as Robert Moore of the Rosebud Sioux Nation sang the national anthem. It was a moment of pride and dignity for me to watch one our own sing America’s...

Border agent sues Ford over reservation accident (August 28, 2008)

A U.S. Border Patrol officer is suing Ford Motor Company for an accident on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona that left him in a quadriplegic state. Luis Pena, 31, was responding to a narcotics call on the reservation when...

Leech Lake Band declares health care crisis (August 28, 2008)

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is urging tribal members to write to Congress to seek more funds for the Indian Health Service. “We need to call it what it really is — a crisis of health care," Secretary-Treasurer...

Pueblo leader denies wrongdoing on tobacco (August 28, 2008)

A Pueblo leader whose home and business were raided by federal agents says he was doing nothing wrong by selling tax-free cigarettes on the Internet. Paul Rainbird, the lieutenant governor at San Ildefonso Pueblo, believed it was legal to sell...

Editorial: Celebrate Native art at Totah Festival (August 28, 2008)

"Claudine Riddle and San Juan County will celebrate an anniversary this Labor Day weekend. This year marks 20 years that the Totah Festival has given the local American Indian community a venue that recognizes its art and culture. The festival...

Surgeon General promotes health to Navajo youth (August 28, 2008)

Acting Surgeon General Dr. Steven Gaison visited the Navajo Nation on Wednesday. Gaison helped dedicate a wellness center at the Tse' Bit' Ai Middle School in Shiprock, New Mexico. He also promoted the Department of Health and Human Services'...

Spiritual leader of Oregon tribe resigns abruptly (August 28, 2008)

David Brainard, the spiritual and political leader of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, abruptly resigned his post earlier this month. Brainard, 64, said he wanted to spend more time with his family after...

Appeal weighed in Schaghticoke recognition case (August 28, 2008)

The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is considering an appeal of its federal recognition case, Chief Richard Velky said on Wednesday. Velky said politicians in Connecticut pressured the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject the tribe's petition for recognition. But a federal...

Sentencing for ex-Oglala Sioux leader delayed (August 28, 2008)

Don Garnier, a former council member for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, will wait until October 1 to be sentenced on drug charges. Garnier, 39, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of...

Law enforcement an issue on Pine Ridge Reservation (August 28, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says it might take over law enforcement on the Pine Ridge Reservation if conditions don't improve. The BIA sent 25 temporary officers to the reservation after half of the police force for the Oglala Sioux...

Arapaho man denied time to deliver votes at DNC (August 28, 2008)

Wyoming Rep. Patrick Goggles, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, wasn't able to deliver his state's roll call votes at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. Goggles, who was dressed in traditional clothes, was doing to deliver the votes...

White Earth chair works on Indian policy at DNC (August 28, 2008)

Erma Vizenor, the chairwoman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is one of Minnesota's delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Vizenor has been working with the Native caucus to develop an Indian policy. She said the federal government needs...

Opinion: No one pays attention to Indians at DNC (August 28, 2008)

"Funny I never noticed this when I was growing up here, but there are Indians all over the place in Denver. Most of them are painted on walls. I just walked three blocks from the Art Museum, where there’s...

Highest court in Brazil weighs Indian rights case (August 28, 2008)

Brazil's Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in a complaint against the size of a 4.2 million-acre reservation in the Amazon. The Raposa Serra do Sol reservation is home to about 18,000 members of the Makuxi, Wapixana, Ingariko, Taurepang and...

Sen. McCain to announce vice presidential pick (August 28, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) will announce his vice presidential pick at 11am on Friday. Speculation has centered around Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, former governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who is registered as...

Judge to hold first hearing after Cobell decision (August 28, 2008)

Judge James Robertson will hold a hearing this afternoon to discuss the $455.6 million he said the Cobell plaintiffs are owed for the mismanagement of their trust funds. In his August 7 decision, Robertson envisioned some type of proceeding to...

Shakopee Tribe among biggest donors in Minnesota (August 28, 2008)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota has donated nearly $60 million to fellow tribes, Indian organizations and non-profits in the past two years, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The tribe's giving makes it one of the sources of philanthropy...

DOJ seeks reduction in sentence for Abramoff (August 28, 2008)

The Department of Justice is seeking a reduction in the sentence for convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, citing his cooperation with an ongoing corruption inquiry in Washington, D.C. Abramoff is already in prison on bank fraud charges. He has yet to...

Blog: Still no discipline for top officials at OST (August 28, 2008)

"In June 2008, the Department of Interior Inspector General (DOI-IG) issued a report describing how an employee at the Office of Special Trustee (OST) for American Indians steered lucrative contracts to an accounting firm whose principals lavished him with gifts,...