Native teenager charged with murder on Cree reserve (August 29, 2008)
A 17-year-old from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in northern Manitoba has been charged with second-degree murder. The teen is accused of stabbing Bernard Spence, 20. The incident occurred a day after Spence was honored for helping save the life of...
DOJ awards $14.9M for tribal law enforcement (August 29, 2008)
The Department of Justice announced $14.9 million in tribal law enforcement grants on Thursday. The money is going to 80 tribes in 22 states. It's part of the Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP) within the Office of Community Oriented Policing...
Review: A clash of cultures in moving 'Frozen River' (August 29, 2008)
"It's a face that shows not just the years, but the miles. And when Ray Eddy quietly weeps in the opening moments of "Frozen River," the tears follow aged lines formed by worry, poverty and cigarettes. Ray, played by...
Cherokee Nation set for takeover of IHS hospital (August 29, 2008)
The Cherokee Nation is scheduled to assume operations of the W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on October 1. The tribe will take over the facility from the Indian Health Service. Final approval was given by the tribal...
Sen. Dorgan weighs strategy for passage of IHCIA (August 29, 2008)
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) said he might attach the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to an omnibus bill or an appropriations bill in order to ensure its passage this year, Indian Country Today reports. The Senate already passed its...
Native Democrats drop McCain-Abramoff resolution (August 29, 2008)
Native delegates at the Democratic National Convention dropped a resolution that linked Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) to jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Delegates were concerned that the focus on lobbyists could hurt their standing in Capitol Hill, Indian Country Today reported....
Abramoff pleads for leniency ahead of sentencing (August 29, 2008)
Attorneys for Jack Abramoff submitted 95 letters to a federal judge on Thursday in hopes of securing a reduced sentence for the jailed lobbyist. The letters came from Abramoff's family, Jewish leaders and his friends. They called the former Republican...
Kara Briggs: An Indian health state of emergency (August 29, 2008)
"Northwest tribal health advocates say the rising cost of fuel is exacerbating budget shortfalls at tribal and IHS clinics, and it is increasing the suffering of Indian people who need health care. Andy Joseph Jr., the vice chairman for both...
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