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Report finds high rate of alcohol deaths in Indian Country (September 3, 2008)

Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of preventable death among American Indians and Alaska Natives, federal health officials reported last week. Based on data from 2001-2005, the Indian Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Wisconsin tribes seek green friendly housing (September 3, 2008)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is working with three tribes to develop environmentally-friendly housing. The St. Croix Chippewa, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Superior Ojibwa and the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa want affordable, green and family-friendly homes. Most tribal...

New Mexico sues dealers over fake Indian items (September 3, 2008)

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King filed lawsuits against two art dealers in Santa Fe, accusing them of selling fake Indian art. King said Golden Bear Trading and Santa Fe Indian Jewelry sold knock-offs of jewelry by renowned Navajo artist...

BIA sends 10 more officers to Pine Ridge Reservation (September 3, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is sending 10 more officers to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. That brings the total number of extra officers to 35, the BIA said. The officers were sent to the reservation after half...

Red Lake veterans present colors at GOP convention (September 3, 2008)

Veterans from the Red Lake Nation presented the colors at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. The four members of the Red Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars carried flags and an eagle staff into the Xcel Energy Center in St....

Pechanga council member dies after attending DNC (September 3, 2008)

Gabriel Pico, a newly elected council member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, died on September 1 in Denver, where he had attended the Democratic National Convention. The Riverside Press-Enterprise said Pico, 41, was involved in an altercation outside...

Tohono O'odham man can't put out water for migrants (September 3, 2008)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona has ordered one of its members to stop putting out water for migrants who use the reservation to enter the United States. Mike Wilson has maintained four water stations on the reservation for seven...

Abramoff set for sentencing in tribal fraud case (September 3, 2008)

Note: Judge Huvelle has reset the hearing for 2pm in Courtroom 24A (in the annex) of the courthouse. Jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff will be sentenced tomorrow for defrauding his tribal clients out of millions of dollars Abramoff is already in...

Cobell judge assigned UKB trust accounting case (September 3, 2008)

The federal judge handling the Cobell v. Kempthorne lawsuit has another trust accounting case on his docket. In June, Judge James Robertson in Washington, D.C., was assigned a lawsuit filed by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma....

ICT interview with David Gipp, following DNC speech (September 3, 2008)

Indian Country Today interviewed David Gipp, the president United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota, after his speech to the Democratic National Convention on August 26. Gipp, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, was the only Native person...

Governor's husband takes on role as 'First Dude' (September 3, 2008)

Todd Palin, the "First Dude" of Alaska, is described as a "down-to-earth good guy" despite being a world-champion snowmobiler and the husband of high-profile Gov. Sarah Palin (R). Palin is Yup'ik Eskimo from his mother's family. His mother, Blanche...

Havasupai Tribe to keep village closed until 2009 (September 3, 2008)

The Havasupai Tribe says its village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon will stay closed until spring 2009. Supai village was damaged by heavy rain and flooding on August 16. The tribe's tourism economy has been wrecked as...

Clea Bradford, Choctaw-Ethiopian singer, dies (September 3, 2008)

Clea Bradford, a jazz singer of Choctaw and Ethiopian heritage, died on August 19 of complications from breast cancer She was 67. Bradford was born in Mississippi and grew up in Missouri. She began singing in her church's choir...

Tim Giago: Charles Trimble always a hero to me (September 3, 2008)

In my formative years as a newspaper reporter, Chuck “Wobbie” Trimble was - and still is - a hero to me. When I read many years ago that Trimble had assumed the role of Executive Director of the National Congress...

Column: Liberals smear 'drunken Indian' husband (September 3, 2008)

"The liberal mainstream media applauds Democratic lawmaker plans to re-impose the “Fairness Doctrine,” a weapon that can be used arbitrarily and politically to stifle free speech or impose left-wing voices into conservative and libertarian talk radio — and perhaps even...

Column: Native voters play role in national election (September 3, 2008)

"Wealth means political influence in the United States, and the new wealth coming in from the gaming industry is making some tribes wealthy. While small in numbers, the influence of Native Americans is being felt with increasing strength as...

Editorial: Negotiate tribal tobacco deal in New York (September 3, 2008)

"The conciliatory side of Gov. Paterson hasn't always played out to the state's benefit. For example, he gave in too readily last spring on the budget, an error he gamely has tried to fix by pushing for more cuts and...

Sherman Alexie talks to Savage Love [Mature Content] (September 3, 2008)

"Dear Dan: For some reason, I have always found Native Americans to be sexually attractive. But the whole semi-dark skin and traditional breechcloth thing doesn't seem to be easy to find in porn or real life. I was wondering if...

Yellow Bird: North Dakota tribe at turning point with oil (September 3, 2008)

"Labor Day weekend was perfect for roasting and drying corn. Out in the western part of the state, the strong, hot winds dried the corn almost as fast as I could pour it into the screened trays. My weekend...