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NAHASDA clears Congress with Freedmen provision (September 26, 2008)

The Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act cleared Congress on Thursday with a provision aimed at resolving a hot political issue. The provision in H.R.2768 allows the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to receive federal funds while a controversial case plays...

Kendall Miller: Inconvenient truths about Gov. Palin (September 26, 2008)

"Unlike Mr. [Ben Nighthorse] Campbell, who remarks that he is Northern Cheyenne, a former senator, and a leader in the McCain campaign, I am an Athabascan Indian, I have lived in Alaska all my life, and I actually know firsthand...

Opinion: It's time for Gov. Palin to bow out of the race (September 26, 2008)

"If at one time women were considered heretical for swimming upstream against feminist orthodoxy, they now face condemnation for swimming downstream — away from Sarah Palin. Palin didn’t make a mess cracking the glass ceiling. She simply glided through it....

Editorial: Tribes work towards salmon restoration (September 26, 2008)

"We've all heard a lot about lawsuits over fish, dams and water here in the Northwest. By now, most of us are either tired of the issue or polarized by it. But earlier this year something big happened, and the...

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to recreate village (September 26, 2008)

Despite undergoing a painful ordeal, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington is "rediscovering" its history, Chairwoman Francis Charles said. A 2,000-year-old Elwha village was uncovered during a state construction project in 2003. Controversy led the state to abandon...

Natives make up 20 percent of prison population (September 26, 2008)

Native people make up 20 percent of the inmate population in Canada despite being just 3 percent of the overall population. Advocates say Native people are more likely to be sent to jail than non-Natives. That's why they are worried...

First Nation leaders took big chunk of settlement (September 26, 2008)

Members of the Prophet River First Nation in British Columbia are occupying the tribal office in protest of huge payment that band councilors awarded themselves. The Canadian government awarded the band $130 million to settle a dispute over land...

California tribes mark Native American Day (September 26, 2008)

Tribes in California are celebrating the state's annual Native American Day. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is marking the event with a new exhibit at its museum. The Ramona Basket, one of the most famous, will be on...

NBA star urges Indian voters to choose Sen. Obama (September 26, 2008)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher in visiting reservations in Montan to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Fisher visited two high schools on the Blackfeet Reservation on Thursday. He is headed to the Fort Belknap Reservation, the Rocky Boy's...

Standing Rock man charged in BIA officer shooting (September 26, 2008)

A man from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation was charged with assaulting a federal officer in an incident that injured a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer. Kelly C. Ward allegedly shot Sergeant Louis Troy Poitra, a member of the...

Oglala Sioux Tribe looking for new police chief (September 26, 2008)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is accepting application for a new chief of police. Joe Herman is the current chief but was the subject of complaints. Half of the tribe's police force walked off the job in mid-August,...

Gov. Palin accepted gifts from Alaska Native exec (September 26, 2008)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) accepted more than $2,500 in gifts from an Alaska Native executive despite vowing a crackdown on gift-giving to state officials, The Washington Post reports. Palin accepted a $2,200 ivory puffin mask, a woven grass fan...

Shiprock Navajo Fair ready to celebrate 97th year (September 26, 2008)

The Navajo Nation is getting ready to celebrate the 97th annual Shiprock Navajo Fair in Shiprock, New Mexico. The tribe expects 120,000 to attend the nine-day event, which coincides with the sacred Ye'ii-Bi-Chei ceremony. The ceremony begins tonight and...

Grand Traverse Band ousts chairman in election (September 26, 2008)

Voters of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan elected Derek Bailey as chairman on Wednesday. Bailey defeated incumbent chairman Robert Kewaygoshkum in a second matchup that was ordered by the tribal court. He won...

Sisseton-Wahpeton boxer training for debut (September 26, 2008)

Wahacanka Wa'Ste Wilch, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of South Dakota, is training for his professional debut as a boxer. Wilch, 20, planned to compete in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing but suffered an injury in a fight...

Opinion: Tribes can teach us a lot about hunting (September 26, 2008)

"Native Americans can teach us much about hunting. I've been impressed with skills the Shivwits tribe west of Santa Clara places on pursuit of venison. Fires have interrupted their Happy Hunting Grounds in the Beaver Dam Mountains to a certain...

Southern Ute Tribe wins $110K in biker rally dispute (September 26, 2008)

The Southern Ute Tribe is owed $110,000 by the organizers of the Rally in the Rockies motorcycle festival, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday. The tribe signed a contract to host the event at the Sky Ute Event...

Soboba man and woman arrested for crimes (September 26, 2008)

Two members of theSoboba Band of Luiseno Indians were arrested on Wednesday on outstanding criminal matters Whitecloud Robert Trujillo, 18, was arrested for stealing a car. The vehicle was reportedly found ammunition inside it at a home on the reservation....

Comanche Nation hosts NMAI Code Talker exhibit (September 26, 2008)

The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma is hosting an exhibit on the Code Talkers, the Indian soldiers who used their languages to develop codes for the U.S. military. The "Native Words, Native Warriors" exhibit is on loan from the National Museum...

House passes Code Talker recognition bill (September 26, 2008)

The House passed H.R.4544, the Code Talkers Recognition Act, on Thursday. The bill awards the Congressional Gold Medal to Indian soldiers who used their languages to develop codes for the U.S. military.. It identifies members of the Assiniboine, Cherokee, Cheyenne,...

Column: Sen. Stevens says wife controls 'tepee' (September 26, 2008)

"Sen. Ted Stevens, his career and his freedom in jeopardy, did the honorable thing as he went on trial yesterday on corruption-related charges. He blamed his wife. Yes, Stevens, the first sitting senator to be indicted in a generation,...

Virginia tribes won't see recognition this year (September 26, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing, September 25, 2008. • Introduction • Testimony • Business Meeting • Testimony | Q&A • Webcast | Written Testimony Barring a political miracle, it looks like six Virginia tribes whose ancestors greeted...

Opinion: Alaska a disaster under Gov. Palin (September 26, 2008)

"After 11 years working in rural Alaska, I feel obligated to share my observations regarding the Third World living conditions facing more than 200 rural Native communities, and the state of Alaska’s lack of attention to the many inequities they...