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Indian housing act finally signed into law (October 15, 2008)

It took a lot of hard work but a bill to reauthorize the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act was finally signed into law on Tuesday. Prospects seemed shaky earlier this year when an unrelated controversy threatened to derail H.R.2786....

Blog: Promoting green jobs on the Navajo Nation (October 15, 2008)

"It was a cloudy Friday morning in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of Navajo Nation. Nearly two hundred individuals came to listen to dozens of organizations presenting on the potential for Navajo Green Jobs. I attended this conference as someone...

Editorial: Elect Denise Juneau to top education post (October 15, 2008)

Note: Denise Juneau, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. "When Denise Juneau says "I am a product of Montana public schools," she makes the statement with pride. She has achieved the kind of success we want...

Gov. Palin shifts Alaska Native to another post (October 15, 2008)

An Alaska Native whom Gov. Sarah Palin (R) appointed to an important state board has been shifted to another post. Craig Fleener, who is Athabascan, will resign from the Board of Game in order to serve as subsistence division...

Judge blocks recall vote against Indian sheriff (October 15, 2008)

A judge in Montana blocked Big Horn County from putting a recall of sheriff Lawrence "Pete" Big Hair, a member of the Crow Tribe, on the November 4 ballot. Judge Randal Spaulding said the recall petition was "fatally defective."...

Prosecutors seek alibis in Aquash murder case (October 15, 2008)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota wants the two men accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash to give their alibis for the December 12, 1975, crime. Prosecutors accuse John Graham, a Native man from...

The Native Voice: Who is the real John McCain? (October 15, 2008)

The following is an editorial from The Native Voice. John McCain has been asking, "Who is Barack Obama?" Despite McCain's most vitriolic protests, most Americans, if asked, would quickly respond, "He is the Democratic candidate for President." Yet, McCain fails...

Sen. McCain to deliver video message at NCAI (October 15, 2008)

It looks like Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) won't be making a personal appearance at the National Congress of American Indians 65th annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona, next week. Instead, the former chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. will address...

Red Lake shooting lawsuit settled for $1.5M (October 15, 2008)

A $1.5 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over the shootings at a public school on the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota. MacNeil Environmental agreed to pay 21 plaintiffs representing the victims of the March 21, 2005,...

Taos Pueblo reintroduces otters on reservation (October 15, 2008)

Taos Pueblo has reintroduced river otters to its reservation in northern New Mexico. The tribe worked closely with state and federal officials to bring the animals back to the Rio Pueblo de Taos. Otters were last seen in the...

Russell Means fights fishing charge in federal court (October 15, 2008)

Activist/actor Russell Means filed a lawsuit in federal court in response to charges that he fished in South Dakota without a state license. Means took part in a protest in August. He says the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie...

The Fives: A crash course on Russell Means (October 15, 2008)

"From the time he burst onto the national scene during the 1973 standoff at Wounded Knee, Russell Means has been one of the most prominent and polarizing figures Indian County has seen. A leading figure in the American Indian Movement,...

Interstate Indian Council hears from South Dakota AG (October 15, 2008)

A state official who has fought tribes on land-into-trust, sovereignty and jurisdiction spoke to the Governors Interstate Indian Council on Tuesday. The council is holding its annual conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, this week. Attorney general Larry Long spoke...

Puyallup Tribe opposes elk hunting proposal (October 15, 2008)

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington is objecting to the state's proposal to allow elk hunting in its treaty area. The tribe normally hunts about seven elk a year. The state is proposing to allow non-Indians to take an undetermined number...

Navajo employee to receive top USDA honor (October 15, 2008)

An employee of the Navajo Nation is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Thomas Yellowhair is a senior budget analyst for the Navajo Food Distribution Program. He is being honored for working with government officials to streamline and...

Ojibwe woman invited to 'Oprah' show taping (October 15, 2008)

An Ojibwe woman and her chiropractor were invited to a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show about "Women Who Changed the World." Becky Roy, 35, is from the Wikwemikong Reserve in Ontario. She was recently diagnosed with diabetes. "In my...

Cherokee council fails to override health veto (October 15, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation council failed to override a veto of a measure to expand the Oklahoma tribe's health care system.. In September, the council authorized three new medical clinics and a new dental clinic. Chief Chad Smith vetoed the measure,...

Seminole Tribe fires officer charged with assault (October 15, 2008)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida fired a police officer after he was charged with attempting to sexually assault his 17-year-old daughter. Local newspapers declined to identify the man to protect the identity of the victim. A television station said...

Town weighs land eyed by Narragansett Tribe (October 15, 2008)

The town of Charlestown, Rhode Island, is being urged to buy property adjacent to land held in trust for the Narragansett Tribe. The tribe's land happens to be the 31 acres at issue in Carcieri v. Kempthorne. Local officials say...

Column: Land-into-trust case an important one (October 15, 2008)

"There was a time, not so long ago, when some people in southeastern Connecticut worried that the two casino tribes, newly rich and expansion-minded, were going to burst out of their existing reservations, buy land by the hundreds of acres,...

Yellow Bird: Examine Native American Party (October 15, 2008)

"An interesting idea is being raised by Tim Giago; a South Dakota columnist and prominent American Indian writer. He suggests creating a Native American Party. The idea is not necessarily that American Indians have candidates run for office like...