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Opinion: Alaska Native students need culture (November 17, 2008)

"If you look back through the history of Alaska Natives in the state's education system, you will find that culture and language were systematically removed from children in the classrooms, in well-intentioned attempts to prepare them for life in Western...

Coushatta Tribe establishes ties with Israel (November 17, 2008)

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is establishing ties with Israel, the Associated Press reports. The tribe is holding a ceremony today to recognize and honor Israel. A delegation from the Jewish state will be on hand for the event. Get...

Indian child left under Nebraska safe haven law (November 17, 2008)

One American Indian child has been left in Nebraska since the enactment of the state's controversial safe haven law. The law was designed to allow parents to leave infants at hospitals without fear of punishment. But since it didn't...

Navajo water settlement included in lands bill (November 17, 2008)

A bill to settle the water rights of the Navajo Nation is included in a major water and public lands bill that could be considered by the lame-duck Congress. The bill resolves the tribe's claims on the San Juan River...

Wyoming tribes tighten drunken driving laws (November 17, 2008)

The tribes on the Wind River Reservation have strengthened their traffic laws to crack down on drunken driving. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe lowered the blood-alcohol level for driving to 0.05. The state's limit is 0.08....

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe starts wireless firm (November 17, 2008)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has started its own wireless company to serve 16,000 people on the North Dakota-South Dakota reservation. Standing Rock Telecom is one of the few tribal telecommunications firms in Indian Country. It began in response to...

Hopi tribal court suspended in political dispute (November 17, 2008)

A political dispute between leaders of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona has affected the tribal appellate court. The tribal council suspended the justice of the court and said the other two judges were improperly seated. The move came after the...

Narragansett Tribe blocked from state database (November 17, 2008)

The state of Rhode Island won't give the Narragansett Tribe access to a law enforcement database. Tribal officers must relay their checks to state police officers. In areas of the reservation without cell phone reception, that means some people...

Charles Trimble: NCAI service the highpoint in life (November 17, 2008)

I recently read with fond remembrance an article in Indian Country Today that the National Congress of American Indians passed a record number of resolutions in their 65th annual convention a few weeks ago in Phoenix. It brought back to...

Column: Mashantucket gift comes at curious time (November 17, 2008)

"It would be hard to fault the Mashantucket Pequots for their generosity to the community in the years since Foxwoods became such an enormous success. In fact, last year, as the Pequots donated $150,000 to 15 charities in Connecticut and...

Yellow Bird: Can't wait for delicious deer (November 17, 2008)

"If you’re the venison-eating type, then you’re standing at your window these days, rubbing your hands together, peering out the window and hoping that the head of the household is bringing home the venison. Right now, I have a...

Marc Simmons: An Apache warrior's escape (November 17, 2008)

"In the last years of the Apache wars, a warrior named Massai acquired something of a name for himself when he made a daring escape from the clutches of his white captors. A Mimbres Apache born in Southern New...

Opinion: Chehalis resort tax assessment dispute (November 17, 2008)

"Thurston County Assessor Patricia Costello asked me in January for the Department's opinion on the taxation of Great Wolf Lodge. The department's property tax division worked to establish the facts and did an extensive review of the case law to...

Opinion: Alaska Native village needs a safe road (November 17, 2008)

"As I write this, I'm in King Cove, Alaska. Soon I'll board a plane from Cold Bay to Washington, D.C., to support passage of our wilderness/road study/land exchange bill included in the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, pending before Congress....

In These Times: Obama administration picks (November 17, 2008)

Winona LaDuke Says: "The most serious challenge facing the new secretary of interior will be the bureaucratic mayhem that politicians have created. Worse, many of these lawmakers still fail to recognize Native people as part of true sovereign nations, especially...