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The Onion: Ask a wise old Navajo man for advice (February 5, 2009)

"Dear Wise Old Navajo Man Who Could Really Go For A Hamburger Right Now, My husband and I take lots of vacations together. It keeps our marriage lively and helps expand our horizons, as a couple. This year, unfortunately,...

Video link for Indian Affairs hearing on health (February 5, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing today on advancing Indian health care. The entire hearing was not broadcast online. The video link starts with the testimony of Ron His Horse Is Thunder, the chairman of the Standing...

Pueblo artist brings designs to New York Fashion Week (February 5, 2009)

Virgil Ortiz, a potter and fashion artist from Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico, is bringing his designs to New York's biggest fashion event Ortiz will be showcasing his Fall 2009 line during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Space for his latest works...

More Alaska Natives come forward for abuse lawsuit (February 5, 2009)

Twenty more Alaska Natives have come forward to join a lawsuit that alleges sexual abuse by Jesuit priests. The new plaintiffs join 43 Alaska Natives who filed the lawsuit last month. They say Alaska was a "dumping ground" for "problem...

Forum: Do Alaska Natives get free health care? (February 5, 2009)

"Alaska's indigenous peoples have experienced colonialism at the hands of the Spanish, British, Russian (1741-1800s) and United States governments (1800s on). The term "colonialism" refers to the expansion of a nation's powers of governance over lands, cultures and peoples outside...

Jodi Rave: Letter-writer hates the Indian news (February 5, 2009)

"I’m used to receiving upbeat, positive responses from readers. It’s been that way for the last decade, with literally hundreds of “rave reviews” in the forms of phone calls, e-mails, blog posts, letters and thank-you cards. But, once in blue...

The Fives: The legend/myth of SuAnne Big Crow (February 5, 2009)

"In his book "On The Rez," author Ian Frazier reports the story of a basketball game in the fall of 1998 between Pine Ridge and Lead in which fans were in a near frenzy, heckling the young Thorpe players by...

FBI probes alleged sexual assault by Navajo officer (February 5, 2009)

The FBI has launched a preliminary investigation into an alleged sexual assault by a Navajo Nation police officer. Lawrence Etsitty Jr. is accused of assaulting a 26-year-old woman while transporting her to jail. The January 24 incident allegedly occurred on...

Native Hawaiian recognition bill revived in Congress (February 5, 2009)

A bill to extend the policy of self-determination to Native Hawaiians was introduced in the House and Senate on Wednesday. The bill would treat Native Hawaiians in a matter similar to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Supporters are hopeful for...

Billy Frank: Tribes ready for new relationship (February 5, 2009)

"Indians in the Pacific Northwest feel a new era of respect and collaboration is here, and we're ready to get to work with the new administration. We were especially encouraged to hear President Obama's pledge to honor "treaty obligations that...

Opinion: Free education not a treaty entitlement (February 5, 2009)

"With Indian treaties, it is important to separate rhetoric from reality. A case in point is the federal government’s recent trial balloon to turn post-secondary grants for First Nation students into repayable loans. In other words, indigenous students would go...

Column: Passamaquoddy man paid $93K for no work (February 5, 2009)

"As he tells it, Randall Hinton is paid $93,803 a year to do nothing. He spends much of his workday at the State Insurance Fund donning headphones, listening to rock 'n' roll, blues or classical tunes and his superiors are...

Oklahoma sues Creek Nation smoke shops over taxes (February 5, 2009)

The Oklahoma Tax Commission filed a lawsuit in state court against 15 owners and managers of Muscogee (Creek) Nation smoke shops. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of conspiring to violate federal and state laws. The smoke shops are selling cigarettes...

Sen. Barrasso opposes Crow water settlement bill (February 5, 2009)

A bill to settle the water rights of the Crow Tribe of Montana faces continued opposition from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the new vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Barrasso is concerned about the effect of the bill...

Ex-aide to Commerce nominee tied to Abramoff probe (February 5, 2009)

A former aide to Sen. Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire), who is President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Commerce Department, is under investigation for his ties to jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Kevin H. Koonce, 37, is identified as "Staffer...

Sen. Barrasso to serve as Indian Affairs vice chair (February 5, 2009)

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), a first-term senator, is being sworn in as vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee today. Since joining the Senate in June 2007, Barrasso has been an advocate for Indian health care and law enforcement....

Ken Salazar slated for Indian Affairs appearance (February 5, 2009)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will testify before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 12. Salazar, a former senator from Colorado, will give his views on Indian affairs. The appearance will be his first before Congress since being sworn...