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Kevin Abourezk: Indian center opposes city work (June 1, 2009)

"Chirping birds can be heard, wildflowers smelled on this warm spring day in this narrow strip of land on the banks of the Salt Creek. Hovering over the otherwise...

South Dakota tribes target suicide among youth (June 1, 2009)

Two South Dakota tribes hope recreational activities will address suicide among their youth. The Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are participating in the Reservation Recreation Project....

Alaska Native corporations lose millions on stocks (June 1, 2009)

As the national economy collapsed, Alaska Native corporations lost million of dollars on the stock market last year Cook Inlet Region Inc lost $57 million, Sealaska lost $54 million and...

IHS director Roubideaux plans Washington move (June 1, 2009)

May was a big month for Yvette Roubideaux. She was confirmed as director of the Indian Health Service and she announced $500 million in stimulus funds for Indian Country. But...

House Resources Committee hearing on three bills (June 1, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing this Wednesday on three bills. The bills are: * H.R. 1061: To transfer certain land to the United States to be held...

Supreme Court to consider sacred site case (June 1, 2009)

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider Navajo Nation v. U.S. Forest Service at a private conference on Thursday. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S....

Former NAIHC chair indicted on housing charges (June 1, 2009)

Chester Carl, the former two-time chairman of the National American Indian Housing Council, has been indicted on conspiracy, bribery, and embezzlement charges. Carl, a member of the Navajo Nation, and...

Series: Indians and civil rights in South Dakota (June 1, 2009)

The Rapid City Journal is running an occasional series on American Indians and civil rights in South Dakota. The series comes as the 10th anniversary of a U.S. Civil Rights...

Navajo woman named to Small Business post (June 1, 2009)

Clara Pratte, a member of the Navajo Nation, has been named to a post at the Small Business Administration. Pratte will serve as director of the agency’s Office of Native...

Mary Pember: Haskell marks 125th anniversary (June 1, 2009)

"Haskell Indian Nations University turns 125 this year. The university is recognizing its historical anniversary with a yearlong series of events officials are referring to as a commemoration rather than...

Eastern Cherokees seek $18M in stimulus funds (June 1, 2009)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina is seeking $18 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The tribe has already received $1.3 million, with...

Salazar returns Navajo painting removed by Bush (June 1, 2009)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is again displaying a painting of Navajos that was removed by the Bush administration. “Navajos Breaking Camp” by Ira Diamond Gerald Cassidy had long been...

Steven Newcomb: Domestic dependent nations (June 1, 2009)

"In a recent interview, Indian Country Today reporter Gale Courey Toensing asked John Echohawk, executive director of the Native American Rights Fund, about inherent sovereignty and plenary power. “How does...

Editorial: Address Alaska Native youth suicide (June 1, 2009)

"No one is sure why Alaska's suicide rate has risen for four straight years and is the nation's highest. Alaska can round up the usual suspects -- alcohol and drug...

Marc Simmons: Pueblo music in pre-European times (June 1, 2009)

"When Spaniards under Coronado first visited New Mexico in 1540, they observed many aspects of Pueblo Indian culture that amazed them. The expedition's chronicler, Pedro de Castañeda, recorded these...

Opinion: Playing politics with Native women's lives (June 1, 2009)

" For a moment, enter into the life of a typical First Nation woman living on-reserve in Canada: If statistics are accurate, you are one of the poorest segments in...

Opinion: Let all students learn Cherokee language (June 1, 2009)

"My daughter does not know about Tribal Councilor Cara Cowan Watts’ effort to change policy at the Cherokee Nation’s immersion school that would require students to be citizens of a...

Editorial: Shinnecock Nation recognition on horizon (June 1, 2009)

"The Shinnecocks were cheated out of beautiful and valuable land in Southampton 150 years ago by speculators seeking to bring a railroad to the south fork of Long Island. The...

Editorial: Repeal 'hateful' Dakota banishment law (June 1, 2009)

"Taking a 1863 law that bans Dakota and Winnebago Indians from Minnesota off the books is long overdue. We applaud state Rep. Dean Urdahl for carrying the resolution to repeal...

Tim Giago: Being Indian and being independent (June 1, 2009)

We are only half way through 2009 and yet politicians across America are already gearing up for Election 2010. In cities like Rapid City there are local elections for mayor,...