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Commentary: Just who is a Native American? (June 25, 2009)

"With the rise of Indian gambling casinos all over the country — and in particular those 60 casinos in California with more on the way — the question naturally arises:...

Choctaw Nation cancels election for first time (June 25, 2009)

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has canceled a tribal council election for the first time in history. Tribal members were supposed to vote on six council seats. But since no...

DOI to host swearing-in ceremony for EchoHawk (June 25, 2009)

Larry EchoHawk will be sworn in as the 11th assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Interior Department on Friday. EchoHawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, will...

New cutoff in land-into-trust litigation is 1983 (June 25, 2009)

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar brought about a cutoff date for land-into-trust applications: 1934, the year the Indian Reorganization Act passed. Tribes that weren't "under federal...

Defendants in artifact theft linked to scheme (June 25, 2009)

Federal prosecutors say two of the defendants in the Indian artifact theft case may have been involved in a Ponzi scheme. The Salt Lake Tribune reports on a request to...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on Law and Order (June 25, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing this afternoon on S.797, the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009. The hearing starts at 2:15pm and will be webcast, according...

Opinion: Alaska Native language immersion (June 25, 2009)

"Wiinga qigcikaqa pelii America-m tusngavia-llu. Atauciurrluku nunavut Agayutem aciani. Itumcimanga'unani piyunarquciakun elluarrluki-llu tamalkuitnun. These are the words I hear every morning while I am getting the day started at...

Native women take aim at domestic violence (June 25, 2009)

Native women in Montana met in Helena this week for the Honoring Native Women by Stopping the Violence Conference. The two-day meeting is part of the state's effort to combat...

Oglala woman a cancer survivor after 53 years (June 25, 2009)

Shirley Fresquez, a 69-year-old member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was only 16 when she was told she would die within a year. Fresquez was attending a...

House Resources Committee hearing on IHCIA (June 25, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this morning on H.R.2708, the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The hearing lasted about 2.5 hours. The witness list,...

Mayor was charged with 1948 rape of Native girl (June 25, 2009)

The mayor of a city near the Navajo Nation was charged with the rape of a 16-year-old Native girl in 1948 but the case was never prosecuted, The Gallup Independent...

Judge asked to mediate Navajo trust fund case (June 25, 2009)

William C. Canby Jr., a senior judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been appointed as a mediator in the long-running Utah Navajo Trust Fund case. Canby will...

First Nations declare emergency over swine flu (June 25, 2009)

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs declared an emergency over H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. First Nations in the province have been hit hard by the flu. Dozens of...

Coquille Tribe celebrates federal restoration (June 25, 2009)

The Coquille Tribe of Oregon is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its restoration to federal recognition this weekend. The tribe was terminated by an act of Congress in 1954. After...

Border station still closed after Mohawk protest (June 25, 2009)

Nearly a month after protests from Mohawks in the U.S. and Canada, a border-crossing station in Canada remains closed. The Canadian Border Services Agency shut down the station 23 days...

Rosebud man takes chief diversity officer post (June 25, 2009)

Keith Moore, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, has been named chief diversity officer for the University of South Dakota. Moore has almost two decades of experience in...

Delaware Tribe awaits answer on recognition (June 25, 2009)

The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma is waiting for the Obama administration to restore its federal recognition. The tribe has been considered a part of the Cherokee Nation since an 1866...

Charles Trimble: Indian affairs rife for comedy (June 25, 2009)

In Indian affairs, politics has always been rife for comedy. When he was covering the political scene in the Washington news bureau of the American Indian Press Association in the...

Opinion: Peruvian Indians fight for the planet (June 25, 2009)

"While the world nervously watches the uprising in Iran, an even more important uprising has been passing unnoticed – yet its outcome will shape your fate, and mine. In the...

Matthew Martin, Navajo Code Talker, dies at 84 (June 25, 2009)

Matthew Martin, a member of the Navajo Nation who served as a Code Talker during World War II, died on Monday. He was 84. Martin received a Congressional Silver...

Dean Suagee: Tribes and the green energy revolution (June 25, 2009)

"At the Sovereignty Symposium in Oklahoma City June 3, the keynote speaker, T. Boone Pickens spoke about the Pickens Plan for meeting America’s energy needs. He said his standard response...

Harold Monteau: DOJ, crime and Indian Country (June 25, 2009)

"The U.S. Department of Justice delivered its report on Indian country crime at the National Congress of American Indians midyear meeting. I always experience a modicum of fear whenever DOJ...