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Tim Giago: Voting Native and voting independent (July 27, 2009)

If you are an "Independent" in South Dakota you have to get around a silly (stupid, actually) law that says you cannot vote in the Primary Election. As an Independent,...

Book Review: Little River Band in 'Our People' (July 27, 2009)

"As I read " People, Our Journey: The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians," I kept thinking about a question I was asked years ago -- and that has...

ICT: Interview with Mellor Willie, NAIHC director (July 27, 2009)

Indian Country Today interviews Mellor Willie, a member of the Navajo Nation who is the new executive director of the National American Indian Housing Council. "ICT: Is today’s climate...

Dakota pipemakers fear loss of tribal traditions (July 27, 2009)

Dakota pipemakers are worried that important tribal traditions will be lost unless a younger generation takes interest. Gloria Hazell and Chuck Derby, husband and wife, actively quarry in Pipestone National...

Cherokee Nation court hears Freedmen dispute (July 27, 2009)

A Cherokee Nation judge heard arguments in a dispute over the citizenship of the Cherokee Freemen. The Freedmen are the descendants of former African slaves. They say they were made...

Alaska tribes owe millions in back payroll taxes (July 27, 2009)

Alaska tribes and Native nonprofits owe millions of dollars in unpaid payroll taxes and penalties, according to a report from the state Division of Community and Regional Affairs. The Kuskokwim...

Colville Tribes ready for Chief Joseph Hatchery (July 27, 2009)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation of Washington are preparing to break ground on the $41 million Chief Joseph Hatchery. The hatchery will return salmon to the Columbia River....

OST adds Alaska to list of consultation sessions (July 27, 2009)

The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians will be holding two consultation sessions in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 13. The sessions will focus on the real estate appraisal...

South Dakota to change offensive place names (July 27, 2009)

The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names will review offensive "squaw" and other place names in the state. The board was created by the 2009 Legislature to recommend changes for...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe plans diabetes center (July 27, 2009)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York is raising $6.8 million for the Diabetes Center for Excellence. The center will provide treatment and prevention services. Plans call for an...

Class action accuses BIA of bias against Navajos (July 27, 2009)

A class action lawsuit accuses the Bureau of Indian Affairs of discriminating against members of the Navajo Nation. Two former employees say the BIA failed to apply Navajo preference laws...

Teens arrested for Pueblo man's death in Utah (July 27, 2009)

Two teens have been arrested in connection with the death of a Zuni Pueblo man in South Jordan, Utah. Stephan Jon Lasiloo, 21, was fatally shot early Saturday morning. Authorities...

EPA works with Navajo Nation on uranium sites (July 27, 2009)

The Environmental Protection Agency is working with the Navajo Nation to identify and clean up uranium sites on the reservation. Of the 113 structures tested so far, 27 contained high...

Utne Reader: Why Germans like to play Indians (July 27, 2009)

"The first thing John Blackbird learned when he was growing up on the Canadian prairies was that his people were no good. Raised primarily by a white family, Blackbird...

Cherokee Nation looking to tap into wind power (July 27, 2009)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is conducting a feasibility study on wind power. The tribe could build a wind farm and supply power to communities in the northeastern part of...

BIA faces deadline on Little Shell Chippewa Tribe (July 27, 2009)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is supposed to make a decision on the federal recognition petition of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana. The AP said the BIA's self-imposed...

Dean Suagee: Tribes and the green energy revolution (July 27, 2009)

"Is this the year the United States will finally enact a law to start dealing with the climate crisis? The House of Representatives passed its version of such a bill...