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Dare To Ask: Native Americans and body hair (July 29, 2009)

"Question Do American Indian males grow beards? Montie, 65, white, Grinnell, Iowa Question This may seem a silly and ignorant question to those who are Native American (American Indian), but...

Editorial: Culture to blame for Indian death rate (July 29, 2009)

"Low breast cancer screening and survival rates for American Indian and Alaska native women have more to do with cultural beliefs than with barriers such as access to health care,...

Letter: Shopping with Native people in Bemidji (July 29, 2009)

"As human beings we should all learn to treat each individual with decency and respect until that individual has shown us, by his actions, that he is no longer deserves...

Tribal Canoe Journey heading to Port Madison (July 29, 2009)

The 2009 Tribal Canoe Journey is underway, with crews from the U.S. and Canada headed to the Port Madison Reservation in Washington for a weeklong celebration. The event began in...

Congressman's wife upset with Cherokee bears (July 29, 2009)

Famed television game show host and animal-rights activist Bob Barker revealed what spurred his meeting with leaders of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to discuss the tribe's caged bear exhibit....

Editorial: Navajos need good jobs, not just spin (July 29, 2009)

"The Navajo Nation Pre-Apprentice Training Project seems like a fantastic idea on the surface. Providing free skilled job training in an area with extremely high unemployment levels sounds like a...

Witness list for Senate hearing on Indian gangs (July 29, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing tomorrow to discuss gang activity in Indian Country. A recent Department of Justice report blames gangs for a rise in beatings, gang...

Tribal law enforcement receives stimulus funds (July 29, 2009)

Tribal and Alaska Native law enforcement agencies are receiving their share of $1 billion in grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The money will be...

Decision on Peltier parole likely in three weeks (July 29, 2009)

The U.S. Parole Commission is expected to make a decision on imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier within three weeks, the Associated Press reports. The commission held a...

UTTC president labels vandalism a hate crime (July 29, 2009)

United Tribes Technical College President David Gipp said the vandalism of a student-created sculpture in Bismarck, North Dakota, should be treated as a hate crime. The "Rising Eagle" sculpture...

First Native woman US Attorney to resign post (July 29, 2009)

Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, will step down as U.S. Attorney for Arizona by the end of the week. Humetewa was the first Native American woman to...

Close vote upheld for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (July 29, 2009)

The election commission for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe upheld the results of a recent primary in which one vote separated two of the candidates for chairman. Incumbent chairman Ron...

Oglala woman starts job as USDA rural director (July 29, 2009)

Elsie Meeks, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was sworn in as the director of the Department of Agriculture Rural Development in South Dakota. Meeks was nominated to the...

Penobscot Nation seeks recognition for athletes (July 29, 2009)

The Penobscot Nation of Maine says two of its members are being overlooked despite their athletic prowess. Louis Sockalexis played for Cleveland Spiders, later known as the Cleveland Indians, from...

Ponca Tribe settles pollution lawsuit for $10.8M (July 29, 2009)

The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma will share a $10.8 million settlement that ends a lawsuit with a carbon black plant. The tribe and about 1,800 landowners accused Continental Carbon Co....

Brenda Golden: American Indians as prisoners (July 29, 2009)

"To this day Native Americans are overrepresented in jails and prisons. American Indians are incarcerated at a rate 38 percent higher than the national per capita rate. Alaska Natives are...

Senate Judiciary Committee backs Sotomayor (July 29, 2009)

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-6 on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. All twelve Democrats on the panel voted for Sotomayor. Only one Republican,...