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TMZ: Jessica Simpson claims she's part Indian (August 3, 2009)

"When Jessica Simpson looked into our camera this weekend and claimed, "I am Indian" -- she wasn't kidding around. Jessica's rep tells TMZ the singer is 1/16th Native American "on...

Tim Giago: Standing ground at Mount Rushmore (August 3, 2009)

When Greenpeace invaded the hallowed grounds of Mount Rushmore, many of the locals started looking for a scapegoat. They found an Indian who, according to their theorizing, was ready made....

Oweesta announces Tracey Fischer as executive (August 3, 2009)

Tracey Fischer, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has been named the new chief executive officer of First Nations Oweesta Corporation. Fisher, an attorney,...

Living on Earth: Cheyenne coal and Navajo green (August 3, 2009)

Living on Earth, a National Public Radio program, ran two stories on tribes this weekend. The first focused on the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana. The tribe wants to...

OST co-hosts seminar on wind energy resources (August 3, 2009)

The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma are co-hosting a seminar on wind energy development this Thursday. The seminar will provide information...

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe continues excavation (August 3, 2009)

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington continues to uncover ancestors and artifacts at an ancestral village on the Port Angeles waterfront. The tribe has been excavating Tse-whit-zen Village for...

Florida tribes criticized for taking stimulus funds (August 3, 2009)

Some people don't think tribes in Florida should receive a share of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. So far, the Seminole Tribe and the Miccosukee...

Sherman Alexie: 'War Dances' in The New Yorker (August 3, 2009)

"A few years ago, after I returned home to Seattle from a trip to Los Angeles, I unpacked my bag and found a dead cockroach, shrouded by a dirty...

Lu Young, wife of Rep. Don Young, passes at 67 (August 3, 2009)

Lu Young, the wife of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), died overnight Saturday at the couple's home in Virginia. She was 67. Young was Gwich'in Athabascan from the village of...

Crow Tribe near deal on water rights settlement (August 3, 2009)

The Crow Tribe of Montana is reportedly near a deal on a bill to settle its water rights. The tribe has been working with Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Sen....

SBA asked for status report on Native contracts (August 3, 2009)

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) is asking the Small Business Administration for a "status report" on Alaska Native contracting. Snowe, the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Small Business and...

Ross Swimmer joins board of Potawatomi bank (August 3, 2009)

Ross Swimmer, a former chief of the Cherokee Nation, has joined the board of First National Bank and Trust Co., owned by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Swimmer recently served as...

Navajo Code Talkers Association receives land (August 3, 2009)

The Navajo Code Talkers Association is moving forward with plans for a museum and veterans center thanks to a donation from Chevron. The association received 208 acres from the...

Osage Nation buys ancestral mound in Missouri (August 3, 2009)

The Osage Nation of Oklahoma purchased an ancestral mound in St. Louis, Missouri, for about $230,000. The tribe will preserve the 40-foot-high Sugar Loaf Mound. It is the last...

Senate Indian Affairs business meeting, hearing (August 3, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting and a hearing this Thursday. An agenda for the business meeting has not been posted on the committee website. The...

Delaware Tribe restored to federal recognition (August 3, 2009)

The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma is official again. After losing its federal status, the tribe voted to reorganize under the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved...

Spirit Lake company recovers from legal battle (August 3, 2009)

A company owned by the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation of North Dakota is looking towards the future after resolving a lawsuit and surviving a Department of Justice probe. Sioux Manufacturing...

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe households lose power (August 3, 2009)

Between 10 to 25 members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota see their power disconnected due to unpaid bills, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. In July,...

Opinion: Unemployment hinders Indian Country (August 3, 2009)

"At the center of each and every issue plaguing Indian reservations and American Indian communities are unemployment rates rapidly exceeding 50 percent. In order to get to the root of...