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BIA rejects recognition for Wisconsin tribe (August 17, 2009)

The Obama administration has made its first decision on a federal recognition petition. The Interior Department said today that the Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin doesn't qualify for federal status....

BIA declares reservation for Michigan tribe (August 17, 2009)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, finally has a reservation in Michigan. The tribe's 147 acres were officially proclaimed a reservation by assistant...

Mark Trahant: Ideas for health care reform (August 17, 2009)

"Where do ideas come from? When it comes to discussions about health care reform – strike that, this is now officially an “insurance reform” proposal – lobbyists, company bosses, experts,...

Navajo Code Talkers dwindling in numbers (August 17, 2009)

Of the more than 400 Navajo Nation men who served as Code Talkers during World War II, fewer than 100 remain and their ranks are quickly dwindling. Four Code...

Native family seeks investigation of death (August 17, 2009)

The family of a Native man in British Columbia wants know whether emergency workers played a role in the death of Curtis Brick. Brick died on July 29 after being...

Native man forgives accused after assault (August 17, 2009)

An Alaska Native man who was the victim of a racially-motivated assault forgives the two accused assailants but says he remains fearful for his safety. Eddie Barr was walking...

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe bans liquor sales (August 17, 2009)

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota banned the sale of liquor on the reservation in hopes of stemming alcohol abuse. Chairman Mike Jandreau led the push for the...

Southern Ute Tribe enters green industry (August 17, 2009)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado, known as a player in the energy industry, is entering a new field. The tribe is hosting a biofuels plant on the reservation....

Fort Peck Tribes lead swift fox restoration (August 17, 2009)

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes are leading the effort to restore the swift fox in Montana. The fox was declared extinct in the state in 1969. The...

South Dakota tribes defend IHS from critic (August 17, 2009)

Tribal leaders in South Dakota say Gov. Mike Rounds (R) was wrong to call the Indian Health Service a "disaster." Robert Moore, a council member for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe,...

Nez Perce woman serves as tribal director (August 17, 2009)

Rebecca Miles is stepping down from the executive committee of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho to serve as executive director. Miles was first elected to the executive committee...

Indian women meet at wellness gathering (August 17, 2009)

About 125 women met on the Soboba Reservation in California over the weekend or the third annual Native Womens Wellness Conference. The conference focused on healthy relationships, sobriety and domestic...

Editorial: Navajo man's donation saves life (August 17, 2009)

"We never give ourselves enough credit. Too many of us think that becoming some kind of donor isn't worth the effort. Don't tell Leonard Begaii that, because he knows...

Column: Joe Medicine Crow a living legend (August 17, 2009)

"A 95-year-old Native American veteran who wore sacred tribal symbols with his uniform during World War II was among 16 people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on...

Editorial: Oklahoma wins in tobacco battle (August 17, 2009)

"The Oklahoma Tax Commission was understandably pleased this week to see a federal judge dismiss a lawsuit that had been filed against the agency by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The...

Marc Simmons: Apaches and dog nomads (August 17, 2009)

"When the earliest Spanish explorers ventured upon New Mexico's eastern plains, they discovered Indians there, mostly Apachean-speaking, who were true "dog nomads." Most people I suspect, have never heard of...

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"It looks as though the controversy about UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname and logo cannot end well. That is, any solution will leave somebody with a grievance to nurse. Nickname...

Tim Giago: Real problems of US health care (August 17, 2009)

When it comes to reforming the mess we euphemistically call “health care” the biggest obstacle is MONEY. One would have had to live in a cave in Montana not...