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Public Radio: Smudging ceremony at university (August 25, 2009)

"Native American students at the UW-Stevens Point plan to start the new school year with a spiritual practice called “smudging” – the burning of sweet grass, sage, or cedar in...

NCAIED names winners of '40 Under 40' award (August 25, 2009)

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development named the winners of its "Native American 40 Under 40" award. The honorees represent existing and emerging Indian leaders. They were nominated...

Appeals court rules in Yankton Sioux land case (August 25, 2009)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in the long-running case over the status of the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. An 1858 treaty reserved 430,400 acres for...

Editorial: 'Reprehensible' attack on Native man (August 25, 2009)

"If Robert Gum and Deanna Powers' YouTube video shows what Anchorage police say it does, then Anchorage witnessed a hate crime earlier this summer. Police say the two tough-talking young...

Alaska Native man to challenge fishing citation (August 25, 2009)

Alaska Sen. Albert Kookesh (D) is gearing up for a major fight over Native subsistence rights. Kookesh, 61, and three others were cited by a state wildlife officer for exceeding...

Editorial: Address tribal health and public safety (August 25, 2009)

"There's no way to blunt the stark reality of it. Our country's Indian reservations can be unacceptably dangerous and unhealthy places to live. With rates of violent crime that are...

Notah Begay: Fight youth diabetes and obesity (August 25, 2009)

"There’s a growing epidemic targeting our nation’s youth and adding further strain to the already maxed-out health care system. Nearly one-third of America’s kids are overweight or obese, putting them...

Navajo Nation soldier, 21, killed in Afghanistan (August 25, 2009)

The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Troy Orion Tom, a 21-year-old soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last week. Tom joined the U.S. Army in June 2006 after...

Little Traverse chair drops wind turbine project (August 25, 2009)

The new chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan has withdrawn plans for a wind turbine. Ken Harrington said it would be a conflict of...

Former Chickasaw Nation employee sentenced (August 25, 2009)

A former employee of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma was sentenced to five years probation and restitution for stealing from the tribe. Elizabeth Kay Chapman, 41, admitted she stole $7,220.29...

10th Circuit will hear Indian Country case again (August 25, 2009)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear an Indian Country case affecting a proposed uranium mine in New Mexico. In April, a three-judge panel ruled that a...

Narragansett woman named Dartmouth dean (August 25, 2009)

Sylvia Spears, a member of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island, has been appointed acting dean of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Spears will serve in the position for...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe creates first court (August 25, 2009)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts swore in the justices to its first court on Monday. Henry Sockbeson, a member of the Penobscot Nation of Maine, will serve as...

Travel: Chicken dance championship in Alberta (August 25, 2009)

"Leonard Scalplock is hurtling in a repurposed golf cart along a winding trail towards Chief Crowfoot's grave, dust pluming behind as he careens over the rollercoaster green hills of...

Turtle Talk: Review of tribal immunity decisions (August 25, 2009)

"Since we started this blog in fall 2007, there have been a plethora of tribal sovereign immunity federal and state court decisions. Most of them are routine — slips and...

Mark Trahant: Tribes, IHS and health coverage (August 25, 2009)

"The idea is to require the purchase of health insurance, similar to laws enforcing automobile liability insurance. Congress would then subsidize the cost of that insurance, based on income-levels. This...

Caddo man leads Oklahoma Democratic Party (August 25, 2009)

Todd Goodman, a member of the Caddo Nation, is the first Native American to serve as chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. Goodman, 36, grew up in a Democratic...