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Fort Belknap Tribes to close diabetes program (October 20, 2009)

The Fort Belknap Indian Community of Montana will be shutting down a diabetes prevention program after running out of money. The tribe operated the program with an Indian Health Service...

Couple named Indian parents of the year again (October 20, 2009)

A couple from Oklahoma has been named Indian Parents of the Year again, this time by the National Indian Education Association. Brent and Kennetha Greenwood were honored last year by...

Virginia recognition bill on Senate panel agenda (October 20, 2009)

A bill to recognize six Virginia tribes is on the agenda for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting on Thursday. S.1178, the Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act...

Rep. Kennedy urged to back land-into-trust fix (October 20, 2009)

The United for Justice Campaign is urging Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) to support a bill to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. Kennedy, the co-chairman...

Melvin Martin: Social dysfunction in 'sweat lodge' (October 20, 2009)

Much has been said, written and blogged already (ad nauseum I might add) concerning the deaths of three people connected to a non-Indian conducted sweat lodge "ceremony" (if one can...

House Resources hearing on federal recognition (October 20, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday, October 29, 2009, on H.R. 3690, the Indian Tribal Federal Recognition Administrative Procedures Act. The bill creates an independent...

Witness list for House hearing on Indian housing (October 20, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on Wednesday on an Indian housing bill. H.R.2523, the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act, was introduced on May...

Mary Annette Pember: Selling Indian spirituality (October 20, 2009)

"The recent tragic deaths of two people inside a sweat lodge at Angel Valley near Sedona, Arizona, (a third participant died on Saturday) compelled me finally to write something about...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Mesa Grande land (October 20, 2009)

The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians of California can't sue the federal government over a century-old land dispute, a federal judge ruled last month. The Mesa Grande Band sued...

Editorial: Reworking tribal tobacco in Oklahoma (October 20, 2009)

"Some tribal retailers flooded parts of northeastern Oklahoma with cigarettes taxed at just 6 cents per pack. That tax rate was allowed by compact in border areas of the state,...

Court rejects Schaghticoke recognition appeal (October 20, 2009)

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals won't give the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut another shot at federal recognition. The tribe accused state and local officials of exerting "improper political...

Judge sets June 2010 trial for Abramoff player (October 20, 2009)

A federal judge set a June 2010 trial in the case of Kevin Ring, an associate of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Ring went on trial last month on corruption,...

Tribe in Brazil down to last stages of 'genocide' (October 20, 2009)

A small tribe in Brazil is expected to die out within a decade after losing its oldest member, according to Survival International. The Akuntsu are down to just five...

Photos: Pine Ridge Reservation 'scariest' place (October 20, 2009)

"Aaron Huey arrived on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota at the start of a self-assigned photographic road trip to document poverty in America. The poverty he found...

Offshore drilling allowed in Native whaling area (October 20, 2009)

The Minerals Management Service says offshore drilling won't disrupt Alaska Native subsistence whaling in the Beaufort Sea. Shell Oil plans to drill two exploratory oil and gas wells next...

Review: Don't stereotype Brian Jungen at NMAI (October 20, 2009)

"You could say that Brian Jungen, an Indian artist of the Dunne-za First Nation in British Columbia, is a classic shape shifter: He's taken Air Jordan running shoes and...