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January 25, 2010
Mark Trahant: Transparency in health care reform bill
"Perhaps one reason why the massive health care reform legislation is in so much trouble is that few people understand the details. The bill is massive, complicated, packed with official...

Census Bureau kicks off 2010 count in Inupiat village
The 2010 Census starts today in the Alaska Native village of Noorvik. The Inupiat Eskimo village is home to about 650 people. It was chosen as the first community...

Alaska Native lawmaker faces complaint for remarks
Alaska Sen. Albert Kookesh (D) could face an ethics complain over remarks he made to the city council in Craig, The Anchorage Daily News reports. Kookesh asked the council...

Seneca Nation targets Sen. Gillibrand for tobacco bill
The Seneca Nation might spend up to $250,000 this year to target Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) for co-sponsoring the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act. The PACT Act prohibits the...

Tohono O'odham Nation turned into 'militarized zone'
Drug smuggling and the presence of federal agents have turned the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona into a “militarized zone," Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said. A record 319,000 pounds...

Senate confirmation hearing for Lillian Sparks at HHS
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a confirmation hearing this Thursday for Lillian Sparks as Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, which is part of the Department...

Editorial: Taking action against Indian Country crime
"The federal government has an obligation to fight crime on the nation's Indian reservations. While many people are frustrated with the vexing problems in Indian Country, giving up isn't an...

Opinion: Russian skaters owe apology to Aboriginals
" I've always believed that if you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all. So I'll start by saying that the interest in Aboriginal culture...

Harlan McKosato: Obama's promise in Indian Country
"President Obama is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union address this week, marking his first year in office. Although opinion is divided on how the president has acted...

Editorial: Crow Creek Sioux energy project promising
"Ethanol, we know. But Torqazine? That's the name of the fuel that Victory Circle Fuels wants to build a plant to produce on Crow Creek Sioux tribal land - a...

Opinion: No need to be offended by 'Indian' mascots
"Faced with a $1.5 billion budget shortfall that's crippling state services and forcing cuts to K-12 schools, a group of mostly statehouse Democrats have banded together towait for it...

Santa Ysabel man who died in war to receive awards
Augustine Quevas, a member of the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueño Indians of California who died during World War II, will finally receive the military honors he is due. Quevas...

Melvin Martin: The big question -- To fry or not to fry?
Every Saturday evening I like to prepare a special meal for my relatives and a friend or two. At the conclusion of last Saturday's Southern-style pork chop supper, when I...

Charles Trimble: Reaching a settlement for Black Hills
Lakota activist Bill Means got it right on when he wrote “Only in America if you steal something and hold onto it long enough does it become yours.” He was...

Tim Giago: Obama's vision might not please everyone
President Barack Obama took to the podium in Boston last week pleading for the Democrats of Massachusetts to support his candidate, Martha Coakley, to win the Senate seat left vacant...

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