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February 8, 2010
Mark Trahant: Growing the IHS budget in tough times
"President Barack Obama answered an important philosophical question last week: How will the federal government fully fund a starved Indian health system? The answer is budget by budget: The...

NIEA vice president delivers education speech in DC
NIEA Vice-President Dr. Teresa Makuakane-Drechsel delivers the 2010 State of Native Education Address. Photo © NIEA. Weather conditions kept many people away from Washington, D.C., but the National Indian...

Editorial: Lawmaker takes on Creek Nation for lawsuit
"State Rep. Doug Cox isn’t happy with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation — as a lawmaker or as a physician. The tribe filed a federal lawsuit in January regarding legislation that...

Northwestern Band commemorates 1863 massacre
The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation marked the anniversary of the 1863 Bear River Massacre last month. On January 29, 1863, the U.S. Army made a surprise attack...

Little Traverse Bay Bands ends partnership with tribe
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan will no longer be doing business with a tribe whose executives have been accused of financial mismanagement. The Little Traverse...

Torres Martinez Tribe behind on $1.54M fine for TANF
The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians of California say they can't pay a $1.54 million fine over mismanagement of federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds. The tribe was...

Opinion: Cobell case settled for pennies on the dollar
"In 1994, as mineral and gas corporations were discovering new reserves of oil and gas on tribal reservations across the West, a feisty middle-aged Blackfeet woman named Elouise Cobell decided...

USET, NIEA on schedule despite big snowstorm in DC
Dozens of tribal leaders and Indian educators are making their way to Washington, D.C., even as the nation's capitol digs itself out of a major snowstorm. Upwards of two feet...

Editorial: Sheriff wrong about Coeur d'Alene policing
"In a reasonable world, a public-safety measure like one the Idaho Legislature should see in the coming days would not be necessary. But sometimes the world is decidedly unreasonable –...

Miccosukee Tribe cuts sponsorship for NASCAR driver
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is no longer sponsoring NASCAR events or supporting NASCAR drivers. Under former chairman Billy Cypress, the tribe sponsored all three of NASCAR's national tours and...

Obama proposes cut in NAGPRA tribal grant program
In his fiscal year 2011 budget, President Barack Obama is seeking a 25 percent reduction in Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grants, Indian Country Today reports. Congress appropriated...

Tim Giago: Cherokee Nation fights termination effort
How many of you know that a U. S. Congresswoman from California has twice tried to terminate the federal status of the Cherokee Nation? It may be the first and...

Opinion: Quileute Nation not getting rich off 'Twilight'
"All the world, it seems, has been bitten by “Twilight.” Conservative estimates place revenue generated from Stephenie Meyer’s vampire chronicles — the books, movies and merchandise — in the...

Former Passamaquoddy police chief accused of theft
The former longtime police chief for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point in Maine has been indicted on theft and misuse of property charges. Joseph Barnes, 41, is accused of...

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