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February 23, 2010
Opinion: Interior restores balance to public drilling
"Oil and gas production is an important use of America’s public lands. But not everywhere and not without scrutiny. Public lands are not a gift bag for whatever the special...

Man accused of 'sweat lodge' deaths eyes lower bond
James Arthur Ray, the self-help guru accused in connection with the deaths of three people at a "sweat lodge" in Arizona, says he can't afford a $5 million bond....

Gyasi Ross: The politics of Native people and our hair
"She couldn’t even say it with a straight face. She tried though—had to give her an “E” for “Effort.” She desperately, passionately wanted me to believe that she believed what...

Letter: Look to tribes for solution to economic woes
"The Marshall plan was developed for destroyed Europe after World War II. It made Europe into an economic giant. Maybe both political parties need to re-examine it. Ask the American...

Innu in Quebec continue hunt in protest of land deal
Innu hunters from Quebec have killed over 100 caribou as part of a protest into a land deal that excludes them. The hunt started on Sunday in a protected...

Acoma Pueblo created 75 jobs with stimulus project
Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico put 75 people to work with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The tribe received a $11 million loan and $200,000...

Navajo chapter president faces complaint at hearing
The president of the Shiprock Chapter on the Navajo Nation faces an ethics hearing on Thursday, The Farmington Daily Times reports. William Lee used chapter funds to buy a motorcycle...

Firefighter arrest for assault on Pueblo police officer
An Albuquerque, New Mexico, firefighter was arrested for allegedly assaulting a Pojoaque Pueblo police officer over the weekend. Martin Salazar, 37, is accused of threatening two tribal officers with a...

Two Indian soliders helped raise US flag at Iwo Jima
A songwriter from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana is determined to tell the story of another Indian soldier who helped raise the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World...

Editorial: 'Scorn' for Native Hawaiian recognition bill
"A bill expected to pass the House today with overwhelming Democratic support would accomplish something peculiar for a liberal republic in the 21st century: It would partly disenfranchise a portion...

Yurok mother and daughter purchase historic hotel
A mother and daughter from the Yurok Tribe of California are the proud owners of the Historic Requa Inn. Janet Wortman and her daughter Geneva Wiki are the first...

Mary Pember: Phillip Martin helped Choctaws grow
"Phillip Martin, former chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, was not a perfect man. He did, however, lead his people out of devastating poverty on their hardscrabble...

White House officials push Indian youth to succeed
A record-setting snowstorm didn't stop about 20 Indian youth from attending a key meeting at the White House this month. The group was in Washington, DC., for the United...

Mary Kim Titla: Encouraged to run my first marathon
"Thank you King of Pop and King of Rock. Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley helped me finish my first marathon; at least their songs on my iPod did. I...

Former BIA official headed back to Cherokee Nation
Pat Ragsdale, who who recently retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is going back to work for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Ragsdale served as head of law enforcement...

Red Cliff Chippewa police chief under investigation
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin has placed its longtime police chief on paid leave amid a state criminal investigation. A tribal memo obtained by...

Civil Rights commissioners slam Native Hawaiian bill
Five Republican and conservative-leaning members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights sent a letter to House leaders to object to H.R.2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009....

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