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March 22, 2010
State recognition rules a subject of dispute in Tennessee
Six groups are expected to apply for recognition through the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs. But with the commission set to expire in June 30, there's a dispute over the...

Cheyenne River Sioux woman speaks at USDA panel in DC
Vicki LeBeaux-Hebb, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, will speak at a Department of Agriculture panel in Washington, D.C., this Thursday. LeBeaux-Hebb lives and ranches...

Alaska Native teen boy charged after stabbing girlfriend
An Alaska Native teenage boy from Barrow has been charged with attempted murder and assault for allegedly stabbing his teen girlfriend, the Associated Press reports. The 16-year-old boy reportedly stabbed...

Red Lake Nation sues BIA over juvenile detention facility
The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota is taking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to court over a juvenile detention facility on the reservation. The tribe used $2 million in federal...

Charles Trimble: Urban Indian relocation policy in context
Sometimes, in our need to justify our rage or our case for justice delayed, we often exaggerate or overstate conditions of our history as Indians, even very recent history. We...

Desa Jacobsson: Standing up for victims of sexual abuse
"On Jan. 18, Dan Fagan of KFQD Radio remarked on legislative efforts by Gov. Parnell to end violence in Alaska. During his talk show he stated, "Sexual abuse is...

SCIA hearing on youth suicides, mental health resources
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing this Thursday to discuss youth suicide and mental health resources in Indian Country. The hearing takes place in Room 628 of the...

Mark Trahant: Delivering promises for Indian health care
"The three most important things to know about what health care reform means to Indian Country are simple ideas. First, the United States, officially and permanently, recognizes its trust and...

First Nation man faces charges for fatal vehicle accident
A man from the Gordon First Nation of Saskatchewan faces charges for a vehicle accident that took the life of another Native man. William Bitternose, 21, turned himself in on...

New Mexico train station operates on Pueblo reservation
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express began operation on another reservation today. The $2.5 million Kewa Pueblo Station is located on Kewa Pueblo, formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo. The...

Opinion: The legend of Choctaw Tom and the Indian Wars
"Don’t be surprised if the ghost of Choctaw Tom is present when Cecile Elkins Carter speaks on the topic of Caddo Indians on Sunday at the Cleburne Conference Center. Tom,...

Indian students in Washington have highest dropout rate
American Indian and Alaska Native students in Washington suffer from the highest dropout rate, according to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Indian students in grades nine...

Opinion: Tribal claims about sacred site are questionable
"In the next few weeks, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will make a momentous decision — the official, final, formal record of decision on permitting the nation's first offshore...

IHCIA finally passes as part of national health reform bill
After a decade-long delay, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act is finally becoming law as part of the national health reform bill that passed the House on Sunday. The IHCIA...

Great Plains tribal leaders raise Cobell settlement issues
The Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held a discussion on the $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell trust fund lawsuit on Saturday. According to The Rapid City Journal, some tribal...

Cobell holds settlement meetings in Washington, Oregon
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, will be in Washington and Oregon next week to discuss the $3.4 billion settlement to the case. On Monday,...

Winnemem Wintu Tribe heads to New Zealand for salmon
Members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California are in New Zealand to pray for the return of salmon. Tribal members will meet with Maori leaders and perform a...

Editorial: Hope fading fast for Lumbee Tribe's recognition
"It is impossible to predict what the U.S. Senate will do with any legislation. Nobody knows that better than the Lumbee Indian tribe, which has sought full federal recognition in...

Kim Teehee: Facing HIV/AIDS in Indian Country together
"March 20, 2010 is the fourth annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a day to renew our commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and to challenge the stigma surrounding the...

Tim Giago: Inadequate funds crippling Indian health care
When determining the businesses that contribute to the economic well-being of a community the financial contributions of Native American institutions and businesses are too often overlooked. This oversight gives Indian...

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