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March 29, 2010
Interview: Russell Means on stereotypes of Indians in film
The Lawrence Journal-World interviews actor/activist Russell Means about his career. "Q: Has Hollywood gotten better at portraying American Indians since you first started acting? A: In the '70s and '80s...

First ever Navajo vice president Marshall Plummer passes
Marshall Plummer, the first person to serve as vice president of the Navajo Nation, died last week. He was 62. Plummer served under former president Peterson Zah from 1991...

Cloverdale Rancheria not connected to Indian smokeshop
The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians is not connected to a controversial smoke shop that the state of California says is selling illegal cigarettes. Native Tobacco 101 is located...

Cobell to discuss settlement at conference in New Mexico
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, will discuss the $3.4 billion settlement to the case at the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference next week....

Sen. Tester: Health care reform is right for Indian Country
"The reform bill that I supported and the President signed into law is right for Montana and for Indian Country. How does the law improve health care in Indian Country?...

Column: Standing Rock Sioux chairwoman a strong fighter
"The first female Native American to head a major tribe was at the Standing Rock Reservation. While she was tribal chairwoman, Josephine Gates Kelly was a tenacious fighter for...

Oglala Sioux Tribe set to build nursing home by Whiteclay
The Oglala Sioux Tribe expects to break ground on a nursing home near the troubled town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, where four liquor stores sell 4.1 million cans of beer a...

Opinion: McCain turns deaf ear to Saginaw Chippewa man
"Where is Sen. John McCain when you need him? Graced with the charismatic Gov. Sarah Palin on the campaign trail, the Senator, who is hoping the good Arizonians will send...

Editorial: Grant will help tribes develop Boys & Girls Clubs
"The national Boys & Girls Clubs of America has come under fire from a group of four Republican senators over the salaries and travel expenses of top executives. We here...

Groups claim BIA wants to study Chumash land-into-trust
Two groups say the Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to determine whether the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians of California were "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934. Preservation of Los...

Editorial: Don't treat Native Hawaiians like an Indian tribe
"When Congress convened after the Democratic success in the 2008 elections, passage of Sen. Daniel Akaka's Hawaiian sovereignty bill seemed assured. A rewriting of the bill since then has cost...

Editorial: Muscogee Nation taxation battle worth the fight
"The state of Oklahoma has won its latest round in a court fight with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Here’s hoping final judgment goes the state’s way, too. Late last week,...

Marc Simmons: Missionary offered hope to Apache people
"For two centuries, the Spaniards attempted to settle and convert the nomadic, war-like Apaches of the Southwest. In the end, they failed, because the tribe was committed to a nomadic...

Opinion: Water bill hurts landowners on Crow Reservation
"Rep. Denny Rehberg has passed few laws in his 10 years representing us. Now he is trying to pass one that is probably harmful for the Crow Reservation. Rehberg says...

Delvin Cree: Turtle Mountain group seeks own recognition
"Here on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation, you don’t have to scope around too much to find the different factions within our tribal population. There are the Metis, the Wannabees,...

Editorial: Let Little Shell Chippewa Tribe resolve problems
"The Little Shell people will have to pick their own government leadership. That's what Gov. Brian Schweitzer said last week when asked whether the state of Montana would recognize the...

Column: Slavery was practiced among Tuscarora Indians
"It wasn’t angry, middle-aged white guys who first brought slavery to America’s shore. The “peculiar institution” was already here. Indians had been making slaves of their enemies for years. These...

Tim Giago: Look into Native veteran discrimination claims
There is a credo lamented daily in the waiting rooms of the Veterans Administration Hospitals scattered across America. It goes, “First you apply, then they deny and hope you will...

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