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April 2, 2010
Haskell coach travels far and wide for basketball recruits
Ted Juneau, the basketball coach at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas, travels throughout Indian Country in search of potential stars. Juneau can only make one or two big trips...

Homeless shelter hosts growing number of Native youth
Alaska Native youth make up 40 percent of the population at Covenant House, Alaska's only shelter for homeless teens. From 1998 to 2008, the number of Native youth at the...

Editorial: Fond memories of former Navajo vice president
"Where do you begin to describe Marshall Plummer? The man achieved so much in his life, you could write volumes and still only scratch the surface. Plummer is best-known...

Nevada tribes welcome Indian Health Care Improvement
Nevada tribes say the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act will improve the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives in their state. "The Native American people...

Editorial: Tulsa ought to consider Muscogee Nation bridge
"An official with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Trade and Commerce Authority confirmed for the first time publicly that the tribe indeed plans to build a toll bridge across the Arkansas...

Editorial: A long way to go on Torres Martinez TANF probe
"The director of the California Department of Social Services says he is satisfied with the progress of the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians in correcting accountability problems in its tribal welfare...

Opinion: Chumash Tribe pays tribute to beloved ancestor
"This month the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will celebrate the birthday of one of our beloved ancestors, Maria Solares. An important figure in our tribe’s history, Solares...

Lynne Harlan: Cherokee membership linked to federal roll
"Our tribe has undertaken a tribal enrollment audit. The purpose of the audit was to ascertain the validity of people’s whose names appear on our tribal rolls, the official listing...

Field hearing focuses on Indian housing, veterans issues
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) will travel to the Navajo Nation for a field hearing on Indian housing and Indian veteran issues on Saturday, April 10....

Navajo Nation committed to power plant despite hurdles
The Navajo Nation and developer Sithe Global Power say they are committed to a $3 billion coal-fired power plant near Shiprock, New Mexico. The tribe says the Desert Rock Energy...

Editorial: Miccosukee Tribe battles questionable land deal
"A ruling by a Miami federal judge this week might signal the end for a controversial Big Sugar land deal that should not have been approved in the first place....

EchoHawk to resolve Haskell issues after making BIE hire
Assistant Secretary Larry EchoHawk, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said he will address leadership issues at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas after he hires a new...

Doug George-Kanentiio: Credibility and Indian tax dispute
If the Iroquois are to defeat New York State's efforts to impose taxes on sales to non-Natives they must have not only credible people defending our rights but have to...

Sunpluggers: Jemez Pueblo hopes to harness solar power
"As the red dust of the pueblo square is rhythmically kicked by hundreds of Jemez Pueblo tribe members, I am transported back to a time of intense communal power. The...

Ojibwe woman pleaded guilty after drunken driving arrest
An Ojibwe woman who came forward to talk about her relationship with embattled golfer Tiger Woods pleaded guilty after she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Irene Folstrom, a...

MPR: Activists protest pipeline on Leech Lake Reservation
"Opponents of the Alberta Clipper oil pipeline protested on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Cass Lake Thursday. Construction on the 1-point-2 billion dollar pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Superior,...

Former Pequot leader wins award from law student group
Kenneth Reels, a former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, received the Thurgood Marshall Award from Quinnipiac University’s Black Law Student Association. Reels was selected as...

Crow Chairman: Water settlement in tribe's best interests
"I was troubled to read a March 27 guest opinion by congressional candidate A.J. Otjen. The tribe does not appreciate when a political candidate declares on her own what is...

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