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April 9, 2010
Crews battle blaze on New Mexico reservation
Fire crews battled a blaze at Ohkay Owingeh in New Mexico on Thursday. The fire burned about 40 to 50 acres along the Rio Grande River. About 100 people left...

Navajo woman on state commission convicted on felony charges
Politicians in New Mexico are calling for the resignation of a Navajo Nation woman who serves on the State Public Regulation Commission after she was convicted on felony charges. Carol...

San Ildefonso Pueblo to use grant to expand cell phone service
San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico will use a $1.2 million stimulus grant to expand cell phone service. The San Ildefonso Pueblo Enterprise Corporation will install four cell towers on...

Justice John Paul Stevens to retire from Supreme Court
Justice John Paul Stevens said he will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court this summer. Stevens said he wanted to give President Barack Obama time to nominate his replacement in...

Editorial: Navajo languages classes preserve culture
"It's a positive sign that the Navajo language classes at Ruth N. Bond Elementary School have a waiting list, considering a growing concern about Navajo children losing important cultural values....

Editorial: Wilma Mankiller a woman of undaunted spirit
"She was the first in modern times. Like so many firsts, she won’t be the last. Because of the example set by Wilma Mankiller, Native American girls dream a not...

Johnny Flynn: Wilma Mankiller, the legendary Indian leader
"Wilma Mankiller began her journey to the spirit world on Tuesday April 6, 2010 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. The legendary chief of the largest Indian nation in North...

Sheriff asks Saginaw Chippewa Tribe for inmate health fund
The sheriff in Isabella County, Michigan, is asking the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe for money to help cover the cost of mental health care for inmates. Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski used to...

Review: Squaxin Island poacher is bad guy in 'Shell Games'
"Doug Tobin is in prison now, a felon who for decades used the Seattle area as his base for poaching and selling shellfish, especially a type of clam known as...

North Dakota board kills 'Fighting Sioux' nickname and logo
The controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North Dakota is no more. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education voted to kill the name on Thursday....

Rob Capriccioso: Two Native Americans at Washington Post
"There are two Native American journalists working at the Washington Post today, according to Andrew Alexander, the paper’s ombudsman. I wrote to Alexander in March, after he wrote an article...

Column: Chumash leader can't be trusted on land purchase
"Several years ago, when Vince Armenta left his job in the valet parking department at the Chumash casino, he became tribal chairman, he wrote a letter to another Valley newspaper....

Judge in trust fund case worried about delays in settlement
The judge handling the Indian trust fund lawsuit said he won't wait much longer for Congress to approve a $3.4 billion settlement to the case. Judge James Robertson extended a...

Navajo Nation woman leads battle against coal power plant
A member of the Navajo Nation is leading the fight against the tribe's proposed power plant near Shiprock, New Mexico. Elouise Brown lives within 20 miles of two coal-fired...

Letter: Media doesn't focus on minority Tea Party members
"Regarding the letter on Wednesday about minorities not being a part of the "tea party" movement, "Many tea partyers rude, crude, racist": I, for one, am an enrolled member of...

VOA News: Remembering Wilma Mankiller, former Cherokee chief
"DOUG JOHNSON: This past Tuesday, the Cherokee Nation and the United States lost a powerful leader. Wilma Mankiller, former chief of the Cherokee Nation, died of cancer at her...

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