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April 22, 2010
Audio: Senate Indian Affairs hearing on draft energy bill
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this afternoon to discuss a draft Indian energy bill. The hearing lasted about 90 minutes. Audio clips can be downloaded below: •...

27th annual Gathering of Nations begins in Albuquerque
The 27th annual Gathering of Nations kicks off today in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The three-day powwow attracts thousands of dancers, drummers and spectators. Over 500 tribes in the U.S. and...

Editorial: Project brings needed water to Navajo Nation
"When it comes to quality of life, most people don't think about the luxury of having clean running water. But for more than 10,000 Navajo citizens it's a luxury they...

Medicine Hole remains sacred for tribes in North Dakota
Medicine Hole, a sacred site near Killsdeer, North Dakota, plays an important role in tribal history. Medicine Hole is the place where the first bison emerged in the Plains....

Louis Bull Tribe expands holdings with purchase of hotel
The Louis Bull Tribe of Alberta is diversifying its economy. The tribe purchased the Cedar Cress Inn for an undisclosed price. The hotel features three suites, three rooms, a restaurant...

Ruling on Little Traverse recall petitions expected Friday
A decision that could halt a recall election against the two top leaders of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan is expected by noon on...

Petition seeks to oust Southern Ute chairman from office
Members of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado are gathering signatures for a recall petition against Chairman Matthew Box. James Jefferson said in a statement to The Durango Herald that...

Column: 'Fighting Sioux' supporters overlook race issues
"“I don’t know whose decision it was, but I think it’s a terrible decision…From going there and being part of it, it’s something you’re really proud of. They’ve got a...

Opinion: Learning from Native views of health treatment
"This weekend, I taught a sociology course on Native American ceremony in which we wondered how traditional healing could be incorporated more into mainstream health care, both as practice, but...

Economist: Wilma Mankiller helped the Cherokee people
"All through her life, white people tried to help Wilma Mankiller. As she walked to school, two miles down the hilly, narrow lanes of north-eastern Oklahoma, women in big cars...

House passes Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act
The House passed H.R.3553, the Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act, on Tuesday. The bill ensures that Indian veterans who receive federal disability and survivor benefits are not denied support under...

Rob Capriccioso: Blog battles paper's editor on mascots
"All’s fair in blog and war. A Native-focused blog I like to check out from time to time, Newspaper Rock, has started a battle with an editorial posted on the...

Harold Monteau: Young Indian lawyers and sovereignty
"I still can’t believe that Indian Country let the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act) slip by and I still can’t believe that the President signed it without even a...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe blasts county on policing agreement
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe says Benewah County, Idaho went back on its word to reach a law enforcement agreement. The tribe and the county announced an agreement in principle in...

Researcher denies wrongdoing in Havasupai blood case
A researcher who collected blood samples from members of the Havasupai Tribe of Arizona and allowed them to be used for unapproved studies continues to deny any wrongdoing. Therese Markow...

Supporters of 'Fighting Sioux' push for tribal referendum
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is taking another look at a petition that calls for a referendum on the controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North...

Standing Rock Sioux ranchers complain about loan office
Ranchers on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation say they are being mistreated by a loan officer with the Farm Service Agency, which is part of the Department of Agriculture. The...

Jury deliberates case against Aquash murder defendant
A federal court jury is expected to begin deliberations today in the case of Richard Marshall, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who is accused of murdering American...

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe wins decision on stolen water
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada is hailing a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a long-running water case. The court said the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District owes the tribe...

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