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May 10, 2010
NPR: Radmilla Cody keeps traditions going through music
"Radmilla Cody says her singing career started in a sheep corral behind her grandmother's home on the Navajo reservation near Flagstaff, Ariz. Her first audience was the sheep. Her inspiration...

Rep. Thompson requests hearing on tribal disenrollments
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-California) is asking the House Natural Resources Committee to hold an oversight hearing on tribal disenrollment. Thompson says tribes are removing people from the rolls for...

Mark Trahant: An employee's view of Indian Health Service
"What do people who work (or who have worked) for the Indian Health Service, think about the Indian Health Service? This is an important question when looking at any organization....

Column: Indian students feel racism over 'Fighting Sioux'
"It was with great shock and sadness I read of Archie Fool Bear’s scoffing at the stories American Indian students told of their experiences at UND, saying, “They’re making everything...

Patrice Kunesh: Action needed on Tribal Law and Order Act
"Native Americans are victims of violent crimes at more than twice the national rate. Native American women suffer the highest rate of victimization than any other group in the United...

Editorial: Patience running out on Haskell leadership issue
"After commencement ceremonies on Friday, the 2010 graduates of Haskell Indian Nations University are on their way. Unfortunately, the school they leave behind is still struggling with a lack of...

Legislation to fix land-into-trust decision remains in limbo
A bill to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar remains in limbo with six months left in the 111th Congress. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved...

Opinion: Thieves and saviors in water rights settlements
"Since the Native American Rights Fund and Western Governors Association convinced Congress back in the late 1980s to encourage and fund tribal water rights settlement efforts, dozens of settlement deals...

Angelique EagleWoman: Cobell deal bad for Indian Country
"As a law professor who teaches civil procedure, I want to explain the due process problems with the United State government’s proposed settlement of the Cobell lawsuit. It was originally...

Steven Newcomb: The Vatican still in denial on domination
"The Vatican did not hesitate to respond when Tonya Gonnella Frichner formally presented a Preliminary Study on the Doctrine of Discovery at the Ninth Session of the United Nations Permanent...

Opinion: NAGPRA rule forces museums to confront the past
"More than 116,000 skeletons of Native American ancestry sit idle on museum shelves today. Their fate — long unknown — has finally been settled. On Friday, a new regulation will...

Opinion: Lumbee Tribe lobbying contract makes no sense
"Are you trying to make sense out of the latest news from the Lumbee tribe? According to news reports, the Lumbee Tribal Council has approved a contract with a Nevada-based...

Column: Bad history for oil agency at Interior Department
"The full story of the Deepwater Horizon blowout is still emerging. But it’s already obvious both that BP failed to take adequate precautions, and that federal regulators made no effort...

Men accused of branding swastika on Navajo Nation victim
Authorities in New Mexico are seeking hate crimes charges against three men who branded a swastika symbol onto a mentally challenged man from the Navajo Nation. Jesse Sanford, 24, William...

Sen. Coburn blocks attempt to authorize Cobell settlement
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, blocked an attempt to pass the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. On Friday, Sen....

Doug George-Kanentiio: Important dates in Mohawk history
There are dates in every person's life by which they mark the passage of time and events. Some are wonderful: the birth of a child, a birthday, graduation and marriage....

Gyasi Ross: A tribute to Indian moms and unmassaged feet
"All she ever really wanted was a foot massage. And she’s not alone. Although I cannot site any empirical data for this notion (who would do a scientific study on...

Charles Trimble: Breaking the chains of Indian 'victimhood'
One of the rewarding things about writing a newspaper column is the response from readers. I get some real trashing as well, but even some of those that are critical...

Tim Giago: Students in Wisconsin win victory on mascot bill
Why would a group of white Prescott High School students in Prescott, Wisc., fight for a bill to end the use of Native Americans as mascots, carry their concerns all...

Obama to nominate Elena Kagan as Supreme Court justice
President Barack Obama will nominate Elena Kagan, the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice, to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to news reports. Kagan, 50, joined the Obama...

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