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June 1, 2010
Sen. Murkowski: Health care reform law filled with problems
Ed. Note: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. She was a co-sponsor of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which was signed into...

Opinion: Remember Navajo Code Talkers, the quiet warriors
"The address was in Navajo, the ancient language of the Navajo Nation who live on the harsh high desert reservation of Northern Arizona. The only other Native American tribe to...

Murder charge over teen's death on Wind River Reservation
A second-degree murder charge has been laid against the brother of a 13-year-old girl who was killed on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Robert Spoonhunter, 21, already faced charges...

Alcohol retailers can decline tribal ID cards in South Dakota
Alcohol retailers can refuse to accept tribal and military identification cards, according to the state's attorney in Davison County, South Dakota. A police officer in Mitchell told retailers they don't...

Native woman on trial after being shot by Saskatoon police
A Native woman in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is on trial for allegedly assaulting two officers, one of whom ended up shooting her. Leanne Severight, 37, admits she was intoxicated on...

Sen. Barrasso seeks to make changes to Cobell settlement
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, wants to make changes to the bill that authorizes the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust...

Trust settlement awaits Senate action after House passage
The $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit moved closer to final approval on Friday after the House passed the deal as part of a larger jobs and...

Editorial: Trust settlement is a victory for Native Americans
"Most Wisconsinites have probably never heard of Elouise Cobell, but the Blackfeet tribal member recently won a class-action lawsuit against the United States affecting about 500,000 Native Americans. Cobell, the...

Facebook group for Indian school amphitheater draws fans Facebook group
A Facebook group dedicated to the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater at Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico continues to grow amid speculation about the venue's future. As of this...

Column: Hualapai Tribe lets tourists 'Skywalk' over canyon
"It's about overcoming human nature. It's intellect over instinct as you step out onto the glass-floored walkway cantilevered over the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Your gut...

Navajo woman first in line for new Olive Garden restaurant
A Navajo Nation woman got in line two hours early and was the first customer to enter the new Olive Garden in Farmington, New Mexico. "I came up from...

Obama remains silent on official apology to Native peoples
President Barack Obama still has no plans to issue a public apology to Native people for their treatment by the federal government. Congress passed the official apology resolution last...

Notah Begay helps San Felipe Pueblo break ground on park
Navajo / Pueblo Golfer Notah Begay III helped San Felipe Pueblo in New Mexico break ground on a community park and soccer field that tribal leaders hope will promote...

Editorial: Aiming for an accurate count of Native Americans
"Whatever the reasons, past census counts have poorly represented minority populations such as Native Americans, one of the nation's most undercounted groups. The Native American population was estimated to be...

NPR: Osage photojournalist captures Native warriors in Iraq
"Photojournalist Steven Clevenger got his start in 1971 in Cambodia, when he was just 22-years-old. He has covered seven wars, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2006, Clevenger...

Editorial: County should follow Indian voting rights decision
"Fremont County officials should comply with a federal judge's voter-rights ruling so that county commission elections can take place as soon as possible. Instead, they appear to have chosen a...

Rep. Lujan statement on House passage of Cobell settlement
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-New Mexico) released the following statement on May 28, 2010. His district is home to about 8,000 Navajo trust beneficiaries who are expected to benefit from...

Rep. Kildee statement on House passage of Cobell settlement
Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan), the co-chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus, released the following statement on May 28, 2010. After 13 long years, this legislation will finally bring a...

Elouise Cobell statement on House passage of settlement
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, released this statement on May 28, 2010. Since the U.S. House of Representatives has approved H.R. 4213 - The...

Mark Trahant: A new debate emerges on health care reform
"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. And, now a different kind of debate begins. Federal agencies, primarily at the Department of...

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