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August 17, 2010
Helium: Health and wellness issues face Native Americans today
"On average, American Indians do not live as long as other Americans do. They also suffer from several diseases at higher rates than the American norm. Obesity and Diabetes The...

My North: Grand Traverse Band looks ahead to seven generations
"On Earth Day 2008, Hank Bailey, a natural resources staffer with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians gathered dozens of children—Native and non-Native alike—and other volunteers,...

First Nations might be interested in hosting nuclear waste facility
First Nations in Saskatchewan might be interested in hosting Canada's nuclear waste facility. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization, which was created by law to evaluate waste storage proposals, has made...

Column: Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse among state's greatest leaders
"Is anyone ready to lead South Dakota? The crucial 2010 elections for influential state and federal offices are less than three months away, but so far no candidate has caught...

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic draws thousands to contest powwow
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic held its 6th annual contest powwow on Saturday. Over 3,500 people attended and more than 250 people competed, said Rita Wright-Burkhalter, the clinic's community...

Santa Fe prepares for 89th annual Indian Market, largest in world
The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts hosts the 89th annual Santa Fe Indian Market this weekend. Hundreds of traditional and contemporary artists will display their works on the downtown plaza...

History: Excavation of Pequot massacre site keeps memory alive
"When Connecticut settlers decided to wage war on the Pequot Indians in 1637, they were ruthless in their quest for revenge. The Pequots had already been blamed for the deaths...

Santee Sioux woman wins support to work on human rights panel
Karen Mackey, a member of the Santee Sioux Tribe, won unanimous support to stay on as director of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission. Mackey faced criticism about some of...

Nebraska governor disclaims responsibility over Whiteclay liquor
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) is rejecting responsibility for liquor problems in the town of Whiteclay. Four stores in the town sell millions of cans of beer a year, mainly...

Menominee Nation objects to use of Chief Oshkosh at mayor's bar
The Menominee Nation doesn't want the image or name of Chief Oshkosh associated with a new bar. The tribe talked to Mayor Paul Esslinger of Oshkosh about the name...

Chickasaw Nation welcomes first baby born at new health center
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma welcomed the first baby born at its new health facility. The tribe moved into the $145 million Chickasaw Nation Medical Center earlier this month. Briar...

Ute Tribe suspends chairman for 30 days amid dispute over recall
The Ute Tribe of Utah suspended chairman Curtis Cesspooch for 30 days amid a dispute over a recall petition. Tribal members started a petition to remove Cesspooch because they...

Domestic violence shelter on Rosebud Reservation loses leaders
A domestic violence shelter on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota has lost three leaders amid scrutiny about its operation. White Buffalo Calf Woman Society executive director Tillie Black...

Editorial: Stop Congress from addressing land-into-trust decision
"At the behest of Indian tribes and their lobbyists, some members of Congress are seeking a "fix" to a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision that cast doubt on the federal...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe reopens access to path on trust land
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has reopened a path to a popular beach. The tribe placed a pile of twigs, some brush and a sign on the path...

Editorial: Chippewa Cree Tribe deserves funds for recovery effort
"The dark cloud that dumped flukish heavy rains on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation back in June was no darker than the cloud of uncertainty hovering over the small northcentral Montana...

USDA withdraws permit for landfill on Yakama Nation treaty lands
The Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a permit that would have allowed a Hawaiian company to ship waste to landfill next to the Yakama Nation in Washington. But the tribe...

Justice Department ends investigation of DeLay ties to Abramoff
The Department of Justice won't be charging former House leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) in connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal. As a Republican leader, DeLay used his position to benefit...

Miccosukee Tribe releases police chief after 15 months on the job
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida fired its police chief after just 5 months on the job, The Miami Herald reports. Neither the tribe nor Thomas Loughren would explain the reasons...

Charles Trimble: A proposal for a new tax on all those wannabees
I don’t mean to offend Cherokee friends in writing about wannabees. I mean they can’t help it if seemingly every person this side of Nepal wants to be one of...

Federal Eye: Salazar launches Interior Department diversity plan
"The Interior Department is implementing new workplace rules for diversity and inclusion amid years of reports that it hasn't done a good job hiring and promoting minorities. A study conducted...

Opinion: Tribal Law and Order Act blurs jurisdictions for California
"Ray Lutz, Democratic candidate for the 52nd Congressional district, slammed incumbent Rep. Duncan D. Hunter’s vote against the Tribal Law and Order Act HR725. Democratic Lutz, I assume, did not...

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