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September 2, 2010
Group urges funds to back Indian Health Care Improvement Act
A coalition called the Health Rights Organizing Project has released Native Health Underfunded & Promises Unfulfilled to urge Congress to appropriate funds to support the Indian Health Care Improvement Act....

Opinion: State should pursue charges over abuse of Native girl
"The U.S. Department of Justice owes a full, public explanation to Paula Roberds and the other young girls who came forward to report crimes of sexual abuse in the...

Opinion: Don't fuel the fire when it comes to conflicts on racism
"You know how it feels to say something you think is funny and then realize later that it hurts people? Now imagine saying something like that on the air, and...

Alaska Native executive on leave amid sexual harassment case
Matthew Nicolai, the longtime chief executive officer of Calista Corp., has been placed on administrative leave amid a claim of sexual harassment against him. Nicolai, 57, reportedly began a...

Education issues discussed at Native American Summit in Utah
Indian education was a big topic at Utah's fifth annual Native American Summit on Wednesday. American Indians and Alaska Natives make up about 1.4 percent of the student population in...

Six groups in Tennessee to lose their recognition as state tribes
Six groups in Tennessee will lose their state recognized status as part of a lawsuit that was filed by a lobbyist who works for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The...

Seneca Nation hosts rallies in protest of state tobacco tax effort
The Seneca Nation of New York held two rallies on Wednesday to protest the state's attempt to impose a tobacco tax on reservations. Tribal leaders and members pointed out that...

Team from BIE school in Mississippi celebrates solar car victory
Students from a Bureau of Indian Education high school in Mississippi are still celebrating their victory in a national solar car contest. The team from Choctaw Central High School...

Colorado River Indian Tribes set recall for two council members
Two leaders of the Colorado River Indian Tribes face a recall election on September 25. Treasurer Dennis Welsh Jr. and council member Merving Scott Jr. were targeted by two critics....

Sandy Lake Band files lawsuit in hopes of gaining federal status
The Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa is suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs in hopes of gaining federal recognition. The tribe, based in Minnesota, signed treaties with the U.S....

First Nations man shot and killed by officer was deaf in one ear
A First Nations man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Seattle, Washington, was deaf in one ear, family and friends said. John T. Williams, a...

Indian woman charged with abuse after son found in apartment
An Indian woman in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been charged with child abuse after police found her infant son covered in feces in an apartment. Michelle Charley, 31, was heavily...

Passamaquoddy Tribe cites treaty right to fish in federal waters
The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point says it has a treaty right to fish in federal waters. The tribe is currently based in the state of Maine. But a 1794...

Column: Virginia tribes seek spot of recognition at state capitol
"After witnessing the unveiling of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial two years ago, Chief Kenneth Adams of the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe looked around Capitol Square in Richmond and took...

Montana tribe opens doors to $2.7M expanded health care clinic
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana opened the doors to a $2.7 million health care clinic. The three-story, 23,000-square-foot facility replaces a much smaller one in Polson....

Rep. Salazar promotes bill to pay for Indian tuition at Fort Lewis
Rep. John Salazar (D-Colorado) hopes a bill to help cover the costs of the Native student tuition program at Fort Lewis College will pass during the next session of Congress....

New York judge blocks state from imposing tobacco tax on tribes
An appellate court judge in New York blocked the state from imposing a tobacco tax on reservations but Gov. David Paterson (D) said he would appeal. The state is forcing...

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