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Health care reform law includes limited definition of 'Indian' (May 13, 2013)

The Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to obtain health insurance but a key provision exempts American Indians and Alaska Natives who receive care through the Indian Health Service. But not all American Indians and Alaska Natives meet the definition...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe invites public to reburial ceremony (May 13, 2013)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is hosting a repatriation ceremony on Friday. The tribe is reburying the remains of 11 ancestors. The ceremony will be held at the Nibokaan Cemetery. "The teaching is, when we die, we put back...

KRQE: BIA wasted $10M on school distance learning system (May 13, 2013)

An ELKNet terminal. Photo from ELKNet Site Operator Training Manual. The Bureau of Indian Affairs wasted $10 million on a distance learning system, Larry Barker of KRQE-TV reports. The Enhanced Learning and Knowledge Network, also known as ELKNet, was...

Community to appeal decision in Jim Thorpe reburial dispute (May 13, 2013)

The remains of Jim Thorpe won't be returned to Oklahoma any time soon despite a federal judge's decision favoring the legendary athlete's sons. Judge A. Richard Caputo ordered the borough of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, to return the remains to Thorpe's...

Ex-dictator of Guatemala found guilty in Maya genocide trial (May 13, 2013)

Efrain Rios Montt, a former president and dictator of Guatemala, was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity for ordering the massacres of Mayans in the 1980s. Rios Montt was tried for the killings of 1,771 people at two...

Sen. Murkowski leads Native voter outreach for Republicans (May 13, 2013)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will be leading Native American voter outreach for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Murkowski was the first Alaskan and the first woman to serve as vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. She won her...

Muscogee Code Talkers to receive Congressional Gold Medal (May 13, 2013)

Code Talkers from the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma will be receiving a Congressional Gold Medal for their service. H.R.4544, the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008, authorized Congress to award medals to tribal code talkers who fought in World War...

Goshute Tribes launch first health care facility off reservation (May 13, 2013)

The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation have opened the first off-reservation health facility in Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The 3,800 square-foot Sacred Circle Health Care in downtown Salt Lake City will offer medical, dental and pharmacy services....

USDA Blog: Three tribes receive Value Added Producer grants (May 13, 2013)

Three tribes have received funds under the Value Added Producer Grant program at the Department of Agriculture: In a stroke of good fortune and opportune timing, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s Farm and Ranch Enterprise received word that they had...

New Yorker: Washington 'Redskins' appear to live on forever (May 13, 2013)

Ian Crouch on the controversy over the Washington Redskins: Over the past half century, hundreds of high-school and college athletic programs, facing opposition from students or simply coming to their senses, have jettisoned their Native American nicknames and mascots. They’ve...

Cherokee professor brings unique perspective to social work (May 13, 2013)

David A. Patterson, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, brings a unique perspective to social problems facing Indian Country. Patterson, who has Cherokee ancestry, struggled with substance abuse as a youth and attempted suicide at age 18. After...

Mark Trahant: Republicans put target on Indian health care (May 13, 2013)

The U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a vote Thursday to repeal the Affordable Care Act (including the permanent authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act). House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, tweeted: “It just keeps getting worse....

Vi Waln: Teachers put Indian students' mental health at risk (May 13, 2013)

Vi Waln on teachers who are affecting the well-being of Indian students: There is one teacher at a local middle school whose behavior was recently brought to my attention. He has been teacher for a long time as he was...

Native Sun News: Program encourages healthy pregnancies (May 13, 2013)

Drinking and becoming pregnant is a risky business for both mother and child. However, a new program in Pine Ridge and Rapid City is helping women decide how much they want to drink and what they can do to guarantee a healthy pregnancy.

Native Sun News: Graduates honored at feathering ceremony (May 13, 2013)

A celebratory 'Liliilililililiil!' rang out through the Surbeck Ballroom for the four School of Mines Native graduates.

Ryan Dreveskracht: Another threat to bison and tribal rights (May 13, 2013)

Ryan Dreveskracht on anti-tribal bison bills in Montana: Since the 19th Century, the plight of the North American bison has paralleled the way of the indigenous people of Buffalo Country and the land itself: decimation by non-tribal peoples, almost to...