American Indian tribes have more than access to national parks on the line with the government shutdown, as federal funding has been cut off for crucial services including foster care payments, nutrition programs and financial assistance for the needy.
An American Indian tribe in northern Minnesota will become the first in the country to team up with federal prosecutors under a law designed to improve public safety on reservations, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.
Three alleged members of an American Indian gang known for terrorizing people in the Upper Midwest were part of a criminal enterprise in which members dealt drugs, attacked informants and used other violent tactics to maintain the gang and its reputation, federal prosecutors said during closing arguments Tuesday in the men's trial.
University of New Mexico Law School Dean Kevin Washburn says he would work to ensure the federal government meets its obligations to American Indians if confirmed as the Interior Department's assistant secretary for Indian Affairs.
North Dakota State University is sponsoring the conference Tuesday and Wednesday in Fort Yates. Nursing professor Loretta Heuer says it's the first of its kind. She says it will start the dialogue on how to get more American Indian students into nursing.
The No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of Justice is coming to North Dakota to talk about public safety on American Indian reservations. Deputy Attorney General James Cole is scheduled to be the keynote speaker Thursday morning at a tribal conference in Bismarck.
Each year for the past eight or nine years, Twyla Baker-Demaray and friends have produced traditional American Indian food as part of the annual Time Out at UND, a week of talks, performances and presentations showcasing the history and culture of regional Indian tribes.
Russell Means, a former American Indian Movement activist who led the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee, says he has inoperable throat cancer. The 71-year-old said doctors told him the cancer was too advanced for surgery. Means, who is also an actor known for his role in "The Last of the Mohicans," said he would not have chosen surgery anyway because it would have meant the removal of his tongue and his ability to speak.
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