Monthly Archives: September 2007

Dept Interior fails to collect federal and tribal royalties

A New York Times editorial points out the woeful failure of the Department of Interior to collect all the royalties due the American tax payer from private oil and gas operations on federal lands.  “A yearlong investigation has now provided … Continue reading

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Indian entrepreneurs launch traditional energy bar

Entrepreneurs from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota have created the Tanka Bar, an energy bar made from buffalo meat and berries.  The bar is based on wasna, a traditional Plains mixture of meat and berries. Combined, the two … Continue reading

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Indians included in U.S. immigration test

The New York Times reports that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services unveiled a new citizenship test on Thursday that includes two questions about Native Americans. “Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?” Acceptable answers include “Native Americans” or … Continue reading

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Response to editorial on "white privilege"

Recently, I posted an article I had received about the flip side of discrimination, “white privilege,” and how few people ever think about that aspect of gender and racial discrimination.  I just ran across this response to that idea:   What is white … Continue reading

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Senate hearing on crime in Indian country

The Senate heard graphic testimony about the enormous problems of crime in Indian country and the jurisdictional issues caused by federal law on this subject. Joe Garcia, the president of the National Congress of American Indians writes in Indian Country … Continue reading

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Small Business Admin 8(a) program and Indians

The National Congress of American Indians reports on a congressional hearing on the SBA’s 8(a) program:  “Greg DuMontier, chairman of the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) urged Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources to a play … Continue reading

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Senate committee approves Indian health bill

The Billings Gazette reported on Sept. 13:  “To cheers and applause from an audience that included many American Indians, the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a long-awaited bill aimed at improving American Indian health care.  At a boisterous … Continue reading

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