Monthly Archives: July 2009

Crow Nation historian receives Presidential medal

Joe Medicine Crow, a historian and author from the Crow Tribe of Montana, is to be named as one of the recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Medicine Crow, 96, met then-Sen. Barack Obama during a campaign stop … Continue reading

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BIA head names team

Larry EchoHawk, the new head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, announced three additions to his staff in Washington, D.C. Wizipan Garriott, a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is serving as policy adviser. Garriott worked for … Continue reading

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American Indians are tribal citizens, not members

I am becoming more concerned about tribes and Indians using the term “members” to describe themselves. I believe that using that term instead of the words “citizen” and “citizenship” when talking about tribal governments and tribal enrollment denigrates the existence … Continue reading

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Episcopal Church repudiates the Doctrine of Discovery

The subject of my book, Native America, Discovered & Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, & Manifest Destiny, is a hot topic in the Episcopal Church. Indian Country Today reports that at its 76th General Convention on July 8-17, 2009 … Continue reading

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Tribe and local fire district cooperate

In yet another example of how tribes help local non-Indian communities, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon recently reached an agreement to secure fire and emergency services at its Spirit Mountain Casino. The tribe will build a … Continue reading

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Kennewick Man studies still secret

The results of studies on the remains of Kennewick Man have not been made public despite the high-profile battle over the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Only the scientists who were part of a lawsuit have been allowed … Continue reading

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Tex Hall answers allegation that Alaska Native corporations are doing too well with SBA 8(a)

Tex Hall, ex-chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes and ex-president of the National Congress of American Indians writes in response to congressional hearing into Alaska Native corporations benefitting from the Small Business Administration section 8(a) program. “Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) … Continue reading

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