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Officers say crime up in villages near Bethel

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) – Village police officers in communities near Bethel have noticed an increase in assaults, drunken driving and public inebriation since southwest Alaska’s largest city decided to go wet. In October, voters in Bethel, a city of 5,600 and a hub for surrounding villages, decided to remove community’s...

MSU assistant nursing prof. wins $350K grant

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) – An assistant nursing professor at Montana State University has won a three-year, $350,000 grant to study exposure of methylmercury in women of childbearing age on the Fort Peck Reservation. Sandra Kuntz’s project will replicate studies done on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Kuntz says the Robert Wood Foundation...

Swine flu linked to 18 Mont. deaths

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – State health officials are recommending local and tribal health departments expand access to the swine flu vaccine after announcing that 18 Montanans have died from complications related to the virus. The Department of Public Health and Human Services said Dec. 11 the vaccine supply is enough...

Doyle signs bill on Indian child welfare

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Jim Doyle has signed into law a bill designed to bring Wisconsin into better compliance with a 30-year-old federal law related to the welfare of American Indian children. Doyle’s office says the bill he signed Dec. 8 will strengthen connections between Indian children and tribes...

Cherokees buy Blue Ribbon Downs racetrack in Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Cherokee Nation has bought Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla., less than two weeks after the previous owner shuttered the horse racing track. The Cherokee Nation announced its purchase in a Dec. 10 news release, but didn’t disclose the sale price or say whether track...

Ex-leader of Ariz. tribe sentenced in theft case

PHOENIX (AP) – A former leader of a tiny Indian tribe in northern Arizona has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and fined $75,000 for stealing nearly $300,000 in tribal funds. Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Evelyn James, of Tuba City, was sentenced Dec. 1. She must surrender authorities...

Three Affiliated Tribes eye crime prevention grant

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota are hoping to receive a grant that would help with crime prevention on the reservation. The tribes are seeking an Operation Weed and Seed grant through the U.S. Department of Justice. The Justice Department and the Community Capacity Development the...

Sparks joins effort to protect petroglyphs

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) – The city of Sparks has joined a cooperative agreement to protect an obscure, rocky site featuring more than 200 panels of American Indian petroglyphs. The City Council unanimously voted Nov. 23 to join the protection effort for the Court of Antiquity with Washoe County and Nevada...

Some Ute Tribe members seek to halt hatchery

FORT DUCHESNE, Utah (AP) – Some members of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah are seeking to halt construction of a $6 million fish hatchery at Big Springs Creek. Opponents have expressed concern over the project’s effect on what they consider sacred springs, have...

Study says Alaska’s obesity rate among worst in US

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaskans are losing the battle of the bulge. A Centers for Disease Control study says Alaska is the most overweight state this side of Texas. The study looked at the obesity issue on a region-by-region basis. Figures show obesity rates of 30 percent or higher in of...