J.B. Tanner, respected Indian trader, dies at 84 (October 29, 2008)
J.B. Tanner, a well-respected New Mexico trader who spoke the Navajo language fluently, died on Saturday. He was 84. Tanner grew up around the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona. He was kicked out of high school for...
County debates Paskenta Band donation of $300K (October 29, 2008)
Supervisors in Tehama County, California, accepted a $300,000 donation from the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians on Tuesday but not after some debate. A resident accused the supervisors of taking the money for political reasons. But supervisors said their views...
BIA hosts law enforcement summit in Montana (October 29, 2008)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is hosting a law enforcement summit in BIllings, Montana, this week. Pat Ragsdale, the head of law enforcement at the BIA, said the agency doesn't have enough money to address crime on reservations. He encouraged...
Oglala Sioux Tribe holds presidential debate (October 29, 2008)
The two candidates for president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota faced off in a debate at Oglala Lakota College on Tuesday. Actor/activist Russell Means said he would engage the White House and seek to enforce the tribe's...
Arrest of suspect in Native abuse cases (October 29, 2008)
A 25-year-man accused of sexual assaulting more than one child on the Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan was arrested on Tuesday following a nationwide search. Devon Brandon, 25, faces six counts of sexually assaulting children under the age of 14....
Inter-American Commission hears Native case (October 29, 2008)
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has taken up its second Native rights from Canada this year. The commission, which is part of the Organization of American States, heard from the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group of British Columbia. The group represents...
Penobscot Nation provides teacher training (October 29, 2008)
The Penobscot Nation is helping teachers in Maine implement tribal history and culture into the classroom. In 2001, the Legislature passed a law to require public schools to include tribes in the curriculum. The state's standardized test -- Maine...
Soboba Band receives lead reduction grant (October 29, 2008)
The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians will use a $50,000 federal grant to develop lead prevention programs for Indian children in southern California. The grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will pay for "Tribal Families in Need Program" to educate...
Samish Nation seeks trust status for land (October 29, 2008)
The Samish Nation is seeking to have 14 acres in Anacortes, Washington, placed in trust. The tribe doesn't have plans for the site but will consider all options -- including a smoke shop and a casino. But tribal leaders aren't...
Tulalip Tribes encourage members to vote (October 29, 2008)
The Tulalip Tribes of Washington are taking part in efforts to increase the Native vote. American Indians and Alaska Natives are only about 2 percent of the state population. But in close elections, their votes could make a difference....
Jodi Rave: Racial overtones in Montana campaign (October 29, 2008)
"The campaign for Montana's top K-12 educator position has taken on racial overtones, sparking debate from observers about race-based comments made on a talk show and a Web site. The statewide election for superintendent of public instruction pits Elaine Sollie...
Report clears former NMAI director for travel costs (October 29, 2008)
The founding director of the National Museum of the American Indian was justified in traveling across the world to promote the institution, according to an investigation released on Tuesday. Rick West, a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of...
Vicki Vasques: Sen. McCain keeps promises (October 29, 2008)
For centuries, Indian people have heard many promises from countless politicians – and for us, Election Day was always the day the promises ended and the excuses began. The ground of Indian Country is littered with the results of Washington’s...
Socialist Worker: Indigenous uprising in Colombia (October 29, 2008)
"On October 13--516 years to the day that First Nation originarios discovered Christopher Columbus--some 12,000 indigenous Colombians marched onto the Pan-American Highway in Cauca and refused to lift their blockade until their demands for land, liberty and life were...
Appeals courts shift to conservative grounds (October 29, 2008)
President Bush has appointed more than a third of the judges sitting on federal appeals courts and conservative nominees now control 10 of the 13 federal circuits, The New York Times reports. Bush's nominees include Janice Rogers Brown, a former...
NMAI to open Fritz Scholder retrospective (October 29, 2008)
The works of the late artist Fritz Scholder are the subject of a major retrospective by the National Museum of the American Indian. Scholder, who was Luiseno, died in February 2005. He was well-known for his unusual paintings of...
New York City seeks smokeshop injunction (October 29, 2008)
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg asked a federal judge on Tuesday to stop smokeshops on the Unkechaug Indian Nation, a state-recognized tribe, from selling cigarettes. The city says the smokeshops on the Poospatuck Reservation are selling cigarettes to non-Indians...
Blog: Menominee man wins with contracting (October 29, 2008)
"Every entrepreneur has an inspiration they draw on to make a business journey -- whether that journey is geographical, psychological, or both. Jonathan Wilber is the CEO of Master Key Consulting and his journey brought him from the Menominee...
McCain-Palin call on Sen. Stevens to resign (October 29, 2008)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, (R), called on Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) to resign after he was convicted in a corruption case. McCain said Stevens "has broken his trust with the people" for...
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