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Republican lawmaker for reservations has felony conviction
Law | Politics
Republican lawmaker for reservations has felony conviction (November 10, 2014)
Gilbert Bruce Meyers, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, was ordered to live away from his family after a child abuse conviction.

Michael Baines: Senate candidate battles Alaska Native rights
Opinion | Politics
Michael Baines: Senate candidate battles Alaska Native rights (October 23, 2014)
The chairman of the Sitka Tribe, says Republican Dan Sullivan has trampled on Alaska Native rights.

Mark Trahant: Races come down to turnout in three key states
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Races come down to turnout in three key states (October 20, 2014)
In 2014 these are my three elections to watch: Alaska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Keith Harper, Cherokee lawyer, raised at least $500K for Obama
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Politics
Keith Harper, Cherokee lawyer, raised at least $500K for Obama (March 4, 2013)
Keith Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation, bundled at least $500,000 for the 2012 Obama-Biden campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Harper is an attorney at...

Winona LaDuke: Learning some lessons from the 2012 election
Opinion
Winona LaDuke: Learning some lessons from the 2012 election (November 23, 2012)
"We just saw some $6 billion spent on the most expensive election in history. It’s a couple of weeks later, and I think I’ve recovered from the drama and excitement....

Gyasi Ross: Flying the not too friendly skies after the   election
Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Flying the not too friendly skies after the election (November 21, 2012)
"I think airport conversations–when you’re waiting for your flight–are the most interesting conversations you can have. The reason why? Who knows? Could it be that the possibility of dying within...

Holly Cook Macarro: Indian Country relishes election victories
Opinion
Holly Cook Macarro: Indian Country relishes election victories (November 19, 2012)
"Just one year ago, the Democrats were written off as likely to lose their majority and control of the Senate to the Republicans. Today, they are looking at a gain...

Denise Juneau declares victory in Montana   schools election
Education | Politics
Denise Juneau declares victory in Montana schools election (November 15, 2012)
Democrat Denise Juneau, the first American Indian to run the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, declared victory on Wednesday but Republican Sandy Welch will ask for a recount in the...

WyoFile: Indian voters exercise   power after voting rights case
Politics
WyoFile: Indian voters exercise power after voting rights case (November 13, 2012)
"The Voting Rights Act lawsuit that replaced at-large voting for county commissioners with district-by-district elections in Fremont County has shifted the balance of power on the commission, even in a...

Steve Russell: Analyzing the outcome of the presidential vote
Opinion
Steve Russell: Analyzing the outcome of the presidential vote (November 13, 2012)
"The battle is over, and pundits now stroll to the battlefield and shoot the survivors. I have used this bully pulpit to urge that Indians bloc vote only when threatened...

Denise Juneau confident as race in Montana   heads for  a recount
Education | Politics
Denise Juneau confident as race in Montana heads for a recount (November 12, 2012)
Democrat Denise Juneau, the first American Indian to run the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, expects to prevail in a recount against Republican Sandy Welch. The latest, unofficial results show...

Tim Giago: Why an Indian voted for a    South Dakota Republican
Opinion
Tim Giago: Why an Indian voted for a South Dakota Republican (November 12, 2012)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © Unitysodak1@knology.net Holy GOP! I did the unthinkable! I’m Native American and I voted for a Republican! No, I didn’t vote...

Gyasi Ross: Now the hard work - holding candidates accountable
Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Now the hard work - holding candidates accountable (November 9, 2012)
"Ok, now the election’s done. Good. Thank God—it went on about six months too long. There went a billion dollars that could’ve been used to help educate children or wipeout...

Louise Erdrich: Getting out the vote in  a tribal housing complex
Opinion
Louise Erdrich: Getting out the vote in a tribal housing complex (November 8, 2012)
"Little Earth of United Tribes is a Native-preference housing development within the larger city of Minneapolis, and it is where my daughter Persia and have gone to work in the...

Denise Juneau maintains slim lead in Montana public school race
Education | Politics
Denise Juneau maintains slim lead in Montana public school race (November 8, 2012)
Democrat Denise Juneau, the first American Indian to run the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, is holding onto a slim lead against Republican Sandy Welch. As of Thursday morning, Juneau...

Vonnie Lone Chief: How the Indian vote boosted Heidi Heitkamp
Opinion
Vonnie Lone Chief: How the Indian vote boosted Heidi Heitkamp (November 8, 2012)
Despite the required recount, North Dakota tribes and Indian Country were already celebrating the efforts put forth for Indian champion Heidi Heitkamp’s improbable victory in her bid to hold Democrat...

Navajo  woman  defeats   Navajo incumbent in     New Mexico   House
Politics
Navajo woman defeats Navajo incumbent in New Mexico House (November 8, 2012)
Republican Sharon Clahchischilliage defeated New Mexico State Rep. Ray Begaye (D) for a district that includes parts of the Navajo Nation. Clahchischilliage will represent District 4 in northwestern New Mexico....

WyoFile: Long lines and large turnout at Wind River Reservation
Politics
WyoFile: Long lines and large turnout at Wind River Reservation (November 8, 2012)
"Rep. Patrick Goggles won re-election to the House in District 33 by just 26 votes, 1,473 to 1,447, according to unofficial results released by the Fremont County clerk. Given the...

Navajo Post: Indian Country gets   four more  years under Obama
Politics
Navajo Post: Indian Country gets four more years under Obama (November 8, 2012)
"The day after a razor close election, President Obama comes back as the President, he was Re-elected winning early in key battle states like Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Florida...

President Barack Obama wins  a second term in the White House
Politics
President Barack Obama wins a second term in the White House (November 7, 2012)
President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House after sailing to victory in most of the battleground states on Tuesday. Although election results were not final for...

Democrat Raul Ruiz beats  Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R)  in California
Politics
Democrat Raul Ruiz beats Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) in California (November 7, 2012)
Democrat Raul Ruiz pulled out a surprise win against Republican Mary Bono Mack, who labeled her opponent as "anti-American" because he participated in Native protests in the 1990s. Bono Mack...

James Ramos, former San Manuel chair, wins    California election
Politics
James Ramos, former San Manuel chair, wins California election (November 7, 2012)
James Ramos, the former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, easily won election as 3rd district supervisor in San Bernardino County, California. Ramos faced highly negative attacks...

Denise Juneau  holds lead in election for Montana public schools
Education | Politics
Denise Juneau holds lead in election for Montana public schools (November 7, 2012)
Democrat Denise Juneau, the first American Indian to run the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, holds onto a lead against Republican Sandy Welch. Juneau is a member of the Mandan,...

Democrat Jon Tester wins re-election bid for Senate in Montana
Politics
Democrat Jon Tester wins re-election bid for Senate in Montana (November 7, 2012)
Democrat Jon Tester defeated Republican Denny Rehberg for U.S. Senate in Montana. The race was one of the most closely-watched in the nation. Tester was able to beat back...

Indian vote fails to sway outcome of House race in South Dakota
Politics
Indian vote fails to sway outcome of House race in South Dakota (November 7, 2012)
Republican Kristi Noem sailed to re-election on Tuesday for South Dakota's sole U.S. House seat despite strong support in Indian Country for Democrat Matt Varilek. Early election results showed Noem...

Democrat Martin Heinrich wins open Senate seat in New Mexico
Politics
Democrat Martin Heinrich wins open Senate seat in New Mexico (November 7, 2012)
Democrat Martin Heinrich (D) defeated Republican Heather Wilson (R) for an open U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico. Heinrich has served in the U.S. House since 2009. He represents New...

Democrat Claire McCaskill  of Missouri wins re-election     to Senate
Business | Politics
Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri wins re-election to Senate (November 6, 2012)
Democrat Claire McCaskill defeated Republican Todd Akin to win re-election for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. The incumbent McCaskill initially faced a strong challenge from Akin, who represents Missouri's 2nd...

Democrat Elizabeth Warren wins Senate seat for Massachusetts
Politics
Democrat Elizabeth Warren wins Senate seat for Massachusetts (November 6, 2012)
Democrat Elizabeth Warren unseated Republican Scott Brown for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts in one of the most heated and closely-watched campaigns of the election cycle. Warren faced repeated...

GOP  Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, wins House seat in Oklahoma
Politics
GOP Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, wins House seat in Oklahoma (November 6, 2012)
Republican Markwayne Mullin defeated Democrat Rob Wallace for an open U.S. House seat in Oklahoma, according to early election returns. Mullin is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. However, he...

Democrat Chris Murphy secures U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut
Politics
Democrat Chris Murphy secures U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut (November 6, 2012)
Democrat Chris Murphy defeated Republican Linda McMahon for the U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut, according to early election results. The race to win the seat being vacated by Sen. Joe...

APTN: Indian voters could tip election outcomes in key states
National | Politics
APTN: Indian voters could tip election outcomes in key states (November 6, 2012)
"As Americans head to the polls today, there’s an historic push to get Native Americans voting as well. Media, tribal organizations and political parties themselves are all encouraging Native Americans...

WyoFile: Getting out the votes on the Wind River Reservation
National | Politics
WyoFile: Getting out the votes on the Wind River Reservation (November 6, 2012)
"Micah Lott and Jenea Mandan, a pair of teenagers raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation, knock on the door of a modest wooden home in Beaver Creek, a small...

Steve Russell: Indian fighters in the annals of American  politics
Opinion
Steve Russell: Indian fighters in the annals of American politics (November 6, 2012)
"If Indians should vote in elections called by the colonial state, the question becomes for whom? It is axiomatic that we vote our interests, but which of many interests? I...

Charles Trimble: A political kiss of death from   Lakota columnist
Opinion
Charles Trimble: A political kiss of death from Lakota columnist (November 6, 2012)
I’ve followed with interest the editorial confrontation between columnist Tim Giago and Lakota educator and scholar Ryan Wilson over whether it was wise or good for Giago to endorse...

President of Navajo Nation   backs  Richard Carmona in Senate
Politics
President of Navajo Nation backs Richard Carmona in Senate (November 5, 2012)
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has endorsed Democrat Richard Carmona for U.S. Senate in Arizona. Shelly cited Carmona's support for Indian veterans and economic development in Indian Country. Carmona visited...

Delvin Cree: Heidi Heitkamp will represent North Dakota tribes
Opinion
Delvin Cree: Heidi Heitkamp will represent North Dakota tribes (November 5, 2012)
Several Indian tribes in North Dakota will soon pay more attention to the many energy resources we have in our state and on tribal lands. So far the non-Indian population...

Elsa Johnson: Looking back on election day     on   Navajo Nation
Opinion
Elsa Johnson: Looking back on election day on Navajo Nation (November 5, 2012)
"On Election Day, my family drives in from various parts of the Southwest to vote at our home Navajo chapter, Forest Lake. My mother, who does not read or write...

Native Sun News: Indian voters lobby for local polling station
National | Politics
Native Sun News: Indian voters lobby for local polling station (November 5, 2012)
The placement of a new polling site in the Lakota Community Homes neighborhood of Rapid City will make it easier for the area’s voters — especially Native American voters — to cast their ballots.

Winnebago Tribe backs Bob Kerrey for Senate seat in Nebraska
Politics
Winnebago Tribe backs Bob Kerrey for Senate seat in Nebraska (November 2, 2012)
The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is backing Bob Kerrey for U.S. Senate. After meeting with Kerrey, who previously served in the Senate from 1989 through 2001, the tribal council voted...

Dyani Bingham: Barack  Obama has helped the first Americans
Opinion
Dyani Bingham: Barack Obama has helped the first Americans (November 1, 2012)
"It is our pleasure and honor to endorse President Barack Obama for re-election to the Presidency of the United States of America. President Obama has been a friend to the...

Tribes working  to boost   turnout among Native American voters
National | Politics
Tribes working to boost turnout among Native American voters (November 1, 2012)
Tribes and tribal organizations are working to increase turnout among American Indian and Alaska Native voters. Native Americans only make up around 1 percent of eligible voters in the U.S....

Cole R. DeLaune:  Defending   Republican friends of Indian Country
Opinion
Cole R. DeLaune: Defending Republican friends of Indian Country (November 1, 2012)
"To a certain species of political observer, the popular impulse when confronted with ideological complexity is to see past any suggestion of nuance to a profitable corollary. To wit, two...

Winona LaDuke: A green and pro-life vote  for   President   Obama
Opinion
Winona LaDuke: A green and pro-life vote for President Obama (November 1, 2012)
"Let’s start big. It’s official. Climate change is no longer a topic of the presidential election banter. Since pretty much no one has mentioned climate change for the past three...

Judge won't require state to open voting offices on reservations
Law | Politics
Judge won't require state to open voting offices on reservations (October 31, 2012)
A federal judge won't force the state of Montana to open early voting offices on reservations. Judge Richard Cebull acknowledged the inequity between Indian and non-Indian communities. But said the...

Navajo Nation leaders endorse both candidates  for  US Senate
Politics
Navajo Nation leaders endorse both candidates for US Senate (October 30, 2012)
Both the Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico are touting endorsements from leaders of the Navajo Nation. Republican Heather Wilson posted a letter of support...

Ryan Wilson: Indian Country can't afford     Kristi Noem anymore
Opinion
Ryan Wilson: Indian Country can't afford Kristi Noem anymore (October 30, 2012)
Ryan Wilson and current House Speaker John Boehner (R). Photo Courtesy Ryan Wilson My good friend Tim Giago recently offered a rebuttal to “Romneysia hits Lakota Country.” In this...

Mark Trahant: Hurricane Sandy could  affect outcome of election
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Hurricane Sandy could affect outcome of election (October 29, 2012)
"Hurricane Sandy is the monster storm threatening millions of people living on the eastern seaboard, already shutting down many cities and the federal government in Washington, D.C. The storm has...

Tex Hall: President Obama kept his promises to Indian Country
Opinion
Tex Hall: President Obama kept his promises to Indian Country (October 29, 2012)
"Like most Native Americans, I jumped at the chance to throw my support behind President Obama in his 2008 campaign. Four years later, although some of my friends complain that...

Tim Giago: Stuck like a fly in the honey of the Democratic Party
Opinion
Tim Giago: Stuck like a fly in the honey of the Democratic Party (October 29, 2012)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota My friend Ryan Wilson suffers from that age-old illness known as Demo-nesia. He has been immersed...

Opinion: Michigan court  election  will impact  tribal communities
Opinion
Opinion: Michigan court election will impact tribal communities (October 26, 2012)
"One of the most important ways to ensure all Michiganders understand the importance of tribal communities in our state is by showing up to the polls to vote this November....

Native Sun News: Pine Ridge man seeks 3rd term in S.D. House
National | Politics
Native Sun News: Pine Ridge man seeks 3rd term in S.D. House (October 26, 2012)
Oglala Lakota Kevin Killer hopes to keep hold of his seat in the South Dakota Legislature. PHOTO COURTESY/SOUTH DAKOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Pine Ridge man seeks third term in...

Rep.  Boehner:  Republicans can do better than President Obama
Opinion
Rep. Boehner: Republicans can do better than President Obama (October 26, 2012)
"In recent months, my role as Speaker of the House has allowed me to travel much of our great nation—including Indian country—and talk to Americans of all walks of life....

Opinion: A different brand  of anti-Indian politics  in Washington
Opinion
Opinion: A different brand of anti-Indian politics in Washington (October 25, 2012)
"Here in Washington State, our own brand of anti-Indian politics can be seen in the race for Governor—not the vulgar, highly visible kind like back east, but the variety that...

Heidi Heitkamp: A promise to work for Indian Country in Senate
Opinion
Heidi Heitkamp: A promise to work for Indian Country in Senate (October 25, 2012)
"When I spend time on North Dakota reservations, so many friends ask me how I am holding up from all of the negative attacks from out-of-state millionaires. My response is...

Opinion: Tribes blast  Rep. Mary Bono Mack's campaign attacks
Opinion
Opinion: Tribes blast Rep. Mary Bono Mack's campaign attacks (October 24, 2012)
"The strong reaction by Inland American Indians against U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack’s campaign for attacking Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz for his participation in Native American protests in Massachusetts in...

Blog: Indian voters could turn Arizona into   battleground state
Politics
Blog: Indian voters could turn Arizona into battleground state (October 24, 2012)
"Arizona is a Republican-leaning state largely because Maricopa County is a Republican-leaning county. With about 60 percent of the electorate, Maricopa County’s political preferences tend to carry the day. Maricopa...

Ryan Wilson: Good friend comes down with   case of Romneysia
Opinion
Ryan Wilson: Good friend comes down with case of Romneysia (October 24, 2012)
I awoke early this morning concerned that my good friend Tim Giago had contracted Romneysia by wedding himself to Kristi Noem’s reelection aspirations. Concern for my friend compels me to...

NCAI  report cites  concerns about voter ID laws  in certain states
Law | National | Politics
NCAI report cites concerns about voter ID laws in certain states (October 23, 2012)
Voter identification laws pose "significant barriers" to American Indians and Alaska Native voters in six states, the National Congress of American Indians said in a report on Monday. Alaska, Florida,...

ICT Interview: Raul Ruiz discusses 1997 arrest at Native protest
Opinion
ICT Interview: Raul Ruiz discusses 1997 arrest at Native protest (October 23, 2012)
"In 1997, Raul Ruiz, a 25-year-old Harvard medical student, participated in the annual Thanksgiving Day protest in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), a group...

Mark Trahant: Obama and Romney talk   foreign policy in   debate
Opinion
Mark Trahant: Obama and Romney talk foreign policy in debate (October 23, 2012)
"Ninety minutes are too quick for a debate about the world. In fact the globe shrunk to a few regions and a few issues in the final debate between President...

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