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Opinion: No honor in use of Indians as mascots (November 2, 2007)

"What, you may ask, is the big deal anyway? Briefly, American Indians object to seeing their culture trivialized and used for fun and games, they object to their spirituality and iconography being misused (the feather, the paint, the fire), and...

Idaho tribe wants to hunt bison near Yellowstone (November 2, 2007)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho are seeking approval to hunt bison near Yellowstone National Park. Asserting its treaty rights to off-reservation hunting, the tribe wants to hunt bison near the park in Montana and Wyoming. Officials from both states are...

UND spent $850K to defend 'Fighting Sioux' (November 2, 2007)

The University of North Dakota spent about $850,000 to defend its "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The school exhausted a legal defense fund set up by alumni. Some money is still owed to lawyers who worked on the case....

Canada drops objections in death penalty case (November 2, 2007)

The Canadian government has dropped efforts to spare one of its citizens from the death penalty. Ronald Allen Smith, of Alberta, was convicted of murdering two Blackfeet men in Montana. Harvey Mad Man Jr., 24, and Thomas Running Rabbit...

Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe still waiting on water (November 2, 2007)

"Sen. Tim Johnson and Sen. John Thune this week introduced the Mni Wiconi Rural Water System Supply Extension Act to ensure the project is completed in the next five years. In the middle of the wealthiest nation on earth, South...

Tribal funds included in Tar Creek settlement (November 2, 2007)

A $65 million settlement over Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma includes money for tribal restoration efforts. The deal with Asarco LLC provides $7.5 million to the state Department of Environmental Quality, $33 million for the Environmental Protection Agency and...

Wilson Skeet, Navajo Code Talker, dies at 83 (November 2, 2007)

Wilson Skeet, a Navajo Coder Talker and former vice chairman of the Navajo Nation, died on Wednesday. He was 83. Skeet was born on the Navajo Nation in eastern New Mexico. The U.S. Army forced his family to leave...

Navajo student died after being stabbed 23 times (November 2, 2007)

A Navajo student at the University of Arizona died after being stabbed 23 times, according to an autopsy. Mia Henderson, 18, died on September 5. Authorities say her roommate, Galareka Harrison, 18 and also Navajo, stabbed Henderson while she...

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe sued for kids' deaths (November 2, 2007)

The father of two children who died in a foster home is suing the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe for wrongful death. Tiffany and Travis Lewandowski, ages 7 and 4, died in the care of Marlys Robertson in January 2005. Their father,...

Column: US Mint offers refunds for 'Shawnee' pouch (November 2, 2007)

"Some government announcements are so weird, you know there just has to be a story there. And in this case, there is. The United States Mint -- you know, the guys who make your money -- issued a news release...

Pair accused of selling fake tribal memberships (November 2, 2007)

A man and woman in California pleaded not guilty on Thursday to theft and fraud charges after authorities said they were selling fake tribal memberships to immigrants. Victor Granadaos, 57, and Kim Thomas Johnson, 47, allegedly told immigrants they could...

Chief Smith: Let courts decide on Cherokee Freedmen (November 2, 2007)

"Congresswoman Watson says the Treaty of 1866 gave citizenship in the Cherokee Nation to the Freedmen descendants. We disagree, and this is a primary question that is being decided in federal and tribal courts today -- a fact that is...