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Jodi Rave: A Native for the Nobel Peace Prize (September 29, 2008)

"On a recent trip to Norway, some fellow journalists and I kept driving past the Nobel Peace Center in the central part of Oslo as we made our way between museums and restaurants. I thought of the incredible men...

Tim Giago: My advice to aspiring young writers (September 29, 2008)

I often get letters from young Native Americans whose mothers and fathers were reading my newspapers before they were born. Makes one wonder where time has gone. They write me to ask about a career in journalism. Since I am...

McCain's circle targeted tribes in Abramoff scandal (September 29, 2008)

A Democratic National Committee ad cites Sen. McCain's ties to gambling. Associates of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) profited from the Jack Abramoff scandal by soliciting tribes who were victimized by the convicted lobbyist, The New York Times reported on...

'Fighting Sioux' arena to display tribal flags (September 29, 2008)

Tribal leaders are upset by plans to fly their flags at the "Fighting Sioux" arena at the University of North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation weren't told that their flags will be...

Indian county sheriff faces recall election (September 29, 2008)

The Indian sheriff in Big Horn County, Montana, faces a recall election after residents gathered enough signatures to put the issue on an upcoming ballot. Lawrence "Pete" Big Hair, a member of the Crow Tribe, was elected in November...

Native American Bank names new president (September 29, 2008)

Native American Bank has named a new president and chief executive officer. David Gilman replaces interim president Donald McLean III. The bank's prior president, J.D. Cobert (Chickasaw), left earlier this year. “Dave Gilman is a widely respected and distinguished professional...

Alaska Native charter school offers bus service (September 29, 2008)

The Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage will offer bus service in hopes of boosting student enrollment. Only 152 students registered as of Friday, The Anchorage Daily News reported. The school needed 151 students to be eligible for state...

No action on Indian Health Care Improvement Act (September 29, 2008)

Last-minute attempts to save the Indian Health Care Improvement Act before the November election appear to have failed as Congress heads into its final hours. Tribal advocates sought to attach the IHCIA to the federal budget resolution and to other...

EPA honors Oglala Sioux woman for tribal efforts (September 29, 2008)

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Bonny Sullivan started working for her tribe's Environmental Protection Program in 1996. She focused on cleaning up dozens of illegal dump sites on the...

The Fives: Why the media misses Bill Janklow (September 29, 2008)

"5. Janklow sues over "In The Spirit of Crazy Horse", strengthens 1st amendment rights I was a sophomore at Lead High School when my Indian Studies teacher encouraged me to do my quarterly report on the release of the book...

Target of San Manuel murder plot sues for $50M (September 29, 2008)

The intended victim of a murder-for-hire plot involving two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is suing for $50 million, saying he can't work because he was forced to go into hiding. Leonard Epps says the...

Substance abuse claiming young Seminole lives (September 29, 2008)

Most members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida never get to see their 50th birthday, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. According to state records examined by the paper, the average age of a Seminole at death dropped from 59.7 in 1997...

Gov. Palin too busy to meet with tribal leaders (September 29, 2008)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has been in office nearly two years but still hasn't met with the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, Chairman Mike Williams said. Williams, who is Yup'ik, said he's been asking Palin for a meeting since December 2006....

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe repeals ban on unions (September 29, 2008)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has repealed its law that banned unions on the reservation. The tribe repealed the law in order to avoid a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board. The Teamsters union filed a complaint with...

Four Indian suspects wanted for home invasion (September 29, 2008)

Police in Tucson, Arizona, are looking for three Indian men and one Indian woman in connection with a home invasion. The incident took place on Friday night. Police say the suspects attacked and injured a man and woman in...

DOJ to release report on firings of US Attorneys (September 29, 2008)

Update: The report can be found here. A long-awaited report into the firings of several federal prosecutors is being released today. In December 2006, the Bush administration fired eight U.S. Attorneys, five of whom were prominent members of the...

Interview with Wilma Mankiler, former Cherokee chief (September 29, 2008)

The Indianapolis Star interviews Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, about the presidential campaign and Indian issues. "Question: In your endorsement of Sen. Hillary Clinton earlier this year, you...

Stabbing death reported at Morongo powwow (September 29, 2008)

One person was fatally stabbed and three others were injured during the powwow hosted by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in California. The incident occurred Saturday night at the 18th annual Thunder & Lightning Pow Wow. The people involved...

Editorial: Investigate Gale Norton for corruption (September 29, 2008)

"Whatever happened to staying awake on your watch? This is the question posed by yet another example of top-level government officials apparently asleep at the wheel while the vessel they were supposed to be steering veered off course. Granted, this...