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Golden Pen: Tribal nations need to embrace change (October 13, 2008)

"We as tribal nations often find ourselves stuck and confused wondering what lies ahead on our path to independence and, to some, economic independence. Do we ever ask what is better for our future as a tribal nation instead of...

Rumsey Chair: Tribe focuses on cultural rebirth (October 13, 2008)

"I write concerning the article published in The Sacramento Bee about my tribe, the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians. Unfortunately, The Bee's relentless focus on tribal finances and personal problems of some members created an impression far different than...

Yellow Bird: Sen. Obama a presidential winner (October 13, 2008)

"Sen. Barack Obama has some of the same characteristics. He made changes in his speeches and how he approached the presidential campaign. But most important, Obama stayed steady, even when his relationships with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright or Bill...

Congress fails to pass critical Indian health care bill (October 13, 2008)

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill went home for the November election last week without taking action on one of the biggest priorities for Indian Country. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act has been stalled in Congress for more than seven years....

Governors Interstate Indian Council meets (October 13, 2008)

The Governors Interstate Indian Council is holding its annual conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, this week. The group consists of state Indian affairs officers and commissioners. More than 30 states are represented. The conference runs through Thursday. Get the...

Penobscot Nation elects new legislative delegate (October 13, 2008)

The Penobscot Nation elected Wayne Mitchell as its representative to the Maine Legislature. Mitchell, 56, said his main goal will be to improve relations with the state. "One of the biggest things facing the tribe and the state is the...

San Pasqual Band fails to resolve dispute (October 13, 2008)

Members of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians of California met on Sunday but failed to resolve a leadership dispute. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is urging two factions to work out their differences. The tribe could lose federal...

NIEA to hold annual conference in Washington (October 13, 2008)

The National Indian Education Association holds its 39th annual conference in Seattle, Washington, next week. As part of the event, which takes place October 23-25 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, NIEA is honoring eight people and three...

BIA maintains police 'surges' on two reservations (October 13, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to maintain extra police officers on two reservations in North Dakota and South Dakota. The BIA sent 25 officers to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which straddles the North-South Dakota border, in response to...

Crow chairman easily survives primary challenge (October 13, 2008)

Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana went to the polls on Saturday to vote in a primary election. Incumbent Chairman Carl Venne easily won the most votes out of eight candidates running for the post. With 1,687 votes, he...

Crosscut: Meth use linked to Indian artifact theft (October 13, 2008)

"In the old Northwest you could literally reach out and touch history wherever you went. Everyone could be an Indiana Jones. But now, relic hunting is pretty much a no-no. It ruins potentially important archaeological evidence. Findings on pubic lands...

Kevin Abourezk: Honoring a Sioux Code Talker (October 13, 2008)

"Few who knew Charlie Whitepipe knew anything about the months he lay in a hospital bed in New Guinea during World War II, sick and forced to watch his buddies sail away without him. Few knew about the young Rosebud...

Sen. Obama going after Indian vote in the Plains (October 13, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) is going after the Indian vote in Republican "red" states, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. Obama has offices on four reservations in Montana and on two in South Dakota. He campaigned on the Crow Reservation...

Charles Trimble: Sen. Obama a man for our time (October 13, 2008)

Over a quarter century ago, I changed my registration, which had up to then been Democrat. In 1976-77, in the days of the great white backlash, as it became known, I attempted to work with both political parties to help...

Tim Giago: Creating the Native American Party (October 13, 2008)

As I write this there are only three weeks left until Election Day. Native Americans by the thousands will, for the most part, go into the voting booth and cast their ballots for the candidates that are Democrats. In Election...

Cherokee Nation embraces star college quarterback (October 13, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation considers University of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford to be one of its brightest young members even if he isn't making a big deal of his Indian heritage. When asked whether he was proud of being Cherokee,...

Oregon tribal land bill signed into law by Bush (October 13, 2008)

A bill to return 24 acres of ancestral land to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon was signed into law by President Bush on Friday. H.R.6370, the Oregon Surplus Federal Land Act, was...

Sen. Kyl: Legislative successes for Indian Country (October 13, 2008)

"Amid all the recent headlines regarding the economic crisis, some legislative victories for Arizona’s Native American community have been overshadowed. In early September, White Mountain Apache Tribe Chairman Ronnie Lupe and I testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in...

Opinion: The myth of Christopher Columbus (October 13, 2008)

"As a Social Studies teacher at an "A-graded" public high school in the Bronx, I'm stupefied that so many Americans still believe our most popular myth - that Christopher Columbus discovered America. The claim that Columbus discovered America is...

Colorado tribes recognized for anti-crime efforts (October 13, 2008)

The National Native American Law Enforcement Association recognized the Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe for taking steps to reduce crime on their reservations in Colorado. The tribes have been working closely with U.S. Attorney Troy Eid...