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Shakopee Tribe's donations to NCAI total $716K (October 14, 2008)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community made a $292,930 donation to the National Congress of American Indians last month, bringing the Minnesota tribe's contributions to the organization to $716,997. The tribe donated the money as part of a $1 million challenge...

Billy Mills battled perceptions throughout life (October 14, 2008)

When Billy Mills, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, won a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, he was described as an "unknown" despite his strong running record. Mills was named a NCAA...

Opinion: A proposal to combat fake Indian art (October 14, 2008)

"In 1935, Congress enacted the first of several laws – the Indian Arts and Crafts Act – aimed at putting an end to trafficking in non-genuine Indian arts and crafts. Exactly 70 years later, in 2005, the U.S. Interior Department’s...

Notah Begay to host youth clinic in Arizona (October 14, 2008)

Navajo/Pueblo golfer Notah Begay III will host a golf clinic for Indian youth in Scottsdale, Arizona, next week. The clinic takes place October 21 at the Talking Stick Golf Club, owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Begay is...

Arizona tribal leaders back Democrat in election (October 14, 2008)

Tribal leaders are endorsing Ann Kirkpatrick, the Democratic candidate Arizona's 1st Congressional District. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., San Carlos Apache Tribe Chairman Wendsler Nosie and White Mountain Apache Tribe Chairman Ronnie Lupe say Kirkpatrick supports tribal sovereignty. She...

First Nations leaders concerned about voter IDs (October 14, 2008)

Native leaders in Canada say a voter identification requirement will limit turnout at the polls next month. All voters must show an ID with proof of a physical address. Native leaders say not all First Nations people can meet the...

Cherokee youth take part in tribal loan program (October 14, 2008)

Zach Gann is only a senior in high school but he's already learning how to run a business thanks to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Gann obtained a loan from the tribe's Micro Enterprise Adult/Youth Opportunity Loan Funds program....

Sen. Baucus names health advisory council (October 14, 2008)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, named tribal and Indian representatives to his health care advisory council. Members include Pete Conway (Blackfeet), the Billings area director for the Indian Health Service; Kevin Howlett, the health...

Navajo school meets NCLB goals for seventh year (October 14, 2008)

Navajo Preparatory School in New Mexico once again met its performance goals under the No Child Left Behind Act. The school has been measuring math and reading scores, as well as graduation rates, since 2001. Goals have been met...

Oglala Sioux Tribe ousts incumbent president (October 14, 2008)

Voters of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota ousted incumbent president John Yellow Bird Steele from office, according to official results. Actor/activist Russell Means, who has run for tribal office several times, won the most votes in the primary...

Wisconsin AG says tribal police records not public (October 14, 2008)

The office of Wisconsin attorney general J.B. Van Hollen says tribal police records aren't public. The Lakeland Times asked whether citizens can request police and incident records from tribal police. The AG said tribes aren't covered by the state's open...

Opinion: Why do we celebrate Columbus Day? (October 14, 2008)

"Why do we celebrate Columbus Day? On October 12, 1492, an explorer accidentally landed in The Bahamas, introduced smallpox and almost completely extinguished several civilizations. The introduction of smallpox to the Americas is presumably what wiped out 90-95 percent of...

Fairbanks Native Association to continue burials (October 14, 2008)

The Fairbanks Native Association will continue to conduct burials at a cemetery in Fairbanks, Alaska. FNA has been using the Birch Hill Cemetery for burials but questions arose after the city sold the land. The new owner claims he was...

Bush signs Pechanga land transfer bill into law (October 14, 2008)

President Bush has signed H.R.2963, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Land Transfer Act, into law. The bill transfers about 1,178 acres to the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. The land is currently held by the Bureau of Land...

High school student, Ojibwe, killed in Minneapolis (October 14, 2008)

An 18-year-old high school student who was a member of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Minneapolis. Jesse Mickelson died Saturday evening after being shot in an alley behind his home....

NPR: Mankiller inspired by Obama presidency (October 14, 2008)

Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to serve as chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, tells National Public Radio the idea of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) as president is "very inspiring." Mankiller endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) during the...

Letter: Gov. Palin attacks Alaska Native rights (October 14, 2008)

"Both the state courts and federal courts have five times already struck down Sarah Palin's attack on Alaskan Native subsistence rights. There is perhaps no issue of greater importance to native peoples. She still has one lawsuit pending. Her lawsuits...

Gov. Palin urged to appoint more Alaska Natives (October 14, 2008)

The rural adviser for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) announced her resignation on Monday, saying an Alaska Native should hold the job. "I definitely think it would help to have an Alaska Native in this position," Rhonda McBride, who is...

Ernie Stevens: Indian Country's voice at the polls (October 14, 2008)

The following is the opinion of Ernie Stevens Jr., the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association. The right to vote is one of the most fundamental rights and duties we have as American citizens and is the foundation of...