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The Atlantic: McCain cabin not on sacred site? (October 17, 2008)

"Yesterday, the Washington Post’s James Grimaldi published a fairly damning piece suggesting, with a good deal of evidence, that John and Cindy McCain were beneficiaries of special treatment from Verizon and AT&T—the implication being that the companies had sought to...

Tribes hail near completion of Animas-La Plata dam (October 17, 2008)

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Southern Ute Tribe and the Navajo Nation took part in a ceremony on Thursday to mark the near completion of a dam for the Animas-La Plata Project. Congress approved the plan to settle...

Town backs lawyer to argue land-into-trust case (October 17, 2008)

The town of Charlestown, Rhode Island, wants its Indian affairs lawyer to argue a land-into-trust case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Joseph Larisa Jr. has been working on the case for more than 10 years. Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) met...

Drug bust reported on Pine Ridge Reservation (October 17, 2008)

Residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota are reporting what they believe to be a large drug bust. Residents said they were awakened early Thursday morning by the operation. They saw agents and officers from the Federal Bureau...

Gov. Palin supports Alaska Native road project (October 17, 2008)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) supports a controversial project to built a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. The Alaska Native village of King Cove wants a road built from its land to an airport in Cold...

Navajo president to lead rally for Sen. Obama (October 17, 2008)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. and other Navajo Nation leaders will rally for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) on Saturday. Shirley will speak at the chapter house in Shiprock, New Mexico. Former chairman Peter McDonald, who was pardoned by President...

Hopi judge issues warrant for tribal chairman (October 17, 2008)

A judge for the Hopi Tribe of Arizona has issued an arrest warrant for suspended chairman Ben Nuvamsa. The tribal council suspended Nuvamsa last month and says he failed to surrender tribal property. Nuvamsa says the charges against him lack...

Backers cite Sen. McCain's Indian Country history (October 17, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) hasn't made any appearances in Indian Country during his presidential campaign but he's got two key tribal advocates on his side. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, and former Sen. Ben Nighthorse...

Indian 'Obamacans' ditch GOP for Sen. Obama (October 17, 2008)

With endorsements from over 100 leaders representing some of the largest tribes in the U.S., Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) is not lacking for support in Indian Country. But the Democratic candidate for president is attracting a different sort of Indian...

Catholics seek sainthood for Native woman (October 17, 2008)

Catholics in Canada are seeking sainthood for an Athabascan woman who died in 1949. Rose Prince was from the Dakelh First Nation in British Columbia. She died from tuberculosis at the age of 34 and was buried near a Native...

Review: Hits and hiccups for Native country artist (October 17, 2008)

"Whether she succeeds with her debut album, Crystal Shawanda will live forever at American weddings. Shawanda’s first single "You Can Let Go” will be the new "Butterfly Kisses” of father-daughter dances at wedding receptions. The rest of her 11-song...

Robert Gough: Tribal equity in wind development (October 17, 2008)

"Last week, The New York Times covered two stories outlining the need of two American governments to acquire equity in contemporary economic development enterprises: One was about the federal government’s response to the need for equity in $700 billion national...

Kevin Abourezk: Sen. Obama's Indian health plan (October 17, 2008)

"Two weeks after Congress failed to pass important Indian health legislation, tribal and political leaders touted Sen. Barack Obama's plans to improve Indian health care Tuesday. "It's really a life or death conversation we need to be having," said Rosebud...

Bush signs Code Talker recognition into law (October 17, 2008)

H.R.4544, the Code Talkers Recognition Act, was signed into law on Wednesday. The bill awards the Congressional Gold Medal to Indian soldiers who used their languages to develop codes for the U.S. military. It identifies members of the Assiniboine, Cherokee,...

Column: Wife of Sen. Stevens takes the fall at trial (October 17, 2008)

"Catherine Stevens had much to be unhappy about as she took the stand yesterday at the corruption trial of her husband, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. The stairs that were built for the Stevens chalet, gratis, by a company...

Northern Arapaho Tribe seeks to keep language alive (October 17, 2008)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has launched a new school to keep the Arapaho language alive. Only about 200 people on the Wind River Reservation speak the language fluently. None are under the age of 55. "This is a...

Pechanga leader's death after DNC ruled a homicide (October 17, 2008)

Authorities in Denver, Colorado, say a leader of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians who was in town for the Democratic National Convention. was the victim of homicide. Gabriel Pico, 41, died on September 1 after a scuffle outside a...

New West: Who will lead the Interior Department? (October 17, 2008)

"The Idaho Statesman’s award-winning columnist Rocky Barker has an excellent review of who might be the next Secretary of the Interior, depending on who wins the presidential race. This is of particular interest in Idaho because former governor, U.S. senator...

Time: Postcard from Northern Cheyenne Reservation (October 17, 2008)

"It's native American awareness Week in Lame Deer, Mont., and time for the Clean Indian Joke Contest. At many schools, the week is a serious occasion; at Chief Dull Knife College, it's a lighthearted celebration with a chili cook-off,...