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Seneca off-reservation casino case appealed (October 27, 2008)

The Department of Justice on Friday said it will defend the legality of an off-reservation casino whose operation has a major impact on the western New York economy. The Seneca Nation has been running a temporary facility in downtown Buffalo...

Michigan tribes seek to increase voter turnout (October 27, 2008)

Michigan tribes are hoping more of their members turn up to the polls on November 4. The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is part of the Native Vote initiative of the National Congress of American Indians. The tribe has been helping its...

Alaska halts Native voter language assistance (October 27, 2008)

The state of Alaska has halted a Native voter language assistance program because it hasn't been approved by the federal government. The Division of Elections says it will still help Native voters at the polls next week. But other initiatives...

Aquash murder defendant raises 'Indian' issue (October 27, 2008)

A man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash is seeking to have one of the charges against him dismissed. John Graham, who is Tsimshian from the Southern Tutchone First Nation in the Yukon of Canada,...

Editorial: Yakama Nation guest-worker program (October 27, 2008)

"While the effort may raise more questions than it answers, we still admire the initiative of a former Yakama Tribal Council member to try to deal with the problem of illegal immigration in Central Washington. Wendell Hannigan hopes to establish...

Editorial: Indian smokeshops and organized crime (October 27, 2008)

"You might think of Indian smoke shops, with their cutesy names like Peace Pipe and Smoke Signals, as a harmless tax dodge - a way for people to save a few bucks on cigarettes. In fact, many of these stores...

Sen. Thune: Addressing meth in Indian Country (October 27, 2008)

The following is the opinion of Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota). South Dakota towns, both large and small, are great places to live, to work, and to raise families. Like towns and cities everywhere, however, there are problems that endanger...

Suzan Shown Harjo: Sen. Obama's words matter more (October 27, 2008)

Last week, as leaders of major Native nations in Arizona were endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president over their own senator, one former California tribal leader was praising Sen. John McCain’s “deeds” over Obama’s “words.” The past chairman of the...

Opinion: Compensate Native singers for their time (October 27, 2008)

"How much is a song worth? Well, if you're Faith Hill -- who reportedly received US$1 million to launch Casino Rama's 5,200-seat Entertainment Centre in July 2001 -- it probably works out to at least $50,000 per tune. I wondered...

Column: Native people less evolved than others (October 27, 2008)

"Was Canada once a land of savages? And is saying so tantamount to racism? Many people would answer no, and yes. That's why Dick Pound, the high-profile Olympics figure, is in a heap of trouble for describing the Canada of...

Chehalis Tribe sues over county property taxes (October 27, 2008)

The Chehalis Tribe is in federal court to stop Thurston County, Washington, from imposing property taxes on the Great Wolf Lodge. Through an entity known as CTGW LLC, the tribe owns 51 percent of the lodge, which opened in March....

Indian veterans in New Mexico question tax refund (October 27, 2008)

Indian veterans in New Mexico say the state is moving to implement an income tax settlement without consulting them. Raymond Jim, a member of the Navajo Nation who is president of the Shiprock Agency Veterans Organization, said the state Taxation...

Turtle Mountain Band passes ban on abortion (October 27, 2008)

A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians is questioning a tribal council resolution that seeks to ban abortions on the North Dakota reservation. Andy Laverdure said the resolution was passed without public notice and discussion. “It goes...

Tony Hillerman, award-winning author, dies at 83 (October 27, 2008)

Tony Hillerman, the award-winning author of mystery novels featuring Navajo characters, died on Sunday. He was 83. Hillerman was born in Oklahoma in 1925 and attended an Indian boarding school where he served as a farm hand. He joined...

Tim Giago: On statistics and being independent (October 27, 2008)

British Statesman Benjamin Disraeli said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” This week the government of the State of South Dakota qualified as a purveyor of all three. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sent...

Editorial: Speed-reading at the Interior Department (October 27, 2008)

"In its closing months, the Bush administration is pulling out all the stops in its eight-year effort to undermine the Endangered Species Act. In mid-August, the administration proposed two dangerous regulatory changes. One would free the government from considering the...

Letter: Sen. Obama's Indian policy divides country (October 27, 2008)

"On Sept. 3, the Oneida Tribe of Indians sent letters to the town of Pittsfield, and the cities of De Pere and Green Bay, concerning the tribe's application to remove land from within their jurisdictions and from their tax rolls....

Column: Families follow Indian athletes in Montana (October 27, 2008)

"For the strong of heart willing to push themselves to the point of exhaustion, Saturday's all-class state cross country meet in Missoula was a colorful celebration. The playing field was refreshingly level. No advantages for the privileged who attend elite...

Yellow Bird: Negative ads poison Senate race (October 27, 2008)

"A regional race that makes me scratch my head is the Senate race between Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and Al Frankin, the Democratic challenger who, by the way, is a satirist. When I first saw the campaign ads about...

Jodi Rave: Chippewa Cree election in tribal court (October 27, 2008)

"A Rocky Boy's Reservation election dispute will be heard in tribal court this week, as citizens protest results of the tribe's primary election, a dispute that was earlier rejected by the tribe's election board committee. “We want a fair election,”...

Police investigate Crow chairman's accident (October 27, 2008)

The Montana Highway Patrol said Carl Venne, the chairman of the Crow Tribe, was involved in a one-car accident on Saturday. Venne's blood was taken to determine if alcohol or medication affected his driving. A trooper told KULR-8 there was...