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Tim Giago: Ignorance and racism in mascots (November 3, 2008)

Sixteen years ago I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show with Michael Haney and Suzanne Harjo to talk about the use of Native Americans as mascots for America’s fun and games. It was the first time in television history...

Editorial: Recognizing the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (November 3, 2008)

"It is not easy flipping through a Thesaurus searching for that perfect, illusive word for a sentence conveying the proper recognition to give a sovereign nation that has given so much to a community the way the Kootenai Tribe of...

Books: Andrew Jackson, the Indian fighter president (November 3, 2008)

"It was the summer of 1832, and President Andrew Jackson was fleeing the notorious Foggy Bottom humidity for his home in Nashville, Tenn. Somehow he misplaced an important cache of papers along Washington's Post Road; they either dropped from...

Jeffrey St. Clair: Killing Navajo activist Leroy Jackson (November 3, 2008)

"The Navajo environmentalist Leroy Jackson had been missing for eight days when an anonymous tip led New Mexico state police to a white van, its windows concealed by towels and blankets, parked at a rest stop atop the Brazos Cliffs...

Opinion: AFN chief interferes with commission (November 3, 2008)

"Why does Chief Phil Fontaine seem so determined to frustrate the process of healing for residential school survivors and keep at bay reconciliation with non-aboriginal Canadians and our government? It's a question worth considering, as Fontaine and the organization he...

Jodi Rave: Blackfeet artist turns junk into art (November 3, 2008)

"Once he gets started, Jay Laber can twist, turn, carve, cut and weld abandoned cars into spectacular images with so much detail it’s possible to see the nose hair on a buffalo. Now any visitor to the Missoula Art...

Yellow Bird: Turtle Mountain Band takes on abortion (November 3, 2008)

"The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa’s tribal council wobbled out on a limb to pass a resolution that bans abortions on their reservation. “Under no circumstances,” their resolution reads, “will abortions be performed and allowed.” But the council’s on...

Alaska Native corporation faces difficult times (November 3, 2008)

Alaska Native corporations have seen success in recent years but one of them is being left behind. The 13th Regional Corp. is one of 13 regional corporations that were set up by Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. It originally represented...

Poultry industry cites Cherokee Nation in lawsuit (November 3, 2008)

The poultry industry is making an interesting legal claim in hopes of getting a lawsuit thrown out of federal court. Tyson Foods Inc. and other companies claim the Cherokee Nation owns the Illinois River in Oklahoma. They say the lawsuit...

Oklahoma tribes donate nearly $900K to campaigns (November 3, 2008)

Oklahoma tribes have donated nearly $900,000 to political campaigns this year, The Oklahoman reports. The donations went to state and federal candidates of both parties. Three tribes -- the Chickasaw Nation, the Cherokee Nation and the Choctaw Nation -- were...

Crow Tribe re-elects all four council incumbents (November 3, 2008)

Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana re-elected all four incumbent candidates on Saturday. Chairman Carl Venne, Vice Chairman Cedric Randall Black Eagle, Secretary Scott Russell, and Vice-Secretary Darrin Old Coyote All four candidates easily survived the primary and general...

Navajo activists keep up fight against power plant (November 3, 2008)

Navajo activists will hold their second-annual prayer ceremony to oppose a major power plant on the reservation. Dooda Desert Rock plans to meet November 8-11 near the site of the $3 billion Desert Rock Energy Project in Shiprock, New...

Southern Ute Tribe asserts rights under 1874 deal (November 3, 2008)

Members of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado will hunt off the reservation for the first time in decades. The tribe ceded millions of acres under the 1874 Brunot Agreement but retained the right to hunt on public lands "so...

Longtime Mashantucket leader voted out of office (November 3, 2008)

Kenneth Reels, a longtime leader of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, lost a bid for re-election on Sunday. Reels, the incumbent vice chairman, has served as chairman and a council member for nearly 20 years. The race...

San Manuel pair face sentences in murder-for-hire plot (November 3, 2008)

Two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California will be sentenced on Tuesday for their roles in a murder-for-hire plot. Stacy Cheyenne Barajas-Nunez and her brother, Erik Barajas, could have faced life in prison. But under...

Prosecutors defend charges in Aquash murder case (November 3, 2008)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota is defending the charges against a Canadian man who is accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Federal prosecutors indicted John Graham on three counts in connection with Aquash's...

Man to stand trial for shooting BIA police officer (November 3, 2008)

A man from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is scheduled to go to trial in February 2009 for allegedly shooting a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer. Kelly C. Ward, 43, pleaded not guilty to three assault counts and two...

Supreme Court to hear land-into-trust case (November 3, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear oral arguments in Carcieri v. Kempthorne, a land-into-trust case. The Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed to take 31 acres in trust for the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island. Since the land it...