Commentary: A powwow for change in Montana (November 4, 2008)
"The sign on the front of the Barack Obama campaign office in the small Hi-Line town called Wolf Point on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana doesn't announce the candidate's name. It says, "Not paid for by PAC...
Kevin Abourezk: Native voters flex power at the polls (November 4, 2008)
"Never in my lifetime. It's a phrase we've all heard often by people describing this year's presidential election. "Never in my lifetime did I think I would see this country elect its first black president." "Never in my lifetime did...
Mary Kim Titla: Still believing in the Native vote (November 4, 2008)
"The primary elections for New Mexico, Alaska and Arizona have since come and gone. There were three Natives, including myself, running for congress in these states. The other two candidates Benny Shendo (New Mexico) and Diane Benson (Alaska) are to...
Replacement sought on Native truth commission (November 4, 2008)
Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl says the Canadian government will work with Native leaders and churches to find a new member of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Strahl said the resignation of Harry LaForme, an Ontario appeal...
Opinion: Strengthen ties to Alaska Native families (November 4, 2008)
"Alaska Native students have historically had the highest dropout rate and lowest graduation rate of all ethnicities in the Anchorage School District. The latest Anchorage School District Profile of Performance reports a decline in the dropout rate district-wide for all...
Fort Peck woman sentenced for stabbing incident (November 4, 2008)
A woman from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana was sentenced to 46 months in prison for a stabbing incident. Valenda White Hawk, 30, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. She admitted she stabbed another woman at...
Supreme Court takes on first Indian law case of term (November 4, 2008)
The U.S. Supreme Court heard its first Indian law case of the term on Monday, taking on a land-into-trust dispute that could affect tribes nationwide. In Carcieri v. Kempthorne, the state of Rhode Island is trying to stop the Narragansett...
Native man pleads guilty for daughters' deaths (November 4, 2008)
A man from the Yellow Quill First Nation of Saskatchewan pleaded guilty for the deaths of his two young daughters. Christopher Pauchay, 24, admitted he was criminally negligent in taking three-year-old Kaydance and one-year-old Santana Pauchay outside on a freezing...
Editorial: Bush doing much damage in final weeks (November 4, 2008)
"While Americans eagerly vote for the next president, here’s a sobering reminder: As of Tuesday, George W. Bush still has 77 days left in the White House — and he’s not wasting a minute. President Bush’s aides have been scrambling...
Rhode Island optimistic on land-into-trust case (November 4, 2008)
Officials in Rhode Island were optimistic after the U.S. Supreme Court heard Carcieri v. Kempthorne on Monday. The state wants the justices to limit the land-into-trust provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act to tribes that were recognized when the law...
Oregon tribes await outcome of land-into-trust case (November 4, 2008)
Tribes in Oregon are paying close attention to a land-into-trust case that could affect their rights. The Klamath Tribes and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde were both terminated in the 1950s. They are slowly trying to rebuild their homelands...
Officer for Seminole Tribe beaten over dog attack (November 4, 2008)
Two men have been charged with felony battery for a Halloween night attack on a police officer for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. John Hill was trick-or-treating with his fiancee and their three children when he said they were attacked...
Lobbying firm hired in Apache leadership dispute (November 4, 2008)
The Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, in the midst of a leadership dispute, has hired a lobbying firm. According to the Senate Office of Public Records, Ietan Consulting will lobby a "tribal leadership issue." Chairman Alonzo Chalepah and Vice Chair Mary...
Lummi Nation re-elects four incumbents to council (November 4, 2008)
Members of the Lummi Nation of Washington went to the polls on Saturday. Four incumbents re-elected to the tribal council. Two of them received more than 60 percent of the vote in their respective races. According to The Bellingham Herald,...
Former Passamaquoddy leader on trial for fraud (November 4, 2008)
Robert L. Newell, a former leader of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine, went on trial on Monday for fraud. Newell was the governor of the tribe's Indian Township reservation. He is accused of misusing $1.7 million in federal and...
Opinion: No discrimination in Cherokee Nation hiring (November 4, 2008)
"The Cherokee Nation fully respects and abides by all applicable federal equal rights laws. No one would disagree that racism needs to end and hopefully it will not take another 100 years to end as was suggested. I also don’t...
Turtle Talk: Poor outlook on land-into-trust case (November 4, 2008)
"I think it’s safe to say after today’s oral argument in Carcieri v. Kempthorne that the chances the Supreme Court will affirm the First Circuit’s decision are pretty small. Of course, what happens at oral argument doesn’t guarantee any outcomes,...
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