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S.E. Ruckman: Race card played during election (November 5, 2008)

"Playing the race card is an expression often bandied about like the phrases “raise awareness” or “step up to the plate.” These idioms do not indicate a literal card on racism but rather that race is a predominant factor within...

Sports: Students plan return of offensive 'Illiniwek' (November 5, 2008)

"We all remember the controversy. For some Illinois fans, the Chief was a symbol of community and tradition and togetherness. For others, it was a sad reminder of an ugly time when minstrel dances were acceptable, when whites robbed...

Chippewa Cree primary election in dispute (November 5, 2008)

Members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana went to the polls in October but the results of the primary election remain in dispute. Candidate Kenneth Blatt St. Marks failed to advance to the general election by 45 votes. He...

Editorial: Mashantucket voters looking for change (November 5, 2008)

"The Mashantucket Pequots, who voted in tribal elections last Sunday, have a lot in common with voters across the country who went to the polls Tuesday angry and frustrated. Americans were looking for a change. And so are the Mashantucket...

Jodi Rave: Denise Juneau wins Montana education post (November 5, 2008)

"Denise Juneau - the unofficial winner in the race for Montana’s top K-12 educator - was on her way to making history Tuesday night as the first Native elected to a statewide office, and arguably the first Native woman in...

Editorial: Kudos for Navajo language school book (November 5, 2008)

"The recent celebration of a Navajo language textbook is a reassuring sign that an effort is being made to help bring our American Indian culture back to life. In the presence of Gov. Bill Richardson, Farmington High School freshmen were...

Challenger wins Navajo chapter race by 68 votes (November 5, 2008)

Navajo Nation voters in Shiprock, New Mexico, ousted their chapter leader by just 68 votes on Tuesday. William Lee defeated incumbent Duane "Chili" Yazzie in the race for president of the Shiprock Chapter. Lee previously served as president from...

Sen. Johnson easily wins re-election in South Dakota (November 5, 2008)

Voters in South Dakota re-elected Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) on Tuesday, casting aside concerns about the senior senator's health. Johnson suffered a brain hemorrhage in December 2006. He has returned to work in Washington, D.C., and has continued to...

Democrats take Congressional seats in New Mexico (November 5, 2008)

Democrats swept the U.S. Congressional election in New Mexico, a state where the party made a big play for the Indian vote. Rep. Tom Udall (D) defeated Rep. Steve Pearce (R) for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Pete...

First Nations seek inquiry into police shootings (November 5, 2008)

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is calling for a public inquiry into the police-related shootings of eight Native people. Since 2006, four Native people have died in police incidents. Another four were shot but survived. "This is not just...

First Nations reach land deal with British Columbia (November 5, 2008)

Four First Nations in British Columbia have settled their long-running land claims. The Seton Lake Indian Band, the Gitwangak Band Council, the Metlakatla Band and the Lax Kw'alaams Indian Band lost land in what was known as the McKenna-McBride commission....

United Keetoowah Band re-elects two top leaders (November 5, 2008)

Voters of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma went to the polls on Tuesday. Chief George Wickliffe won more than 59 percent of the vote. Assistant Chief Charles Locust also won re-election. Two incumbents were ousted. Get...

Sen. Dole, Lumbee supporter, loses to Democrat (November 5, 2008)

Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina), a strong supporter of federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe, was voted out of office on Tuesday. After winning election in 2002, Dole's first bill was for the Lumbees. She testified repeatedly in the Senate...

Indian Republicans ditched McCain for Obama (November 5, 2008)

Republican and Republican-leaning Indian voters ditched their party's candidate this year and backed Barack Obama for president. Ron Allen, the chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington and the secretary of the National Congress of American Indians, at first...

Sen. Obama wins historic presidential election (November 5, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) made history on Tuesday, becoming the first African-American to win a presidential race. Obama, 47, accepted victory in a speech in his hometown of Chicago. He said the election proved "America is a place where all...

Opinion: Questions for the newly elected president (November 5, 2008)

"Some questions for the next President of the United States: Will you pledge to fully restore and respect tribal sovereignty? Will you offer a fair settlement of the Cobell v. Kempthorne trust lawsuit? If hundreds of billions of dollars are...

WSJ Blog: Crow Creek cousins cast their first votes (November 5, 2008)

"Kelvin Kirkie, 18 years old, Josh Coleman, 20, and Matt St. John, 22, are cousins, enrolled at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D., They are from the Crow Creek Sioux tribe, whose reservation is based in Fort...

Shinnecock Nation turns out the vote in New York (November 5, 2008)

Lisa Votino-Tarrant, a member of the Shinnecock Nation of New York, made it her goal to get more tribal members to vote this year. Votino-Tarant volunteered for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She registered more...