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Indian vote mixed in historic presidential race (November 6, 2008)

Despite an unprecedented outreach by president-elect Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, some states with significant Indian populations safely sided with Republican John McCain on election day. Indian voters have played a difference in close elections, especially in states like...

Dispute over agreement with Cow Creek Band (November 6, 2008)

A seemingly routine agreement with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians has generated controversy in Douglas County, Oregon. The tribe wants to partner with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and pay $20,000 for a fingerprinting machine. But...

America.Gov: Tribal nations in the United States (November 6, 2008)

"Many people are puzzled when they hear the U.S. president use such phrases as “government-to-government basis with tribal governments,” “tribal sovereignty” or “self-determination” for American Indians. Isn’t the United States “one nation ... indivisible," as the Pledge of Allegiance says?...

Newcomer elected Northern Cheyenne president (November 6, 2008)

Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana elected a newcomer as president position on Tuesday. Leroy Spang defeated former president Eugene Little Coyote by 977 votes to 642 votes. Little Coyote was removed from office in December 2007. Joe...

Oglala Sioux Tribe finalizing election results (November 6, 2008)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is finalizing its Tuesday general election results and it looks like Theresa Two Bulls won the race for president. Two Bulls faced actor/activist Russell Means for the post. Unofficial results showed her with...

Rosella Hightower, Choctaw ballerina, dies at 88 (November 6, 2008)

Rosella Hightower, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma who rose to fame as a ballerina, died in France on Tuesday. She was 88. Hightower was one of five Indian ballerinas from Oklahoma who made a significant mark...

Muscogee Nation to weigh changes to constitution (November 6, 2008)

The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma holds its first constitutional convention in at least 100 years this weekend. The tribe is considering 122 proposed amendments to the constitution, which was adopted in 1979. Those that are approved at the convention will...

County in Arizona elects its first Indian sheriff (November 6, 2008)

There's a new sheriff in town in Apache County, Arizona, and for the first time in history, it's a member of the Navajo Nation. Joe Dedman Jr. beat five other challengers for the Democratic nomination for Apache County Sheriff....

Navajo voters hail election of Obama as historic (November 6, 2008)

Navajo Nation voters said the election of Barack Obama as president marks a changing point in American history. Debbie Luther said she was glad to see a minority in the White House for the first time. “I thought someday...

Trial opens into death of five-year-old Native girl (November 6, 2008)

The trial into the death of a five-year-old Native girl began on Wednesday in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Phoenix Sinclair was reported missing in March 2006. But prosecutors said her biological mother, Samantha Kematch, and her mother's former boyfriend, Karl McKay,...

Oklahoma tribes hopeful after Obama victory (November 6, 2008)

Oklahoma tribes see positive changes coming under president-elect Barack Obama. Osage Nation Chief Jim Gray said "every issue" is open for discussion in an Obama administration. "I think this is an exciting time for tribal leaders around the country," he...

Travel: Culture endures on Makah Reservation (November 6, 2008)

"Too many people drive through the Makah Indian Reservation with only one thing in mind: Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States, reached by a three-quarter-mile trail past stunning views of the Olympic Coast National...

Democrats pick up more seats in Senate, House (November 6, 2008)

Democrats maintained their majority in both chambers of Congress on Tuesday, adding seats in the Senate and the House. Democrats now control at least 54 seats in the Senate, along with two independents who organize with the party. Close races...

Sen. Obama launches White House transition team (November 6, 2008)

With his inauguration quickly approaching, president-elect Barack Obama launched his White House transition team and began deciding how to staff his administration. The Obama-Biden Transition Project website, http://www.change.gov, will go live shortly. The project is led by John Podesta, former...

Young Indian voter counts on Obama for change (November 6, 2008)

Shanda Poitra, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, voted for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) because of his message of change. "It is exciting just because it is a bit turning point for our...

Yellow Bird: Grief the same among all cultures (November 6, 2008)

"I moved to Grand Forks about 18 years ago. There was a death in the community of someone I knew. That was when I learned there are differences between American Indian and non-Indian rituals of death. Specifically, the non-Indian...

Jimmy Carl Black, influential drummer, dies at 70 (November 6, 2008)

Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer for Frank Zappa's influential Mothers of Invention group, died on Saturday. He was 70. Black was born James Inkanish Jr. and was of Cheyenne heritage. He started working with Zappa in the 1960s...

Sen. Stevens holds onto slim lead in close race (November 6, 2008)

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is holding onto a slim lead in his race against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D). Just a week before the election, Stevens was convicted by a federal jury of making false statements. He plans to...

North Dakota tribe agrees to vote on membership (November 6, 2008)

Members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota voted on Tuesday to hold a secretarial election on tribal enrollment criteria. The tribe currently defines membership based on lineal descendancy. The secretarial election will determine whether the tribe...