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Report shows increase in Indian jail population (November 13, 2008)

The number of inmates housed in Indian Country jail facilities has increased 24 percent since 2004, the Department of Justice said in a new study. As of midyear 2007, 83 facilities confined 2,163 inmates. That's up from 1,745 inmates in...

Native Eyes Film Showcase takes place in Arizona (November 13, 2008)

The fifth annual Native Eyes Film Showcase takes place Friday-Sunday in Tucson, Arizona. The event is produced by the Arizona State Museum and Hanson Film Institute in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. It features...

AP declares Rep. Young the winner in Alaska (November 13, 2008)

The Associated Press declared Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) as the winner against Democrat Ethan Berkowitz. The latest tally shows Young with 50 percent of the vote, compared to 45 percent for Berkowitz. But Berkowitz said he wasn't ready to concede...

Opinion: Consolidate Alaska Native villages (November 13, 2008)

"A village of 200 or 300 people, only half of whom are adults, cannot offer adequate education or health care. It can't provide law enforcement or effective local government. There are few social services, minimal intervention for drug and alcohol...

Oklahoma players embrace Indian heritage (November 13, 2008)

Two football players for the University of Oklahoma are happy to serve as role models for Indian Country. Sam Bradford (Cherokee) and Derek Shaw (Ponca/Osage) are two of the team's brightest stars. They both have big followings among Indian sports...

Conference focuses on keeping languages alive (November 13, 2008)

Tribal leaders and educators are meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota, this week to discuss ways to preserve the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota languages. The three related languages are found in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and parts of...

NIEA elects six board members at convention (November 13, 2008)

The National Indian Education Association elected six new board members at its annual convention last month. A record number of voters chose the six among 20 candidates for the board. The winners were: Skaweniio Barnes (Mohawk), Dr. Teresa Makuakane Drechsel...

Column: Dakota woman arrested for the truth (November 13, 2008)

"During Minnesota's Sesquicentennial, Woman from the North has been arrested three times for telling the truth. The year isn't over. I'm not betting against a fourth. Her name is Waziyatawin, a Dakota (or Sioux) word meaning Woman from the...

Native men acquitted of Saskatchewan murder (November 13, 2008)

Two Native men, including one who recently escaped from prison, were found not guilty of a murder in Saskatchewan. The jury acquitted Preston Clarence Buffalocalf, 22, and Rodney Starr-Goforth, 22, for the February 2007 shooting death of 20-year-old Vincent Morriseau-Poorman....

Sioux man cites discrimination by Meskwaki Tribe (November 13, 2008)

Inter-tribal marriages are common in Indian Country but one couple's union has turned into a big mess. James Ironshell, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, married Eloise, a member of the Meskwaki Tribe, 13 years ago. Ironshell said...

Odawa woman takes permanent CMU post (November 13, 2008)

Colleen Green, a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, is the permanent director of Native American Programs for Central Michigan University. Green, 34, was serving as interim director since August 2007. Her position was made permanent...

Oneida Nation to buy golf course at lower price (November 13, 2008)

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin plans to buy a golf course for a slightly lower price to account for restrictions on the property. The tribe originally agreed to pay up to $12 million for the Thornberry Creek Golf Course....

Sen. Stevens now trailing as more votes counted (November 13, 2008)

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is trailing Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) as more votes are being counted in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Stevens maintained a slight lead after the November 4 election. But that tally didn't include 60,000...

Review: Classical music at NMAI in Washington (November 13, 2008)

"For the last three years, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian has been mounting one of the more adventurous concert series in town, showcasing new classical music by Native American composers. Admit it -- you didn't know there...

'Plum Book' lists federal government jobs (November 13, 2008)

People looking for a job in the Barack Obama administration can turn to the "Plum Book" and find out about vacant and soon to be vacant positions in the executive branch. The section for the Interior Department lists more than...

Voice for the Voiceless: Cobell lawsuit a warning (November 13, 2008)

"On Aug. 7, U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson reached a verdict in Cobell v. Kempthorne, the largest class action lawsuit ever brought against the federal government. In his decision, Robertson determined that the plaintiffs – 500,000 individual Indians –...

Editorial: A new deal for tobacco in Oklahoma (November 13, 2008)

"Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation have signed a new tobacco agreement, which hopefully signals an end to years of disputes over an arcane but important issue. There's reason to suspect the deal will be a model for future, similar pacts...

Suzan Shown Harjo: Racial buzz phrases after Obama (November 13, 2008)

It’s one week after the Nov. 4 national election and I’m still marveling at the fact of it. Like most friends in the Washington, DC area and throughout Indian country, I haven’t stopped crying, laughing, smiling and talking in short,...

Yellow Bird: Racism doesn't end with Obama (November 13, 2008)

"There’s no doubt that this was a historic election. Obama is the first black person to be president of the U.S., the most powerful position in the world. Many other world leaders and their people were jubilant when Obama...