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February 15, 2010
Opinion: Sheriff small-minded over tribal police deal
"Benewah County Sheriff Robert Kirts isn’t going to win his battle to continue to treat Coeur d’Alene tribal police with contempt. He’s already losing that war. Last week, the House...

Hundreds seek roles in film from Indian author's book
Hundreds of Native men, women and children turned out for a casting call in Montana over the weekend with the hopes of landing a role in a movie based...

Mark Trahant: Alaska Natives create model system
"It takes about 30 seconds of walking around the campus of the Alaska Native Medical Center to appreciate that you are in a special place. There are values communicated...

Indian designer lands in show at Vancover Olympics
Louie Gong, an educational-resource coordinator at Muckleshoot Tribal College in Washington, is finding newfound fame as a fashion shoe designer. Gong, who is of Nooksack, Squamish, Chinese, French and...

Cherokee critic announces retirement from Congress
Rep. Diane Watson (D-California), who criticized the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma for its treatment of the Freedmen, will retire from the U.S. House this year. Watson, 76, sponsored several bills...

Redding Rancheria nears deal to buy city-owned land
The Redding Rancheria is close to a deal to buy 82 acres from the city of Redding, California. The tribe has been interested in the so-called Churn Creek Bottom property...

Oklahoma seizes tobacco bound for Muscogee shops
The Oklahoma Tax Commission seized 77 cases of cigarettes that were on their way to smoke shops on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The commission says the retailers were selling the...

Column: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe weathers storm
"Not many Americans are aware that the blizzards that blew through the Great Plains last month left more than 30,000 people on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation without power or...

Erich Longie: Divide and conquer for 'Fighting Sioux'
"The same old divide-and-conquer tactics are now being used on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. It is my understanding that six of the eight districts on the reservation have overwhelmingly...

Opinion: State asks Obama to break pledge to tribes
"The decision by the federal gvernment in 2007 to recognize the Mashpee Wampanoag as a historic Indian tribe documents tribal efforts to preserve their rights. The decision relies on extensive...

Opinion: Broken promises for winter storm response
"With most of the midwest and the east coast hammered by winter storms, it should come as little surprise that the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation is being ignored. The snow...

Marc Simmons: Spanish suppressed Pueblos religion
"Among the Pueblos of the Southwest, supernatural rain-bringers known as kachinas have long been at the heart of their religion. Masked dancers, impersonating various kachina figures, participated in ceremonies...

Tim Giago: Support the Year of Unity in South Dakota
Anyone attempting to get a bill passed whether it is before a city, county, state or federal legislative body, knows that it takes some serious lobbying to make it happen....

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