Inupiaq man finishes Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in record time (March 15, 2011)
John Baker, an Inupiaq man from Kotzebue, won the 39th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this morning, completing the 1,000-mile trek in record time. Baker finished the race in 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, 39 seconds. He...
Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on budget (March 15, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held its first oversight hearing of the 112th Congress this morning. The committee heard from federal officials and tribal leaders about funding for Indian programs. The hearing lasted about 2.5 hours. Opening Statements (13:45)...
Sycuan Band helps capture parole violators with guns and drugs (March 15, 2011)
Police officers from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in California helped arrest two federal parole violators and a third person who were in possession of guns and drugs. Tribal officers noticed the offenders on the reservation after being...
Four dead after fire and RCMP shooting on Manitoba First Nation (March 15, 2011)
Four members of a family are dead after a fire on the God's Lake First Nation. in Manitoba. Two young children -- a boy and a girl between the ages of two and five -- along with an elderly man...
Chief of First Nations organization sentenced for drunken driving (March 15, 2011)
Guy Lonechild, the chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, was sentenced on an impaired drunken diving charge on Tuesday. Lonechild was fined $1,150 and was banned from driving for a year for the September 2009 incident, which...
Cherokee Nation set for election for principal chief, deputy chief (March 15, 2011)
Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will go to the polls on June 25 to elect a principal chief and deputy chief. Incumbent chief Chad Smith is running for re-election. His challenger is Bill John Baker. Four candidates filed...
Nebraska tax official apologizes to Ponca Tribe for tobacco raid (March 15, 2011)
Nebraska's tax commissioner has apologized to the Ponca Tribe for seizing tobacco from a smoke shop on trust land. Agents from the Department of Revenue entered the tribe's property last Thursday and seized nearly $14,000 worth of cigarettes. The raid...
Review: Sisters pull together in 'Tombs Of The Vanishing Indian' (March 15, 2011)
"Tombs Of The Vanishing Indian is a play about reclamation: of history, culture and family. Set largely in 1970s Los Angeles (but including a mythic character from the 1850s), Marie Clements’s script follows the tales of three grown-up native...
Virginia Klinekole, former Mescalero Apache chair, passes away (March 15, 2011)
Virginia S. Klinekole, a former president of the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico, died on Sunday. Klinekole, who was born in 1924, was the first woman to lead the tribe. She also served on the tribal council, with her...
Interview with Chris Eyre on his new project 'A Year in Mooring' (March 15, 2011)
indieWIRE asked director Chris Eyre about his new project, "A Year in Mooring," and his inspiration for the film. "I became a filmmaker when I started taking pictures as a teenager. I photographed everything—people, animals and many landscapes. I didn’t...
9th Circuit rejects Bishop Paiute Tribe's lawsuit over land claim (March 15, 2011)
The Bishop Paiute Tribe cannot pursue a land claim in California, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday. The tribe sued the city of Los Angeles for the loss of 1,030 acres. The city responded by saying the...
Interview: S.C. Gwynne, author of 'Empire of the Summer Moon' (March 15, 2011)
Cowboys & Indians interviews S.C. Gwynne, the author of "Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History," a critically-acclaimed book about Quanah Parker and...
WSJ: Museum exhibits defy stereotypes on American Indian art (March 15, 2011)
"Everyone who visits a museum display about American Indians "wants to see feathers, tepees and horses," Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian, lamented recently in his Washington office. But new installations at NMAI's New...
Review: A confusing exhibit in 'Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains' (March 15, 2011)
"You know there’s trouble when the first object you encounter in a museum exhibition looks as if it had been misplaced from the gift shop. That problem runs deep in “Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains,” at the Brooklyn...
MPR: Ojibwe columnist Jim Northrup reflects on a life of 'Follies' (March 15, 2011)
"For almost 22 years, Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup has entertained and chastened readers of his syndicated Fond Du Lacs Follies newspaper column. Now, a new collection of the Follies is about to hit the bookstores. Northrup covered everything from...
Some from Quapaw Tribe will opt out of $3.4B Cobell settlement (March 15, 2011)
Some members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma will opt out of the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit because they have filed a damages lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The Goodeagle lawsuit alleges...
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