Opinion: Republican lawmaker no friend to tribes in Wisconsin (October 10, 2011)
"Powerful special interests such as Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce have made no secret of their push to overturn regulations that protect people and the environment from the ravages of open pit mining. In May, that group launched an ad campaign...
Mark Trahant: Earmarks find their way into the federal budget (October 10, 2011)
An amendment to the fiscal year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill -- today’s version of “earmarks.” There are many ways to look at America’s shift into the Era of Contraction. Budget numbers tell part of the story. Words...
Review: Book tells struggles of Yosemite Indians in California (October 10, 2011)
"Kathleen Hull’s Pestilence and Persistence: Yosemite Indian Demography and Culture in Colonial California, above all, is a timely book, if not a necessary book. Timely in that current relations between Yosemite Indians and the park administration are showing signs of...
Kevin Abourezk: Woman travels far to learn Omaha language (October 10, 2011)
"In June, Barbara Salvatore Klopping asked her husband if she could load up the New York couple's two daughters and two horses and move more than 1,100 miles west to live and study. OK, he said. Six weeks later, she...
Levi Rickert: More American Indians need to be on the ballots (October 10, 2011)
"With the brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red leaves on thousands of trees, autumn is a beautiful time of the year in Upper Michigan. Coupled with the shoreline of a majestic Lake Michigan, driving through Upper Michigan was a...
Opinion: Jacoby Ellsbury, Navajo, deserves MVP baseball title (October 10, 2011)
"Jacoby MaCabe Ellsbury, the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the Major Leagues and member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, is one of those rare athletes who are good at every sport they play. Born to Jim...
GOP Rick Perry's great-great-great grandfather was Choctaw (October 10, 2011)
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, the current governor of Texas, has Choctaw ancestry, according to Archives.com. Perry's Indian ancestry comes from his mother's side of the family. His great-great-great grandfather Icy Abels was Choctaw, Archives.com said. Assuming Abels was full-blood,...
Cherokee Nation begins counting of ballots for principal chief (October 10, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma began counting ballots on Sunday in the second election for principal chief. As of 3pm yesterday, Bill John Baker received 6,223 votes compared to 4,046 votes for Chad Smith, who was the incumbent. However, about...
Editorial: Clarity needed for disputes over tribal child support (October 10, 2011)
"In a case that has done little to clarify the muddled laws that define Indian tribes' sovereignty, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians in San Diego County is nevertheless to be commended for voluntarily enforcing a state court order against...
Charles Trimble: Two Oglala Sioux men earn places in history (October 10, 2011)
News of Russell Means’ terminal cancer catches me totally unprepared. He’s one of those people I expected to live forever. Certainly, his name will live on in the annals of modern Indian history; he has made sure of that by...
Tim Giago: Reflecting on enigmatic AIM leader Russell Means (October 10, 2011)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2011 Unity South Dakota As I look back on my life from the pinnacle of the seventh decade my reflections turn to the life of Russell Means. He is suffering...
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