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October 23, 2012
George James: Migratory Bird Act doesn't apply to Alaska tribes
"On Oct. 17 in the Anchorage Daily News and AP, there was an article on a Tlingit artist who was told he’s violating law by using feathers in his art...

Opinion: Meeting the needs of our Indian students in Oklahoma
"I had the pleasure last week of welcoming National Indian Education Association members to Oklahoma City for the association’s 43rd annual conference. It was great that the conference was in...

Blog: Washington attorney general won't back VAWA provision
"In short, Attorney General [Rob] McKenna does not support limited tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian domestic abusers. It is not an “priority” for him; at least not an “immediate” one....

Kevin Abourezk: Russell Means a true catalyst in Indian Country
"Growing up in a family steeped in Native activism, I learned at a young age about Russell Means' fight for the people. As a college student, I learned Means wasn't...

Moapa Band files lawsuit over EPA standards at coal fired plant
The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over pollution standards that affect a coal-fired power plant next to the reservation. NV Energy's coal-fired...

'Fighting Sioux' signs being removed from North Dakota arena
The University of North Dakota is removing “Home of the Fighting Sioux” signs from its arena, The Grand Forks Herald reports. The school was required to eliminate its "Fighting Sioux"...

NCAI report cites concerns about voter ID laws in certain states
Voter identification laws pose "significant barriers" to American Indians and Alaska Native voters in six states, the National Congress of American Indians said in a report on Monday. Alaska, Florida,...

Secretary Salazar anticipates Cobell payments by end of year
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (r) and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn (l) discuss Indian issues prior to their speeches at the National Congress of American Indians 69th...

Kevin Washburn addresses NCAI for first time as leader of BIA
Kevin Washburn speaks at the opening day of the National Congress of American Indians 69th annual conference in Sacramento, California, October 22, 2012. Photo © Indianz.Com Kevin Washburn addressed...

Family of Russell Means hosts honoring ceremony in Pine Ridge
Longtime activist and actor Russell Means, Oglala Lakota, spoke at the Dakota Conference on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls on April 27, 2012. The theme for...

Doug George-Kanentiio: The canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha
The canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha took place over two days. The first part was her official recognition along with six other candidates at a massive open air event in the...

The Nation: Navajo elder Agnes Laughter tries to get a state ID
"Obtaining a state-issued ID is a lot harder than some people might think. Agnes Laughter, an elder from the small rural town of Chilchinbeto on the Navajo Nation, tried time...

Native Sun News: Lakota Voice Project confronts youth suicide
A young Oglala Lakota student ponders what hope is during a Lakota Voice Project anti-suicide presentation on the Pine Ridge Reservation earlier this year. PHOTOS COURTESY/JASON ALLEY Looking for...

ICT Interview: Raul Ruiz discusses 1997 arrest at Native protest
"In 1997, Raul Ruiz, a 25-year-old Harvard medical student, participated in the annual Thanksgiving Day protest in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), a group...

Terry Cross: Dr. Phil show filled with misinformation about ICWA
"On October 18, 2012, the Dr. Phil show aired an episode that focused on a disputed custody case involving an American Indian child, Veronica. The case pits a loving father’s...

Mark Trahant: Obama and Romney talk foreign policy in debate
"Ninety minutes are too quick for a debate about the world. In fact the globe shrunk to a few regions and a few issues in the final debate between President...

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