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October 29, 2012
S.E. Ruckman: Blood quantum and affirmative action with tribes
"Many smaller tribes today are facing the decision to lower their blood quantum requirement. Without a change, their children will not belong to the tribe that the parents belong. It...

Mark Trahant: Hurricane Sandy could affect outcome of election
"Hurricane Sandy is the monster storm threatening millions of people living on the eastern seaboard, already shutting down many cities and the federal government in Washington, D.C. The storm has...

Dean Chavers: Indian vote remains important in light of history
"There has been no Indian Voting Rights Act, and no congressional hearings or testimony on such a bill. But as I demonstrated in my book Racism in Indian Country, there...

KYUK: NCAI supports Alaska Natives headed to trial for fishing
"Trials start Monday for subsistence fishermen cited for fishing on the Kuskowim River during closures this past summer. Twenty-four fishermen pled not guilty to charges that they fished with salmon...

Tribes making preparations as Hurricane Sandy hits East Coast
Tribes from Maine to South Carolina are making preparations as Hurricane Sandy threatens the East Coast. At least six tribes in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York are in...

Dana Lone Hill: Feather costumes demeaning to Indian women
"When I look at pictures of my grandmothers from back in their hey day I feel proud. They were all strong women. You could see it in their eyes. I...

Turtle Talk: Update on Indian law petitions and Supreme Court
"There are still no grants this Term (with the quasi-exception of the Samish case) but there have been a flurry of petitions in the last few weeks that have a...

Leonard Masten: Water project poses threat to California tribes
"Ten years ago thousands of adult salmon died in the Lower Klamath River in far Northern California when extremely low flows ordered by the Bush administration created lethal conditions for...

Supreme Court refuses to take Kimberly Craven's Cobell appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected one appeal in the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. Without comment, the justices declined a petition filed by Kimberly Craven, a member of...

Valarie Tom: One brief encounter with Russell Means in the cold
"I was a reporter with an NBC news station in New Mexico in the winter of 2003. The morning newspaper I was reading reported that Russell Means was going to...

Tex Hall: President Obama kept his promises to Indian Country
"Like most Native Americans, I jumped at the chance to throw my support behind President Obama in his 2008 campaign. Four years later, although some of my friends complain that...

Review: Championing Indian activists in 'This Indian Country'
"Who has stood up for the American Indian? Frederick E. Hoxie likes to ask this of his University of Illinois students on the Urbana/Champaign campus. He hears Geronimo, Crazy...

PBS: Louise Erdrich tackles crime issues in 'The Round House'
"LOUISE ERDRICH, author of "The Round House": I was really haunted for years by the background, the political background of this book. But I didn't want to write a...

Opinion: Fish remain essential for Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
"Federally recognized tribes in Washington (including the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe) have treaty rights with the federal government that protect their traditional lifestyle of fishing and harvesting shellfish within their...

The Atlantic: Russell Means led '73 Wounded Knee occupation
"On February 27, 1973, a team of 200 Oglala Lakota (Sioux) activists and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized control of a tiny town with a loaded history...

Native Sun News: Crow Creek Sioux man gets on Census panel
Donald Loudner, an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, was once again named to the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations....

NMAI postpones mascots event due to approaching hurricane
The National Museum of the American Indian has postponed a symposium on Indian mascots due to Hurricane Sandy. "Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports" was scheduled to...

Crosscut: Tribes in Washington prepare for a tsunami disaster
"By all accounts, the Makah tribe at least is well-primed for disaster. On paper, the tribe’s plans are like any other emergency management department — mapping out escape routes, designating...

Wayne Burke, chair of Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, passes away
Photo © Sparks Tribune Wayne Burke, the chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada, died unexpectedly on Sunday. The tribe's police chief told The Reno Gazette-Journal that...

Tim Giago: Stuck like a fly in the honey of the Democratic Party
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota My friend Ryan Wilson suffers from that age-old illness known as Demo-nesia. He has been immersed...

Vi Waln: Lakota Oyate lose a special warrior in Russell Means
“All European tradition, Marxism included, has conspired to defy the natural order of all things. Mother Earth has been abused, the powers have been abused, and this cannot go on...

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