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S.E. Ruckman: Blood quantum and affirmative action with tribes (October 29, 2012)

"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 is the cold conscription of blood quantum. Descendancy proponents argue...

Mark Trahant: Hurricane Sandy could affect outcome of election (October 29, 2012)

"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 closed schools, disrupted transportation and could rip apart the region’s...

Dean Chavers: Indian vote remains important in light of history (October 29, 2012)

"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 are many conspiracies among non-Indians on or near reservations to...

KYUK: NCAI supports Alaska Natives headed to trial for fishing (October 29, 2012)

"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 nets when the river was closed to salmon fishing. The...

Tribes making preparations as Hurricane Sandy hits East Coast (October 29, 2012)

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 the direct path of the hurricane. And several more in...

Dana Lone Hill: Feather costumes demeaning to Indian women (October 29, 2012)

"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 have one picture in particular of my Great, Great Grandma...

Turtle Talk: Update on Indian law petitions and Supreme Court (October 29, 2012)

"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 small to middling chance of being granted. They are presented...

Leonard Masten: Water project poses threat to California tribes (October 29, 2012)

"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 fish. This year, as we celebrate the first good run...

Supreme Court refuses to take Kimberly Craven's Cobell appeal (October 29, 2012)

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 the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, according to an order list. That leaves...

Valarie Tom: One brief encounter with Russell Means in the cold (October 29, 2012)

"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 speak to students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado...

Tex Hall: President Obama kept his promises to Indian Country (October 29, 2012)

"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 President Obama has been unable to lift the economy out...

Review: Championing Indian activists in 'This Indian Country' (October 29, 2012)

"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 Horse and Sitting Bull. And, since the 1995 Disney film,...

PBS: Louise Erdrich tackles crime issues in 'The Round House' (October 29, 2012)

"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 political diatribe of any sort. So I waited and waited...

Opinion: Fish remain essential for Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe (October 29, 2012)

"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 usual and accustomed areas. The Treaty of Point No Point,...

The Atlantic: Russell Means led '73 Wounded Knee occupation (October 29, 2012)

"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 -- Wounded Knee, South Dakota. They arrived in town at...

Native Sun News: Crow Creek Sioux man gets on Census panel (October 29, 2012)

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. Loudner maintains seat on Census Bureau diversity committee By Brandon...

NMAI postpones mascots event due to approaching hurricane (October 29, 2012)

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 take place this Thursday in Washington, D.C. It's been postponed...

Crosscut: Tribes in Washington prepare for a tsunami disaster (October 29, 2012)

"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 incident command posts and stockpiling supplies for the days they...

Wayne Burke, chair of Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, passes away (October 29, 2012)

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 Burke's death is under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for...

Tim Giago: Stuck like a fly in the honey of the Democratic Party (October 29, 2012)

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 in the pit of the demagoguery of the Democratic Party...

Vi Waln: Lakota Oyate lose a special warrior in Russell Means (October 29, 2012)

“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 forever. No theory can alter that simple fact. Mother Earth...