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Kathryn Brigham: Tribes work together to restore salmon runs (November 1, 2012)

"Amidst the mud-slinging in Columbia River salmon politics, citizens of the Pacific Northwest should know that there is a path forward. That path forward is not the current allocation fight playing out in the lower Columbia River but working together...

Opinion: Surprising origins of Native American Heritage Month (November 1, 2012)

"Most Americans are not aware that citizenship in the United States was granted to indigenous peoples four years after women were granted the right to vote. The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 finally made it a law that if you...

Pawnee Nation still working on per cap from $4.4M settlement (November 1, 2012)

The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma is still deciding how to distribute about half of a $4.4 million settlement to its members. The tribe approved a per capita payment in September. Each of the 3,500 members will receive $600 but the...

Dyani Bingham: Barack Obama has helped the first Americans (November 1, 2012)

"It is our pleasure and honor to endorse President Barack Obama for re-election to the Presidency of the United States of America. President Obama has been a friend to the Indian Nations. He has a true understanding of the cultures...

Hoopa Valley Tribe excludes first member from its reservation (November 1, 2012)

The Hoopa Valley Tribe of California has used its exclusion ordinance for the first time on one of its members. Arthur Pliny Jones pleaded guilty to transportation and sales of a controlled substance. The tribe's court said the crime was...

Executive to help Meskwaki Tribe diversify economic holdings (November 1, 2012)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa hired a new executive this year for its economic development corporation. Bill Largent, the former director of the Office of Native American Affairs at the Small Business Administration, said the tribe is looking to diversify...

Ex-Alaska Native whaling commission director awaits sentence (November 1, 2012)

A sentencing hearing began for Maggie Ahmaogak, the former executive director of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. Ahmaogak, 62, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and misapplication of funds from an organization receiving federal money and one charge of...

Federal official widens blame in Spirit Lake Nation abuse crisis (November 1, 2012)

A federal official says the Spirit Lake Nation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Justice are all to blame for child abuse problems on the North Dakota tribe's reservation. Thomas Sullivan, a regional official with the Administration...

Alaska Native fishermen found guilty for violating state orders (November 1, 2012)

Three Alaska Native fishermen were found guilty for violating state fishing restrictions. The state has issued 22 orders affecting the salmon fishery. The fishermen, who primarily speak Yup'ik, argued that they weren't property informed of the restrictions but the judge...

Chickasaw Nation contributes $300K to state campaign groups (November 1, 2012)

The Chickasaw Nation has contributed $300,000 to super political action committees in Oklahoma, The Tulsa World reports. The tribe is the largest single donor so far this year to superPACs, the paper said. Half of the tribe's money -- $150,000...

MPR: Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota ban wolf hunting on their lands (November 1, 2012)

"Minnesota's inaugural regulated wolf hunt, set to begin Saturday, is being received with sadness by many Ojibwe people. The wolf plays a central role in the Ojibwe, or Anishinaabe creation story, in which man and wolf traveled the world together...

Tribes working to boost turnout among Native American voters (November 1, 2012)

Tribes and tribal organizations are working to increase turnout among American Indian and Alaska Native voters. Native Americans only make up around 1 percent of eligible voters in the U.S. But in certain states, like Montana, South Dakota and New...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux candidates make their final push (November 1, 2012)

Oglala Sioux Tribe presidential incumbent John Yellow Bird Steele is seeking his seventh term in office. FILE PHOTO A political novice, Bryan Brewer took a strong lead in the Oglala Sioux Tribe presidential race in the Oct. 9 primary...

Cole R. DeLaune: Defending Republican friends of Indian Country (November 1, 2012)

"To a certain species of political observer, the popular impulse when confronted with ideological complexity is to see past any suggestion of nuance to a profitable corollary. To wit, two incumbent Representatives in South Dakota and California are contending with...

Winona LaDuke: A green and pro-life vote for President Obama (November 1, 2012)

"Let’s start big. It’s official. Climate change is no longer a topic of the presidential election banter. Since pretty much no one has mentioned climate change for the past three months, we must be free and clear. As I watch...