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NMAI in New York City to remain closed after Hurricane Sandy (November 5, 2012)

The National Museum of the American Indian in New York City remains closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The museum and its collection escaped damage despite extensive flooding in lower Manhattan. Power was restored on Sunday but the facility...

Opinion: Indigenous people must continue to be represented (November 5, 2012)

" Linguists at the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages estimate that on average, a native language disappears every two weeks as elders in these cultures die, taking the last remnants of that spoken dialect with them. In 2008, the...

Review: 'Custer' book explores short life of an Indian fighter (November 5, 2012)

"Larry McMurtry calls his "Custer" a "short life," as opposed to a full-fledged biography or history, the advantage of the short form being that "plain speaking is usually required" from the author. And it is plain speaking that McMurtry...

Rodney Butler wins second term as Mashantucket Tribe chair (November 5, 2012)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut held an election on Sunday. Chairman Rodney Butler won his third term on the council. He was subsequently elected as chairman for a second term. Treasurer Steven Thomas and council member Crystal Whipple...

First movie theater finally debuts on Pine Ridge Reservation (November 5, 2012)

The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota finally has its own movie theater. The Nunpa Theatre in Kyle offers first-run movies on two screens. "Nunpa" means two in the Lakota language. “I love going to movies, and I see a...

Cedric Black Eagle loses re-election bid as Crow Tribe leader (November 5, 2012)

Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana elected Darrin Old Coyote as chairman in an election on Saturday. Old Coyote defeated incumbent Cedric Black Eagle by a tally of 2,320 to 1,829, The Billings Gazette reported. He will start his...

President of Navajo Nation backs Richard Carmona in Senate (November 5, 2012)

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has endorsed Democrat Richard Carmona for U.S. Senate in Arizona. Shelly cited Carmona's support for Indian veterans and economic development in Indian Country. Carmona visited the Navajo Nation during his campaign. “Dr. Carmona shares my...

MPR: White Earth Ojibwe members protest wolf hunt in state (November 5, 2012)

"A few Ojibwe tribal members spent part of the weekend protesting Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt, which began Saturday. Tribal members on the White Earth Indian Reservation stood along highways in several tribal communities, carrying signs of protest. Minnesota's Ojibwe...

Delvin Cree: Heidi Heitkamp will represent North Dakota tribes (November 5, 2012)

Several Indian tribes in North Dakota will soon pay more attention to the many energy resources we have in our state and on tribal lands. So far the non-Indian population has benefited from a number of the state's energy opportunities...

Joelene Frey: Salish and Kootenai people deserve per capita (November 5, 2012)

"To the Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council concerning the recent settlement monies: I have been carrying a petition for members to sign in regards to paying out the remaining money from the recent settlement. I just want you to know...

Steve Russell: Partisan blowhards ruin the political landscape (November 5, 2012)

"I’ve watched in amazement as the right wing alternative reality echo chamber ignores questions about the frequency of deadly weather and whether it’s the result of what Winona LaDuke calls “planet baking,” but finds time to eviscerate New Jersey Gov....

Elsa Johnson: Looking back on election day on Navajo Nation (November 5, 2012)

"On Election Day, my family drives in from various parts of the Southwest to vote at our home Navajo chapter, Forest Lake. My mother, who does not read or write English, is a faithful voter like many her age: 85-plus....

Tex Hall: Indian Country needs access to the digital economy (November 5, 2012)

"If 90% of public schools in the United States lacked Internet access, there would be a national call to action. If 90% of any ethnic group in the country was not connected to the Internet, the backlash would be immense....

Native Sun News: Indian voters lobby for local polling station (November 5, 2012)

The placement of a new polling site in the Lakota Community Homes neighborhood of Rapid City will make it easier for the area’s voters — especially Native American voters — to cast their ballots.

Tim Giago: Heart disease and diabetes invade Indian Country (November 5, 2012)

Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota One day I was scheduled to go into surgery at the Rapid City Eye Institute for a detached retina and while I was on the gurney...