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Denise Juneau declares victory in Montana schools election (November 15, 2012)

Democrat Denise Juneau, the first American Indian to run the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, declared victory on Wednesday but Republican Sandy Welch will ask for a recount in the close race. After provisional votes were counted, Juneau had a...

Navajo Nation investigates accident involving telecom firm (November 15, 2012)

Tribal, federal and state authorities are investigating a workplace incident on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation Tribal Utility Authority hired L&B Telecommunications to build a cell phone tower near Farmington, New Mexico. Sammy Pacheco, 51, was injured when the...

Authorities say Fort Independence Tribe cheated out of $7M (November 15, 2012)

Federal authorities arrested a California man for allegedly bilking the Fort Independence Tribe out of $7 million. Gregory J. Chmielewski, 43, faces fraud and money-laundering charges. Authorities say he stole money from the tribe through a business staffing company. The...

Ute Tribe criticizes funeral home for handling of man's body (November 15, 2012)

The Ute Tribe of Utah criticized a funeral home for its handling of a deceased member whose body was the subject of a dispute within his family. Hullinger Mortuary has a contract to administer burials for tribal members. Chairwoman Irene...

KCAW: Sitka Tribe in Alaska elects first new chair in 20 years (November 15, 2012)

"Dale Williams resigned his seat on the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Tribal Council after losing the race for chairman to former council member Mike Baines. The Tribe held its elections for chairman and council on Tuesday. Baines becomes the first...

Editorial: Illegal dumping too common across Navajo Nation (November 15, 2012)

"When you travel the largest Native American Tribe in the U.S.-the Navajo Nation, the beautiful geographic location is ridden with home made signs. One might argue, why can’t they just buy some new outdoors signs? Well, simply put, the people...

Morongo Band distributes 10K turkeys to local organizations (November 15, 2012)

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is distributing 10,000 frozen turkeys to organizations in southern California. The Thanksgiving turkey giveaway dates back 27 years. The tribe helps organizations get food to people and families that need it most. “We feel...

Northern Arapaho Tribe schedules new election after dispute (November 15, 2012)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has scheduled a new primary and general election after a dispute involving one candidate. Kim Harjo appeared on the October 18 primary ballot in violation of tribal law, The Casper Star-Tribune reports. Her candidacy...

Leaford Bearskin credited with advancing Wyandotte Nation (November 15, 2012)

Leaford Bearskin, the longtime leader of the Wyandotte Nation who died last Friday at the age of 91, is credited with improving the tribe's status in his 29 years as chief. Bearskin helped the tribe assert self-governance over its...

Ousted Crow Tribe chairman challenges outcome of election (November 15, 2012)

Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana ousted Cedric Black Eagle last week but he's challenging the results of the election. Black Eagle and two other losing candidates filed a protest with the tribe's election commission, The Billings Gazette reported....

Blog: Minnesota wolf hunt desecrates sacred Ojibwe symbol (November 15, 2012)

"The crowd fighting the chilly winds of Lake Superior marched through downtown Duluth, Minnesota to protest the beginning of a controversial wolf-hunting season. Robert DesJarlit carried the Cherish the Children Eagle Staff as he and Niibiwi Misko Makwa lead several...

Opinion: Tulalip Tribes work to improve student achievement (November 15, 2012)

"November is Native American Heritage month and a fitting time to say “Thank you” to the Tulalip Tribes for the many ways in which they partner with the Marysville Schools. The Tulalip Tribes has 4,100 members — about 2,500 live...

Celeste Pedri: Indian artists face appropriation questions too (November 15, 2012)

"Like many of us in Indian country, I caught the latest Victoria’s Secret atrocity that followed closely on the heels of Gwen Stefani’s big blunder. I’d like to move the conversation away from this dominant issue of cultural misappropriation to...

Editorial: Secretary Ken Salazar apologizes for making threat (November 15, 2012)

"A Gazette editorial admonished Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar for threatening to “punch out” reporter Dave Philipps. Salazar made a sincere apology to Philipps on Wednesday, verbally and in writing. He also agreed to an interview regarding wild horses that...

Native Sun News: Oglala man focuses on reservation teachers (November 15, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Robert Cook Making the grade Cook strives to build strong network of Native teachers By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun...

Louise Erdrich wins National Book Award for 'The Round House' (November 15, 2012)

Author Louise Erdrich won the National Book Award for The Round House, her look into criminal justice issues in Indian Country. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota. Her novel is...