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Appeals court allows cigarette prosecution despite treaty (October 24, 2008)

Members of the Yakama Nation of Washington can't be prosecuted under a tobacco contraband law but they can face charges for racketeering, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. In May 2007, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals set precedent...

Blog: MMS plans 'massive reorganization' (October 24, 2008)

"The federal office in charge of collecting billions of dollars per year in oil and natural gas royalties is in the midst of a massive reorganization after a highly-publicized sex-and-gift scandal this summer, officials said today. A two-year investigation by...

Gov. Palin fails to impress Alaska Natives (October 24, 2008)

Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, delivered a video message to the Alaska Federation of Natives on Thursday but attendees weren't impressed with her plans for a new rural subcabinet. Palin's proposal fell short of AFN's request...

South Dakota loses Native cigarette case (October 24, 2008)

A Native-owned company in Canada is not subject to South Dakota laws, the state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. Grand River Enterprises Six Nations makes cigarettes on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. The company's products end up in the...

Russell Means challenged rival's eligibility (October 24, 2008)

Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota won't take presidential candidate Theresa "Huck" Two Bulls off the November 4 ballot. Actor/activist Russell Means said Two Bulls couldn't run for office because she serves in the state Legislature. But the election commission...

Editorial: Denise Juneau for Montana education (October 24, 2008)

Note: Denise Juneau, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. "The state Office of Public Instruction is the conduit through which flows more than half of state government's budget, and for that reason alone heading the office...

Meeting set over residential school commission (October 24, 2008)

The Canadian government will meet next week to discuss the future of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, CBC News reports. Harry LaForme, an Ontario appeal court justice and member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First...

Indian staffer says McCain following Obama (October 24, 2008)

John McCain may have more experience in Indian affairs but Wizipan Garriott, the Native vote director for Barack Obama, says the Republican candidate is following Obama's lead. McCain and Obama delivered video messages to the National Congress of American...

Committee calls for removal of 'Warriors' imagery (October 24, 2008)

Carpinteria High School in California is being urged to get rid of Indian imagery for its "Warriors" mascot. The Native American Imagery Committee recommended keeping the "Warriors" name but getting rid of anything that associates it with Indian people....

Writers guild taps Indian talent in Hollywood (October 24, 2008)

The Writers Guild of America West has created a American Indian Writers Caucus to develop Indian talent in Hollywood. The group has 11 members so far. They include Steven Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw), who was working at a bingo hall owned by...

Tribal Leaders: Republican Dino Rossi not one of us (October 24, 2008)

"When Republican Dino Rossi, accuses Washington state Indians of “laundering” money with Gov. Christine Gregoire, he engages in the ugliest form of attack politics. Mr. Rossi, who says he is a proud member of the Tlingit Tribe from southeast Alaska,...

Column: 'Visionary' Pequot leader eyes property (October 24, 2008)

"Ever since Skip Hayward, creator of the Foxwoods juggernaut, dropped out of sight some years back, driven into political exile by contrary factions of his beloved Mashantucket Pequot tribe, I've come to think of him as our own Howard Hughes....

Havasupai Tribe on road to economic recovery (October 24, 2008)

The Havasupai Tribe of Arizona will rebuild its economy thanks to a $1 million grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California. A flood in mid-August destroyed the tribe's main source of income: tourism. The tribe was...

Jodi Rave: Montana tribes publish their histories (October 24, 2008)

"Native people have a rich tradition of storytelling, but those stories historically have been written or published by people outside the tribes - until lately. “Now you can do all that on a desktop computer,” said Bob Bigart, director of...

Reports on BIA schools, Indian royalties in store (October 24, 2008)

The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of the Interior plans to release investigations into violence at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools and Indian royalty collections, Indian Country Today reports. The violence investigation will focus on schools managed...

Sen. Obama: A full partnership with Indian Country (October 24, 2008)

"For 20 months now, I’ve traveled this country, often talking about how the needs of the American people are going unmet by Washington. And the truth is, few have been ignored by Washington for as long as American Indians. Too...

Election Road Trip: Tribal pride at Poarch Creek (October 24, 2008)

"News channels on TV and radio intersperse reports of rising foreclosures and job losses with features on how to save money and avoid waste. But if they want to learn how to make the best of what they have,...

Opinion: Coming full-circle in Indian Country (October 24, 2008)

"We Gwich’ins in Arctic Village are located in northern Interior Alaska. After a hard winter days’ work, I watched “The Motorcycle Diaries” at my grandpa’s house. It’s a movie about Che Guevara’s trip through the poverty-stricken indigenous communities of South...

'Childish' fight over land-into-trust arguments (October 24, 2008)

Officials in Rhode Island are still fighting over who will argue Carcieri v. Kempthorne on November 3. Laurence Tribe a leading U.S. Supreme Court practitioner, said Theodore B. Olson, a former Bush administration attorney, should represent the state. He said...

New police chief named for North Dakota tribe (October 24, 2008)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota has a new police chief. Gregory J. Brugh Sr. is a tribal member. He has 20 years of law enforcement experience at the tribal, state and federal level. Brugh replaces Frank...

Lynne Harlan: The 'real American Indians' (October 24, 2008)

"There are many definitions for real American Indians. One is a racial definition, another is a cultural definition; in the United States we are also defined as a political body, a Nation if you will. But our communities are defined...