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Vernon Bellecourt, an obituary by Suzan Harjo (October 15, 2007)

"American Indian Movement leader Vernon Bellecourt would have celebrated his 76th birthday on Oct. 17, but now it is also the date of his burial. Bellecourt died Oct. 13 in a Minneapolis hospital from complications of diabetes and an...

Navajo woman charged with 4-year-old boy's death (October 15, 2007)

A woman from the Navajo Nation has been charged in tribal and federal court in connection with the death of her four-year-old nephew. Evelyn James, 48, allegedly told authorities that she beat Alberto Johnny James and stuffed his body in...

Interior says Cobell suit not worth billions (October 15, 2007)

Bush administration officials at the Interior Department don't think the Cobell trust fund lawsuit is worth billions of dollars. Associate deputy secretary Jim Cason and Special Trustee Ross Swimmer said very few errors have been uncovered in the the Indian...

Oglala Sioux council member indicted for drugs (October 15, 2007)

Don Garnier, a council member for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has been indicted on federal drug charges. Garnier, 38, is accused of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy and aiding and abetting a crime. The...

Aurene Martin: ICWA protects Indian children (October 15, 2007)

Note: Aurene Martin, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Wisconsin, served as principal deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of Indian Affairs under the Bush administration. She now works as a lobbyist for Ietan...

Vernon Bellecourt, AIM activist, passes away (October 15, 2007)

Vernon Bellecourt, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians who was a leading American Indian Movement activist, died on Saturday. He was 75. Bellecourt, whose Ojibwe name was WaBun-Inini, served as the public face of AIM...

Blog: Eastern Shoshone Tribe builds NAACP alliance (October 15, 2007)

"Creating partnerships is the synergy that helps us get beyond obstacles and strengthens the foundation of friendship through development and growth. In today's world, we're beginning to find that partnerships provide a certain kind of intrinsic value that can be...

David Salmon, Athabascan leader, dies at 95 (October 15, 2007)

David Salmon, an Athabascan leader and an ordained Episcopal minister, died last Thursday. He was 95. Salmon was diagnosed with terminal cancer last week. He died peacefully at his home in Chalkyitsik. "He was sitting in his favorite chair...

Tim Giago: American Indians are not mascots (October 15, 2007)

Two things stuck in my mind while watching the New York Yankees lose the last game they played in Cleveland. The first is the three fans the television cameras panned every now and then sitting in the bleachers wearing feathers...

Mark Trahant: It's time to let the workers win (October 15, 2007)

"Consider the rhetoric surrounding the State Children's Health Insurance Program. One of the House Republican goals is that: "SCHIP should not replace or significantly impact those who already have private health insurance with a government-run program." That's the nice way...

Jodi Rave: Climate change hits Natives across globe (October 15, 2007)

"Ole Henrik Magga grew up on the Arctic tundra, learning to read the snow and ask questions of it. Has it been frozen? Is it wet? How many layers of snow must the reindeer break through to eat from...

Editorial: Eliminate 'Chief Wahoo' mascot (October 15, 2007)

"Chief Wahoo is the Indians' mascot, a grotesque caricature grinning idiotically through enormous bucked teeth. You can see him during this week's American League Championship Series between the Indians and the Boston Red Sox. He's a reminder of the...

Opinion: Onondaga Nation deserves justice (October 15, 2007)

"A court case now before a federal judge in Albany is a very different kind of lawsuit. The Onondaga Nation is defending its land rights action, arguing not only that New York state took its land illegally, but that Honeywell...

Yellow Bird: Domestic violence happens every day (October 15, 2007)

"October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the discussion in our communities is to remind us of the reality of that kind of violence. Domestic violence takes place where we live that nest where we should be loved,...

Editorial: Navajo Nation egos put public at risk (October 15, 2007)

"It appears to be a matter of politics versus public safety. The improvements to U.S. 491 might not be completed if officials from the Navajo Nation and the New Mexico Department of Transportation can't reach an agreement regarding a construction...