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Blackfeet chief seeks to establish museum (April 7, 2008)

Earl Old Person, the chief of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, is establishing a museum to house all of the items he's acquired in over 50 years of leadership. The tribe is renovating a small cabin behind the Museum...

Conference focuses on Navajo women miners (April 7, 2008)

The fourth Changing Woman Conference is being held today in Farmington, New Mexico. The conference aims to educate Navajo women who work in coal mines. Organizer Rosie Foster, a heavy equipment operator at the San Juan Underground Mine, says women...

Indian superdelegate from Montana backs Obama (April 7, 2008)

Montana Rep. Margarett Campbell, a member of the Assiniboine Tribe of Montana, is backing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) for president. Campbell is a superdelegate for the Democratic party. She said she decided on Obama after meeting tribal leaders, who urged...

'Rough justice' seen in resolving Cobell case (April 7, 2008)

An attorney for the plaintiffs in the Cobell Indian trust fund lawsuit says resolving the long-running case amounts to "rough justice." The plaintiffs are asking a federal judge to restore $58 billion to the Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust. The...

Jury returns verdict in Narragansett raid case (April 7, 2008)

A jury in Rhode Island acquitted seven members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island of most of the charges they faced after being arrested during the state's raid of the reservation. Four defendants were acquitted of all the charges....

Cherokee chief to address Freedmen at conference (April 7, 2008)

Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith will address the Freedmen issue at the 33rd annual Federal Bar Association Indian law conference this week. Smith appears on a panel called "Revisiting Civil Rights in Indian Country Four Decades after the Indian Civil...

Opinion: It's time for 'Chief Wahoo' to go (April 7, 2008)

"In his historic speech on race, Sen. Barack Obama raised two important truths: America is stuck in a racial stalemate based on profound misunderstanding, and we cannot ignore these wounds "if we are to continue on the path to...

Tim Giago: Thirty years and 1,560 columns later... (April 7, 2008)

A famous columnist once wrote, “It is easy to write a weekly column. All you have to do is sit in front of your typewriter until you sweat blood.” Of course the typewriter has been replaced by the computer, but...

Jodi Rave: Clinton and Obama make Indian pledges (April 7, 2008)

With Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) on the trail in Montana, Jodi Rave of The Missoulian is covering their campaigns and the candidates' Indian platforms. "Sens. Obama and Hillary Clinton are both courting the...

Editorial: Uranium mine would reopen Navajo wounds (April 7, 2008)

"Uranium, which has been blamed for lung cancer, kidney disease, birth defects and other ailments, is being touted once again as a savior to the regional economy, bringing in thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in mineral royalties and...

Column: An unusual Pueblo murder case in 1773 (April 7, 2008)

"In April 1773, a young woman of Cochiti Pueblo, María Francisca, enlisted the aid of her mother, María Josefa, in a plot to kill the younger woman's husband, Agustín, a native of the pueblo of Tesuque. The events that...

olumn: Lakota soldier sees parallels in Iraq (April 7, 2008)

"John Ten Fingers sees many similarities between the Iraqi culture and his own American Indian heritage. “The Iraqi society looks the same, with the tribes and the hardships they’ve gone through, like having another entity come into your society...

Opinion: Native languages slowly dying out (April 7, 2008)

"Any Indian caught worrying that we might indeed vanish can expect to be grouped with the self-haters. While many things go into making a culture -- kinship, history, religion, place -- the disappearance of our languages suggests that our...

Column: Narragansett verdict won't stop saga (April 7, 2008)

"The state police were understandably pleased with the outcome of the Narragansett Indian smoke-shop trial — Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas and two others were convicted — but this saga will continue to course through Rhode Island’s history. It is a...