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Colville Chair: Ads unfair to Washington tribes (October 9, 2008)

"Some recent political advertisements targeting Gov. Chris Gregoire may have missed their mark. The admen attempted to take a shot at the governor, but instead struck Indian people. Whether or not these slick television spots hurt Gov. Gregoire’s chances for...

Artman joins Indian law practice at firm (October 9, 2008)

Correction: Carl Artman will be based in Milwaukee, not Madison. Carl Artman, the former head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is joining the Godfrey & Kahn law firm. Artman, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, will be...

Oglala Sioux Tribe finalizing election results (October 9, 2008)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is finalizing the results of an election held on Tuesday. Unofficial returns appear to show Russell Means with the most votes for president. The American Indian Movement activist and actor has run for...

Joint trial sought for Aquash murder defendants (October 9, 2008)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota wants a joint trial for the two men accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. John Graham was set to go trial on Monday but a federal judge dismissed...

PBS: Getting out the Native vote in Washington (October 9, 2008)

"TRISTAN AHTONE, National Minority Consortia: It's a grey, wet day on the Tulalip reservation, just 30 minutes north of Seattle. The infamous weather has left fog stuck in pine boughs and the streets wet with rain. Despite the weather, Theresa...

Mille Lacs Ojibwe leader removed from office (October 9, 2008)

Melanie Benjamin, the chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, was removed from office on Wednesday. The tribe didn't explain why Benjamin was being removed but she was being accused of using tribal funds for...

Column: Protection for sacred site in New Mexico (October 9, 2008)

"Tourists spot the volcanic plug known to Navajos as Tse' bit'a'i and to the rest of the world as Shiprock miles before they get close to the actual tower of rock. It is a magical and mesmerizing experience to...

Navajo woman on community relations commission (October 9, 2008)

Kristin Joe, a 19-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, has joined the Community Relations Commission in Farmington, New Mexico. Joe completes the commission, which was formed to address race relations in the city. She was asked to join to...

Non-Native leads 'truth' commission in Canada (October 9, 2008)

Native groups are questioning the hiring of a non-Native as executive director of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Assembly of First Nations and Union of B.C. Chiefs say Aideen Nabigon is too close to the government....

San Manuel Band hosts annual powwow at Cal State (October 9, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians holds it annual powwow at Cal State San Bernardino this weekend. The three-day event starts Friday. About 4,000 people are expected to attend, with dancers and drummers representing tribes in the U.S. and...

Opinion: Sen. Obama's Cherokee ancestry (October 9, 2008)

"According to published reports, Barack Obama has stated that there is Native American Indian ancestry in his family tree. His background on his mother's side also reportedly includes Scottish and Irish roots. Research into Obama's family tree on his mother's...

Puyallup Tribe seeks to increase Native turnout (October 9, 2008)

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington is encouraging Native Americans to get out and vote this November. The tribe hosted a voter registration event last week in advance of the state's mail-in deadline. But people can still register in person...

Land-into-trust argument fight gets even more nasty (October 9, 2008)

A dispute over who will present the state of Rhode Island's views in a land-into-trust case before the U.S. Supreme Court is getting even more nasty as the November 3 hearing approaches. Joseph Larisa Jr., the assistant solicitor for Indian...

North Dakota won't revive 'Fighting Sioux' lawsuit (October 9, 2008)

The North Dakota Board of Higher Education won't revive a lawsuit over the controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The board voted unanimously against reopening a settlement between the University of North Dakotaand the NCAA. UND agreed to get...

San Carlos Apache Tribe endorses Sen. Obama (October 9, 2008)

The San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) for president. A resolution passed by the council cites Obama's support for self-determination, consultation and improving life in Indian Country. "Senator Obama understands the needs of Native Americans...

Opinion: Scoundrels and scandals at Interior (October 9, 2008)

"On Sept. 10, Earl Devaney, the Interior Department’s inspector general, released a report to Congress that documented — in lurid and embarrassing detail — the widespread use of sex, bribes and drugs by MMS employees to lubricate their professional relationships...