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Mountain Times: Tracing Cherokees to the West (October 23, 2008)

"Our county and surrounding counties are rich in historical events and people. The earliest inhabitants were indigenous people, of which the Me-Wuk tribe is locally the largest and best known. Our history records another Native American People, the Cherokee...

'Truth' commissioner disagrees with former chair (October 23, 2008)

One of the remaining members of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission says the former chairman is wrong about the direction of the group. Claudette Dumont-Smith said she didn't try to push the commission to focus more...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe investigates death (October 23, 2008)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho is investigating the death of a man at its wellness center. Thomas T. Dodge, 66, suffered a heart attack in a steam room at the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Wellness Center. His body wasn't discovered...

Tribes weigh next move in sacred site case (October 23, 2008)

An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is being considered to protect the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona from further development. The Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe and others in the southwest oppose the use of reclaimed wastewater...

Sen. Coleman: Proud of record on Indian issues (October 23, 2008)

"As your senator, it has always been my No. 1 priority to stay connected with the people of Minnesota and bring their voices to the nation and the world. I have made repeat-ed trips to all 87 counties in Minnesota,...

NCAI chooses two youth ambassadors (October 23, 2008)

The National Congress of American Indians named two youth ambassadors at its 65th annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday. J'Shon Lee, a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and Quintin Lopez, a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation,...

Alaska Federation of Natives opens in Anchorage (October 23, 2008)

Update: Gov. Palin is not appearing in person due to her campaign schedule. She is delivering a video message instead. The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention opened in Anchorage this morning. Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential...

Oneida Nation to debut float at Thanksgiving parade (October 23, 2008)

The Oneida Nation will debut the "True Spirit of Thanksgiving" float at the 82nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 27. The float shares the Oneida creation story. It depicts Sky Woman, who fell...

Washington tribal rally supports Democrats (October 23, 2008)

Members of several Washington tribes attended a rally on Sunday to support Sen. Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates. The Puyallup, Tulalip, Hoh, Colville and Nisqually tribes were represented at the rally, The Tacoma Weekly reported. It's one of...

Blackfeet Nation seeks hate crime charges (October 23, 2008)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana says three men who attacked a tribal member should face hate crime charges. The tribe asked Glacier County Attorney Larry Epstein to reconsider the case against brothers Todd, Brian and Aaron Molenda. They are...

Opinion: Walter Soboleff defies all odds and succeeds (October 23, 2008)

"1908 was the year that the 88 million Americans living at the time heard about a "ball" dropping in New York's Time Square to celebrate the coming of a New Year; it was the first year that Americans would...

Counties doubt Coeur d'Alene Tribe's authority (October 23, 2008)

Officials in three Idaho counties are questioning whether the Coeur d'Alene Tribe has a role in managing Lake Coeur d'Alene. The state and the tribe reached an agreement to clean up the lake, which has been tainted by mining....

Mashpee Wampanoag mother and son file land claim (October 23, 2008)

Two members of the recently recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts filed a land claim in federal court on Wednesday. Amelia Bingham and her son, Steven, are claiming all town- and state-owned land in Mashpee, the tribe's historical base....

Navajos ask what Sen. McCain has done for tribe (October 23, 2008)

Navajo Nation leaders say Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) has ignored them and won't meet with them in Washington, D.C. “What has he done for us? He refuses to open the door to us when we go to the Hill. He...

Blog: Indians don't seem to be priority for McCain (October 23, 2008)

"It’s a darn good question. Where is the distinguished competition? There should be a scramble for the votes of Indian Country, not just Democratic jaunts into sovereign territory. Why is it that I can’t find anything on Google News about...

Lobbyists: McCain's blueprint for Indian economies (October 23, 2008)

"We all know that Indian gaming has not been the panacea for all that ails tribal economies. In 2008, Indian communities still have large pockets of poverty, joblessness and economic stagnation, and these problems are preventing Native people from achieving...

Blog: Why DOJ won't prosecute ex-Interior officials (October 23, 2008)

"Last month, the Interior Department's inspector general, Earl E. Devaney, told the House Natural Resources Committee that he was disappointed that two now-retired employees -- former oil royalty office chief Gregory W. Smith and former associate director Lucy Querques Denett...

Column: Anti-Native views after Joba's arrest (October 23, 2008)

"It's the ugly undercurrent with the Joba Chamberlain DUI story: The idea that Chamberlain's arrest for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol is somehow connected to his Native American background. Don't kid yourself. It's out there. "The stereotype always...

Gyasi Ross: Why Indians support Sen. Obama (October 23, 2008)

"This election is just not about politics. Traveling from reservation to reservation – as I am fortunate enough to do on behalf of Barack Obama – it’s obvious that the reason that Natives overwhelmingly support Sen. Obama to be the...