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FBI: Little change in anti-Native hate crimes (October 28, 2008)

The number of hate crimes against American Indians and Alaska Natives remained largely unchanged last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a report on Monday. Based on data from law enforcement agencies across the country, the FBI said...

Blackfeet students walk for Red Ribbon Week (October 28, 2008)

Children on the Blackfeet Nation of Montana took part in a march on Monday to mark Red Ribbon Week. About 200 public school students and staff took part in the march and pledged to lead drug-free lives. The week...

California tribes address domestic violence (October 28, 2008)

For the first time, all eight tribes and four tribal programs in Humboldt County, California, are getting together for a domestic violence conference. The tribes are working with local and state agencies to help victims of domestic violence. They are...

Sen. Clinton touts Obama on Indian issues (October 28, 2008)

Citing his Indian platform and endorsements from over 100 tribal leaders, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) said Barack Obama is the clear candidate of choice in Indian Country. Clinton said Obama will appoint a high-level Indian adviser in the White...

Judge rejects injunction in Chehalis tax case (October 28, 2008)

A federal judge on Monday declined to stop Thurston County, Washington, from imposing property taxes on the Great Wolf Lodge, which is majority owned by the Chehalis Tribe. The property where the resort is located is held in trust. But...

Audrey Bennett: Re-elect Sen. Norm Coleman (October 28, 2008)

"I have been an advocate for tribal issues for over two decades. I have had the privilege of serving as the president of my tribe, the Prairie Island Indian Community, and have also worked on the national level serving as...

Frank Rich: GOP clueless on 'real' America (October 28, 2008)

"It seems like a century ago now, but it was only in 2005 that a National Journal poll of Beltway insiders predicted that George Allen, then a popular Virginia senator, would be the next GOP nominee for president. George who?...

Election day victory for Chippewa Cree man (October 28, 2008)

Election Day is still a week away but Tony Belcourt, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana, doesn't have to worry about winning his race for the state Legislature. Belcourt won a three-way Democratic primary by just one...

Two dead, officer shot on Flathead Reservation (October 28, 2008)

Two people died and a tribal police officer was shot in an incident on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Dusty Reed, 36, and Janeal Morris, 48, were found dead in the mobile home. Authorities haven't disclosed the relationship between...

Northern Cheyenne Tribe marks historic battle sites (October 28, 2008)

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana will hold a ceremony on Wednesday to mark the designation of two battle sites as national landmarks. The Rosebud Battlefield, also known as the place Where the Girl Saved Her Brother, and the Wolf...

Editorial: Sen. Johnson proven on Indian issues (October 28, 2008)

"The day Sen. Tim Johnson said he would seek re-election, his health became a campaign issue. South Dakotans have been asked to decide whether Johnson is fit to serve as one of our two senators for another six years. Of...

Indigenous Peoples Caucus meets in Geneva (October 28, 2008)

The Indigenous Peoples Caucus met in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month to discuss the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United Nations general assembly adopted the declaration last year but Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States...

Navajos grateful for Hillerman's focus on culture (October 28, 2008)

Members of the Navajo Nation said award-winning author Tony Hillerman, who died on Sunday at the age of 83, opened the world's eyes to their culture. Some were criticized for sharing too much information but many were excited to see...

Indian bar association offers election day help (October 28, 2008)

The Oklahoma Indian Bar Association is offering Indian voters assistance on election day. Indian voters can call OIBA's Election Protection 2008 Project at (405) 272-9241 on November 4. The group wants to make sure no one has problems with issues...

Mother Jones: Obama's play for Indian Country (October 28, 2008)

"If Barack Obama wins New Mexico on November 4, he may want to thank Wizipan Garriott, the vote director of what the Obama campaign calls its "First Americans" voter outreach program. The effort targets the politically neglected but heavily...

Eleven indicted in St. Croix crack cocaine ring (October 28, 2008)

Eleven people have been indicted in a crack cocaine ring on the St. Croix Chippewa Reservation in Wisconsin. Seven people are from the same family. They include a husband and wife and their five children. The case was investigated by...

Fight over land-into-trust hearing continues (October 28, 2008)

With less than a week before the November 3 hearing, lawyers in the state of Rhode Island still haven't figured out who will argue Carcieri v. Kempthorne, a land-into-trust case. Joseph Larisa Jr., the assistant solicitor for Indian Affairs for...

Rival's ad links Sen. Cornyn to Abramoff scandal (October 28, 2008)

An Internet ad from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Noriega accuses Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) of doing the bidding of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. When he was attorney general of Texas, Cornyn went to court to shut down the...

Indian Country Today: Obama for president (October 28, 2008)

"Indian Country Today endorses Barack Obama for president. This election is a remarkable opportunity for change in policy direction and leadership style. As a person, Obama exhibits humility and grace, and his story inspires creativity and action. As a candidate,...

Sen. Stevens vows to fight guilty verdict (October 28, 2008)

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) maintained his innocence on Monday despite being found guilty on all counts in his corruption trial. Stevens said his conviction on seven charges of making false statements was the result of "prosecutorial misconduct" by the...