Kevin Abourezk: Means shifts sovereignty stance (October 30, 2008)
"As Hurricane Ike beat up on Texas in mid-September, Russell Means watched as President Bush declared 29 Texas counties major disaster areas, making federal funds available for storm recovery. Means hopes to use that same tool to bring federal and...
Oneida Nation seeks to increase voter turnout (October 30, 2008)
The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is working to register more tribal members to vote and turn out to the polls. About 5,000 members who live within reservation boundaries are registered. Tana Aguirre, the tribe's legislative assistant, hopes that figure will...
Four immigrants die in Gila River incident (October 30, 2008)
Four suspected illegal immigrants died in an incident on the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona on Sunday. Tribal police noticed a van driving erratically on the reservation. When they went to investigate, about 30 people got out of the...
Prairie Island Tribe seeks hearing on nuclear site (October 30, 2008)
The Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota asked the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to hold a hearing on health and environmental issues associated with a nuclear plant next to the reservation. The tribe has long been concerned about the...
Crow court dismisses charges against Indian sheriff (October 30, 2008)
A judge for the Crow Tribe of Montana dismissed domestic violence charges against Big Horn County Sheriff Lawrence "Pete" Big Hair. Big Hair and his estranged wife were arrested in June in an incident that nearly cost Big Hair his...
City rejects offer to settle Navajo man's shooting (October 30, 2008)
The city of Farmington, New Mexico, has rejected an offer to settle a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a Navajo Nation man who was shot and killed by a police officer. Clint John, 21, was shot four...
Meeting held on residential school commission (October 30, 2008)
Attorneys met behind closed-doors on Wednesday to consider the fate of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada. Harry LaForme, an Ontario appeal court justice and member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, resigned...
Two children killed in fire on Manitoba reserve (October 30, 2008)
Two children were killed in a fire on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba on Tuesday, CBC News reports. A wooden garden shed that was being used to store tools and propane tanks caught fire, trapping the children. By the...
Sen. Dorgan: Good news and bad news for tribes (October 30, 2008)
"This year, Congress had both good news and bad news for Indian country. The good news was very good. Congress approved and sent to the president the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2008. That’s the law...
Study: Native graduation rates low in Canada (October 30, 2008)
Only 60 percent of Aboriginals -- First Nations, Inuit and Metis people -- in Canada graduate from high school, according to a study from the C.D. Howe Institute. The graduation rate drops to 50 percent among people who identify themselves...
Puyallup Tribe holds rally for Gov. Gregoire (October 30, 2008)
The Puyallup Tribe hosted a rally for Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D), who has accused her Republican rival's supporters of running "racist" ads against Native people. Puyallup leaders said Gregoire understands their issues and is always willing to meet...
Sen. Stevens helped Alaska Native corporations (October 30, 2008)
What will happen to Alaska Native corporations if their biggest champion, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), is forced out of Washington? Louis A. Thompson, the president and CEO of Kavilco Inc, said his business will survive even though Native corporations owe...
Voter: Gov. Palin a 'freezer' in Indian Country (October 30, 2008)
Les Gibbs. a member of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota, thinks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, will be bad for Native people. "Governor Palin is America's hottest governor, but, in Indian country, she is a...
Judge saves Mille Lacs man from banishment (October 30, 2008)
A member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota was saved from banishment by a tribal court judge. Cortney Allen Nadeau, 23, was accused of committing a string of violent incidents, which is grounds for removal from tribal...
Manslaughter charge for death of Pechanga leader (October 30, 2008)
An employee of a strip club in Denver, Colorado, was charged with reckless manslaughter in connection with the death of Gabriel Pico, a leader of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians of California. Bryan Coe, who has been described as...
Rhode Island governor angry over hearing impasse (October 30, 2008)
Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) says U.S. Supreme Court might cancel Monday's land-into-trust hearing because the state hasn't figured out who will argue the case. Carcieri blamed councilors in the town of Charlestown for creating a "circus-like atmosphere" because...
Army to study suicide in hopes of preventing it (October 30, 2008)
The U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health will spend $50 million over five years to study suicide among soldiers. Suicide among soldiers has been rising every year since the start of the war in Iraq in 2003....
George Will: McCain, Palin and potato chips (October 30, 2008)
"From the invasion of Iraq to the selection of Sarah Palin, carelessness has characterized recent episodes of faux conservatism. Tuesday's probable repudiation of the Republican Party will punish characteristics displayed in the campaign's closing days. Some polls show that Palin...
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