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Red Lake Nation reports record turnout in 2008 (November 7, 2008)

Members of the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota voted in record numbers on Tuesday and the overwhelming number of votes went to Barack Obama for president and Al Franken for U.S. Senate. A total of 2,249 tribal members cast their...

Ernie Stevens: Optimism and change in Washington (November 7, 2008)

The following is a statement by Ernie Stevens Jr., a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association. On behalf of our 184 member tribes, I want to congratulate President-Elect Barack Obama,...

Kevin Abourezk: Ceremony honors tribal veterans (November 7, 2008)

"Those who understood his sacrifice showered Lt. Col. Tom Brewer with a plaque and an eagle feather when he returned from Afghanistan in 2004, seven bullet wounds to his body. Brewer, an Oglala Lakota, considers the gifts from the...

Sentences for 16 in Red Lake cocaine conspiracy (November 7, 2008)

A federal judge sentenced 16 people in connection with a large cocaine distribution conspiracy on the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota. The defendants received a variety of punishments for their roles in the crime. There were prison terms, supervised releases,...

No mention of tribes on Obama transition website (November 7, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama launched Change.Gov on Thursday but there was no mention of tribes, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Americans or Native Hawaiians anywhere on the site. Obama adopted an Indian platform early on in his campaign. But the site,...

Navajo voters excited about election of Obama (November 7, 2008)

Members of the Navajo Nation turned in large numbers on election day and all of them seemed to support Barack Obama, The Navajo Times reports. Navajo voters said they were ready for the change symbolized by election of the...

Bush to recommend expansion of Yucca Mountain (November 7, 2008)

MAP: Tribes located near Yucca Mountain site. PDF: Sites where waste is currently stored. The Bush administration will recommend the expansion of the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, The New York Times reports. The facility in Nevada is...

Democrats pick up another seat in the Senate (November 7, 2008)

Democrats picked up another seat in the Senate with the election of Democrat Jeff Merkley in Oregon. The votes are still being counted but incumbent Sen. Gordon Smith (R) conceded yesterday after ballots tipped the race towards Merkley. Smith...

San Manuel Chair: Tribe works with governments (November 7, 2008)

"The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, a tribal government, recognizes that it has an important role within the San Bernardino region, which includes obligations to the local community. That is why the Tribe has entered into agreements with...

Turtle Mountain Band elects new chairman (November 7, 2008)

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota elected Richard Marcellais as chairman on Tuesday. The election of Marcellais is unique because he currently serves in the state Senate. He plans to work in both positions. "I believe...

Arizona tribes awarded sex offender grants (November 7, 2008)

Two Arizona tribes have been awarded grants to implement sex offender and registration tracking offices. The White Mountain Apache Tribe received a $261,000 grant from the Department of Justice. The Hopi Tribe received $178,000. Tribes and states have to keep...

Shinnecock man fights state fishing citations (November 7, 2008)

A member of the Shinnecock Nation says the state of New York can't interfere with his fishing rights. Gerrod T. Smith was cited for taking flounder and porgies out of season. But he points to an 1659 deed that promised...

San Manuel siblings sentenced for murder plot (November 7, 2008)

Two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California were sentenced for their roles in a murder-for-hire plot. Stacy Cheyenne Barajas-Nunez and her brother, Erik Barajas, received electronic monitoring and five years of supervised probation for their...

Editorial: A shining moment in American history (November 7, 2008)

"The man who became a son of the Crow Nation and given the name “One who helps people throughout the land” is now a world leader. On Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the...

Yurok Tribe holds run-off for two council seats (November 7, 2008)

The Yurok Tribe of California went to the polls on Tuesday to elect two council seats. Incumbent Marjorie Donahue Buckskin defeated Jack Mattz for the Northern District. Challenger David L. Gensaw Sr. defeated incumbent Ray Mattz for the Requa District....

Jodi Rave: Work starts on Native campus center (November 7, 2008)

"A Missoula contractor has been named to build a multimillion-dollar, first-of-its-kind Native campus center at the University of Montana, with construction slated to begin next week. “We're just delighted the contract has been bid and awarded and the construction will...