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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe pushes recycling (November 10, 2008)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is cutting down on waste among its employees. Employees of the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort were using more than a million disposable cups a year. But now they are using reusable cups and...

Opinion: Indian people are losing their identity (November 10, 2008)

"I am a Crow tribal member of Eastern Montana. I was raised on the reservation up until fifth grade by my grandparents, which is very typical in my culture. Grandparents can actually ask for the oldest grandchild, and I am...

Indian issues await Obama in Washington (November 10, 2008)

Trust reform and land-into-trust are being identified as two of the biggest Indian issues that await president-elect Barack Obama. The first African-American president in history takes office on January 20, 2009. With the inauguration rapidly approaching, the Government Accountability Office...

Nighthorse Campbell could have voted for Obama (November 10, 2008)

Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) could have seen himself voting for Barack Obama if two of his favorite Republicans weren't in the race. Campbell served as honorary co-chair of the American Indians for McCain Coalition and backed the Republican...

Honor for late Tewa linguist Esther Martinez (November 10, 2008)

The state of New Mexico unveiled a roadside marker to Esther Martinez, the Tewa linguist and storyteller who was killed in September 2006. Martinez taught the Tewa language to generations of children in Ohkay Owingeh, where she lived. Her...

Column: A Lakota who supports 'Fighting Sioux' (November 10, 2008)

"Fifty years ago, hardly anyone on the UND campus knew anything about Bill LeCaine, let alone much about his life, dreams and hopes. How he evolved from that to being an important spokesman for the school in its battle...

Wind River Reservation backed Obama for president (November 10, 2008)

Voters on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming voted overwhelmingly for president-election Barack Obama even as the rest of the state went for John McCain. Obama won 76 percent of the vote in the Fort Washakie precinct, 66 percent in...

Sen. Inouye set to take over appropriations panel (November 10, 2008)

Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) is expected to take over the Senate Appropriations Committee in the 111th Congress. Inouye, 84, is in line for the chairmanship now that Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) relinquished the post. Byrd, who turns 91 this...

Pine Ridge Reservation hit hard by winter storm (November 10, 2008)

A major storm has crippled the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, parts of which have been out of power for five days. Wanblee, a town of about 550, is among the hardest hit. Residents have been living at...

Column: 'Dirty Indian' story stirs controversy (November 10, 2008)

"Two stories that I wrote last month about a brawl in Cut Bank with racial overtones stirred up a lot of interest. The first was about Glacier County Attorney Larry Epstein's decision not to press felony charges against three...

100 Years Ago: 'Primitve' Indians in California (November 10, 2008)

"Here is the article printed in the Chico Daily Enterprise, Nov. 9, 1908, on the discovery of the last Yahi village: PRIMITIVE INDIANS FOUND IN THE MILL CREEK COUNTRY Aborigines Are Found by Chico Hunters While in That Section The...

Tim Giago: Native American Day in South Dakota (November 10, 2008)

An unprecedented event happened in South Dakota 18 years ago, an event that has not been equaled by any other state: South Dakota adopted October 12 as a state holiday to be called Native American Day. By selecting October 12,...

Editorial: Balance needed at Interior Department (November 10, 2008)

"Candidate Barack Obama didn't address Western issues in any serious way while on the campaign trail, but President-elect Obama will significantly impact the management of the vast public lands on which we Westerners so rely. Talk now abounds about whom...

Column: Light punishment for rich Indian siblings (November 10, 2008)

"It looks like the defense lawyers persuaded the Probation Department, the prosecution and the judge that their clients were just a couple of naive kids who were misled by peer pressure. Forget that the "boy" was in his 30s and...

Yellow Bird: No smoking or drinking in casinos (November 10, 2008)

"In the coyote’s bag of tricks are addictions to gambling, alcohol and smoking. The casinos stand almost alone in modern America, where many communities no longer allow smoking in public places. Some casinos now have smoke-free areas, but smoke...

Jodi Rave: NCAI excited about Obama transition (November 10, 2008)

"As President-elect Obama assembles his new transition team, the largest nonpartisan advocacy organization for Native America is preparing a transition plan for an administration that has promised to appoint Native people to key agency and White House staff positions. “The...

Jodi Rave: Denise Juneau gets to work in Montana (November 10, 2008)

"As Montana's newly elected superintendent of public instruction, Denise Juneau is assembling a transition team as she prepares to take the top advocacy position for the state's K-12 public school system. “I'll be looking at educators from across the state...

Column: Disparity lives on in Indian Country (November 10, 2008)

"This is a tale of two Indian tribes. Both are tiny and poor. Both signed the same treaty 153 years ago, giving away the land where Seattle and King County now sit. And both, this month, have built something...