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Ernie Stevens: Saluting our Native veterans (November 11, 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. Today we pause to celebrate and honor our veterans, past and present - those...

Dirk Kempthorne to stay on board until January 20 (November 11, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will stay in Washington, D.C., until January 20, 2009, when president-elect Barack Obama. is inaugurated. Kempthorne told The Idaho Statesman the transition to the new administration will be smooth. He said work continues every day at...

S.E. Ruckman: Oklahoma benefits from Indians (November 11, 2008)

"Karma is a spiritual force that basically means “what comes around goes around.” The theory is that both the good we do and the negative come home to roost. This carries with it a silent admonishment that we should beware...

Tsuu T'ina Nation found in contempt of court (November 11, 2008)

The Tsuu T'ina Nation of Alberta was held in contempt of court for failing to provide utility services to three homes. But fines and other punishments were averted when the band agreed to restore power and water service. Power was...

Markers tell story of Nez Perce Tribe's escape (November 11, 2008)

New markers are being added to the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. Congress designated the 1,170-mile trail to mark the Nez Perce Tribe's attempted escape to Canada. The tribe didn't want to be forced to live on a reservation....

Seneca Nation runs campaign against tobacco bill (November 11, 2008)

The Seneca Nation is launching another ad campaign against a tobacco taxation bill awaiting action by New York Gov. David Paterson (D). The tribe says the bill will cripple the western New York economy. "This law threatens our right to...

Indian professor resigns from university post (November 11, 2008)

Artist Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, has resigned her post at the University of New Mexico. Harjo, a well-known poet and musician, was a creative writing professor at UNM. She resigned over the school's...

Letter: Treaty history and Wyoming tribes (November 11, 2008)

"I would like to comment on the news stories that were reported in the Riverton Ranger as it pertains to the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes and the controversy that it has caused within our communities. At some point in time...

Town wants Nottawaseppi Huron Band to pay (November 11, 2008)

The township of Athens, Michigan, is proposing a municipal services deal with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi. The tribe's 120-acre reservation was placed in trust this summer. To account for the lack of property taxes, the township wants an...

Two South Dakota reservations without power (November 11, 2008)

Residents of two South Dakota reservations have been without power since last Wednesday. The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation and the Pine Ridge Reservation were among those hit by the blizzard. Utility crews are trying to restore power to the communities....

Northern Cheyenne man found guilty of stabbing (November 11, 2008)

A man from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana was found guilty of stabbing a woman although the victim failed to testify in federal court. Lars Rock Roads, 53, was guilty of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Prosecutors said...

BIA school breaks ground on $10M expansion (November 11, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs broke ground on a $10 million expansion of the St. Stephen's Indian School in Wyoming. The new building will house grades 9-12 at the 124-year-old school on the Wind River Reservation. It is being built...

Prosecutors seek to bolster Aquash murder case (November 11, 2008)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota is seeking to bolster its case against two men accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Prosecutors want to tell jurors that Aquash was raped before she was murdered...

Sen. Thune: A proud legacy for Native Americans (November 11, 2008)

The following is the opinion of Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota). One of my greatest honors in public service has been working with the Great Sioux Nations. South Dakotans are fortunate to live in a state with a rich historical...

Funeral for victim of double homicide in Arizona (November 11, 2008)

Tim Romans, a victim of a double homicide involving an 8-year-old boy, will be buried on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona today. Romans, 39, was killed on November 5 in a home where he was renting a room...

Cherokee Nation adopts new tobacco compact (November 11, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation has adopted a new tobacco compact with the state of Oklahoma. The compact sets a flat tax of $6.65 per carton. Chief Chad Smith said the agreement ends a dispute over a prior deal. “It brings to...

North Dakota tribe readies long-awaited hospital (November 11, 2008)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota hopes to break ground next year on a long-awaited hospital. The tribe lost the hospital to the creation of the Garrison Dam in the 1950s. The federal government never replaced the...

Column: Obama gives hope to Native people (November 11, 2008)

"It appears to me that George W. Bush has left the United States in such a mess that no white man will want to be president. The United States is involved in two wars, it's mired in debt, its international...