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Movie Review: 'The Last Days of Shishmaref' (December 11, 2008)

""The Last Days of Shishmaref" -- perhaps as close and detailed a look at the lives of the Inupiaq Eskimo of northwest Alaska as has been recorded in 35mm color film -- has a clear agenda: Move the town....

Crow Creek Sioux woman recalls Depression (December 11, 2008)

Stella Pretty Sounding Flute,. a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, remembers the Great Depression in the 1930s. Pretty Sounding Flute, 84, grew up a tent on the reservation. She said elders warned her about the...

Makah Nation hopes to bring back traditional justice (December 11, 2008)

The Makah Nation of Washington is trying to revive traditional forms of justice, Chairman Micah McCarty said. McCarty said the tribe lost its restorative justice traditions with the arrival of Europeans. He said people need alternative forms of punishment to...

Liquor licenses approved near sacred Bear Butte (December 11, 2008)

Commissioners in Meade County, South Dakota, approved liquor licenses for four venues near sacred Bear Butte. The most controversial approval was for the Broken Spoke Campground, whose owner originally planned a Native theme for his venue but ran into opposition....

Native woman cites racism in employment suit (December 11, 2008)

A Native woman is suing Clackamas County, Oregon, saying she was fired after suffering through racial and sexual discrimination on the job. Patricia A. Johnson, whose tribal affiliation was not reported, worked for the county for 30 years. She said...

Editorial: Raul Grijalva for Interior Secretary (December 11, 2008)

"President-elect Barack Obama is said to be on the verge of selecting his secretary of the Interior - a position vitally important to the western United States. We hope Obama selects U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, a Democrat who represents...

You May Have Missed: 'It's Not TV, It's Indians!' (December 11, 2008)

"It sounds fun and funny: Native artists riff off their favorite TV shows that feature Indians, such as the "Seinfeld" episode when Jerry buys Elaine a cigar store Indian. "It's Not TV, It's Indians!" would be the first-ever piece...

Commentary: Race, blood and Native Americans (December 11, 2008)

"It was Europeans who decided that all Indians, whatever their tribes, were members of the same race. A hundred years ago, Indian populations had dwindled so disastrously that Native Americans were deemed a “vanishing race.” The survey in 1935 counted...

Editorial: Spiritual genocide for Western Shoshone (December 11, 2008)

"The people of the Western Shoshone Nation have consistently and defiantly battled to protect their territory from corporate and federal intrusion. They now face another giant in the form of Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s largest multinational mining corporation, which...

Kevin Abourezk: A bailout for Indian Country (December 11, 2008)

"Mr. Chairman, now is the time for action on behalf of Indian Country. A collapse within Indian Country, which contributes 927,000 civilian workers age 16 and over to the U.S. workforce (compared to the mere 96,000 people employed by General...

Jodi Rave: Senators seek $2B for Indian Country (December 11, 2008)

"Nearly two dozen U.S. senators are pressing President-elect Barack Obama to include $2 billion in his proposed budget for tribes beleaguered by “a public safety and health crisis” due, in part, to a lack of federal funding. “We have critical...

Choctaw-Apache Tribe seeks federal recognition (December 11, 2008)

The Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Louisiana hopes federal recognition will open the doors to health, housing and economic development. The tribe claims descent from Adais, Apache and Choctaw families who settled in western Louisiana, near the Texas border, in the early...

Washington tribes work to preserve languages (December 11, 2008)

Washington tribes are passing on their languages to a new generation. The Tulalip Tribes finance a program at a public school on the reservation to teach Lushootseed. Elementary students learn the language at a young age but classes are...

Obama to name four to environmental posts (December 11, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama is moving to complete his Cabinet team, this time focusing on environmental posts. Obama is expected to name Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist as Secretary of the Department of Energy . Nancy Sutley, an official...

Rep. Young forced from top Resources position (December 11, 2008)

Republican leaders have forced Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) from his position as ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee. Young used his position to advocate for Alaska Natives, Indian gaming and tribal sovereignty. He remains a supporter of self-determination...