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Mark Charles: When I grow up, I want to be ... (December 15, 2008)

Ya’at’eeh, my name is Mark Charles and I am the son of Theodore and Evelyn Charles. My maternal grandmother is of Dutch American heritage (tsin bikee' dine'e – wooden shoe people) and my paternal grandmother is To'aheedliinii (water flows together)....

Star Cherokee football player wins Heisman Trophy (December 15, 2008)

A member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma made history on Saturday as the first American Indian to win the Heisman Trophy. Sam Bradford, 21, was named the Most Outstanding College Football Player for 2008, capping an impressive season...

Review: Indian women win in 'Full Court Quest' (December 15, 2008)

"When I think of pioneering basketball players, I think of the women who were the first to earn scholarships after the adoption of Title lX. So, I was stunned to learn that not only were women playing basketball from...

Data refutes migration out of Alaska Native villages (December 15, 2008)

Newly released data shows Alaska Native villages haven't experience a large loss in population. Alaska Native leaders warned that high energy costs were forcing families to move to urban areas. But school enrollment figures are in line with prior years...

Reports: Sen. Ken Salazar slated for Interior (December 15, 2008)

Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colorado) is president-elect Barack Obama's top choice for Secretary of the Department of the Interior, according to news reports. Salazar is in his first term in the U.S. Senate. He replaced Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a member...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe distributes 2,600 holiday turkeys (December 15, 2008)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is distributing 2,600 turkeys to all households on the reservation. The cost for the annual program grew by about $10,000 due to the rising price of turkeys. But Melissa Poignee, the tribe's community...

Utah judge won't stop return of Ojibwe baby to tribe (December 15, 2008)

A six-month-old Indian baby is on his way to Minnesota after a judge in Utah declined to interfere with the rights of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The tribe asserted jurisdiction over the welfare of Talon, whose mother...

San Manuel Band to donate $4.5M to charities (December 15, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California plans to donate $4.5 million to charities at a special event next month, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports. Chairman James Ramos said the tribe wants to live up to its philanthropic mission...

New York governor expected to sign tribal tobacco bill (December 15, 2008)

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is expected to sign a bill today that seeks to impose state tobacco taxes on reservations, according to news reports. Tribes lobbied Paterson not to sign the bill, citing treaties and the negative impact...

Obama creates tribal liaison post for transition (December 15, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama has created a "First Americans Public Liaison" post on his transition team, Indian Country Today reports. Wizipan Garriott, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was named to the post. His job is...

New pick set for residential school commission (December 15, 2008)

The Canadian government is moving closer to selection a new chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, CBC News reports. Harry LaForme, an Ontario appeal court justice and member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First...

Letter: Treatment of Indians similar to Holocaust (December 15, 2008)

"The American Indian suffered the same tragedy and horror through war, pestilence and starvation mostly. This horrible crime travels along silently with no recognition or effort. These Americans suffer while most immigrants are welcomed. What must the American Indian do...

Editorial: Tax tribal tobacco sales in New York (December 15, 2008)

"A showdown with the Indian nations of upstate New York might be the last thing Gov. David Paterson wants at the moment, but given the state’s financial predicament, he appears to have little choice. The state is in dire fiscal...

Steven Newcomb: Free and independent 'savages' (December 15, 2008)

"On Oct. 23, 2008, Dick Pound, a high profile Canadian Olympic official, was giving an interview to a French-language newspaper. In addressing whether China should have been awarded the Olympics given its human rights record, Pound said, in French, that...

Jodi Rave: Montana Natives flex power at polls (December 15, 2008)

"Gerald Stiffarm worked stubbornly this year to encourage his Fort Belknap Reservation neighbors to vote in the general election, encouraging volunteers to return and knock on doors even if the occupants already said they didn't want to vote. Ultimately, 93...

Tim Giago: The slow death of American newspapers (December 15, 2008)

I love newspapers! Not the kind you find on your computer screen, but the kind you can hold in your hand and on a Sunday morning, sit in your easy chair with a steaming cup of coffee, lean back, relax...