Mark Trahant: Because even imperfect elections still matter (November 7, 2011)
We know democracy’s slogan: “Elections matter.” Or if that doesn’t work, draw on so many other oft-repeated phrases that make up the melodies in our politics. “Vote for change,” “stay the course,” or these days, “we are the 99 percent,”...
Federal judge returns Wiyot smokeshop case to state court (November 7, 2011)
A member of the Wiyot Tribe of California who operates a smokeshop on her reservation is facing charges in state court. Ardith Huber, the owner of Huber Enterprise Smoke Shop, is charged with selling contraband cigarettes. She sells Indian-owned...
Editorial: Address racism against Natives in South Dakota (November 7, 2011)
"Racism remains an issue in our community and state. You might see and hear it less often, but it’s there - in offhand comments and jokes from family and friends, from anonymous commenters on the Internet, in the fear of...
Column: 'Fighting Sioux' feud far from over in North Dakota (November 7, 2011)
"It’s football season, so it’s only fitting the state steps up and kicks the old ball around a bit longer. It’s what will happen Monday when the North Dakota Legislature meets in special session. Our politicians are expected to repeal...
Tim Giago: Former adversaries face terminal cancer ailments (November 7, 2011)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2011 Unity South Dakota I find it ironic that two adversaries, two domineering personalities that clashed over a number of years, have both been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Several weeks...
Ray Cook: Haudenosaunee viewpoint on Occupy Wall Street (November 7, 2011)
"The children of the West (Americans) are fighting amongst themselves (again) over distribution of a wealth that does not belong to them, a wealth derived from Indigenous lands. The opportunity to redefine wealth based on a more realistic view of...
NPR: Members of Ponca Tribe still victimized by air pollution (November 7, 2011)
"Karen Howe couldn't believe her luck. As a single mom working a minimum-wage job and living with two kids in a crowded one-bedroom apartment in Ponca City, Okla., she was desperate for a three-bedroom house and a lawn. Howe, a...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe alters membership requirements (November 7, 2011)
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has tightened its membership requirements. Members must have an ancestor on one of the tribe's four base rolls and they must possess at least one-quarter Indian blood. But the tribal constitution never defined the meaning...
Members of Tuscarora Nation still wonder about power deal (November 7, 2011)
Some members of the Tuscarora Nation are preparing a class action lawsuit over the tribe's 100 million settlement with the New York Power Authority. The tribe's leaders entered into the deal in 2008 but residents of the reservation say they...
Alaska Native team wins state basketball title for 3rd year (November 7, 2011)
The boys basketball team from the Alaska Native village of Point Hope is hoping to make history again this season. The Tikigaq School Harpooners have won the Class 2A Alaska State Basketball Championship each year since 2009. That's a record...
10th Circuit declines to reopen Wind River jurisdiction case (November 7, 2011)
It looks like a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has exhausted all of his attempts to reopen his murder and jurisdiction case. Andrew Yellowbear Jr. was convicted in Wyoming state court for first-degree murder. He is serving...
Supreme Court's trust ruling affects at least six more tribes (November 7, 2011)
At least six more tribes have been affected by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in US v. Tohono O'odham Nation. In April, the justices ruled that tribes cannot pursue a damages case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims at...
Witnesses: Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on bills (November 7, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday to discuss three bills. The bills are: • S.872. The bill bars the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians in California from offering Class III gaming or expanding the size...
Native Sun News: Educators discuss school to prison pipeline (November 7, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy. All content © Native Sun News. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- In an age when violence in schools has become almost as commonplace as homework and pep rallies, the overwhelming...
Opinion: Series opening eyes to violence in Indian Country (November 7, 2011)
"Silent voices speak to honor the life and passing of a revered Elder Spiritual Leader of the Anishinabek Nation: Peacemaker, William Commanda, the founder of “Circle of All Nations,” which promotes “indigenous wisdom and peace to foster respect and reconciliation...
Steve Russell: Wall Street still betting with American dollars (November 7, 2011)
"“It’s all right to let Wall Street bet each other millions of dollars every day but why make these bets affect the fellow who is plowing a field out in Claremore, Oklahoma?” My all time favorite Cherokee, Will Rogers, wrote...
Living History: 'Chief White Elk' turned out to be a big fraud (November 7, 2011)
"Streetcars on State Street were filled to capacity on the afternoon of March 13, 1918. Hundreds of schoolchildren were among the crowds walking toward the Utah Capitol, and the streets were choked with automobiles heading in the same direction. More...
Suite101: A stolen generation of Crow Creek Sioux children (November 7, 2011)
"The Crow Creek Indian Reservation is the site of a grave miscarriage of justice. This small community is no stranger to economic hardship, but what has occurred here in recent years has been viewed by many as an assault on...
Marc Simmons: Army enlisted Apache scouts in Indian wars (November 7, 2011)
"An extraordinary chapter in Southwest history highlights the service of U.S. Army Apache Scouts. Authorized by Congress in 1866, the Native units, organized in companies, were used for tracking down their own brethren, who were still hostile. The Chiricahua branch...
Column: Football coordinator doesn't mind 'Redskins' name (November 7, 2011)
"It figures a guy called “Chief” would be in charge, and coordinator John Chavis definitely sets the tone for Louisiana State’s defense. The nickname stuck because of Chavis’s Native American heritage — but it’s fitting for other reasons. The leader...
San Manuel Band spent $1M on private party for politicians (November 7, 2011)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians spent $1 million on a private party for politicians, according to news reports. The party featured a concert by country music star Carrie Underwood. About 1,000 guests each received a ticket, meal and...
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation chooses two for council (November 7, 2011)
Members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut went to the polls on Sunday. Two newcomers won election to the council. Roy E. Colebut-Ingram and Steven E. Colebut will serve three year terms, starting on January 1. The race...
60 Minutes: Transcript of Jack Abramoff's lobbyist playbook (November 7, 2011)
"Jack Abramoff may be the most notorious and crooked lobbyist of our time. He was at the center of a massive scandal of brazen corruption and influence peddling. As a Republican lobbyist starting in the mid 1990s, he became a...
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2 National Congress of American Indians wraps up big winter session
3 Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down
4 Lac du Flambeau Band ties recent murder to gangs and drug dealers
5 Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes
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