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George F. Will: Trademark agency fumbles football name complaint

WASHINGTON — Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo who successfully moved a federal agency to withdraw trademark protections from the Washington Redskins because it considers the team's name derogatory, lives on a reservation where Navajos root for the Red Mesa High School Redskins. She opposes this n…

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Obama: Much more needed to help Native Americans

Obama: Much more needed to help Native Americans

CANNON BALL, N.D. — President Barack Obama on Friday became only the fourth sitting U.S. president to set foot in Indian Country, encountering both the wonder of Native American culture and the struggle of tribal life on a breeze-whipped afternoon on the prairie. Amid snapping flags and colo…

June 13, 2014 1:50 pm Photos

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Senators want bison declared national mammal

Senators want bison declared national mammal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senators from the Dakotas are among those making another attempt to have the bison declared the national mammal, citing the animal's historical significance and importance to Native Americans.

June 11, 2014 9:13 am Photos

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Guest opinion: American Indians still struggle 90 years after citizenship

Ninety years ago, the U.S. Congress granted American Indians the ironic right to become citizens of their own land.

June 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
IHS woes are money-related, director says; tribal leaders say too much spent on administration

IHS woes are money-related, director says; tribal leaders say too much spent on administration

Indian Health Service Acting Director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux suggested a dose of cash would cure the federal program that has come under attack for poor care.

May 27, 2014 4:35 pm Photos

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Tester, Walsh back Indian voting rights bill

Tester, Walsh back Indian voting rights bill

HELENA — U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh said Thursday they are supporting a bill to better protect voting rights across Indian country.

May 22, 2014 4:37 pm Photos

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MSUB powwow begins with a flourish

MSUB powwow begins with a flourish

American Indians — as well as other members of the community — gathered Friday to celebrate the beginning of the 46th annual Montana State University Billings Powwow.

April 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Interior Secretary Jewell to visit Montana with Sen. Tester

HELENA — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to join U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on a tour of Montana over the weekend to discuss the economic benefits of outdoor recreation and tourism on public lands, energy development and upholding trust responsibilities to American Indians.

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Tribal commission seeks to improve legal system in Indian Country

CASPER, Wyo. — Anthony Herrera was in handcuffs after tribal law enforcement busted him in 2011 with large quantities of marijuana on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

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Judges send Indian voting case back to Montana

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to settle a voting rights case in which American Indians in Montana sued to establish satellite voting offices on three reservations.

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Guest opinion: America bewitched: Historic suspicion persists

HATFIELD, England — As Halloween approaches, the Salem, Mass., city tourism industry goes into overdrive. “Come to Salem and B-Prepared-2-B-Scared! It’s Halloween City!” runs one current slogan. It is a time of harmless fun for many, but the reason Salem is a center of the Halloween industry…

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The wood chipper and other free things in Fargo

The wood chipper and other free things in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — It’s a good time to be a North Dakotan. An oil boom in the west has fueled an economic surge, the locals’ frugal nature helped to prevent any housing bubble, and the threat of global warming looks like an attractive option for the chilly climate.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Charges dropped, tribal leader returns to duties

Charges dropped, tribal leader returns to duties

HELENA — A Chippewa Cree tribal council member has returned to his position after federal prosecutors dropped embezzlement charges against him.

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Native American pipe focus of national monument

Native American pipe focus of national monument

PIPESTONE NATIONAL MONUMENT, Minn. — Like his uncles and grandfather before him, Travis Erickson takes great pride in the handmade pipes he creates using red stone he digs from the ground and carves into intricate designs.

July 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Taxpayers’ small investment will enrich future generations

WASHINGTON — As more and more Americans become aware of the critical need to combat global warming, one of our key weapons literally is blowing in the wind.

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Montana tribes get $600K for cleanup work

American Indian tribes on two Montana reservations have been awarded a combined $600,000 under a federal program to clean up contaminated properties.

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Chippewa Cree chairman suspended by council for misconduct

HAVRE — The Chippewa Cree's governing council has suspended the tribe's chairman on allegations of neglect and misconduct, but Ken St. Marks says the body took action against him because of his cooperation with a federal corruption investigation.

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UM's Native American Center to honor Cobell

UM's Native American Center to honor Cobell

MISSOULA — Elouise Cobell had a way of sorting through complex Native American land ownership tangles and combing out what's right.

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Native American professors hired to tenure-track jobs at UM

Native American professors hired to tenure-track jobs at UM

MISSOULA — It took 120 years for a Blackfeet Indian to receive a tenure-track position at the University of Montana, and while Rosalyn LaPier wonders what took so long, she doesn’t mind being first.

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