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1. Surprise 11th-Hour Native-Vote Agreements

Stephanie Woodard
At the Jackson County Courthouse (shown here), in Kadoka, South Dakota, officials are preparing to open a satellite early-voting office for the town of Wanblee, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Similar activities are underway in the courthouse of South Dakota’s Dewey County.

2. Spokane Tribal Chairman Jumps Over Fire Pits, Scales Walls and Gets Dirty

Spokane Tribal Chairman Rudy Peone will compete this weekend in an extreme obstacle race to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

3. Election: Idaho? When 2014 Is That Close (Even Where It Should Not Be)

Courtesy AJForIdaho.com
Could a Democrat steal a win in Idaho? If enough people vote for independent and Tea Party candidates, then, well, yes. A.J. Balukoff is challenging Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

4. Andean Journal: Recovering Native Languages

5. Navajo Barrel Racer Ready for the Bright Lights of the National Finals Rodeo

Kassidy Dennison

6. 5 First Nations Musical Artist Award Winners to Watch Out for From the APCMAs


1. Misty Upham’s Father Says Her Death Was an Accident, but Alleges Mistreatment by Police

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2. NCAIED Salutes Its 40 Under 40; Announces National Economic Summit in Las Vegas

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“40 Under 40″ award recipients were honored at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee on October 8.

3. Misty Upham’s Friend Juliette Lewis Demands Inquiry: ‘This Is Not a Suicide’

4. OK Tourism Is Thriving; Struggles to Rev Up Its Reputation in the State

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Basket making at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Oklahoma.

5. Lakota Hero Lyle Eagle Tail Awarded Posthumous Carnegie Medal of Valor

Courtesy Wallace Family
Lyle Eagle Tail, right, died last year at age 28 while trying to save 16-year-old Madison Wallace, left, and her 6-year-old brother Garrett from the foamy Big Sioux River. Both have been given posthumous awards for valor by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

6. Viejas Casino & Resort Earns Two More Guinness World Records

Courtesy Kathy Foster
Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians Tribal Chairman Anthony Pico is presented the Guinness Book of World Records plaques by Alex Angert, the official Adjudicator for GWR.

7. Enough Already! Too Many Tweaks to the Right-of-Way Proposal

8. Body in Washington ID’ed as Misty Upham, Family Criticizes Police as Unhelpful

Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Misty Upham at the 2013 AFI Fest premiere of ‘August: Osage County at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

9. Election: What’s With Kansas? Native Vote Could Provide An Answer

Courtesy Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Verna Simon visiting the Get Out the Native Vote display table that was manned by Marzha Fritzler at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

10. LA Lakers, Kobe Bryant Shoot Hoops for a Good Cause at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Pechanga Resort & Casino
The Los Angeles Lakers shoot some hoops in a practice session at the Pechanga Recreation Center on the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula, California on October 16, 2014. The Lakers Youth Foundation raises money for some of the kids on the reservation.

11. Salaita Awarded $5,000 AAUP Foundation Academic Freedom Grant

12. The Beauty That Was My Mother


1. Breaking: Body Found in Washington Believed to Be Misty Upham

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Misty Upham arrives on the red carpet at the 2013 AFI Fest premiere of ‘August: Osage County’ at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

2. Search Continues for Misty Upham; Father Responds to Media Coverage

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Actress Misty Upham currently has short hair, as in this photo posted to Facebook August 11.

3. ‘The Rez Sisters': 28 Years Later, More Relevant Than Ever

Source: belfry.bc.ca
‘The Rez Sisters ‘celebrates Native women, with all their flaws and complex relationships.’

4. AIANTA Wants You! Preparations Underway for World’s Leading Travel Show

5. ICTMN Environmental Writer Terri Hansen on Diversity Travel Fellowship to ScienceWriters2014

ICTMN correspondent Terri Hansen will use her Diversity Travel Fellowship to this conference to encourage Native journalists to focus on science writing.

6. Student Newspaper Bans R-Word, Braces for First Amendment Fight

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Members of The Playwickian staff review its papers before distribution.

7. Back From Near Extinction: Kootenais Open First Ever Hatchery for Burbot and Sturgeon

Jack McNeel
Tanks for holding burbot are designed to separate fish of different sizes, as they are a very predatory species and will eat their own.

8. Gift of the Harvest—the Art and History of Ricing

Wisconsin Media Lab
Fred Ackley Jr, right, appears in Wisconsin Media Lab’s video about ricing.

9. San Manuel Pow Wow Has Huge Prize Money, Awesome Singers & Drums

Diego James Robles
A young fancy shawl dancer walks by hung photographic murals of powwow dancers from previous years, during the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ Annual Pow Wow.

10. Stunning photos from the 25th Native American Festival at Moundville Archaeological Park

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From Choctaw, MS, a group of youth from the Mystic Wind Stickball Players put on a high paced intense traditional game of stickball with ancient mounds as their background for onlookers at the 25th Moundville Indian Festival in Alabama

11. Sleep With One Eye Open, Sandman has Entered Minn. Congressional Race

Courtesy Ray Sandman’s Campaign Office
Ray “Skip” Sandman has his sights set on the 8th Congressional District in Minnesota as the Green Party candidate.

12. Rep. Lisa Johnson-Billy to Encourage Native Women to Run on Radio Show

Rep. Lisa Johnson-Billy, Chickasaw, is encouraging Native women to enter the political scene whether federal, state or tribal.

13. Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples


1. No More ‘Imaginary Indians’! NMAI Director Seeks to Tell the Real Story

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2. A Martyr’s Crown: For My Grandmother During Domestic Violence Month

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3. Video: How a Rising Ocean Could Doom Hawaii and the Pacific Islands

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Hawaii and the other Pacific Islands are already being deeply affected by climate change, as this video from the National Climate Assessment illustrates.

4. Navajo Barrel Racer Is Saluted With ‘Kassidy Dennison Day’ in New Mexico

Kassidy Dennison
Dennison will be honored with ‘Kassidy Dennison Day’ in Gallup, New Mexico on November 1, 2014.

5. Cherokee Nation to the Rescue With Clean Water to Stricken South Coffeyville Residents

Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation citizen and volunteer Billy Shufeldt spent three days helping distribute water in northern Nowata County, including Oklahoma Union Public Schools.

6. UK’s Massive Glastonbury Festival Restricts Sale of Feather Headdresses

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Glastonbury Festival 2011. A reveller wearing a Native American Headdress at the Stone Circle at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset. Picture date: Thursday 23 June, 2011. Yui Mok/PA Wire URN:11034626 (Press Association via AP Images)

7. Tobacco May Be Key in New Medicines, In Fighting Ebola?

Courtesy University of Louisville
Tobacco is rising again as medicine.

8. Evo Morales Set to Become Longest-Serving Leader in Bolivian History

AP Photo/Juan Karita
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales gives a thumbs up to people at a trout farm where he stopped to eat in Paracti, Bolivia, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Morales stopped here to eat as he traveled to the city where he’ll vote in tomorrow’s general election. Morales is running for a third term in Sunday’s presidential elections.

9. 5 Fake Indians: Checking a Box Doesn’t Make You Native

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There’s cultural appropriation, dressing up like an Indian for Halloween, with the fake feathers and fringe, but saying you are Native American when you are not, is also an issue. This image is from a Halloween party in West Hollywood in 2011.

10. Get-Out-The-Vote Revs Up on Pine Ridge and Rosebud

Joseph Zummo
New GOTV efforts will soon help Pine Ridge (pictured) and Rosebud voters cross their reservations’ vast distances in order to access polling places for early and Election Day voting.

11. Navajo Attorney General Tsosie Tackles ‘Christian Discovery’


1. James Cameron Casting ‘Avatar 2′; Seeks Native Actors

Wes Studi as Eytukan in ‘Avatar.’

2. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Your Involvement in the Future of Our Legacy Cities

3. Billy Mills Milestone: 50 Years Since Olympic Gold Win

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Billy Mills won the Olympic Gold Medal in Tokyo for the 10,000 meter run 50 years ago today.

4. St. Germaine Sr. Sworn in as President of Lac du Flambeau Tribe

5. Artist as Trickster, Trickster as Art: Santiago Romero’s Ceramic Coyotes

courtesy Santiago Romero

6. Tears of Protest at Redskins Game and How Dan Snyder Caused Them

Ron Jackson
People supporting a name change listen as Virgil Ortiz of Laguna Pueblo speaks at the Anti-Redskins protest rally on October 11, 2014. Ortiz is an Professor at Arizona State University.

7. Obama Designates San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

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The San Gabriel Mountains are seen near Cajon Junction, California.

8. Indian Country’s Long Fight Over Who Gets the Right to Vote

PBS’ Frontline has a interactive map that shows where voting right laws have changed.

9. Nowhere to Turn: Our Mental Health System Is Sick

The adult life of Amelia Kay Looking Sabinsky, was a long, drawn-out train wreck that may have been prevented with stronger mental health systems.

10. A Letter to Pope Francis: Abolish the Papal Bull Behind Colonization!


1. As It Happened: Indigenous Peoples Leading off the People’s Climate March, in Photos

2. Video: Northwest Religious Leaders’ Full Columbia River Treaty Letter

Washington State Catholic Conference/YouTube
Religious leaders depict the history and cultural importance of the Columbia River.

3. Native History: Chickasaw Nation Corrects Names of Famed Leaders

Chickasaw Nation
Joshua Hinson, director of the Chickasaw Language Department, researching a Chickasaw word.

4. Misty Upham’s Father Fears She May Have Committed Suicide

John Shearer/Invision for The Weinstein Company/AP Images
Actress Misty Upham, seen here at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘August: Osage County’ on Dec. 16, 2013, has been missing for a week. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for The Weinstein Company/AP Images)

5. Judge’s Racist Emails—Are Native Plaintiffs Getting Closer?

Chief Judge Richard F. Cebull makes a speech during a Naturalization Ceremony at the James F. Battin Federal Courthouse on June 23, 2011.

6. Implausible Deniability: Obama and the Watermelon Stereotype

7. Dirty Money! 4 Powerful Reasons to Boycott the $20 Bill

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Andrew Jackson has appeared on the $20 bill for the last 90 years.

8. The U.S.’s Interpretation of the UN High-Level Outcome Document


1. Indigenous Students Among the Disappeared in Mexican Tragedy, Mayor on Run

Alejandrino Gonzalez/AP Photo
Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, meet with Guerrero state officials in Chilpancingo, Mexico, in May. He is wanted for questioning in the student disappearances.

2. Video: Watch 38 Bison Set Foot on Cherokee Nation Land

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
Pleased to meet you: One of 38 female bison that were brought to the Cherokee Nation on Thursday October 9, 2014, the first bison to set foot on the tribe’s land in more than 40 years.

3. Projectile Thrown at Omaha Nation School Bus

Omaha Nation High School

4. Mother Earth in Perspective: Humbling Photos of the Vastness of the Universe Hit Home

NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)
A multiplicity of galaxies that were revealed over the course of multiple exposures by the Hubble Telescope.

5. Kirkpatrick announces $2.9 million TIGER grant for Hopi Tribe

6. Stamping Out Ugly Stereotypes: How the Postal Service Perpetuates Racism