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1. The Power of ‘Thank You’ and ‘I’m Sorry’

2. Video: ICTMN’s Man on the Street: How Many Tribes Are There?

3. 5 Super Bowl XLVIII Bets: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

4. Navajo Nation Council Approves Junk Food Tax to Fight Obesity

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5. Let’s Get ‘Sirius’ About the Dog Star, Sky’s Brightest Twinkler

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Sirius, the Dog Star or Wolf to many cultures across time, as seen through a very modern telescope.

6. The U.S. Has Abandoned Natives

7. Officials Will Not Be Charged in Peru’s Forced Sterilization Program

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Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori

8. Punxsutawney Phil Gets His Pre-Super Bowl 15 Minutes of Groundhog Day Fame

Today the groundhog will stick his head out of the ground and, hopefully, will not run right back in.

9. Goodell Defends R-Word in Pre-Super Bowl Press Conference

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10. Troy Eid: Violence, PTSD Are Killing Native Youth

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Chair Troy Eid, right, addresses the audience as fellow commissioners Ted Quasula, left, and Carole Goldberg of the Indian Law and Order Commission review a section of their report at the 23rd Annual BIA Tribal Providers Conference on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

11. Inside the Latest Stalled Carcieri Fix

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12. The BIA’s Cobell Land Buy Back Plan Is a Mess

13. Peru’s Amazon Jungle: Rich, Lush and Worth Saving

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Boating on the Rio De Madres Dios in the Amazon jungle in Manu, Peru.

14. New Mexico-Arizona Tribal Ski Programs Help to Heal America

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Olympian Suzy “Chapstick” Chaffee (middle) teaches Jason and Jayla Abeyta (Ohkey Owingeh/San Juan Pueblo) how to joyfully fly like eagles on skis down Pajarito Mountain.

15. Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California: The Latest Threat to Tribal Land

16. A World Conference on Indigenous Peoples With No Indigenous?

17. Native History: ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ Opens in Theaters
New Zealand’s Burt Munro in 1962.

18. ‘NotYourMascot’ Trends on Twitter Over Super Bowl Weekend [37 Images]

19. Native American Fans Celebrate Seattle Win, Shocked by Denver Loss

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A Seattle Seahawks fan celebrates as the Seahawks come up with a safety against the Denver Broncos the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.

20. Coca-Cola’s ‘America the Beautiful’ Super Bowl Ad Causes Stir
Up to 90 percent of the homes on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation rely on propane for heating.

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It’s Puppy vs. Kitten Bowl! Which species will paw their way up the ratings?

Forget the Seahawks versus the Broncos. There’s another big showdown scheduled for Sunday, one that involves ferocious, snarling, amped-up … and absolutely adorable four-legged furry friends. Yes, for the first time in game-day history, this year there will be both Puppy and Kitten Bowls.

Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” is back for its 10th year, while Hallmark Channel is introducing its first ever “Kitten Bowl.” It’s the purr-fect counter-programming for the little ones or adults who don’t know a touchdown from a first down. But with both puppies and kittens huddling up viewers, who’ll claw their way to a victory?

Let’s take a look at their chances.

The meow mix
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Both shows are going to feature kittens. “Puppy Bowl” has long boasted of its Kitten Halftime Show, where 13 baby felines romp, dash and chase their tails to viewers’ delight. This year, the midpoint will also feature some famous faces of the feline world (though no Cat Daddy, Jackson Galaxy, as far as we know — a glaring omission), and a kitten who’ll parachute onto the field. Like the human Super Bowl, “Puppy Bowl’s” halftime festivities will also feature musical performances.

Meanwhile, “Kitten Bowl” will be all kittens, all the time. “We are exclusively kittens. We are invested in kittens. We are believers in kittens,” Hallmark President and CEO Bill Abbott told TODAY. And not just 13. “We have 71 kittens,” he pointed out. The four teams of cats will participate in two preliminary playoffs before facing off in a championship game. On top of that, some of the felines even have names perfectly suited to football, including MeowShawn Lynch and Tomcat Brady, Abbott said.

Point: When it comes to pure kitten power, we have to give this to “Kitten Bowl.”

Players gotta play

There’s one fundamental part of any gridiron face-off: Players have to play the game. And this is one category where Marjorie Kaplan, group president of Animal Planet, believes “Puppy Bowl” has the edge.

“Cats are different than dogs, and cats don’t do what you tell them to do. They do what they want to do,” Kaplan pointed out to TODAY. And it’s true. How many cats have you met that were successfully trained to play fetch? Dogs are pretty much the winners when it comes to chasing down and catching balls.

But don’t count out the cats. “Like the ‘Puppy Bowl,’ (the kittens) are just getting into trouble and chasing every little thing that they can find,” Abbott said. “Toy mice and balls that are going through a maze, going through the goalposts and standing.”

Point: We’re curious about the cats, but we think this one’s going to the dogs.

Star power
Both events boast big names as part of the festivities. “Puppy Bowl’s” halftime spectacular will feature the animal variety: Keyboard Cat will perform Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” Internet sensation Lil Bub will check in, and police dogs will perform the National Anthem.

And heck, before kickoff, the pups even had a friend in high places lend them a hand.

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But on game day, it’s “Kitten Bowl” that’ll bring in the two-legged celebs. Hosting the festivities will be Beth Stern, while the announcer will be Yankees’ radio voice John Sterling. There will also be appearances by TODAY’s Hoda Kotb, “Dancing With the Stars” bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Regis Philbin, Rachael Ray and many others.

Point: It’s a close scrape, but the felines paw their way to the top of this category by having more actual celebs.

Rough (ruff!) housing
Face it: Football is a tough sport, what with the tackles, pileups and more. And puppies? Well, they’re just built for rambunctiousness. With more weight to throw around than their kitten counterparts and bigger teeth with which to chomp, the dogs will certainly be offering their own rough plays. Plus, the “Puppy Bowl” will have a wide range of body types in this full-contact pooch version of the game. Players include little Chihuahua mixes to Greyhounds to Labs to Boxers and beyond. 

The kittens? They’re all roughly the same size. But they’ve got a weapon the puppies don’t have: sharp claws. “Wait ’til you see what happens on the ‘Kitten Bowl,'” Stern teased during a Monday TODAY appearance. “There were a couple of cat fights.” As anyone who’s been on the wrong end of those claws knows, those little slicers can cause some serious damage. And judging by some teaser clips, the lithe felines are pretty darn good at flying tackles and tumbling too.

Point: It’s a tie!

Game point: By a hair (and nose and some widdle whiskers) the kittens have it! Much as we love adorable puppies and can’t wait to see their high jinks, it sounds like the cats might have a tiny edge in their first bowl game.

Which bowl game will you be watching Sunday?

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But really, everyone who watches — and all of the feline and canine players — will be winners. Viewers are sure to be entertained, while the puppies and kittens get new homes, as both bowls are featuring shelter and rescue pets that are available for adoption.

“The kind of awareness for the shelters has been off the chart,” Abbott told us. “We’re going to do a lot of good with this. That’s the best part.”

“Puppy Bowl” starts at 3 p.m. Sunday on Animal Planet and runs in repeats well into the next morning. “Kitten Bowl” begins at noon Sunday on Hallmark Channel, with repeats ending at midnight.

— Additional reporting by Drusilla Moorhouse.