Bush stance on off-reservation gaming unknown (March 29, 2005)
As efforts against off-reservation gaming mount among tribes, various states and key members of Congress, a crucial voice has been missing in the debate. Where does the Bush administration stand? After four years of running the Interior Department, it's...
Arrest of chairman's son latest in Red Lake tragedy (March 29, 2005)
An update on the latest developments involving the March 21, 2005, fatal shootings on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. THE ARREST Red Lake Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. Star Tribune: Red Lake School Shootings Pioneer Press: Red Lake...
BIA holds hearings on reservation power plant (March 29, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding another round of public meetings on a proposed coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation. The 1,500-megawatt plant would be located near the Burnham Chapter, 30 miles southwest of Farmington, New Mexico. The...
Editorial: Churchill buyout better than CU review (March 29, 2005)
"If any of the University of Colorado faculty members who are charged with investigating Ward Churchill have prejudged the case, for or against, they need to recuse themselves. No matter what they think of Churchill's views on Sept. 11 or...
Statement by Floyd Jourdain Jr. on son's arrest (March 29, 2005)
The following is the text of a statement released by Floyd Jourdain Jr., chairman of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota, on the arrest of his son, Louis, in connection with the March 21, 2005, deadly shootings on the reservation....
Churchill blasts investigation into alleged fraud (March 29, 2005)
Controversial professor Ward Churchill spoke at UC Berkeley on Monday and blasted the University of Colorado's investigation into his alleged Indian identity and alleged academic fraud. Churchill told a large crowd that the investigation was an attempt to silence free...
Washington tribe rejects offer on village site (March 29, 2005)
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington is standing its ground on a historic village where hundreds of ancestors and thousands of artifacts were discovered. The tribe's decision to protect Tse-whit-zen village led the state to halt work on a...
County takes Native voting case to Supreme Court (March 29, 2005)
A Montana county that is home to the Fort Belknap Reservation is still fighting a Native voting rights lawsuit it lost. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Blaine County's "at-large" system of electing commissioners diluted the Native vote....
Small protest against reservation hog farm (March 29, 2005)
The former mayor of Rapid City, South Dakota, and a tribal elder held a small protest against a hog farm on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Former mayor Jerry Munson said the plant is hurting the environment and threatening the health...
Editorial: Red Lake doesn't seem to want help (March 29, 2005)
"Missed warning signs. Cries for help. We're all too familiar with both, and many of those missed signs echo all the way from Red Lake, Minn., to Jefferson County. Jefferson County school officials, who still bear the burden of picking...
Jury awards damages in state raid of reservation (March 29, 2005)
A federal jury in Rhode Island awarded $301,100 in damages to a member of the Narragansett Tribe on Monday for excessive force by a state trooper who participated in a controversial raid of the reservation. The jury delivered the verdict...
Town votes against tribe's natural gas terminal (March 29, 2005)
Voters in the town of Perry, Maine, voted 279 to 214 on Monday to reject the Passamaquoddy Tribe's proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal. The terminal would be located on 42 acres of tribe's Pleasant Point Reservation. But a...
Democrats want Burns to return tribal donations (March 29, 2005)
Democrats in Montana want Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) to return $137,000 in campaign contributions made by former tribal clients of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But a spokesperson for Burns said there's nothing to return. "It's all spent," the aide told...
Goshute activist pleads guilty to avoid prison (March 29, 2005)
A member of the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe pleaded guilty on Monday to misusing tribal funds in a bid to avoid a prison sentence for tax fraud. Sammy Blackbear will pay a fine and help the federal government prosecute other...
County opposes tax bill benefiting Tulalip Tribes (March 29, 2005)
A Washington county is opposing a tax bill that would benefit the Tulalip Tribes. The Snohomish County Council voted 4-0 against House Bill 1721. The measure would return 85 percent of the sales tax generated at the Quil Ceda Village...
Suquamish Tribe to break ground on luxury hotel (March 29, 2005)
The Suquamish Tribe of Washington will break ground on a 75-room luxury hotel in hopes of attracting tourists to the area. The four-story, 56,000-square-foot hotel is set to open in summer 2006. It is located on a plot of land...
Ticket reveals another hidden talent of Jim Thorpe (March 29, 2005)
An 80-year-old ticket discovered in an old book has uncovered another hidden talent of sports legend Jim Thorpe, the Sac and Fox man who is considered one of the world's greatest athletes. The ticket was to an exhibition basketball game...
Faculty at troubled Si Tanka University campus quit (March 29, 2005)
Faculty at the off-reservation campus of Si Tanka University decided to quit on Monday after not being paid for more than a month. Steve Fryberger, the chairman of the athletic training education department, said the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe wasn't...
Bad Eagle: Indian leaders today are pitiful (March 29, 2005)
"While the leftists are trying to find a way to blame whites, some Indians blame Indian country itself [for the Red Lake shootings]. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. says the tragedy stems from 'the loss of tribal culture.' David...
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