Pombo continues hearings on off-reservation gaming (May 2, 2005)
The House Resources Committee held its second hearing on the controversial subject of off-reservation gaming last week,drawing views on both sides of the heated debate. Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the chairman of the committee, is holding the hearings to take...
Mohegan Tribe votes to withdraw from USET (May 2, 2005)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut has voted to withdraw from the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) over testimony USET President Keller George recently gave on the influence of non-Indians in Indian gaming. Mohegan leaders are upset that George mentioned...
Race an issue in Native inmate group in Nebraska (May 2, 2005)
A founding member of a Native inmate group in the Nebraska State Penitentiary says non-Natives are welcome to participate in powwows and other ceremonies but draws the line at who is in charge. "Our club since 1974 has always been...
Paiute Tribe dedicates fifth children's playground (May 2, 2005)
The Paiute Tribe of Utah dedicated its fifth children's playground on Saturday. The tribe built the playgrounds using funds from the Special Diabetes Project. Tribal leaders hope it will give children a fun place to exercise and lead an active...
Tribe gets ready to host 8,000 for Canoe Journey (May 2, 2005)
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington is preparing to welcome 8,000 people who are expected to attend the closing celebration of the 2005 Canoe Journey. The tribe is hosting this year's journey, in which 80 canoes representing tribes in...
Editorial: Where were feds when tribe needed help? (May 2, 2005)
"The Crow Creek Tribal School's gym has been closed for more than a year because the Bureau of Indian Affairs decided the building was unsafe. Just last year, the state Fire Marshal's Office condemned the entire Stephan campus of the...
Oklahoma challenges EPA on tribal sovereignty (May 2, 2005)
The state of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's recognition of tribal sovereignty. The EPA granted the Pawnee Tribe as treatment-as-state status. The designation recognizes the tribe's right to establish and enforce its own water standards....
Minneapolis mayor declares Clyde H. Bellecourt Day (May 2, 2005)
The mayor of Minneapolis has declared Friday to be Clyde H. Bellecourt Day in honor of the co-founder of the American Indian Movement. Bellecourt, 68, will be honored at a ceremony at the Minneapolis Convention Center where singer Bonnie Raitt...
FBI field office in charge of Red Lake investigation (May 2, 2005)
An FBI field office known for its high-profile Indian Country investigations has another one on its plate -- the March 21, 2005, deadly shootings on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. The 130-agent field office in Minneapolis is leading the...
Abramoff a target in federal bank fraud probe (May 2, 2005)
The Washington Post on Sunday published a lengthy article about disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's involvement in a $145 million failed casino deal that has led to a federal bank fraud investigation. Abramoff is a "target" in the grand jury investigation,...
Jack Abramoff breaks silence on lobbying scandal (May 2, 2005)
Disgraced lobbyist is finally talking about the scandal that has brought his Washington, D.C., empire down -- but it's not to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He pleaded the Fifth Amendment there. Instead, Abramoff gave interviews to Time Magazine and...
Colombian tribe keeps rebels, drugs out through peace (May 2, 2005)
Caught in the crossfire of a 41-year civil war, a Colombian tribe's campaign of peace against violence and drugs is earning praise and seeing success. Four years ago, the Nasa Tribe started the Indigenous Guards, a force of 7,000 unarmed...
Court allows damages for residential school abuse (May 2, 2005)
Canada's Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a Native man who suffered abuse at a government-sponsored residential school is entitled to damages. The court held that the man, who was abused at age 14 by a pedophile on the Gordon...
Rosebud Sioux Tribe saddened horses sent to slaughter (May 2, 2005)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is saddened that some of the horses it bought from the Bureau of Land Management were sent to slaughter, said the chief of staff to President Charles Colombe. The tribe bought 141 horses...
Crow Creek Tribe needs up to $40M for new schools (May 2, 2005)
Photo Gallery: Crow Creek Schools (Sioux Falls Argus Leader) The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota needs anywhere from $30 million to $40 million to completely replace two aging schools that have been in need of improvements for...
Navajo president vetoes bill to ban gay marriage (May 2, 2005)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. vetoed a bill that would have banned same-sex marriage on the reservation, saying it does little to promote family values. "Same-sex marriage is a non-issue on Navajoland," he said in a statement. "So why...
Lamberth to hold hearing on trust fund security (May 2, 2005)
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth will hold an evidentiary hearing today to determine whether the Interior Department's computer systems are safe from Internet hackers. The hearing was called in response to a recent Inspector General report cited the "poor state...
Mark Trahant: Public sees bias in the news media (May 2, 2005)
"Do the news media -- in general -- have such a mental leaning or inclination? Sure. The very nature of writing starts because someone has an inclination to write about something. We choose the topic, we decide what's news. We...
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