Man pleads guilty for murder on Hoh Reservation (May 18, 2005)
A 24-year-old man faces life in prison for pleading guilty to murdering a woman on the Hoh Reservation in Washington. Michael W. Koch, a member of the Cowlitz Tribe, admitted strangling Tawnya LaVonne Tom, 18, a member of the Hoh...
Arizona tribe settles trust mismanagement case (May 18, 2005)
Two years after securing a major victory before the U.S. Supreme Court, the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona has settled its trust mismanagement case with the federal government. Under an agreement announced this month, the tribe will receive $12...
Traditional Native foods called more healthy (May 18, 2005)
Tribes and tribal members in Arizona are incorporating more traditional foods into the Native diet in hopes of promoting healthy lifestyles and preserving their culture. Terrol Dew Johnson, the co-founder and co-director of Tohono O'odham Community Action, said traditional...
Northern Cheyenne Tribe seeks halt to new drilling (May 18, 2005)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana and a conservation group are asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to halt new coalbed methane drilling in the Powder River Basin. A judge has allowed up to 500 coalbed methane wells a...
Forum calls attention to tribal disenrollments (May 18, 2005)
A former member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has organized a public forum to call attention to tribal disenrollments occurring across the country. John Gomez Jr. said greed and power are motivating membership disputes. He and other disenrolled...
Tribal funds helped Abramoff's failed Jewish school (May 18, 2005)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff funneled tribal donations to his non-profit organization into his failed school for Jewish boys, The Baltimore Sun reports. Abramoff's tribal clients often gave money to the Capital Athletic Foundation, which was pitched as a group that...
United Keetowah Band refutes Churchill membership (May 18, 2005)
The United Keetowah Band is denying that Controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill is a legitimate member of the Oklahoma tribe. In a statement [UKB website], Chief George Wickliffe said Churchill was granted an honorary "associate membership" in...
Markers commemorate journey of Santee families (May 18, 2005)
The Minnehaha County Historical Society in South Dakota will dedicate two markers to commemorate the journey of 11 Santee Sioux families in the winter of 1869. The families walked 140 miles from Niobara, Nebraska, to Flandreau, South Dakota. At least...
Seminole Tribe keeps history alive with new museum (May 18, 2005)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida opened a new branch of its Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum on Tuesday. The branch is located in Hollywood on the site of the old Okalee Village. It is right next to the tribe's casino but museum executive...
Letter: Are Indians American? Congress needs to act (May 18, 2005)
"We are in 2005, and Congress needs to settle the matter for modern, 2005 America: Are Indians (or native Americans — the word Indian seems to be used when talking about casinos) Americans? If so, make it official. Are they...
Tribe to speak out against raising of Shasta Dam (May 18, 2005)
A leader of the unrecognized Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California will speak out against the proposed raising of Shasta Dam at a public forum on Friday. CalFed, a state-federal agency, wants to raise the dam 16 feet or more to...
Charter school to open on White Earth reservation (May 18, 2005)
A charter school will open on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation this fall, the first such school in northwestern Minnesota. The charter will be located in Naytahwaush, a town of 600. It is an alternative to the Naytahwaush Elementary School,...
Gaming money went straight to Ralph Reed's pocket (May 18, 2005)
The $1.15 million a Republican anti-tax organization took from a gaming tribe went straight into the pockets of anti-gaming activist Ralph Reed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform has acknowledged that he gave the money...
Hearing resumes for firing over Native teen's death (May 18, 2005)
The bruises on a Native teen who died in 1990 were not caused by police handcuffs, a forensic pathologist said at a hearing for two officers who were fired after being linked to the incident. Dr. Emma Lew, a medical...
Queen begins visit with tribute to First Nations (May 18, 2005)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip began their royal visit to Canada on Monday by paying tribute to the First Nations. Four Native veterans and a drum group greeted the royal delegation at the airport. The welcoming ceremony honored Native...
Inquiry into Native man's death resumes in Ontario (May 18, 2005)
A provincial inquiry into the death of a Native man at the hands of police in Ontario has resumed. Dudley George, 38, was killed when police opened fire on Native protesters at Ipperwash Provincial Park in September 1995. One officer...
Oneida Nation open to land claim talks with Pataki (May 18, 2005)
The Oneida Nation is open to a land claim talks with New York Gov. George Pataki (R) but not if out-of-state tribes are involved, a spokesperson said. The tribe had settled with Pataki back in 2002 but the deal fell...
Mashantucket Tribe donates $1M for library project (May 18, 2005)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation donated $1 million to help a local library expand, with Chairman Michael Thomas promising to get the Mohegan Tribe to donate as well. The tribe's donation brings the Otis Library within reach of its $9.5...
Family fights disenrollment from Sauk-Suiattle Tribe (May 18, 2005)
Members of a prominent Sauk-Suiattle family went before the tribal council on Monday to defend their heritage and prevent their disenrollment. The Bill family has been active in tribal politics for years. But after a rival family came into power...
New Mexico tribe saves sacred site from mining (May 18, 2005)
A northern New Mexico tribe's fight to save a sacred site from mining has ended with the purchase of the land from a bankrupt company. Picuris Pueblo bought the mica mine from Oglebay Norton Specialty Minerals Inc. Details of the...
Witness list for Senate hearing on land-into-trust (May 18, 2005)
Here is the witness list for the May 18 Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing on the taking of land into trust. Panel I George Skibine, acting deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development Panel II David Sprague, Chairman,...
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