Perception and realities in land-into-trust debate (May 19, 2005)
George Skibine, a Bureau of Indian Affairs official, was unable to tell a Senate committee on Wednesday how many land-into-trust applications are pending but he did provide some data that could help address what one key member called the "perception"...
HHS holds annual budget session with tribes (May 19, 2005)
The Department of Health and Human Services held its annual budget session with tribal leaders in Washington, D.C., this week. Tribal leaders gave testimony on Tuesday and Wednesday. They told HHS officials they need more money for health programs and...
BIA official confirms tribes skipping IGRA process (May 19, 2005)
Some tribes are skirting the land-into-trust process by opening casinos on properties that were acquired for non-gaming purposes, a senior Bureau of Indian Affairs official said on Wednesday. George Skibine, the BIA's acting deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic...
Same-sex marriage before top Cherokee Nation court (May 19, 2005)
When Dawn McKinley and Kathy Reynolds, members of the Cherokeee Nation, got married a year ago, they didn't have activism in mind. As a long-term lesbian couple, they just wanted to make sure they could be there for each...
Explosive tape aired at inquiry into Native man's death (May 19, 2005)
An explosive 17-minute tape was played on Wednesday at the inquiry into the death of Ojibwe protester Dudley George at the hands of police in Ontario. The tape is of a call between two senior officers shortly before a heavily...
Remains found at state construction site (May 19, 2005)
The Washington Department of Transportation has halted work at a state construction project due to the discovery of at least two tribal ancestors. The state will work with the Stillaguamish Tribe on how to handle the remains. An adult woman...
Spirit Lake Nation elects three officials in new vote (May 19, 2005)
Members of the Spirit Lake Nation elected three new council members on Tuesday following a disputed primary process. The first primary was declared invalid because members who weren't eligible to vote cast ballots. Only those who live on the reservation...
Supreme Court refuses Chief Wahoo protest lawsuit (May 19, 2005)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal brought by Indian activists who were arrested for burning Chief Wahoo, the mascot of the Cleveland Indians, in effigy. The move is prompting Vernon Bellecourt, president of the National...
Ousted Redding Rancheria members head to forum (May 19, 2005)
A family recently ousted from the Redding Rancheria in northern California is headed to a tribal disenrollment forum in southern California. Seventy-six members of the Foreman family were kicked out of the tribe in the last two years. The tribe...
Editorial: Two tribes hurt by 'sloppy' BIA work (May 19, 2005)
"The Bureau of Indian Affairs long has been criticized for sloppy work, and with cause. Now, in a dramatic turnaround, the BIA has rediscovered the rule book. Unfortunately two Connecticut tribes suffer for that. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has...
Editorial: Alabama Christians have lost credibility (May 19, 2005)
"Despite years of denials on the part of the leadership of the Alabama Christian Coalition, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the organization used out-of-state gambling money to finance its efforts to kill gambling legislation in Alabama. For several years...
Alaska Native Medical Center sees big rise in patients (May 19, 2005)
Visits to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage have increased dramatically since its opening eight years ago. In the past two years alone, clinic visits increased 49.5 percent. Inpatient admissions increased 24.7 percent, surgeries increased 10.5 percent and births...
Cities lobby to host Alaska Federation of Natives (May 19, 2005)
Where will the Alaska Federation of Natives convention be held in 2006? The battle is on between Anchorage and Fairbanks for the chance to host the state's largest gathering. Anchorage has hosted AFN since 1966. But some Alaska Natives say...
BIA reopens Western Shoshone distribution process (May 19, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs published a notice in the Federal Register today to reopen the enrollment process for Western Shoshone tribal members who may be entitled to share in a $140 million trust fund. The BIA says it will...
Churchill blasts UKB statement on membership (May 19, 2005)
Controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill blasted the United Keetoowah Band on Wednesday for making "documentably false" statements about his disputed membership in the Oklahoma tribe. Churchill issued a statement [Text] in response to the UKB statement [UKB website....
Judge refuses tribal request to halt Yucca Mountain (May 19, 2005)
MAP: Tribes located near Yucca Mountain site. A federal judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt by leaders of the Western Shoshone Nation to block the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. U.S. District Judge Philip Pro said the...
Senate begins debate on Bush judicial nominees (May 19, 2005)
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate began debate on Wednesday on the use of filibusters against President Bush's most controversial judicial nominees. Republicans say the nominees are entitled to an up-or-down vote. With 55 members, they have enough votes to...
Villaraigosa elected new mayor of Los Angeles (May 19, 2005)
Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa won a landslide victory in the Los Angeles, California, mayoral run-off on Wednesday, making him the city's first Hispanic leader in more than a century. Villaraigosa captured all segments of the vote in his second bid for...
SWAIA announces 2005 recipients of awards (May 19, 2005)
The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts announced the 2005 recipients of its lifetime achievement, fellowship and youth awards on Wednesday. Lifetime achivement awards went to to the late Fritz Scholder (Luiseno), painter, printmaker; the late Lucy Yepa Lowden (Jemez Pueblo),...
Bill introduced to recognize all Indian Code Talkers (May 19, 2005)
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) introduced a bill on Friday to recognize all Indian Code Talkers and award them commemorative Congressional medals. S.1035, the Code Talkers Recognition Act, awards medals to identified Sioux, Comanche [Charles Chibitty pictured at right], Choctaw...
Bloomberg: Abramoff tribes gave $1.4M to Congress (May 19, 2005)
Tribal clients of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave $1.4 million to at least 171 members of Congress from 2001 to 2004, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) received the most with at least $136,500 from...
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