Listening Lounge: Senate Indian Gaming Hearing (June 28, 2005)
Welcome to the Listening Lounge! Here you will find audio recordings of the June 28, 2005, Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing on the regulation of Indian gaming. Download them to your iPod, Rio or other mobile audio player. Or...
McCain seeks to close 'revolving door' in Washington (June 28, 2005)
Federal government officials who go to work for tribes will no longer be able to lobby their former employer for a year under a bill introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) on Monday. As chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs...
Statement by Sen. John McCain on S.1312 (June 28, 2005)
The following is the statement introduced into the Congressional record by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), on S.1312, the Reducing Conflicts of Interests in the Representation of Indian Tribes Act of 2005. The statement is followed by the text of the...
Federal Register: Probate Reform Act certified (June 28, 2005)
The American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 was officially certified today with the publication of a notice in the Federal Register. The law was passed last year in order to encourage estate planning by individual Indians, establish a uniform...
Supreme Court wraps up October 2004 term (June 28, 2005)
The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term on Monday with decisions in a string of high-profile cases but no announcement on the future of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. The possible resignation of Rehnquist, 80, has generated significant speculation in...
Yellow Bird: The growing pains of tribal leaders (June 28, 2005)
"For the past 60 years, many tribal governments have become more and more like the federal government, while others have become less and less stable. As these novices step into the world of big bucks and politics, some struggle. These...
Gangs blamed for shooting death in Minneapolis (June 28, 2005)
Gangs are being blamed for yet another shooting death at an Indian housing complex in Minneapolis. Wambli S. McArthur, 30, was charged with second-degree murder for the death of Vincent LaRoque, 20. McArthur allegedly shot LaRoque in the head near...
Ex-police officer denies taking custody of Native teen (June 28, 2005)
A former police officer fired for being linked to the death of a Native teen categorically denied taking custody of Neil Stonechild the night he went missing. Larry Hartwig and his partner Brad Senger were said to be the last...
Mashantucket Tribe selling ferries for $10M each (June 28, 2005)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is selling its two high-speed ferries for $10 million each. The ferries were launched in 1998 to transport commuters in New England. But the tribe ended the business because there wasn't a...
USET kicks off annual meeting with apology to tribe (June 28, 2005)
The United South and Eastern Tribes kicked off its annual meeting on Monday with an apology to the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. USET President Keller George apologized for not contacting the Mohegans before making testimony that criticized the tribe's...
Republican lobbyists fighting for, against tribes (June 28, 2005)
A high-powered Republican law firm with ties to the White House has been lobbying for and against Connecticut tribes. Barbour Griffith & Rogers [Web Site] has been hired by Town Action to Save Kent (TASK) to fight the Schaghticoke Tribal...
Wyandotte Nation dedicates airport cargo facility (June 28, 2005)
The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma dedicated a 20,00-square-foot air cargo facility at the Joplin Airport last Friday. The facility, fully owned by the Wyandotte Tribal Corporation, will provide ground and air transportation of cargo in and out of the...
Judge won't protect Si Tanka's federal student aid (June 28, 2005)
A federal judge won't stop the Department of Education from cutting off financial student aid to Si Tanka University in South Dakota. Si Tanka asked for protection after being informed that it won't be allowed to participate in a number...
NCAA committee swayed by tribal support of mascot (June 28, 2005)
The NCAA Minority Opportunity and Interests Committee has made a number of confidential recommendations about the use of Indian imagery but a ban is not among them. The committee reviewed reports submitted by more than 30 schools that use...
BIA contract funds lost to Iraq, Afghanistan wars (June 28, 2005)
The military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan are draining tribal contract funds, according to a Bureau of Indian Affairs self-determination specialist. Dion Killsback used the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana as an example. He said the tribe currently receives about...
Indian couple has big plans for Little Big Horn Camp (June 28, 2005)
An Indian couple has big plans for the Little Big Horn Camp in Montana, including brand new developments and a museum to display the historic "Custer's Last Rally" painting. Leonard "Sonny" Hare, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe,...
Northern Cheyenne share accounts of Bighorn (June 28, 2005)
Breaking 100 years of silence, members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana are sharing their accounts of the June 28, 1876, Battle of Little Bighorn. Cheyenne warriors helped defeat Lt. Col. George Custer and the 7th U.S. Cavalry....
Opinion: Downfall of Indians traced to Army, BIA (June 28, 2005)
"As the economists Terry Anderson and Fred McChesney have documented, the downfall of the American Indians correlates neatly with the rise of two federal bureaucracies. The first was the standing army established during the Mexican War of the 1840's. Before...
Hopi Tribe drops lobbyist who worked with Abramoff (June 28, 2005)
The Hopi Tribe of Arizona has ended its relationship with Kevin Ring, a former associate of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and his law firm. The tribe had rehired Ring, who refused to testify at last week's Senate Indian Affairs...
Supreme Court opens file-sharing firms to suits (June 28, 2005)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday opened the operators of file-sharing services to lawsuits over allegations they allow users to swap copyrighted materials. In a unanimous ruling, the court held that Grokster [Web Site] and StreamCast Networks, the creators of...
Mixed rulings on display of Ten Commandments (June 28, 2005)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued two mixed rulings on the display of the Ten Commandments in public places. In a 5- ruling, the court disallowed the display of the commandments at a courthouse in Kentucky. The majority said...
Supreme Court rejects suit in domestic violence case (June 28, 2005)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a Colorado woman who was the victim of domestic violence cannot sue law enforcement for failing to enforce a protective order. In a 7-3 opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court...
Congressional reports now online free of charge (June 28, 2005)
The Center for Democracy and Technology has created a website featuring hard-to-get reports created by the taxpayer-funded Congressional Research Service. The searchable site at http://www.opencrs.com contains 8073 reports. Some of them are hosted by the center while others are hosted...
Hayworth downplays links to Abramoff scandal (June 28, 2005)
A labor law measure sponsored by Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona) has nothing to do with the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, aides to the co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus said. Hayworth pushed for a rider to delay a National...
SagChip leader feels vindicated on Jack Abramoff (June 28, 2005)
The subchief of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan says he feels vindicated by the investigation into disgraced lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. Subchief Bernie Sprague opposed the tribe's hiring of Abramoff and Scanlon. Under a previous chief, the...
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