Montana reservation schools fare poorly on NCLB (August 19, 2005)
Public schools on reservations in Montana are faring poorly when it comes to the No Child Left Behind Act, The Great Falls Tribune reports. On six of the seven reservations, at least one school failed to meet the "adequate yearly...
Intertribal Agricultural Council promotes farming (August 19, 2005)
The Intertribal Agricultural Council held a conference in Billings, Montana, to promote Indian farming and agriculture. The council says Indian farmers have lacked representation at the national level despite a long agricultural tradition. Most of the foods people eat today...
Miskito Tribe wants probe into 1980s violence (August 19, 2005)
The Miskito Tribe is asking the Nicaragua government to investigate a wave of violence that resulted in the killings of 150 people during the 1980s. Tribal leaders said Nicaragua's Sandinista army killed their people, destroyed crops and slaughtered livestock as...
Colorado colleges to offer Indian master's degree (August 19, 2005)
Fort Lewis College and University of Northern Colorado have been awarded an $873,000 grant from the Department of Education to offer a master's degree in American Indian academic leadership. The program will help Indian teachers who want to become...
North Dakota tribe to dedicate Four Bears Bridge (August 19, 2005)
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota will dedicate the new Four Bears Bridge on October 3. The $55.4 million, 4,500-foot bridge crosses Lake Sakakawea. It replaces an older bridge that was dedicated in 1955 when the Garrison...
Yakama Nation leaders keep basketball team alive (August 19, 2005)
The new leaders of the Yakama Nation of Washington voted to keep its minor league basketball team alive, at least for the coming season. The purchase of the Sun Kings spurred a backlash within the tribe. A handful of officials...
Military commands eliminate use of Indian terms (August 19, 2005)
The U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command have eliminated the use of Indian terms as part of their military exercises, Indian Country Today reports. Words like "warrior," "brave" and "Indian" have been dropped and replaced with...
Wyandotte Chief: Taking control of our world (August 19, 2005)
"I have been chief of the Wyandotte Nation for 23 years. These opinions are my own. They are not influenced by anyone or anything except my observations of the American Indian world. Our Indian world has never been a pleasant...
Column: It's time to bring an end to 'Redskins' (August 19, 2005)
"No matter the history, the Redskins should change their name because "redskin" is a mean nickname for Native Americans (also called Indians). Oh, I know the folks at Redskins Park say the team name is meant to honor Native Americans....
Editorial: Celebrate real Indians, not mascots (August 19, 2005)
"A heady moment of absolute clarity struck during a traditional ceremonial dance to open the 2005 Native American Journalists Association convention in this quintessential heartland city. We were celebrating real Indian culture with real American Indians. These were not the...
Slade Gorton: Don't recognize Native Hawaiians (August 19, 2005)
"The Senate is poised to sanction the creation of a racially exclusive government by and for Native Hawaiians who satisfy a blood test. The new race-based sovereign that would be summoned into being by the so-called Akaka Bill would operate...
Washington tribe urged to resolve burial dispute (August 19, 2005)
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is being urged to resolve its dispute with the state over a burial ground and tribal village. The tribe filed suit on August 12 to protect the Tse-whit-zen Village. More than 220 ancestors and thousands...
Arizona tribe and city work together on tourism (August 19, 2005)
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the city of Fountain Hills are working together to promote tourism as the tribe beefs up its economy. The tribe recently opened an RV center, bought a resort and has plans to expand its...
Comanche Nation closes tattoo shop on allotment (August 19, 2005)
The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma shut down a tattoo parlor that was operating on an Indian allotment. The tribe said the owners of the store failed to apply for a business license. But the tribe's tax commission said it was...
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe pays $70K property tax bill (August 19, 2005)
The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma paid $70,185.45 in property taxes for land it owns in New York. The payment to Cayuga County was the first-ever for taxes owed on the tribe's 229-acre farm. The tribe hopes to use the land...
Ex-Abramoff associate charged in Montana for poaching (August 19, 2005)
Shawn Vasell, a former associate of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was charged in Montana for illegal poaching. Vasell is a former aide to Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana). He left the Senate to work with Abramoff at the Greenberg Traurig...
Abramoff makes first court appearance on charges (August 19, 2005)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff made his first appearance on Thursday on his bank fraud charges. Abramoff did not enter a plea but plans to plead not guilty. His lawyer said he will fight charges that he faked a $23 million...
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