Oklahoma tribe hires ex-BIA official to lobby for land (December 1, 2005)
WASHINGTON LOBBYING Lobbying Registration: Aurene Martin for Chickasaw Nation An Oklahoma tribe whose gaming sites have been questioned by federal officials and investigators is mounting a full-scale lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. The Chickasaw Nation owns more gaming facilities...
O'odham councilor faces ouster for alcohol incidents (December 1, 2005)
A member of the Tohono O'odham Nation's Legislative Council is facing removal from office for two alcohol-related incidents. Dennis Jose, who represents the Sells District, was fined $275 in September and received a suspended sentence for drinking and transporting beer...
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe active in Washington (December 1, 2005)
LOBBYING PROBE November 17, 2005, Hearing:Video | Documents November 2, 2005, Hearing:Video | Exhibits | Senate Witness List / Testimony After years of waiting, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is finally seeing action on its federal recognition petition. Tribal leaders say...
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation seeks recognition probe (December 1, 2005)
The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is seeking a high-level review and internal investigation of its loss of federal recognition. The tribe has asked Interior Secretary Gale Norton to review the Bureau of Indian Affairs decision that overturned the...
Yellow Bird: Non-Native views not always accurate (December 1, 2005)
"I researched old journals while putting together a historical document for the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction several years ago. And as I did so, I found statements and observations of explorers, traders and others that just didn't ring...
Vine Deloria Jr. remembered at Haskell forum (December 1, 2005)
Speakers paid tribute to the late Vine Deloria Jr., a prominent Native rights advocate, at a forum at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas. Michael Yellow Bird, the director at the Center for Indigenous Studies at Kansas University, said Deloria's...
Wyoming county to fight voting rights lawsuit (December 1, 2005)
Officials in Fremont County, Wyoming, have hired a conservative legal group to fight a voting rights lawsuit filed by tribal members. Mountain States Legal Foundation, a former employer of Interior Secretary Gale Norton, will represent the county. The group lost...
Poorest county in U.S. is home to reservation (December 1, 2005)
The poorest county in the United States is home to the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Tuesday. The median income in Buffalo County, South Dakota, was $17,000, the lowest in the country. The third lowest...
First Peoples Fund to honor four Native artists (December 1, 2005)
The First Peoples Fund will honor four Native artists at an awards ceremony in Rapid City, South Dakota, this Saturday. Each of the artists will receive the Community Spirit Award. The award comes with a $5,000 fellowship. Nellie Two Bulls,...
Major storm strikes South Dakota reservations (December 1, 2005)
A major winter storm has hit two South Dakota reservations, causing power outages and creating a potential crisis. Power has been out on the Yankton Sioux Reservation since Sunday. A reported 500 people have been forced to leave their homes...
Red Lake shootings case not over despite plea (December 1, 2005)
Although a criminal trial has been avoided, legal action over the March 21, 2005, shootings on the Red Lake Reservation is far from over, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Louis Jourdain, 17, who pleaded to one count to sending threatening...
Oregon tribe to pay for services on trust land (December 1, 2005)
The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians has reached an agreement to pay for services on land that is being taken into trust in downtown Roseburg, Oregon. The tribe and the city will an intergovernmental agreement so the...
Letter: Natives overlooked on World AIDS Day (December 1, 2005)
"Today is World AIDS Day. This year's theme is "Keep the Promise," a United Nations appeal to world governments and policymakers to stem the infection of HIV and increase the quality of life for those living with AIDS. In the...
Race has long been an issue for Shinnecock Nation (December 1, 2005)
The racial background of members of the Shinnecock Nation has been an issue facing the tribe for more than a century, Newsday reports. As an Eastern tribe, the Shinnecocks have a long history of contact with outsiders that dates to...
Ex-Abramoff associate lobbies for Montana project (December 1, 2005)
A former associate of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is representing a Montana water project using state funds, The Billings Gazette reports. Neil Volz, a former chief of staff for Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio), has been lobbying for Carter County and...
Ohio Congressman not worried about Abramoff probe (December 1, 2005)
REPRESENTATIVE #1 Scanlon Plea | Attachment US v. Scanlon Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), the Congressman at the center of a political corruption scheme, doesn't think the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal will affect the 2006 elections. Ney is...
Editorial: Scanlon an unsavory partner in probe (December 1, 2005)
"A glimpse of the plump and sordid underbelly of Washington, D.C., was afforded last month when Michael Scanlon, a lobbyist and former congressional aide, rolled over for federal prosecutors and admitted conspiring to bribe a member of Congress and other...
Retiring DOJ lawyer blames bosses in tobacco case (December 1, 2005)
The lead attorney in the federal government's tobacco case retired from the Department of Justice, saying her politically-appointed bosses "made this an easy decision." Sharon Y. Eubanks said Bush administration appointees didn't support the case against big tobacco companies. The...
Alito pushed to overturn Roe v. Wade abortion ruling (December 1, 2005)
As an attorney in the Reagan administration, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito helped the Department of Justice devise a strategy to restrict, and ultimately overturn, the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling. In a May 1985 memo, Alito urged the...
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