Cobell legal team awarded fees for trust fund fight (December 20, 2005)
The federal judge handling the Indian trust fund lawsuit awarded the Cobell legal team $7.1 million on Monday for successfully fighting for the rights of hundreds of thousands of account holders. In a lengthy decision, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth...
New Mexico holds Indian education summit (December 20, 2005)
The New Mexico Public Education Department held an Indian Education Summit on Monday to discuss ways to improve the education of Indian students and improve tribal-state relations. The summit was held at Ohkay Owingeh, formerly known as San Juan Pueblo....
Indian students raise $4K to help needy families (December 20, 2005)
Indian high school students on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana have raised $4,000 to help needy families for the holidays. The seniors at Browning High School donated $2,000 of their own money. The rest they raised through bake sales and...
Arizona Indians a fourth of pedestrian fatalities (December 20, 2005)
Indians in Arizona account for 25 percent of pedestrian fatalities in the state, according to an analysis by The Arizona Daily Star. The paper said most pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas. But in rural areas, Indians were 65 percent...
Defense bill includes Goshute Band provisions (December 20, 2005)
The 2006 defense appropriations bill passed by the House early Monday morning includes provisions affecting the Skull Valley Goshute Band of Utah. A subtitle of the act contains a section to declare the 100,000-acre Cedar Mountain Wilderness Area. The designation...
Fire Thunder removal hearing delayed a second time (December 20, 2005)
A hearing to consider the impeachment of Oglala Sioux Tribe President Cecelia Fire Thunder was delayed for a second time on Monday amid a crowd of shouting tribal members, The Rapid City Journal reports. The hearing will be held...
Column: Pequots use money to bolster legitimacy (December 20, 2005)
"Given the multitude of peoples and tongues that the Mashantucket Pequots and Foxwoods have attracted as casino and employer, how surprising is it, really, that they've finally inspired this: Earlier this year, American Quarterly, the journal of the American Studies...
Report shows Oregon tribe's impact on county (December 20, 2005)
A study commissioned by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians shows the tribe contributed $107 million to the economy in Douglas County in 2004. According to the study, the tribe and its businesses spent $53.1 million,...
Oneida Nation to pay state $9.1M for prison land (December 20, 2005)
The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is buying nearly 1,500 acres from the state for $9.1 million. The land is part of the tribe's original reservation. It is currently used by the state as part of the Sanger B. Powers Correctional...
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation seeks BIA documents (December 20, 2005)
The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut has asked a federal judge to force the Bureau of Indian Affairs to turn over documents related to the tribe's recognition. The tribe was denied recognition in October. Two months later, the tribe says...
Guam audit finds wrongdoing in hiring of Abramoff (December 20, 2005)
The public auditor in Guam released a report on Monday that concluded the Guam Superior Court improperly hired disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The court was writing $9,000 checks every month to an attorney. The money was then passed on to...
Ralph Reed denies lobbying tribal issues in Texas (December 20, 2005)
Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition and a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Georgia, denies lobbying Texas officials on tribal matters. Reed was paid by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff for a "grassroots" campaign that targeted...
Pombo takes on Indian issues but avoids Abramoff (December 20, 2005)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the chairman of the House Resources Committee, has used his position to hold hearings and promote legislation on major Indian issues like the trust fund, federal recognition, off-reservation gaming and treaty rights. He's boosted the...
Bolivia's new Indian president ready for change (December 20, 2005)
Evo Morales, the newly elected president of Bolivia, said he will follow through on promises to keep the country independent of the United States. Morales, 46, an Aymara coca farmer, said he would halt a U.S.-backed program to eradicate...
AlterNet: Making sense of the Jack Abramoff scandal (December 20, 2005)
Everything, or just about everything, you wanted to know about the players in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal are presented in a report from AlterNet. You get everyone from Ralph Reed, the Christian conservative, to J. Steven Griles, the...
Senate faces fight over ANWR in defense bill (December 20, 2005)
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has inserted a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling in the 2006 defense appropriations bill. Stevens agreed to the provision after the House passed a version of the bill that authorized drilling....
Sen. Baucus returns $19K in Abramoff donations (December 20, 2005)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) is returning nearly $19,000 in donations linked to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Montana Democratic Party also said it was returning $5,000 it had received from former Abramoff client. Baucus said he will donate all the...
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