Haskell in 'dire circumstances' over budget cuts (January 13, 2006)
Haskell Indian Nations University is in "dire circumstances" due to a series of budget cuts, said budget director Michael Lewis. The school lost 1.5 percent of its operational budget of $9.5 million due to a government-wide cut to pay for...
UND president meeting with tribes on campus (January 13, 2006)
University of North Dakota President Charles Kupchella has held meetings with two tribes on campus and is scheduling meetings with two other tribes. Kupchella met with the Spirit Lake Nation council on Sunday. Some of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe...
Minnesota governor opposes Shakopee trust land bid (January 13, 2006)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (D) is opposing the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's land-into-trust application in Prior Lake. The tribe wants 760 acres placed in trust for housing, cultural and health care purposes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs previously denied the...
Pablita Velarde, famed Pueblo painter, dies at 87 (January 13, 2006)
Pablita Velarde, a famous painter from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, died on Tuesday. She was 87. Velarde, who painted scenes of traditional Pueblo life, was considered a trailblazer, particularly for Native women artists. "Painting was not considered...
Largest boulder to be returned to Mohegan Tribe (January 13, 2006)
Cochegan Rock, the largest free-standing boulder of New England and a meeting spot for Mohegan Chief Uncas, is being returned to the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut. The tribe owned the boulder up until the 1700s. It was named for...
Tribal coalition to appeal ruling on sacred peaks (January 13, 2006)
The Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe and Native environmentalists plan to appeal a federal judge's ruling that allows snowmaking in the sacred San Francisco Peaks. "It's a slap in the face for the Navajo Nation," said Navajo Nation Council Delegate...
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation seeks reconsideration (January 13, 2006)
The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation asked the Interior Board of Indian Appeals to reconsider the tribe's federal recognition decision. The tribe normally would have to file a lawsuit in federal court after being denied recognition. But the tribe says it...
Congress extends deadline to file tribal trust claims (January 13, 2006)
The deadline for tribes to file trust mismanagement claims has been extended for one year under a bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush. Tribes will have until December 31, 2006, to pursue lawsuits based on...
Mashpee Wampanoags await word on federal status (January 13, 2006)
After 30 years of waiting, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is near an answer on its federal status. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing a preliminary determination on the tribe's recognition bid. It will be ready by March,...
Alito headed towards Supreme Court confirmation (January 13, 2006)
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. headed towards confirmation as his hearing conclude today. Democrats said they had concerns about the nomination but that a filibuster was unlikely. Republicans criticized Democrats for the types of questions they asked...
Burial grounds in downtown Miami called unique (January 13, 2006)
Archaeologists in Florida are taking great interest in two burial sites being excavated in downtown Miami. Hundreds of remains have been found at one site, with some of the bones piled in limestone fissures and layered in limestone boxes. Archaeologists...
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation sues for recognition (January 13, 2006)
The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday in hopes of gaining federal recognition. The lawsuit accuses state officials, politicians and their lobbyists of improperly influencing the recognition process, The Hartford Courant reported. The...
Hoopa Valley Tribe, Big Valley Band form partnership (January 13, 2006)
The Hoopa Valley Tribe and the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians signed an agreement on Thursday to become partners in homebuilding and job creation. The Hoopa Valley Tribe owns Hoopa Modular Building Enterprise, a modular home construction company...
Ralph Reed accused by GOP senator of bilking tribes (January 13, 2006)
Ralph Reed, the Christian conservative activist who is running for lieutenant governor of Alabama, was accused of "bilking" tribes out of millions of dollars by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). Appearing on "Meet the Press," this past Sunday, Cornyn was...
House Democrat leader seeks Abramoff-GOP probe (January 13, 2006)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) called for the House ethics committee to investigate Republican colleagues who have ties to confessed felon Jack Abramoff. Pelosi seeks investigations of former Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas), Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), Rep. Richard...
Ute spiritual leader opens Colorado Assembly (January 13, 2006)
Terry Knight, a spiritual leader of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, gave the opening prayer for the Colorado General Assembly on Wednesday. Knight delivered the prayer in the Ute language. Lt. Gov. Jane Norton said it was the first time...
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