Lobbying reform, gaming high on Congressional agenda (January 20, 2006)
Lobbying reform and the $19 billion Indian gaming industry will be hot topics as members of Congress return to work, tribal advocates said last week. During a panel discussion at the Western Indian Gaming Conference in Palm Springs, participants said...
Cheap cell phone service a hit on Montana reservation (January 20, 2006)
Residents of the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana are rushing to sign up for cellular phone service as low as $1 a month for qualified tribal members. The state Public Service Commission has approved two wireless companies to offer reduced-rate...
Editorial: Burns should take lead on lobbying reform (January 20, 2006)
"Montana's junior senator has been getting bushels of unwanted publicity lately. Conrad Burns has not been charged with a crime, nor has evidence been made public that he committed a crime. However, the revelation that he received more campaign...
Dispute over non-Indian doctor goes to federal court (January 20, 2006)
A dispute over a non-Indian doctor on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation has led to charges in federal court against a tribal member. Steven Christopher Brady Sr., 49, pleaded not guilty to simple assault and unlawful restraint, both misdemeanors. He is...
Bank brings services to Pine Ridge Reservation (January 20, 2006)
The First Security Bank in Rushville, Nebraska, is making it easier for residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, to do their banking. In 1997, the started a mobile unit called the Badlands Express to reach people in...
Virginia tribe won't boycott Jamestown events (January 20, 2006)
Stephen Adkins, the chief of the Chickahominy Tribe of Virginia, says his tribe won't boycott the Jamestown 2007 commemoration of the first English settlement in the United States. Some tribal leaders have threatened to pull out of the events because...
BIA asked to rule on rancheria membership dispute (January 20, 2006)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is being asked to intervene in a membership dispute within the Mooretown Rancheria of California. Last year, the tribe reclassified the status of about 40 people. The tribe said they were "non-lineals," meaning they couldn't...
Menominee Nation confronts education challenges (January 20, 2006)
The Menominee Nation in Wisconsin created its own public school district in 1976 after parents complained that a nearby district treated their kids differently. Dropout, suspension and expulsion rates were extremely high for Indian students who went to school in...
University hires employee to oversee artifacts (January 20, 2006)
Kansas University has hired a retired anthropology professor from Montana to oversee the handling and repatriation of more than 5,000 tribal artifacts at the school. Thomas Foor, from the University of Montana, said most of the Anthropological Research and...
Massachusetts tribe, town to start new dialogue (January 20, 2006)
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and the town of Aquinnah have abandoned a joint land-use agreement and will instead hold an open forum in hopes of improving their relationship. The tribe and the town have been at odds over the...
Editorial: Lobbyists not only ones in need of reform (January 20, 2006)
"The lesson of previous reforms is that tightening up in one area while leaving others unaddressed can simply shift abuses elsewhere. Is it really more corrupting for a lobbyist to buy a lawmaker dinner (a practice that would be barred...
Sen. Burns won't hold birthday bash at lobbying firm (January 20, 2006)
Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) won't be celebrating his 71st birthday at a major Washington, D.C., lobbying firm after Jodi Rave of The Missoulian and other news outlets wrote about the event. Burns will now hold the fundraising bash at...
NYT: 'New World' first necessary film of 2006 (January 20, 2006)
"Birds and passion still soar in the latest version of "The New World," Terrence Malick's rapturously beautiful telling of the founding of Jamestown and the Indian princess called Pocahontas. Released for Academy Award consideration on Dec. 25 in three...
Indian president of Bolivia inspires new fashion (January 20, 2006)
When Evo Morales, the first Indian president of Bolivia, is sworn in on Sunday, observers are wondering if he will wear his famous red, white and blue sweater. alpaca sweater. Morales sported the sweaters in meetings with heads of...
Movie Review: 'New World' stately, but static (January 20, 2006)
"Look at the savages! What beasts! Snarly, smelly, infested with fleas and lice, their skins marred by hideous markings, their visages warlike, their language a strange clottage of war whoops and gurgles. And those are the British! That's the...
New director for White House Tribal College Initiative (January 20, 2006)
The White House has named Deborah Cavett as the new executive director for the Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities. Cavett was previously director of interagency initiatives at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she serves as the contact...
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