Tribes take labor law battle to federal court (April 25, 2006)
An extraordinary number of tribes and tribal organizations are participating in a precedent-setting labor law case that will affect tribes nationwide. Last week, the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Gaming Association and nearly a dozen tribes submitted...
Tribes bury ancestors at Mesa Verde National Park (April 25, 2006)
The Hopi Tribe of Arizona led a tribal delegation in the reburial of more than 1,500 ancestors and nearly 5,000 funerary objects at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. The reburial ceremony took place at a private location within the...
Red Lake student in custody over alleged threats (April 25, 2006)
A ninth-grade high school student on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota is in custody after allegedly making threats of violence. The student, who is not known to cause trouble, is allegedly involved in a dispute among rival groups of...
Man sentenced for dealing drugs on reservation (April 25, 2006)
A 23-year-old gang associate was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for drug trafficking on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in Wisconsin. Pedro Zamora was sentenced without the possibility of parole. He was found guilty of helping the Latin...
Angry non-Natives confront police, Native protest (April 25, 2006)
Tensions mounted in Caledonia, Ontario, last night after a group of about 500 non-Natives rushed to a protest site and confronted police and Native protesters. Police had to hold back the mob at a blockade. At least two people...
Native man seeks donor for second liver transplant (April 25, 2006)
A 52-year-old member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma needs a liver transplant to save his life. Richard Haury, who is also part Sioux and Navajo, lives in New Mexico but is hospitalized at Loma Linda University & Medical Center...
Zuni man sentenced for murder of stepfather (April 25, 2006)
Jesse Shawn Wewa, a 24-year-old member of the Zuni Tribe of New Mexico, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for murdering his stepfather. Wewa lives on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. He said he stabbed Charles...
Sen. Hatch 'upset' about planned military blast (April 25, 2006)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says he is becoming "more upset" about the Pentagon's plan to blow up more than 700 tons of explosives at the Nevada Test Site. Hatch wrote a letter to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, seeking assurances...
Sen. Johnson wanta FEMA homes sent to tribes (April 25, 2006)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to donate as many as 20,000 trailer homes to tribes across the nation. The homes were bought for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts but aren't being used. So they...
Reward offered for Cheyenne River Sioux fire (April 25, 2006)
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering as much as $5,000 for information about a February 9 fire that destroyed a tribal building on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The fire destroyed the...
Native teens said to take part in pro-life rally (April 25, 2006)
A pro-life web site says Native youth in South Dakota will be "leading the way" for the National Pro-life T-shirt Day taking place today. Erik Whittington, the head of the t-shirt day, said he went to South Dakota and visited...
Tribes unite for domestic violence awareness (April 25, 2006)
More than 200 people representing six tribes participated in a walk to raise awareness of child abuse, elder abuse and domestic abuse. The "Tribes United for Victim Awareness" walk covered a total of 40 miles. Members of the Fallon...
Convictions of ex-Standing Rock officials upheld (April 25, 2006)
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of two former officials of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Rinissa Fitzpatrick and Marcia Brave Thunder were convicted last year of stealing from the tribe and lying to federal authorities. The...
Native teens learning more about HIV/AIDS (April 25, 2006)
Native youth on the Quechan Reservation in southern Arizona recently took part in a four-day seminar to learn more about HIV and AIDS. With Native Americans suffering the third highest infection rate, Native teens said it was important to learn...
Rep. Doolittle tells Mormons of media 'attacks' (April 25, 2006)
Rep. John Doolittle (R-California), who believes Jack Abramoff did a good job for tribes, is slamming the media in an e-mail sent to fellow Mormons in the northern California area. Doolittle claims the media has made an issue of...
Editorial: Anyone remember lobbying reform? (April 25, 2006)
Some editorials on the weakened lobbying reform bill headed for a vote in the House today. "Do you remember, back when the spotlight was on Jack Abramoff, how House Republican leaders pledged to get tough on lobbyists? Well, you may;...
Editorial: As the Oklahoma tobacco tax turns (April 25, 2006)
"In the latest installment of "As the Tobacco Tax Turns," the state House of Representatives approved a bill that seeks to make nontribal retail stores more competitive with tribally owned or tribally licensed establishments that sell cigarettes. It's sure not...
Tim Giago: Censorship in the mainstream media (April 25, 2006)
"I believe there was a different breed of editors and publishers 27 years ago when my weekly column first appeared in the Rapid City Journal. There was a “hands-off” publisher named Rusty Swan who did not interject his personal feelings...
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