House panel debates controversial tribal labor measure (July 21, 2006)
An unprecedented ruling that subjected tribes to federal labor law came under fire on Thursday but lawmakers remain divided along party lines on the touchy issue. Two years ago, the National Labor Relations Board overturned 30 years of precedent and...
California tribe opens office to help needy families (July 21, 2006)
The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe of California is opening an off-reservation office to help needy Indian families. The Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families office is designed to help people exit the welfare system and find jobs. It provides...
Indian medical program at UND may survive budget cut (July 21, 2006)
The Senate Appropriations Committee has restored about $1 million to the Indians Into Medicine Program at the University of North Dakota. The program was due to lose its entire $1.4 million budget but the committee put $350,000 in the Labor,...
Isleta Pueblo woman pleads guilt to DUI deaths (July 21, 2006)
A woman from Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico pleaded guilty in connection with a drunk-driving accident that claimed the lives of three young people. Camille Lente, 22, faces a maximum of 28 years in prison for three counts of involuntary...
FBI investigates missing 15-year-old Native girl (July 21, 2006)
Update: Skye Griggs has been found. She is being returned to her family. More infomation at KSBI-TV. The FBI is looking into the disappearance of a 15-year-old Native girl from Tecumseh, Oklahoma. Skye Griggs was last seen by her...
Officials discuss Amber Alert for Indian Country (July 21, 2006)
Federal and tribal officials are discussing an Amber Alert system for missing children in Indian Country State and local law enforcement use Amber Alerts to notify the media of suspected child abductions. The same system could be used by tribal...
EPA sets high standards for Navajo power plant (July 21, 2006)
The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft clean air permit for a proposed power plant on the Navajo Nation. According to the Associated Press, the permit sets stringent requirements for the Desert Rock Energy Project in northwest New Mexico. The...
Editorial: Reject non-recognized tribe's claim (July 21, 2006)
"This may be the equivalent of the old phrase of trying to squeeze blood out of a rock. The Golden Hill Paugussetts, a state Indian tribe that has failed twice to secure federal recognition, has rekindled its land claims against...
Farrakhan brings message of self-reliance to Navajos (July 21, 2006)
Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, addressed the Navajo Nation Council on Wednesday, urging the tribe to be more self-sufficient. Farrakhan said Navajo people need to start their own businesses. "I saw Basha's here, I saw...
Fire Thunder faces July 28 impeachment hearing (July 21, 2006)
Cecilia Fire Thunder, the embattled president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, faces another impeachment hearing on July 28 Fire Thunder was suspended by the council for speaking out against the state's abortion ban. The council later voted...
Harjo: Good people being taken out by snakes in DC (July 21, 2006)
"Some people in Washington, D.C., fight for Indian rights as hard as anyone has done in the past century. I know you're laughing, faithful reader, and saying: Tell another joke. Here's the funny part - I'm not kidding. There really...
First Nation wants more law enforcement on reserve (July 21, 2006)
Leaders of the Norway House First Nation in Manitoba want more law enforcement on the reserve after an inquest into the death of a Native man was critical of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP currently has 13 staff...
Red Lake school district to pay $1M to victims' families (July 21, 2006)
The public school district on the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota has reached a settlement with the families of the victims of the March 21, 2005, shootings. The Red Lake School District will pay $1 million to 21 families....
Paiute Tribe faces delay in removing prairie dogs (July 21, 2006)
The Paiute Tribe of Utah won't be able to remove prairie dogs from its land due to a last-minute protest by an environmental group. Chairwoman Lora Tom said the reservation is overrun with prairie dogs. So the tribe applied...
Senate approves extension to Voting Rights Act (July 21, 2006)
The Senate voted 98-0 to approve a 25-year extension to the Voting Rights Act. The measure requires several states, including those with a record of discrimination against Native voters, to obtain federal clearance for changes in voter plans. It requires...
Mike Graham: Ann Coulter, GOPs against Indians (July 21, 2006)
Mike Graham is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is the founder of United Native America (http://www.unitednativeamerica.com). "The Republican party is scraping the bottom of the whiskey barrel when they let Ann Coulter and others like her to go...
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