House to vote on bill to restrict off-reservation gaming (September 12, 2006)
Update Wednesday: The bill is on the schedule for this morning. C-SPAN is streaming the House session online. A major vote is being called tomorrow on a bill that would restrict the ability of tribes to acquire land for casinos....
Albuquerque Indians discuss state of health care (September 12, 2006)
Tribal members in Albuquerque, New Mexico, met on Monday to discuss the care they receive, or don't, from the Indian Health Service. At issue is the contract health service program. Tribal members who need specialized care said the approval process...
Sac and Fox politicians ask vendors for favors (September 12, 2006)
Candidates running for office in the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma asked vendors for free services, according to an internal report. Secretary George Thurman and former treasurer Truman Carter asked Concussion LLC of Texas for free printing services. The...
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe sends youth in air (September 12, 2006)
More than two dozen youth from the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada took the skies and became Young Eagles over the weekend. The kids flew in small planes and served as co-pilots. "Awesome!" said 10-year-old Breanna Vogelsmeier after her flight...
Suspect pleads not guilty to beating of Navajo man (September 12, 2006)
One of the suspects in the beating of Navajo man pleaded not guilty on Monday. C.L. Carnie, 20, is one of three young white males charged with beating the June 4 beating of 46-year-old William Blackie. The incident occurred in...
9th Circuit blasts removal of Natives from jury pool (September 12, 2006)
Native Americans were wrongly excluded from the jury for a Native man who was convicted of murder in California, a divided 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said on Monday. By a 6-5 vote, the court said the prosecutor in...
Navajo Nation tax commission supports tax increase (September 12, 2006)
The Navajo Nation Tax Commission is supporting legislation to raise the tribe's sales tax by 1 percent. The tax currently stands at 3 percent. The commission says the increase could generate $4 million for public safety and judicial facilities. The...
DNA from tooth links Indians from California to Chile (September 12, 2006)
DNA extracted from the tooth of a 10,300-year-old Native man has uncovered links among tribal people from California all way the way to Chile. The man was discovered at a place called On Your Knees Cave in Alaska. His descendants...
Another Michigan tribe joins fight against judge pick (September 12, 2006)
Nearly every Michigan tribe has joined the campaign against one of President Bush's judicial nominees. The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians signed a letter in opposition to Robert Jonker. The tribe joins six others in calling for the...
Makah Nation sets up water purification system (September 12, 2006)
The Makah Nation of Washington is getting some relief from its water woes. A water purification system from the U.S. Navy arrived on the reservation on Monday. The Indian Health Service and the Army arranged for transport of the 17-ton...
Squaxin Island Chair: Tribes contribute to economy (September 12, 2006)
"A major two-year study blows away the myth that Indians in Washington don't pay taxes. According to leading independent economist Jonathan B. Taylor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, tribes pay and generate more than $140 million in local and state taxes. Furthermore,...
HBO casts for 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' (September 12, 2006)
HBO is casting a TV version of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" starring Native actors Adam Beach and August Schellenberg. Filming starts in southern Alberta later this month. Natives from the area are being sought for work as extras....
Delaware elders to discuss federal recognition bill (September 12, 2006)
The elders committee of the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma meets to day to discuss proposed legislation to put the tribe back on the list of federally recognized entities. The tribe was taken off the list in March 2005. The Cherokee...
Nomination hearing for Artman set for Thursday (September 12, 2006)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Carl Artman, President Bush's nominee to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Artman is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. He most recently served as the tribe's...
MMS reduces role of tribal-state royalty panel (September 12, 2006)
The Minerals Management Service is cutting back on the role played a committee of tribal and state auditors. The State and Tribal Royalty Audit Committee normally meets three to four times a year. But the MMS says the group will...
House committee to consider DOI 'irresponsibility' (September 12, 2006)
The House Committee on Government Reform has scheduled two days of hearings with a provoking title: "Interior Department: A Culture of Managerial Irresponsibility and Lack of Accountability?" The panel's Subcommittee on Energy and Resources has been investigating oil and gas...
Penobscot Nation chooses new chief over old one (September 12, 2006)
Members of the Penobscot Nation of Maine elected a new chief on Saturday. Kirk E. Francis Sr., 35, defeated former chief Barry Dana by 201 votes. Outgoing chief James Sappier didn't run for family reasons. Francis ran on a campaign...
'Eight Americas' study includes data on Indians in West (September 12, 2006)
A new study of the "Eight Americas" includes data on "America 5" -- American Indians who live on or near reservations in the West. According to the study, published in the online journal PLoS Medicine, Indians in the West have...
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