Indian farmers await trial on USDA discrimination (September 29, 2006)
Attorneys representing Indian farmers and ranchers in a class action discrimination lawsuit were back in court on Thursday to seek resolution of the seven-year-old case. Joe Sellers, the lead attorney, said it was urgent to hold a trial on claims...
Mel Gibson upset over failed screening at IAIA (September 29, 2006)
Mel Gibson's publicist is upset that officials at the Institute of American Indian Arts refused to screen his new movie "Apocalypto." The school said Gibson made a last minute request to show the film at the tribal college in Santa...
Crow Creek Sioux man ready to step into the ring (September 29, 2006)
Shawn Hawk, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is one of the few Native Americans in the boxing sport. Known in the ring as "The Sioux Warrior," Hawk was recently signed by Sycuan Ringside Promotions,...
Harjo: Sen. Allen uses 'R-word' with impunity (September 29, 2006)
"Sen. George Allen's ''macaca'' moment has prompted former college teammates and others from the Virginia Republican's past to tell reporters that he used the ''N-word'' regularly in the early and mid-1970s. At the same time that Allen is accused of...
Town to consider Mashpee Tribe's recognition (September 29, 2006)
The town of Mashpee is meeting today to consider its stance on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's federal recognition. The town has until October 3 to submit comments to the tribe's favorable preliminary determination. The Bureau of Indian Affairs will make...
Editorial: Indian veterans deserve cemeteries (September 29, 2006)
"In Washington, D.C., the nation's congressmen and women are considering a measure that would improve cemeteries of American Indian veterans. Sounds like another good idea - to recognize the contributions of those who so proudly served this nation. The Native...
Fire destroys homes on Fort Belknap Reservation (September 29, 2006)
A child playing with matches is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a duplex on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. The fire occurred on Saturday. No one was injured but the two families that lived in the duplex...
BIA readies report on Oneida Nation land-into-trust (September 29, 2006)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing a report on the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust application. The BIA circulated a 1,000-page "pre-draft" environmental report to officials in upstate New York. The state and local governments have until today to submit their...
Volunteers clean up site on Pine Ridge Reservation (September 29, 2006)
A group of volunteers cleaned up an authorized dump site on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Bobby Sullivan, the Oglala Sioux Tribe's solid and hazardous-waste, said people have been dumping trash as the site since 1973. Running...
First Nations have highest smoking rate in Canada (September 29, 2006)
The majority of Native people in Canada smoke, according to Health Canada. The agency says 60 percent of First Nations people smoke. That's far higher than the 20 percent of the general population who smokes. Health Canada says it is...
Omaha toddler who died in foster care laid to rest (September 29, 2006)
More than 100 family and friends gathered on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska to bury Nathaniel Saunsoci-Mitchell, a 20-month-old who died in foster care off the reservation. Nathaniel was buried in the tribal cemetery, on top of his paternal...
Reporter fired by ICT blasts non-Indian editors (September 29, 2006)
A reporter fired by Indian Country Today says the newspaper's non-Indian editors are censoring pro-Indian stories. Brenda Norrell, a longtime writer for the paper, said stories about the heritage of former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado), the Bush administration, tribal...
Passamaquoddy man joins firm seeking gas terminal (September 29, 2006)
A member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine has joined the firm seeking to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on the reservation. Fred Moore, the tribe's former state representative, has touted the LNG terminal as a way to improve...
Ex-White House official granted delay in sentencing (September 29, 2006)
A former Bush administration official was granted a delay in sentencing amid efforts by federal prosecutors to add more time to his prison term. David Safavian, who worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget and the General...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe slimming back benefits (September 29, 2006)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is making an across-the-board reduction in health benefits amid a move to ensure greater "financial stability," Chief Fred Cantu said. In a letter to all employees, Cantu said the tribe will no longer pay...
Bush nominee promises fair hearings for tribes (September 29, 2006)
One of President Bush's judicial nominees says he will provide fair hearings for tribes despite his links to anti-tribal groups. Robert Jonker has been nominated for a federal judgeship in Western Michigan. He has represented anti-gaming groups whose legal challenges...
Report documents Abramoff lobbying of White House (September 29, 2006)
Update: The report is posted at http://reform.house.gov/GovReform/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=51048. A forthcoming report from the House Government Reform Committee details over 400 contacts between Jack Abramoff's lobbying team and the White House. The lobbyists contacted Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political strategist, and...
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