Harjo: Tribal money lands in hands of anti-Indians (December 8, 2006)
"One Nation United and its cronies took their anti-Indian agenda to Capitol Hill the week before Thanksgiving. At a time when most Americans are saying nice things about Native peoples, ONU's lobbyists focused on how to undermine tribal rights and...
Native language act ready for Bush's signature (December 8, 2006)
A bill named in honor of a Native language teacher who died after receiving a national award for her efforts finally cleared Congress this week. H.R.4766, the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act, was approved by the Senate last...
Ron Toya: Big bad Bush has done lots for Natives (December 8, 2006)
"The big, bad Republican Party and their mean leader, George W. Bush have done well for America's Native people. After 40 years of trying, Indian country finally has a National American Indian Training Center. The determination and actions by President...
Jodi Rave: Gaming talk at University of Montana (December 8, 2006)
"Harvard economist Jonathan Taylor will lecture Friday at the University of Montana on the economic impact of Indian gaming, a presentation that comes on the heels of stalled state-tribal gaming compact negotiations on the Flathead Reservation. The Confederated Salish...
Anti-Oneida group denies racist statement against tribe (December 8, 2006)
The leader of a group that is fighting the Oneida Nation on several fronts denies making racist statements against the New York tribe. David Vickers, the president of Upstate Citizens for Equality, said he wasn't advocating violence against the tribe...
Former Navajo chairman speaks on elder abuse (December 8, 2006)
Former Navajo Nation chairman Peter MacDonald criticized tribal leaders for not addressing a reported incident of elder abuse. MacDonald said it was outrageous that Rena Babbitt Lane, 84, could have been abused in her own home. "But I didn't...
Chiropractors play Santa on Fort Peck Reservation (December 8, 2006)
Two chiropractors brought 6,000 gifts for students on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. Ed Plentz and Kevin Pallis of The New Renaissance delivered the items to students in four communities. "This is a surprise. It's such a cool present,"...
Appeals court hears Peltier document case (December 8, 2006)
Attorneys for imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier went to court on Thursday to argue for the release of FBI documents they say they have been denied for nearly two decades. Peltier, convicted for murdering two FBI agents on...
Letter: Apologize for insensitive column (December 8, 2006)
"To say that sports column “No Sense in Anti-Mascot Crusade” by Jonathan J. Lehman ’08 was hurtful and unacceptable would be an understatement. Not only were the actions of Dartmouth Athletic Director Josie Harper taken out of context, but an...
Indian voters win lawsuit against South Dakota city (December 8, 2006)
Indian voters in South Dakota scored another court victory, this time against the city of Martin A federal judge ordered the city to redraw its district boundaries. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier said the current system violates Indian voting rights...
BIA urged to intervene in Oglala Sioux election (December 8, 2006)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs needs to resolve the leadership dispute within the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, tribal members said. Activist Russell Means met with staff of Sen. John Thune (R) to discuss the issue. "The BIA has...
Aboriginal film sweeps Australia film awards (December 8, 2006)
Australia's first all-Aboriginal feature film swept the country's annual film awards on Thursday night. "Ten Canoes" won six Australian Film Institute awards, including best picture and best original screenplay. The film stars an entirely Aboriginal cast and is mostly told...
Ho-Chunk judge overturns ouster of president (December 8, 2006)
A Ho-Chunk Nation judge overturned the ouster of George Lewis as president of the Wisconsin tribe. In a near unanimous vote on November 11, tribal members remove Lewis from office. They cited disappointment with his handling of a marketing contract....
Mashantucket Museum reopens observation tower (December 8, 2006)
The observation tower at the museum owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut reopens on Sunday after a five-year renovation and improvement project. The tower at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center stands 185 feet tall....
Tulalip Tribes creating new employment laws (December 8, 2006)
The Tulalip Tribes of Washington began drafting new employment laws in a bid to strengthen sovereignty and hiring preferences. The tribe has about 3,700 members. Tribal businesses have created nearly 2,000 jobs, about 41 percent of which are held by...
New judge assigned to Cobell trust fund case (December 8, 2006)
The Cobell trust fund case was assigned a new judge by the federal court in Washington, D.C. Judge James Robertson, a Clinton nominee, will be handling the 10-year-old case. He takes over from Judge Royce Lamberth, who was removed...
Officer wounded in Walker River shootout doing OK (December 8, 2006)
One of the tribal police officers who was wounded in a shootout on the Walker River Paiute Reservation in Nevada underwent an operation and is doing OK, a family friend said. Robert Holbrook, 31, was shot in the foot. The...
Banishment for drug dealers on Nevada tribe's ballot (December 8, 2006)
Members of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada will vote on a banishment measure in the general election on December 16. If the measure passes, anyone convicted of a drug trafficking offense would lose their tribal privileges and rights for...
High dropout rate for Native youth in Manitoba (December 8, 2006)
About 70 percent of Native youth who live on reserves in Manitoba fail to graduate high school, a researcher said. That's the highest dropout rate in Canada, said Michael Mendelson of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy in Ottawa. The...
Ousted Narragansetts seek recognition as own tribe (December 8, 2006)
More than 100 people who were ousted from Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island have formed their own tribe and plan to seek federal recognition. The Northern Narragansetts, as the new group is known, was created after a large family was...
Washington Supreme Court rules on immunity (December 8, 2006)
Corporations owned by tribal governments are protected by sovereign immunity, the Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The justices said a non-Indian man who claimed racial discrimination cannot sue a corporation owned by the Confederated Colville Tribes. Christopher Wright said...
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