Wednesday, January 09, 2002

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Former Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt and his top aide won't be called as witnesses by the Indian trust plaintiffs, an attorney representing 300,000 account holders said today....

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The Department of Interior's top trust official testified on Tuesday that he lacked "confidence" in the government's plan to fix more than a century of mismanagement of Indian trust funds....

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Despite claiming the disbursement of millions in dollars in payment to American Indians has been a top priority, the Department of Interior waited nearly a month to ask a federal court to sign off on a plan to ensure speedy delivery of the funds....

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The Internet woes at the Department of Interior aren't just affecting Indian landowners, they've also hit Native American Systems (NAS), one of the largest ($34 million in annual sales, according to corporate figures) Native-owned computer technology firms in the country....


Two Democrat-led Senate committees and Attorneys General from states in the Northeast said they would fight any attempt by the Bush administration to limit clean air regulations affecting power plants....


Two different governmental entities of the To'hajiilee chapter of the Navajo Nation are fighting over who gets to broker a development deal with a gaming company....


A trial regarding the political maps in New Mexico continued on Tuesday with a demographic expert testifying on behalf of the Navajo Nation....


Police in Wright County, Minnesota, are treating as suspicious the death of a Native man in his mid-20s....


President Bush on Tuesday signed into law a major reform of the nation's public school systems, one of his key campaign promises....


In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act, ruling that the law doesn't require employees to accommodate ailments or injuries that don't impair a "major life activity." Overturning a lower court decision, the Justices said the meaning of disabled under the 1990 law must fit into certain categories such as walking, doing household chores, bathing or brushing teeth....


The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filled its administrator position amid a lawsuit against the past holder of the post and ousted chairman Jim Billie....


Research being published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that genetics may contribute to low birth weight in infants of mothers who smoke....


The cleanup of a mine next to the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana will cost $33.5 million more than the state has to reclaim the operation that gutted sacred peaks....


Vice President Dick Cheney and his aides met with the failed energy company, Enron Corp., six times last year to discuss energy policy, a letter sent to Congress disclosed....


A federal judge on Monday suspended the sale of timber from a fire-ravaged national forest, saying a top U.S....


The number of people being treated for depression has increased three-fold in the past decade, according to a study by a group of health researchers at educational institutions....


The Postal Service on Tuesday announced it would raise the price of a first class stamp to 37 cents and lay off as many as 15,000 workers....


Montana state officials on Tuesday said they rounded up and killed six bison males that wandered out of Yellowstone National Park because they tested positive a disease that can harm cattle....


By a vote of 10-2, with five members abstaining, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments passed a resolution today calling on the Redskins football team to choose a name not offensive to Native Americans....


A joint venture of Alaska Native corporations is asking the Federal Communications Corporation to refund $550 million the company paid in a wireless license auction....


Mille Lacs Ojibwe chairwoman Melanie Benjamin gave her State of the Band address on Tuesday, focusing largely on a legal challenge by a Minnesota county....


Rep Jim Hansen (R-Utah), chairman of the House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues, on Tuesday announced his resignation from Congress at the end of the year....


It's only temporary but David Gomez of Taos Pueblo is head of the New Mexico Democratic Party....


The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case over a herd of elk donated to the Crow Tribe....


"The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is to decide today whether to call on Washington's football team to put an end to the use of the "Redskins" nickname because of the perceived negatives associated with the name....


In an editorial today, The Los Angeles Times says the Department of Interior's response to a court order requiring the protection of individual Indian trust data "seems like an overreaction." By pulling the plug on all its computer systems, including web sites, the department has brought up "serious issues," the paper says, that go beyond Indian trust....


With seemingly no end to the debacle in sight, the computer shutdown at the Department of Interior is making the rounds in the media, a full month after a federal judge ordered an Internet disconnect....


The Energy Department won't address nearly 300 questions raised by Congressional investigators because they relate to the licensing of a national nuclear waste repository and not the site's suitability, an official said....