Thursday, December 05, 2002

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Under the guise of improving trust management services to individual and tribal beneficiaries, the Department of Interior plans to reorganize the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Office of Special Trustee (OST), two agencies whose bitter rivalries have hindered real reform to the tune of $700 million....

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We know it's still early, but has anyone noticed that the "new" Bureau of Indian Affairs looks like the "old" Bureau of Indian Affairs circa 1980s? Yes, Virginia, Neal McCaleb has gone retro! Beneficiaries can expect to hear Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" every time they ring the Trust Beneficiary Call Center to get accurate information about their trust fund accounts....

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The Bush administration on Wednesday announced a "major" restructuring of Indian affairs within the Department of Interior, the second time in two years the federal government has tried to address long-standing mismanagement problems....


Three people are up for the president's job at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota....


The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut reported that its casino made $1 billion in net revenues in the fiscal year that ended in September 2002....


Outgoing Arizona Governor Jane Hull (R) on Wednesday signed gaming compacts with 10 of the state's 17 tribes....


The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California is getting into the Internet service industry....


The Ho-Chunk Nation and the state of Wisconsin have agreed to land swap that will establish a state recreation area....


A group of Connecticut lawmakers made a last-ditch attempt to thwart a decision on the federal recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation....


Navajo Nation council delegates are expected to vote on a budget for the inauguration of president-elect Joe Shirley and other council members....


A wildlife officer for the Shoshone-Bannock Nation of Idaho is challenging the tribe's decision to fire him for helping federal officials go after a tribal member....


Outgoing Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating (R) wants to terminate existing tobacco compacts with the state's tribes in order to come up with a new deal that will "level the playing field," the Associated Press reports....


Native American students at a high school in New York shared their culture with their classmates at a Native American Heritage Month celebration....


It was Christmas on Tuesday for the youth of Arctic Village, a Gwich'in community right outside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska....


The Shoshone-Bannock Nation of Idaho and the FBI are investigating the death of a newborn baby found on the Fort Hall Reservation....


Wisconsin Governor-elect Jim Doyle on Wednesday said tribes should share more of their gaming profits with the state....


The Sioux Falls Argus Leader in an editorial today says more study is needed to find out why American Indians are worse off than immigrants and refugees in a South Dakota city....


The pending move of the Innu First Nation at Davis Inlet in Labrador, Canada, has been delayed for at least two months....


Some Tohono O'odham Nation officials have asked Chairman Edward Manuel to resign because of his recent arrest for allegedly soliciting an undercover police officer for prostitution, The Arizona Daily Star reports....


With a Supreme Court decision pending, three Alaska Native corporations are formally withdrawing their billion dollar investment in a series of wireless licenses....


A South Dakota man is circulating a petition calling on the United States, through Congress, to apologize for the massacres of American Indians....


A federal appeals court, for the second time, rejected a voter discrimination suit brought by American Indians in Montana....


The third day of a trial into alleged theft of funds from the Seminole Tribe of Florida was even more colorful and exciting than the first two, according to news accounts....


An Indian reporter for The New York Times has Los Angelenos in a tizzy for his upfront stories about some of the city's oddities....


The Department of Interior is undergoing an organizational change as part of a greater strategy to address more than a century of mismanagement of Indian trust funds and assets....


Bureau of Indian Affairs head Neal McCaleb says his credibility has been "undermined" by a federal judge's decision holding him in contempt of court....


The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut was denied federal recognition today by the Bush administration....


A funeral was held on Wednesday for an Indian man from the Leech Lake Reservation of Minnesota who was beaten to death by two teens....