Friday, February 01, 2002

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The first project manager of a trust fund accounting system originally pitched as the solution to more than a century of financial mismanagement took the stand in federal court on Thursday and declared the stunted $40 million effort a failure....

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Secretary of Interior Gale Norton's legal team made an urgent plea to a federal judge on Thursday, asking for permission to circumvent a court order and provide confidential trust data to Congress and the American public....

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The court official watching over the Department of Interior's trust reform efforts delivered two new reports today that pose serious questions about information Secretary Gale Norton is soon to relay to Congress....

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Secretary of Interior Gale Norton today announced that her fiscal year 2003 budget will contain an $83.6 million increase for trust reform activities....

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There was a flurry of activity, and a wave of dissent, at a Washington, D.C.-area hotel this evening as Secretary of Interior Gale Norton left for what she called an "intensive" weekend working session with tribal leaders....

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Is it Friday already? That means it's time for the weekly list of the movers and shakers in Indian Country and beyond....

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The following is a list of upcoming events related to Indian trust....


A study being published today in the British medical journal Lancet links polluted air to an increase in asthma in children....


Andrew Cuellar, the last known surviving graduate of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, died on Monday....


An Arizona state lawmaker plans to file a bill today to give the state up to 2 percent of revenues from tribal casinos....


A federal judge in Utah has dismissed a 3.5-million acre land claim from a group which claims to be a sovereign tribe....


Sandia Pueblo in New Mexico will be remodeling its seven-month-old outdoor casino amphitheater to improve sight lines and add permanent and handicapped seating....


The Bush administration has been freely releasing documents and other records from former President Bill Clinton's term in office, leading some to question whether the White House has a double standard on the policy....


A Bureau of Indian Affairs employee involved in a fatal car crash in New Mexico was handed over to federal authorities on Thursday after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing....


When Enron executives called Bush administration officials last fall to talk about the company's doomed future, no assistance was offered. When the company did the same months before, the White House didn't always listen either....


The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana and Gov....


Former Attorney General Janet Reno on Thursday said she was feeling fine after collapsing at a speech in New York....


Tribal leaders in Washington told state lawmakers at a hearing on Thursday of their opposition to a bill that would break their monopoly on gaming....


Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal recently wrote a letter to a Congressman holding hearings on the federal recognition process and said state and local governments need more input into tribal issues....


The debate whether regular mammograms can help prevent breast cancer is spreading from medical journals to the women's and health community at large....


The Montana Districting Apportionment Commission will visit the Fort Peck Reservation on Monday to hear comments about new maps redrawing the state's legislative districts....


NANA Regional Corp., an Alaska Native corporation, posted a $8.6 million lost in 2001 due to poor investments, low zinc prices and a rocky year on the stock market....


A federal appeals court told the Tigua Tribe of Texas on Thursday that it won't order the Speaking Rock Casino to close until February 11....


The Hopi Tribe of Arizona will not allow mining to continue in the Black Mesa until a dispute over water can be resolved, a spokesperson told the Associated Press....


A Native American Rights Fund attorney is calling a new directive from Secretary of Interior Gale Norton and her aides a setback for Alaska Native subsistence....


The former top computer official at the Bureau of Indian Affairs defended his infamous "imploding" memo on the stand in federal court on Thursday....


Efforts to contract health services from the Indian Health Service haven't ended for Navajo Nation officials who lost a vote Wednesday night to do so....