Monday, February 11, 2002

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As the debate over Secretary of Interior Gale Norton's proposed reorganization of Indian trust continues, the seven-year-old federal law which was supposed to have fixed the entire mess is being eyed for major changes....

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The Department of Interior has extended, for the third time, the written comment period on the creation of the Bureau of Indian Trust Assets Management (BITAM)....

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Secretary of Interior Gale Norton will testify on her fiscal year 2003 budget before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee tomorrow....


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A ceremony months in the making came off without a hitch on Friday night, as five tribes came together at the Winter 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, to showcase their cultures and traditions before a global audience of millions....

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Secretary of Interior Gale Norton defends trust overhaul before Congress, President Bush releases his new budget, contempt proceedings near end in federal court, and Internet shutdown continues....


The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is planning to open a 45,000-square-foot museum to house its sacred artifacts and serve as a repository for Omaha culture....


While Navajo Nation council member Erwin Keeswood follows the Department of Interior's consultation wagon around Indian Country, a group of families near his land in New Mexico go without electricity....


A man accused of raping five Alaska Native women was sentenced on Friday to a maximum of 30 years in prison by an Alaska state judge who accepted a plea deal....


An 18-year-old New Mexico man has pleaded guilty on to second-degree murder for the death of a gay, transgendered Navajo teen....


An appeals court judge of the Oneida Nation in New York has upheld the forced inspection of tribal members' homes....


The House on Wednesday will vote on a campaign finance reform bill to ban "soft" money and supporters hope will pass due to the ongoing Enron controversy....


"Seriously, people....


The US Marines has confirmed David Tsosie is a Code Talker and the Navajo man will be awarded a Congressional silver medal....


Lloyd Kiva New, founder of the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico, died Friday in Santa Fe....


A traditional potlatch was held Saturday to honor Orie Williams, the new president of Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native corporation....


After a modest bingo hall start, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut opened its Foxwoods Resort Casino 10 years ago this week....


Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico is planning on opening its museum a year from now but there is already a flurry of activity to get the complex ready....


Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) wrote President Bush last week to ask for clemency to two Navajo man involved in the 1989 riot that contributed to the conviction and prison sentence of former tribal chairman Peter MacDonald....


Ken Lay, the ex-chairman of the failed energy company Enron, will appear before two Congressional committees this week but won't testify before at least one of them, a spokesperson said on Sunday....


The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island and partner Boyd Gaming are back at it again, announcing on Saturday they have teamed up to try and open a $500 million casino....


Republicans in the Alaska Legislature are being criticized for trying to politicize the debate over subsistence in the state....


The FBI last night issued a public warning about a potential terrorist attack, this time citing more specific information than on previous occasions when nothing happened....


A fire destroyed a building in the Yupi'k village of Stebbins on Saturday morning, but no one appears to have been injured....


The Navajo Reservation spans three states and has more than 200,000 residents but only one jail to house 102 offenders....


The statistics are still being finalized but violent crime rates on the Navajo Nation are growing, according to The Farmington Daily-Times....


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is planning on reviewing its driving policies in the wake of criticism and dumbfoundedness over a employee who has a long history of drunk driving....


Klamath tribal chairman Allen Foreman challenges the editorial board of USA Today in a debate over the Klamath Basin....


The Oprah Winfrey Show today will include a focus on Native Americans as part of her "Angel Network." The program description implores viewers to "find out how we're giving a voice to the millions of Native Americans whose stories often go unheard in America....


"In honor of Valentine's Day, I decided it was time to answer the question raised by comedian Vincent Craig....


At a contentious hearing on trust management and reform, lawmaker after lawmaker said the issue, which dates back more than a century, was "non-partisan." House Resources Committee chairman Jim Hansen (R-Utah) said there was "no room for political posturing." Ranking member Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) said Republican and Democrats have run the Department of Interior like the "Enron" of federal agencies when it comes to trust assets....


Latest: The Supreme Court today refused to grant a stay to allow the casino to remain open....