Tuesday, February 12, 2002

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Oprah Winfrey, arguably one of the nation's most influential figures known for inspiring millions of Americans to read and attend therapy, tackled what she called the "powerful stories" of Native Americans on her television show yesterday....

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The new budget for the Indian Health Service (IHS) released last week proposes to cut funds for the construction of new facilities even as the agency acknowledges a $484.8 million backlog in maintenance and repairs....

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In a reversal of position, attorneys for Secretary of Interior Gale Norton on Monday agreed she should testify in her own contempt trial, albeit with some limitations....

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When Secretary of Interior Gale Norton last week defended Ross Swimmer from an attack by a concerned member of Congress, she brought back an era of Indian policy tribal leaders would rather forget....


A new jail on the Navajo Nation is apparently not so new, despite being reported yesterday by The Farmington Daily-Times....


Several Arab and Muslim groups are calling on President Bush to fire Attorney General John Ashcroft if he doesn't repudiate statements attributed to him on Islam....


The House today starts debate on a measure to reform the way federal campaigns are financed....


The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is seeking to hire about 500 employees to staff its new hotel....


Although the Narragansett Tribe faces a tough battle to open a casino in Rhode Island, its $500 million facility could draw visitors away from Connecticut's two tribal casinos....


The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans of Wisconsin on Monday asked the Department of Interior to take 333 acres of land into trust for gaming purposes....


In an editorial today, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader says the state of South Dakota needs a $1.5 billion railroad expansion that a coalition of Indians and non-Indians have opposed....


Defeated for now, the Tigua Tribe of Texas shut the doors to its casino last night after the Supreme Court refused to grant a stay while appeals are pursued to keep the facility open....


A longtime proponent of allowing gaming on reservations in Nebraska is considering merging her constitutional amendment with another casino measure, but only if tribes agree....


Naomi Lang, a member of the Karuk Tribe of California and Winter Olympian, has recently begun to re-establish a relationship with her father, who is also a tribal member....


America's borders remain poorly protected and are vulnerable to terrorists, Homeland security czar Tom Ridge said on Monday....


Navajo Nation President Kelsey Begaye last week vetoed $2 million in funds to complete school dorms sorely in need of replacement....


Gangs are growing throughout rural America and even on reservations, according to federal and state experts....


When Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) told reporters the reason he missed so many votes in December was due to his frustration over the lack of action, he said he went back home to Alaska to mark the holidays and ring in the New Year....


The Bureau of Land Management on Monday gave approval to a controversial clay mine and kitty litter plant in Nevada....


Secretary of Interior Gale Norton was in Utah on Monday to meet with state officials to discuss environmental issues....


She isn't the first and probably won't be the last but Secretary of Interior Gale Norton will take the stand in her contempt trial tomorrow....


Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Individual Indian Money (IIM) class action, appeared on the C-SPAN program "Washington Journal" this past Saturday to talk about the lawsuit....


A former Ku Klux Klan organizer running for the Montana State Legislature is coming under fire by members of his own party, who said they won't support the Republican due to his racist and biased views....