Tuesday, February 05, 2002

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs could be stripped of its historic role in the education of Native American children under a major initiative of President Bush's new budget....

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The Department of Interior plans to spend roughly $65 million over the next three years to improve its information technology systems, Secretary Gale Norton said on Monday....

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The court investigator in the Individual Indian Money (IIM) class action today released his second status report on the information technology shutdown at the Department of Interior....

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The ranking member of the panel about to hold a hearing over the Department of Interior's trust management criticized Secretary Gale Norton on Monday for seeking to make public a report containing confidential Indian trust data....

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A federal judge today criticized Secretary of Interior Gale Norton for making an "improper" request to circumvent a court order and disclose private trust data to Congress and the American public....

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Reflecting what officials called an historic commitment to trust management and reform, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton released her department's fiscal year 2003 budget on Monday....


Arizona State Senate President Randall Gnant on Monday introduced a bill that would put the fate of expanded gaming in the hands of voters....


The Olympic torch entered Utah on Monday and received a traditional welcome from a Ute tribal member Frank Arrowchis....


President Bush's $2.13 trillion fiscal year 2003 budget includes a "management" initiative designed to rate the performance of federal departments and agencies....


President Bush unveiled his $2.13 trillion budget on Monday, admitting he will run a deficit but pushing tax cuts and major increases in defense and military spending anyway....


A federal judge refused to seat President Bush's pick to the U.S....


Pope John Paul II is ready to make Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian man renowned for his vision of the Virgin Mary, a saint but some aren't ready to accept someone whose story they call a fantasy....


The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is pleased with last week's federal appeals court ruling on the Everglades, a tribal spokesperson told The South Florida Sun-Sentinel....


The accounting firm whose report on the assets of four American Indian beneficiaries is the subject of a legal and political dispute announced on Monday it was making changes to its business practices....


"In our region, some in the media say getting into reservation communities is difficult, and the problem is exacerbated by an invisible perimeter called the reservation border....


Legendary boxer Smokin' Joe Frazier filed a lawsuit last week against the casino owned by the Oneida Nation of New York....


Five young adults have been charged with kidnapping and second- and third-degree assault of a 16-year-old teen in Anchorage, Alaska....


Secretary of Interior Gale Norton said on Monday that decisions affecting the use of water in the Klamath Basin will take into account a critical scientific review being released this week....


The US Attorney's office in Nebraska has appealed a federal judge's decision that favored the Santee Sioux Tribe's tiny casino operation....


Angered at his refusal to appear before their panel, lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee are planning to vote to subpoena former Enron chairman Ken Lay....


The state of Louisiana has approved a gaming compact with the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, the Associated Press reports today....


The Department of Agriculture has approved a national expansion of an Indian loan and credit program that got its start at a tribal college in Montana....


President Bush's fiscal year 2003 budget requests $527 million to develop the Yucca Mountain national nuclear waste dump in Nevada....


The Department of Energy's is proposing to cut funds to cleanup the the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington, one of the biggest projects facing the department....


The Department of Interior's fiscal year 2003 budget again includes a line item anticipating receipt of $1.2 billion in lease funds from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge....


The National Museum of American Indian survived President Bush's budget ax on Monday, seeing preservation of $10 million in construction funds....


The Department of Interior's proposed fiscal year 2003 budget includes $1.5 million to acquire land for the Tent Rocks National Monument near Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico, a request Sen....


President Bush's proposal to outsource tribal schools to private entities sets them up for failure, a National Congress of American Indians official told Jodi Rave of The Lincoln Journal Star....


The New Mexico Commission on Indian Affairs has fired executive director Terry Aguilar....