Friday, February 07, 2003

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The leaders of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee introduced a bipartisan measure this week to reform federal recognition but unlike earlier proposals, the bill doesn't strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its role in the controversial process....

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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 Bush administration is moving to consolidate certain Indian Health Service (IHS) functions in order to cut costs and employees throughout Indian Country....


President Bush's fiscal year 2004 budget limits funds for tribal-rural water project in South Dakota....


A man from the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for causing a car crash that killed a 16-year-old girl....


Residents in the Hamptons of Long Island are mobilizing to oppose a possible casino on the Shinnecock Reservation in New York....


A member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut says tribal members are being denied jobs and employment opportunities....


The Kaw Nation of Oklahoma kicked off the 12th annual Kaw Councils on Thursday....


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, criticized for its "Chief Illiniwek" mascot, has a new Native American House....


The National Academy of Sciences released a report on Thursday that advocates aboveground storage of radioactive nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada....


The newly recognized historic Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut has finalized a constitution that brings together two factions of the tribe....


The Blackfeet Nation council appointed a new chairman on Thursday....


The Supreme Court is being asked to review whether the state of Florida can pump dirty water into the Everglades....


The Navajo Nation Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Thursday in a case testing the limits of tribal jurisdiction....


A town leader in southeastern Connecticut said state lawmakers first suggested putting tolls at roads leading to two reservations then decided it would be better to place them at the exits....


Montana attorney general Mike McGrath said a bill that nixes a redistricting plan with seven Indian-majority voting districts is unconstitutional....


President Bush's fiscal year 2004 budget scales back funds for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program....


Montana's Indian children have the higher death rate in the state, according to state statistics....


The Tulalip Tribes of Washington has been ordered to pay $1.18 million in housing funds that were allegedly used to pay for night vision goggles, fleece vests whale-watching trips and other unauthorized travel....


A business owner in Page, Arizona, is making national headlines for telling his Navajo employees not to speak Navajo on the job....


A grand jury in South Dakota is set to hear testimony in a case alleging voter fraud among American Indians....


A last minute deal was brokered on Thursday to try and save livestock belonging to two Western Shoshone sisters in Nevada who have defied federal orders to pay millions of dollars in grazing fees....


A larger than expected crowd marched on city hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to protest police brutality against American Indians....


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The federal judge overseeing the trust fund blasted Department of Justice lawyers for blocking inquiries into the credibility of a key witness and their own role in the debacle....


The murder trial of a man accused of raping and killing an Alaska Native woman is getting "edgier" by the day, The Anchorage Daily News reports....