Thursday, April 03, 2003

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Word around the Beltway (OK, more like the 4th and 5th floor at the Department of Interior) is that "acting" assistant secretary Aurene Martin plans to make an important announcement next week....

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The Bush administration's plans to consolidate and restructure the Indian Health Service (IHS) met serious opposition at a Senate hearing on Wednesday....


Bills introduced by Montana's Indian lawmakers don't seem to go far very in the Legislature....


Research published this week in Nature reports that a species of dinosaur found on the island of Madagascar was a cannibal....


Is a water park in the future of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut? A 54-story hotel? A convention center? An arena? These are just some of the rumors bandied about in response to the tribe's $99 million expansion announced on Tuesday....


The proponents of a $1.8 billion entertainment and casino project in Montana aren't dissuaded by this week's narrow defeat in the House....


Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (D) doesn't plan on stopping negotiations with tribes just because Republican lawmakers have filed a lawsuit, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports....


The House Resources Committee voted 32-14 to approve a bill that opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling....


Tribes have been given seats on Wyoming's Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Subcommittee....


A reported 171 bison were hazed back into Yellowstone National Park, temporarily saving them from slaughter at the hands of the state of Montana....


A South Dakota county accused of diluting Indian voting rights should settle a lawsuit "quickly and easily" to avoid a long court battle, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader says in an editorial today....


Eldena Bear Don't Walk, a student at the University of Montana, has been chosen for the American Indian Ambassadors Program....


Money the Navajo Nation has collected through a new 3-cent sales tax has yet to be distributed to the local chapter governments as promised, The Farmington Daily Times reports....


A Blackfeet Nation court is considering a case involving a dispute over the leadership of the Montana tribe....


Alaska tribes, environmentalists and federal agencies are criticizing a proposed state regulation that would allow a village corporation to use herbicide as part of a reforestation effort....


Senate Republicans lost a 55-44 vote on Wednesday, their fourth attempt to break a Democratic filibuster against appeals court nominee Miguel Estrada....


The Florida House Committee on Public Safety and Crime Prevention voted 11-6 to approve a bill that retrocedes state jurisdiction over Miccosukee tribal lands....


The Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to take an 18-acre burial site into trust an Ojibwe tribe in Wisconsin....


The Mississippi Band of Choctaws weren't even considered a tribe until 1945....


A South Dakota woman was indicted in state court on eight charges of alleged voter fraud among American Indians....


Update: Authorities are looking for a second man, identified as John Graham, also known as John Boy Patton, in connection with Aquash's death, the Associated Press reports....


A blockade on the only road leading to the Kanesatake Mohawk reserve in Quebec, Canada, was taken down on Wednesday....


Deputy Interior Secretary Steven Griles is getting paid $1.1 million, on top of his government salary and on top of taxpayer funds used to reimburse his private attorney, for lobbying he used to do on behalf of the energy industry, the Associated Press reports....


"After teaching my "Remedies" class at the UND law school Monday, I returned to my office to read the Grand Forks Herald editorial page....


Sandra Donaldson, Dartmouth College: "I read the recent column by Lloyd Omdahl, which gave his opinion that Native Americans are not successful in American society....


The US Army Criminal Investigation Division considers its investigation of the death of West Point Sgt....


An Army private first class who was a roommate of a Hopi woman considered missing in action in Iraq watched other members of her unit die during a skirmish with Iraqi forces, The Washington Post reports....


Members of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana braved a snowstorm on Wednesday to support the more than 90 tribal members serving in the armed forces....


The Eastern Band of Cherokees is too busy to meet with Lumbee tribal leaders, The Fayetteville Observer reports....