Friday, May 23, 2003

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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. The Winners Judge Lamberth - Will you please hold the House Appropriations committee and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in contempt? They deserve it. Upsizing - We thought President Bush wanted to reduce the size of the federal workforce....

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Tribal leaders and representatives urged a Senate committee on Thursday not to leave Indian Country behind when it comes to telecommunications. With rates of telephone service trailing the rest of the population and Internet access far below the national average, witnesses called for additional funding, changes in federal law and full recognition of tribal sovereignty....


Home > News > Headlines Printer friendly version Mashantucket Tribe did not sue local towns FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2003 The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation did not sue three towns and the state of Connecticut over a land-into-trust request. In 1995, state attorney general Richard Blumenthal and the towns sued the Department of Interior for approving the tribe's application....


The new $72 million casino owned by the Tulalip Tribes of Washington is ready to open....


The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve three of President Bush's nominees, including a Department of Justice lawyer who has been sanctioned for his handling of the Indian trust fund case....


An investigation into allegations of nepotism and other ethical lapses at the top levels of the Navajo Nation appears to have lost steam. President Joe Shirley Jr....


The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut will challenge a state jury verdict of $6.8 million to three former employees, The Hartford Courant reports. The jury said the tribe's hotel company must pay the money to the employees, who contend they were wrongfully terminated from their jobs....


The incumbent Cherokee Nation chief faces his old rival in tomorrow's tribal election. Chief Chad Smith defeated Robert Byrd four years ago....


Tohono O'odham Nation chairman Edward Manuel could face a run for his money in Saturday's election. Manuel and vice-chairman Henry A....


Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, saw a $40 million profit in 2002. The profit was realized through a telecommunications investment and an Indian gaming investment....


The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island delayed the opening of its smoke shop to discuss issues over state taxation. The state contends the tribe must charge state tax....


The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is using state and federal money to study the feasibility of building a beef-processing plant. The tribe obtained a $180,000 loan from the state and a grant of equal funds from the Department of Agriculture....


The Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival opens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, today. The three-day fest features a pow-wow and an arts show....


Some members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation are disputing the tribe's casino expansion projects....


A proposed nuclear waste site on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah is safe from earthquakes, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruled on Thursday. Eight private utility companies have signed a lease with the tribe to store highly radioactive waste....


Washington attorney general Christine Gregoire filed a complaint against two utility companies for passing along a tribal fee to reservation customers. The Yakama Nation imposed a 3 percent franchise fee on utility companies that do businesses within reservation boundaries....


More than 100 tribal, state, local and federal officials met in Arizona on Thursday to discuss jurisdiction issues in Coconino County. The county is home to five tribes, including the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe....


Oregon's nine federally-recognized tribes came to the State Legislature on Thursday to observe Tribal Information Day. Tribal leaders and Gov....


Representatives of the United States and Mexico met on Thursday to discuss the historic El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. The 1,800-mile trail links San Juan Pueblo in northern New Mexico to Mexico City....


This year will be the final year for the April Dawn Stamper Memorial Women's Open Tournament on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana. The tourney was started four years ago by friends of April Dawn Stamper, who excelled in athletics and academics....


Robert Redbird, native Oklahoman and renowned Kiowa artist, will be honored on Saturday, June 7, according to a proclamation by Governor Henry....


Federal marshals shut down the Meskwaki Tribe's casino in Iowa this morning. A federal judge ordered the casino closed until the National Indian Gaming Commission decides it can be reopened....


The military has completed a report into the events surrounding Lori Piestewa's death in Iraq, The Arizona Republic reports. Piestewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, was killed March 23 when her Army unit was ambushed in southern Iraq....


The Bush administration is not taking money from Indian programs and using it to fund trust reform initiatives, a Department of Interior official said on Thursday. Appearing on the radio program Native America Calling, special trustee Ross Swimmer said Congressional testimony provided by Tex Hall, president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) "was not true at all." "None of that testimony was true," Swimmer told host Harlan McKosato....


Due to the Memorial Day holiday, Indianz.Com will not provide a regular update on Monday....


The Minnesota House approved a bill to allow the storage of additional nuclear waste at a facility next to the Prairie Island Indian Community. The tribe came to a settlement with the operators of the plant....