Friday, May 09, 2003

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If government officials seem all too eager to stem the fractionation of Indian lands, it's not just because the land will become "worthless," as one predicted this week, it's that they have done little to address the problem in the last 70 years....

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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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A senior Department of Interior manager who was trying to determine whether oil companies were cheating Indian landowners of royalties was removed from his post this week, Navajo leaders said....


Mi'kmaq fishermen in New Brunswick, Canada, are hosting a meeting to try and resolve a standoff over the snow crab fishery....


The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana is suing the Department of Interior for allowing coalbed methane development....


An Oklahoma group called One Nation was formed by the oil and farm industry....


Oneida Nation tribal members are awaiting action on a lawsuit that seeks to stop inspection of their homes....


The Cayuga Nation of New York is seeking the return of tribal ancestors and tribal artifacts under the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act....


A federal judge in Minnesota dismissed a lawsuit seeking to diminish the Mille Lacs Ojibwe Reservation by 61,000 acres....


The 22nd annual Indian Education Awards were held in Great Falls, Montana, last night....


Every year, members of the Cayuga Nation receive $44 and treaty cloth from the state of New York for a land sale....


State officials in Connecticut were criticized on Thursday for allowing the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to exercise control over water resources....


A state jury found a former curator of the Wisconsin Historical Society guilty of stealing from the Lac du Flambeau tribal museum....


A member of a Colombian rebel group will be extradited to stand trial for the murder of three Native activists who were killed while trying to help the U'wa Nation....


The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut would probably open a casino within 10 miles of the reservation, said the tribe's private backer....


Haskell Indian Nations University's board of regents has asked school president Karen Swisher to consider having the entire campus designated as National Historic Landmark, The Lawrence Journal-World reports....


The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted 10-9 along party lines to advance the nomination of Carolyn B....


Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) wants the Bureau of Indian Affairs to skip environmental review of a proposed off-reservation casino....


Dallas Massey, chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona, allegedly used tribal funds to pay an attorney who represented him during an election dispute, The Tucson Citizen reports....


The state of Iowa is threatening to end its gaming compact with the Meskwaki Tribe unless control is returned to the elected tribal council....


"Senator Gordon Smith recently introduced legislation to transfer more than 62,000 acres of Siuslaw National Forest land to the 700 members of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw....


Tribal Sovereignty PAC, a defunct political action committee based in Oregon, was used to funnel illegal donations to a Congressional candidate, The Oregonian reports....


An Office of Special Trustee official testified in the Indian trust fund trial on Thursday....


Deputy Interior Secretary Steve Griles used a 94-year-old woman as a "human shield" against a television reporter, according to Lloyd Grove of The Washington Post....


By now, everyone is familiar with the Piestewa name, which means "pool of still waters" in Hopi....


The US Board on Geographic Names won't consider renaming Squaw Peak in Arizona to Piestewa Peak until 2008....


First Lady Laura Bush visited the Navajo Nation on Thursday to promote literacy....


Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), the House Majority Whip, has Indian artifacts from the Smithsonian on display in his office, the Associated Press reports....


National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman Phil Hogen met with an opponent of a Class II bingo hall in New York, The Syracuse Post-Standard reports....