Alliances tested on recognition of Lumbee Tribe (April 2, 2004)
A House hearing on Thursday was the site of an occasionally bitter battle between two tribes from North Carolina and lawmakers divided over their allegiances to them. Dozens of members of the Lumbee Tribe and Eastern Band of Cherokees packed...
Forum examines legacy of tribal settlement acts (April 2, 2004)
Some tribes are more sovereign than others. Those with settlement acts approved during the 1970s and 1980s are finding themselves in the lesser sovereign category. A forum in Massachusetts examined the impact of settlement acts on New England tribes. Representatives...
Bush nominee opposed by Indian Country advances (April 2, 2004)
A Bush administration court nominee whom tribes describe as a disaster for Indian Country was approved by a party-line vote on Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-9 to send the nomination of William G. Myers III to the Senate...
Media wants access to BIA employee alcohol survey (April 2, 2004)
Several media organizations are asking a federal judge to make public a Bureau of Indian Affairs survey of alcohol problems among employees. $P The survey has been submitted in court but is under seal. The Associated Press, Albuquerque Journal, The...
Peltier asks Congress to complete investigation (April 2, 2004)
Imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier wants Congress to complete an investigation into alleged corruption within the CIA and FBI that may have affected his case. $p Peltier's lawyer says the FBI framed the 59-year-old Sioux/Ojibwe man who is...
Forum examines delinquency among Navajo youth (April 2, 2004)
A two-day forum was held this week to examine juvenile delinquency issues among youth on the Navajo Nation. $p The forum brought together tribal leaders, health care professionals, law enforcement, local officials and parents and youth. Workshops examined school role...
Editorial: Shinnecock Nation deserves an answer (April 2, 2004)
Whatever one thinks of the Shinnecock Nation's plans for a casino, the New York tribe deserves an answer on its federal recognition petition, Newsday says in an editorial. $P The paper calls the casino in the Hamptons "a bad idea."...
IHS funding a campaign issue for S.D. politicians (April 2, 2004)
Who can deliver more funds for the Indian Health Service? That is a question emerging among the candidates for U.S. Senate in South Dakota. $p Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has sought consistently to boost the agency's funding by billions of...
Indian drivers in Neb. more likely to be searched (April 2, 2004)
Native American drivers in Nebraska were arrested more than 3 times as often as the general population and were 2 1/2 times more likely to be searched than the general population, according to a new report from the Nebraska Crime...
S.D. advisory council to study Indian education (April 2, 2004)
The South Dakota Indian Education Advisory Council held its first meeting on Thursday. $p The council was created by Gov. Mike Rounds (R) and Education Secretary Rick Melmer. It is composed of 24 tribal and state representatives who plan on...
Tent on Torres-Martinez Reservation to stay up (April 2, 2004)
A church group has been given more time to show that a 10,000-square-foot tent it erected on the Torres-Martinez Reservation in California meets local and tribal approval. $p Global Church put up the tent as a command center as part...
Editorial: Don't cede jurisdiction to Fla. tribe (April 2, 2004)
The St. Petersburg Times makes an interesting argument against ceding state jurisdiction over Miccosukee tribal lands. $P The paper argues that Native women and children will not receive adequate protection because "local policing agencies would be barred from responding to...
More Indian students passing writing test in Minn. (April 2, 2004)
More and more Indian students in Minnesota are passing the state's 10th grade writing test. $p The passing rate for Indian students was 81 percent, the third highest rate. White students passed at a rate of 94 percent and Asian...
State court to hear Eastern Pequot investor fight (April 2, 2004)
A federal judge in Connecticut sent two lawsuits involving former investors of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation back to state court. $p The newly recognized tribe dumped casino mogul Donald Trump and another investor, J.D. DeMatteo, last year. The tribe...
Lawmakers calm down after another Norton meet (April 2, 2004)
All seven members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation met with Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Thursday to discuss the federal recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. $p The meeting, held in a Senate office, ended more positively than one on Tuesday....
Cherokee Nation to start selling liquor licenses (April 2, 2004)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has legalized the sale of alcohol by some tribal businesses. $p The Cherokee Legislature approved liquor sales and now the tribe's tax commission will sort out how licenses will be granted and to whom. The...
House committee tackles Lumbee recognition bill (April 2, 2004)
The House Resources Committee on Thursday held a hearing on a bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. $p Reps. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) testified in favor of the tribe....
Judge orders release of White House energy papers (April 2, 2004)
A federal judge ordered the Department of Energy to release documents related to the White House energy task force. $P The National Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, and Judicial Watch, a government watchdog organization, have been seeking the records...
House defies Bush with $275B transportation bill (April 2, 2004)
The House is moving forward with a $275 billion transportation bill despite threat of a veto by President Bush. $p The White House has called for a $256 billion limit. The Senate approved a $318 billion version. $p Tribes receive...
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