Johnson promises 'meaningful' investigation of OST (June 21, 2004)
A wide-ranging investigation of the Office of Special Trustee is moving forward, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said last week. Johnson asked the General Accounting Office (GAO) to look into the "entire management and administrative system" of the agency Congress...
Democrats turn to Indians to help draft platform (June 21, 2004)
The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee met at the Santa Fe Indian School on Friday to discuss the party's platform. $p Tribal leaders told the committee of funding shortfalls under the Bush administration. They called for an increase in money for...
Editorial: Governor was right to reject tribes (June 21, 2004)
"Last week, Gov. Bill Owens rejected the so-called "settlement proposal" by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, which basically sought his OK for expanded casino gambling in Colorado. Even with the lure of $1 billion dangled by the promoters,...
Pataki plans to settle with Seneca-Cayuga Tribe (June 21, 2004)
New York Gov. George Pataki (R) is close to a deal with the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, The Albany Times-Union reports. $p The tribe would be allowed to open a casino in Rochester and a smaller facility on Cayuga Lake,...
Indian Country jails subject of Senate hearing (June 21, 2004)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on tribal detention facilities on Wednesday. $p Justice Department reports have shown that Indian Country jails are overcrowded and understaffed. But it wasn't until this year that more attention was...
Mark Trahant: The big five-oh a good time to reflect (June 21, 2004)
"A friend of mine turned 50 recently. There were the usual congratulations tossed her way, followed by friendly advice about the meaning of the big five-oh. But I heard something else: the chorus of "happy birthday" is growing incredibly loud....
Colorado governor rejects Cheyenne-Arapaho bid (June 21, 2004)
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens (R) said he won't support the land/casino settlement proposed by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. $P The tribes filed a claim for 27 million acres in Colorado. They say they are willing to settle...
Fire on Apache reservation nearly contained (June 21, 2004)
A fire on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona was 95 percent contained as of Sunday night. $P Authorities had ordered the evacuation of three tribal communities. But the order was lifted as the 110-acre blaze, believed to be human-caused,...
Opinion: South Dakota Indians turned away at polls (June 21, 2004)
"When Edna Weddell, a Yankton Sioux tribal elder who gets around with a walker, tried to vote in South Dakota this month, a poll worker stopped her. She had to produce a photo ID first, she was told. Ms. Weddell's...
Nipmuc Nation vows appeal of recognition decision (June 21, 2004)
The Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts said it would appeal the Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to deny the tribe federal recognition. $P In a final determination, the BIA said the tribe failed to meet four out of seven mandatory criteria....
Book Review: Amazing story of 'one dedicated Ojibwe' (June 21, 2004)
"Everyone hopes for a biographer as tenacious and open-hearted as Jane Pejsa. Emily Peake, "one dedicated Ojibwe" indeed, got her, and a great life in the history of Minnesota has been reclaimed. With the cooperation of Peake's family, historian...
Book Review: 'Ojibwa Warrior' by Dennis Banks (June 21, 2004)
"I asked the 19-year-old waitress if she had ever heard of Dennis Banks. No. Of the American Indian Movement? No. Of Wounded Knee? Maybe a book her mother once read? For that historical amnesia alone, the publication of Dennis Bank's...
Scientists delay capture of orca for First Nation (June 21, 2004)
Canadian scientists have delayed the attempted capture of an orca out of respect for the Mowachaht-Muchalaht of British Columbia. $P Tribal members believe Tsux'iit, whom scientists call Luna, is the spiritual embodiment of a late chief. They have been preventing...
Aquash reburial on hold due to legal challenge (June 21, 2004)
The family of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash has put the American Indian Movement activist's funeral on hold in response to a legal challenge from one of her accused murderers. $P Aquash was due to be reburied Indian Brook First Nation...
Opinion: Indecent and cavalier treatment of remains (June 21, 2004)
"Since last fall, archeologists employed by Playa Vista, the huge luxury housing development near Marina del Rey, have excavated more than 300 skeletons of Gabrielino-Tongva Indians, the indigenous people of Los Angeles, from the southwest corner of the Ballona Wetlands....
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