NCAI between 'rock and a hard place' on labor rider (September 13, 2004)
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the largest inter-tribal organization, is often asked to weigh in on highly-charged subjects. Last week was no different, when Republican Congressman J.D. Hayworth, a long-time ally from Arizona, introduced an amendment that would...
Utah grandmother jailed for abusing grandsons (September 13, 2004)
A woman from the Uintah-Ouray Reservation in Utah is being held in jail on charges that she physically abused her grandsons, sending one into a coma. Charlissa Sireech, 45, is charged with seven counts of assault resulting in serious bodily...
Navajo Nation vote seen as key in upcoming election (September 13, 2004)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. says he will do "everything" he can to increase voter turnout among the largest tribe in the U.S. Shirley says the tribe wants to register 100,000 people to vote. He says 93,000 have already...
Developer removes about 400 remains from burial site (September 13, 2004)
About 400 remains of Gabrielino-Tongva tribal ancestors have been removed from a construction site in southern California. The developer of the Playa Vista housing community plans to rebury the remains at a nearby location. For now, they remain locked in...
Gwich'in village is test site for coalbed methane (September 13, 2004)
The Gwich'in village of Fort Yukon, Alaska, is a test site for coalbed methane gas drilling. The Fort Yukon Tribe is working with three federal agencies, the state and the University of Alaska Fairbanks on a study of the coalbed...
Miss Indian Nations crowned at United Tribes powwow (September 13, 2004)
News from the United Tribes Technical College. BISMARCK, North Dakota - A member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, whose singing career has taken her around the country, is the new Miss Indian Nations. Bobbi Rae Sage (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara)...
Indian museum finds a home on the National Mall (September 13, 2004)
Click to enlarge Click to enlarge The new National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C., won't open for another week but the National Mall is already teeming with activity in advance of the big launch. Scheduled...
Native Vote 2004 to monitor voting in several states (September 13, 2004)
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Washington, D.C., Native American Bar Association are putting poll watchers in 13 states with significant Indian populations. As part of the Native Vote 2004 effort, workers will monitor precincts both on...
ACLU expands efforts to Minnesota reservations (September 13, 2004)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is taking on more Indian issues such as racial profiling and the justice system as it expands its reach to the reservation. In its biggest single project, the ACLU is spending $190,000 on...
Native rocker to get out the vote in Minnesota (September 13, 2004)
Apache rocker Robby Romero and his band Red Thunder will play several Minnesota reservations to get out the Native vote. Romero has been active in political issues most of his life. He was a former member of the American Indian...
Jumano Apaches in Texas seek federal recognition (September 13, 2004)
A group of Jumano Apaches in west Texas is seeking federal recognition. The Jumanos hope to establish a headquarters and school in Redford, near the U.S.-Mexico border. Tribal leaders say they want to bring jobs in an area with 40...
Opinion: Sovereignty not afforded to all Indians (September 13, 2004)
"The U.S. trust policy makes each tribe a “ward of the state.” All so-called “Indian land” is, in reality federal land that Congress has designated to be used as “reserves” for Native Americans. Congress, through its plenary powers, can terminate...
Mark Trahant: What happened to Pakistan? bin Laden? (September 13, 2004)
"Pakistan was an early sponsor of the Taliban and many army and intelligence officers remain at least "ambivalent" about confronting extremists, according to the commission. Some of those same military officers have access to nuclear weaponry. The future of Pakistan...
Coushattas used lobbyists to spy on tribes, critics (September 13, 2004)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana paid Washington lobbyists $525,000 to spy on rival tribes, tribal members the owner of a racetrack, The Lake Charles American Press reported. The tribe gave the money to public relations consultant Michael Scanlon. The Senate...
Mississippi Choctaws turn over lobbying documents (September 13, 2004)
The Mississippi Band of Choctaws agreed to submit documents to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee as part of the panel's lobbying investigation. The tribe had been refusing to cooperate with the probe, according to earlier press reports. But Chief Phillip...
Editorial: Tribes had no concept of 'private property' (September 13, 2004)
"'Blackmail" is not too strong a term to describe the contemptible tactics a local venture capitalist is using in his effort to create an Indian-owned casino near Denver International Airport. And that's the word the usually subdued Gov. Bill Owens...
Yellow Bird: Singing to myself about a new highway (September 13, 2004)
"I often journey across the middle of North Dakota during my summer travels. I think the middle part of the state would be better served by a four-lane highway that diagonally connects the northeastern corner of the state to the...
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