Congress puts focus on Indian Country crime (November 22, 2004)
With the passage of a massive $388 billion spending bill, Congress has required the federal government to provide regular updates on the alarmingly high rates of crime in Indian Country. The provision was included in the section of the bill...
Editorial: Maine tribes need more attention (November 22, 2004)
"It's been more than a year since the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission has met. Without participation from the tribes, long-vacant seats and the resignation next month of its chairman, the commission is defunct. It is not too late to...
Congress restores Bush's cuts to Indian programs (November 22, 2004)
A $388 billion spending package that contains $2.3 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $232 million for the Office of Special Trustee and $3.0 billion for the Indian Health Service was rushed through Congress over the weekend. The House...
Column: Wal-Mart destroying Native ruins in Arizona (November 22, 2004)
"Nobody predicted the Casa Grande Ruins could go down like this, that after hundreds of years of surviving the elements, standing as testament to a civilization that thrived in the desert more than 700 years ago, the adobe walls could...
Swimmer says Cobell lawsuit not about reform (November 22, 2004)
Special Trustee Ross Swimmer says the Cobell Indian trust fund lawsuit is not about past mismanagement. Swimmer and other Bush administration officials contend the case is about accounting of the Individual Indian Money (IIM) fund. They say they don't have...
Native college students upset with professor (November 22, 2004)
Native students at Fort Lewis College in Colorado are upset over a journal article written by a professor that criticizes them as being too "quiet." The students say Professor Andrew Gulliford, director of Center for Southwest Studies, used their names,...
Memorial held for Lakota soldier killed in Iraq (November 22, 2004)
Hundreds attended a weekend memorial for Army Pfc. Sheldon Hawk Eagle, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who was killed in action in Iraq. Hawk Eagle, 21, was remembered as a quiet, compassionate and brave man. People said...
Skull Valley Goshute Tribe's election called off (November 22, 2004)
An election scheduled by the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah was called off on Saturday by disputed chairman Leon Bear. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Bear called off the election because not enough people showed up. The tribe...
Oneida Nation criticizes Seneca-Cayuga deal (November 22, 2004)
The Oneida Nation of New York says a land claim settlement with an out-of-state tribe sets a bad precedent. "Gov. Pataki just hung a 'For sale sign' on New York state for any out-of-state Indian nation to establish a casino...
Reservation rancher wants prairie dog controlled (November 22, 2004)
An Indian rancher on the Pine Ridge Reservation says his efforts to control the prairie dog population are being hindered. Scott Cuny says the tribe isn't doing enough to address overpopulation of the rodent. He says he poisons the animals...
Oglala Lakota College turns to wind energy (November 22, 2004)
Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is undertaking a one-year study on wind energy. The school will collect data on wind speed and direction using its $10,000 anemometer tower for a year. The results will...
Tribes eager to bring business to reservations (November 22, 2004)
As more and more tribes diversify their economies, they are seeking to attract more business to the reservation. Craig Nolte, a community affairs adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank, suggest tribes adopt a uniform commercial code. He also says tribes...
University considers holding mascot 'teach-in' (November 22, 2004)
Ottawa University might host a "teach-in" to discuss the school's use of an Indian mascot. Local American Indian Movement activists say the school's "Giego" mascot is offensive. Giego is said to represent the "spirit" of the Ottawa Tribe. A second...
Arizona tribe celebrates defeat of relocation plan (November 22, 2004)
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation of Arizona held a celebration over the weekend to mark the defeat of a government plan to relocate the tribe and build a dam. Creation of the Orme Dam would have flooded more than 17,000...
Mural of revered Native veteran vandalized (November 22, 2004)
A mural depicting Tommy Prince, Canada's most decorated Native veteran, has been vandalized. Vandals appear to have singled out the painting of Sgt. Tommy Prince in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Other murals nearby weren't touched. Prince, who was born in 1915, was...
Officers linked to Native teen's death challenge firing (November 22, 2004)
Two officers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who were fired after being linked to the death of a Cree Native teen have filed appeals. Bradley Senger and Larry Hartwig say they are not to blame for Neil Stonechild's death in 1990. But...
Nez Perce water rights deal revived in onmibus (November 22, 2004)
A $193 million water rights settlement for the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho was passed by Congress over the weekend after being slipped into the omnibus appropriations. The deal had been declared all but dead due to an anonymous hold...
Mississippi Choctaw lawyer referred Abramoff (November 22, 2004)
A lawyer for the Mississippi Band of Choctaws referred lobbyist Jack Abramoff to the Tigua Tribe of Texas and said Abramoff could help the Tiguas keep their casino open. According to a February 2002 memo released by the Senate Indian...
Mark Trahant: Mainstream media doesn't matter (November 22, 2004)
"This conservative, Republican alliance virtually controls all three branches of the U.S. government and has for the past four years. More important, the nation has been drifting more or less on a conservative course for some two decades. The Republicans...
Yellow Bird: Boarding schools forced assimilation (November 22, 2004)
"My father intensely disliked his years at Chemewa Indian Mission School in Salem, Ore. They made the students wear uniforms that cut into their necks and carry wooden guns, he told us. He was sent to that school because when...
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