Appraiser warned DOI of undervaluation of Indian lands (December 6, 2004)
The Interior Department was warned that oil and gas companies were cheating members of the Navajo Nation over a year before a court investigator's scathing report into the matter, according to an affidavit filed in court last week. In a...
Appeals court supports Lamberth's authority on IT (December 6, 2004)
A federal appeals court on Friday lifted an injunction disconnecting the Interior Department from the Internet but two key agencies remain off-line three years after an investigation exposed massive security holes in the Indian trust fund. In a unanimous decision,...
Swinomish Tribe battles county over trust land request (December 6, 2004)
The Swinomish Tribe of Washington is trying to reclaim land within its reservation boundaries but Skagit County is objecting. The 1885 Treaty of Point Elliot established a 14,000-acre reservation for the tribe. But about half of it was "lost, stolen...
Tulalip Tribes to repay misspent houding funds (December 6, 2004)
The Tulalip Tribes of Washington are reviewing six years of expenditures to determine how $6 million in federal housing funds was spent. The tribe will have to repay any money that was misspent. According to news reports, housing official used...
Federal labor board to hold hearing involving tribe (December 6, 2004)
The Teamsters union is using a controversial National Labor Relations Board ruling to seek a union vote on the Seneca Nation in New York The NLRB will hold a hearing this Friday on a petition filed by the Teamsters Local...
Changes proposed in tribe's role at bison range (December 6, 2004)
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Interior Department have made changes to the agreement sharing management of the National Bison Range in Montana. The changes are aimed at addressing concerns raised by the public, said a tribal attorney....
Anthropologist has alternate theory for cannibalism (December 6, 2004)
An anthropologist in Arizona says alleged incidences of cannibalism among Indians in the Southwest can be explained another way. Andrew Darling, who has been working with the Gila River Indian Community, says American archaeologists "have gone to very great lengths...
Extradition hearing to begin in Aquash murder case (December 6, 2004)
A court in Vancouver, British Columbia, will start an extradition hearing today for a Canadian Native man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash in 1975. Aquash's body was found on the Pine Ridge Reservation in...
Perspective: 'Scoop' of Indian children was genocide (December 6, 2004)
"During the 1960's, the [Canadian] Children's Aid Society removed aboriginal children from their families and communities. They either placed them in foster care or adoption them in Canadian homes either outside of their community, or out of province and outside...
Thompson resigns from Health and Human Services (December 6, 2004)
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced his resignation on Friday, the latest departure in President Bush's first-term Cabinet. Navajo Nation Vice President Frank Dayish Jr. praised Thompson's tenure. Thompson visited the Navajo Nation in July and sent...
Sen. Reid calls Justice Thomas 'an embarrassment' (December 6, 2004)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the incoming minority leader in the Senate, called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "an embarrassment" and said he wouldn't back him as Chief Justice. "I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court....
Southern Ute Tribe sees leadership shakeup (December 6, 2004)
The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is experiencing a leadership shakeup that has seen the retirement of the chairman and the resignation of two council members all within the past month. Chairman Howard Richards resigned abruptly on November 24, citing...
Nisqually Chief Leschi gets rehearing on murder (December 6, 2004)
The Washington Supreme Court is convening a historical court to seek justice for Nisqually Chief Leschi, who was hanged in 1858 for a murder his descendants and some historians say he didn't commit. Leschi was arrested after the 1855 Indian...
Lumbee Supreme Court orders new district elections (December 6, 2004)
Citing, "gross irregularities" the Supreme Court of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina ordered new elections for two tribal districts and removed all five members of the tribe's election board. The elections for Districts 12 and 13 had been the...
Cheyenne-Arapaho members protest inaction on trust (December 6, 2004)
Members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma protested the tribal council's failure to distribute a $2.3 million trust fund. The Oklahoman reported that council member Vinita Sankey was the only holdout on a letter that would allow distribution...
Bush signs Osage Nation and IHS facility bills into law (December 6, 2004)
President Bush on Friday signed into law bills benefiting the Osage Nation of Oklahoma and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota. H.R. 2919 ensure the Osage Nation can set its citizenship requirements regardless of a 1909 law...
Boston moves to repeal old law banning Natives (December 6, 2004)
The mayor of Boston late last month moved to repeal a 327-year-old law that bars Native Americans from entering the city unless accompanied by "musketeers." Mayor Thomas M. Menino said the 1675 Indian Imprisonment Act was discriminatory. He filed a...
Jeff Benedict: Tribal recognition driven by greed (December 6, 2004)
"Since receiving a preliminary determination for recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs over two years ago, the Eastern Pequot Indian group has been awaiting word from the Interior Board of Indian Appeals on whether it gets to keep the...
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