Bush administration seeks to limit trust liability (January 20, 2005)
The Bush administration is once again trying to limit the federal government's liability for mismanaging billions of dollars in Indian trust funds. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court to pull back the reins on...
Federal Register: IHS scholarship programs (January 20, 2005)
Applications are due March 28 for three Indian Health Service scholarship programs, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. IHS expects to hand out $7.8 million in scholarships to more than 500 American Indians and Alaska...
Montana State University seeks $8M for Indian center (January 20, 2005)
Montana State University has started raising funds for an $8 million Native American Student Center on its Bozeman campus. The university is looking for private donors but plans to ask the State Legislature to cover the building's operating and maintenance...
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation in dispute with backer (January 20, 2005)
The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut is in court over a dispute with the backer of its bid for federal recognition. The tribe received a final determination in favor of recognition in January 2004. Shortly after, Subway Restaurants owner Fred...
Retrial of Miccosukee man relies on past testimony (January 20, 2005)
Prosecutors in the retrial of Kirk Billie, a Miccosukee man accused of murdering his two young sons, are relying on testimony from the first trial rather than live witnesses. State prosecutors continued reading from the 2001 trial testimony on Wednesday....
Yellowstone bison to undergo quarantine experiment (January 20, 2005)
Bison calves that leave the Yellowstone National Park will be part of a quarantine experiment conducted by the state of Montana. Wildlife agents will take 200 calves and test them for brucellosis, a deadly disease. If they test negative, they...
DOI office concludes field hearings on Peabody permit (January 20, 2005)
A Department of Interior office has concluded a series of field hearings on and off the Navajo and Hopi reservations to discuss the Peabody Coal mines. The Office of Surface Mining is preparing an environmental impact statement to analyze the...
First Nation in Manitoba elects unusual leader (January 20, 2005)
The Pine Creek First Nation in Manitoba has elected a new chief who is not a band member and is not considered Indian under Canadian law. Billy Joe Delaronde is Metis and a former president of the Manitoba Métis Federation....
Morongo Band grant to help local businesses (January 20, 2005)
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians helped the city of Banning, California, obtain a grant for a business beautification program. The tribe sponsored the city's application for matching-grant funds from the tribal-state gaming compact. The city received $67,817 so that...
Former Walker River fire official to pay restitution (January 20, 2005)
The former assistant fire chief for the Walker River Paiute Tribe's fire department was ordered to pay $13,856 in restitution for stealing money from the Nevada tribe. Elvin Willie Jr., who was also the fire department's treasurer, pleaded guilty to...
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe tells panel of racism (January 20, 2005)
Members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington said the controversy over a tribal village has brought racist attitudes to the forefront once again. The tribe has been threatened with boycotts and other protests for opposing work at the...
Democrats delay votes on two Bush nominees (January 20, 2005)
Democrats delayed votes on two of President Bush's most controversial nominees on Wednesday while a third had his second confirmation hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed consideration of Alberto R. Gonzales' nomination as attorney general. Democrats said he hasn't answered...
Oklahoma tribe donates van to police department (January 20, 2005)
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation donated a van to the Shawnee, Oklahoma, police department. Tribal Chairman John "Rocky" Barrett said the donation was part of ongoing cooperative efforts between the tribe and the city. The tribe is based in Shawnee. The...
IRS claims casinos, hotels not governmental projects (January 20, 2005)
The IRS is investigating at least two tribes who issued tax-exempt bonds to finance casino and hotel projects. The IRS issued a preliminary adverse determination last month against the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The agency says the tribe and its...
New Mexico governor proposes tribal initiatives (January 20, 2005)
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) proposed creating a tribal infrastructure fund and expanding scholarship opportunities for tribal college students in his State of the State address on Tuesday. Richardson said the Tribal Infrastructure Fund will help tribes receive state...
FBI, Cabazon Band investigate theft of artifacts (January 20, 2005)
The FBI and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians are investigating the theft of artifacts from the tribe's museum in Indio, California. The tribe's police department said the items, which included several pots and baskets, were worth more than $100,000....
100,000 expected for President Bush's inauguration (January 20, 2005)
President Bush will take the oath for his second term in office today in inaugural events that are expected to draw 100,000 to the nation's capitol. Bush will be sworn in at noon. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist...
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