Editorial: Here we go again, Bush cuts UTTC funds (February 11, 2005)
"In what has become an annual minuet, the Bush administration has for the fourth year in a row left funding for United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, out of its preliminary Bureau of Indian Affairs-Department of the Interior budget. Actually, the...
BIA says recognition bill would lower standards (February 11, 2005)
A bill to speed up the federal recognition process for tribes who have waited more than two decades for an answer would weaken the system, a top Bureau of Indian Affairs official said on Thursday. Testifying before the House Resources...
Suzan Shown Harjo: Churchill went 'tribe-shopping' (February 11, 2005)
"I met Ward Churchill 15 years ago, before he gained his present infamous reputation. My friend, a college professor, said this Cherokee-Creek guy wanted to meet me. I expected to meet an earnest young student who would relate to me...
Editorial: Indian center in Milwaukee a good idea (February 11, 2005)
"In an editorial earlier this month in which we strongly opposed plans to move the USS Des Moines to Milwaukee, we pointed out that there already are far too many proposals to build or place things on this precious, mostly...
Second person sentenced for theft from tribe (February 11, 2005)
A second person was sentenced to prison for stealing from the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes of Montana. Roxanne Gone, 54, was given 1.5 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution. A similar punishment was handed to Gregory Morris...
Sag Chip recall targets anti-Abramoff tribal leaders (February 11, 2005)
Members of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan are trying to recall tribal officials who opposed disgraced Washington insiders Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. The effort targets Chief Audrey Falcon, Subchief Bernie Sprague, Secretary Ruth Moses, Treasurer Chairmaine Benz and...
Narragansett Tribe to discuss school dance incident (February 11, 2005)
The chief sachem of the Narragansett Tribe will meet with school officials in Chariho, Rhode Island, to discuss a school dance incident that has raised allegations of racism. Chariho High School senior Na'Keesha Brown and her group of young Narragansetts...
Ancient lizard draws name from Kanza language (February 11, 2005)
A giant sea lizard that lived in the ocean more than 65 million years ago is getting its own Indian name. The 20-foot-long lizard will be named "je-Walushka-tanga." That means "great ocean lizard" in the Kanza, or Kaw, language. Officially,...
Churchill Controversy: More opinions and views (February 11, 2005)
GOV. OWENS, GOP HYPOCRITES: "But the governor and countless others continue to profess their commitment to the First Amendment, while taking the position that the taxpayers should not have to underwrite the salary of someone who says offensive things. Four...
Churchill to speak for school's Native Pride Week (February 11, 2005)
Controversial professor Ward Churchill has been cleared to speak at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Native Pride Week. Churchill, a professor at the University of Colorado, was invited to speak before the fury over his 9/11 essay erupted. He is scheduled to...
Menominee Nation Legislature chooses new chairman (February 11, 2005)
The Menominee Nation Legislature elected Michael Chapman as the tribe's chairman on Wednesday. Chapman is the son of the late Lucille Chapman. Lucille served five terms as the tribe's chairwoman 25 years ago. She died in October 1999. Michael Chapman...
Probe sought of money poured into Innu community (February 11, 2005)
The opposition Conservative party in Canada wants a federal investigation into the $350 million spent on a troubled Innu Nation community in Labrador. "This government is failing aboriginal peoples in this country," Conservative MP Jim Prentice was quoted as saying....
Native leaders blast plan to hire investigators (February 11, 2005)
Native leaders are criticizing the Canadian government's plan to hire private investigators to verify abuse at residential schools. The government plans to spend $3 million (Canadian) over three years on 21 private investigator firms. The goal is to investigate the...
Nevada tribe spreads message of tolerance to teachers (February 11, 2005)
The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada brought a message of tolerance to a local teachers meeting. Gary Hall, coordinator of the tribe's Child Abuse Justice Center, invited a dance group to the meeting. He wanted the teachers to get a...
Elderly Natives seek tribe's help with heating bills (February 11, 2005)
Elderly members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are seeking assistance with their heating bills. Some cite the case of 82-year-old Rolland Morrison Sr., who is in the hospital recovering from a severe case of pneumonia. He had no source of...
Virginia tribe not optimistic on recognition bid (February 11, 2005)
The Nansemond Tribe of Virginia has all but given hope on its bid for federal recognition. The tribe was one of the first to greet European ancestors and signed treaties with the British. But after 400 years, council member Lee...
Indian Eddie: Kill the BIA and give money to tribes (February 11, 2005)
"It's time to get rid of the BIA and all the fat cats - American Indians or otherwise - who work there and distribute its $2 billion budget to Indian tribes, based on tribal enrollment. The tribes can take that...
Cayuga Nation leadership dispute continues (February 11, 2005)
Members of the Cayuga Nation of New York have removed their federally-recognized representative. Clint Halftown has been the public face of the tribe throughout land claim negotiations with the state. He appeared at a press conference with Gov. George Pataki...
Arrest made in string of arsons affecting tribe (February 11, 2005)
The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force made an arrest on Thursday in one of the three arsons cases that has hit a northern California tribe. Authorities say Ryan D. Lewis, 21, is linked to the radical Earth Liberation Front. The...
McCain criticizes off-reservation acquisition (February 11, 2005)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, criticized an off-reservation land acquisition for a California tribe. The landless Lytton Band of Pomo Indians was able to obtain 9.5 acres in the Bay Area through...
Decision expected on tribe's nuclear waste dump (February 11, 2005)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to issue a final ruling this month on a Utah tribe's controversial plan to store up to 44,000 tons of nuclear waste on its reservation. Leon Bear, the chairman of the Skull Valley Goshute...
Lawyer who defended Mohawks convicted in terror case (February 11, 2005)
A human rights lawyer who once represented the Mohawk Warrior Society was found guilty on all counts of aiding a terrorist. Lynne F. Stewart was convicted by a federal jury in New York. She had been indicted for passing messages...
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