Western Shoshones threatened with disenrollment (February 14, 2005)
More than 100 Western Shoshones are being threatened with disenrollment from the Te-Moak Tribe of Nevada. The tribe is combing through its records to ensure that everyone qualifies for membership. "Over the years, some slippage occurred. Some people were brought...
School construction fared poorly on White House test (February 14, 2005)
During his two campaigns, George W. Bush and his supporters often cited his pledge to repair crumbling Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. They pointed out that he requested, and obtained, more than $1 billion to address the long-standing problem. But...
No controversy after Grammy awards ceremony (February 14, 2005)
Bill Miller took home the Best Native American Music Album for Cedar Dream Songs. Photo © WireImage. Black Eagle of Jemez Pueblo opened the pre-televised ceremony. Photo © Reuters. Ozomatli picked up Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for Street Signs....
Court dismisses unrecognized tribe's land claim (February 14, 2005)
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday dismissed a land claim filed by the unrecognized Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe claimed land in Rhode Island under a 1661 deed. But the court, in a unanimous decision, said the tribe...
Paper turns to Ancestry.Com to research Churchill (February 14, 2005)
The Denver Post researched controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill's heritage on Ancestry.Com and turned up no Indian ancestors. According to a chart [GIF] compiled by the paper, Churchill's ancestors include a man who fought against "hostile Indians" in...
Navajo Nation Council passes methamphetamine law (February 14, 2005)
The Navajo Nation Council voted unanimously on Friday to outlaw methamphetamine on the reservation. The tribe has no law against the sale, possession or manufacture of the drug. The bill adds methamphetamine to the tribe's criminal code, punishable by up...
Kalyn Free: DNC treats tribes like 'ATM machine' (February 14, 2005)
Former Congressional candidate Kalyn Free urged new Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean to reach out to Indian Country all the time, not just every time an election rolls around. "I'm sick of the DNC treating Indians like an ATM...
Bill in Vermont seeks to recognize Abenaki Nation (February 14, 2005)
The Vermont Senate Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday on a bill to recognize the Abenakis as a people. State Sen. Julius Canns, a Republican who has Cherokee ancestry, sponsored JRS009. It states that the Legislature "recognizes...
Makah Nation to seek waiver to conduct whale hunt (February 14, 2005)
The Makah Nation of Washington is filing papers today to seek federal approval for its controversial whale hunt. The federal government has approved the whale hunt twice in the last 10 years. What's different about this attempt is that the...
Paper files criminal complaint over fake tribal editorial (February 14, 2005)
A Nevada newspaper has filed a criminal complaint over a fake editorial that slammed candidates for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe's council election. The fake editorial was inserted in copies of The Lahontan Valley News that were sold on the reservation....
Black Hills Pow Wow poster honors Native women (February 14, 2005)
The 2005 Black Hills Pow Wow poster by Lakota artist Gerald Yellow Hawk honors Native women. Called "Honoring the Third Circle," the poster features a Lakota woman in traditional dress with a burgundy shawl on her left arm and an...
Fritz Scholder, maverick Native artist, passes on (February 14, 2005)
Fritz Scholder, an influential Luiseño/German artist who challenged notions of Indian art, died last Thursday due to complications from diabetes. He was 67. Scholder rejected labels for both his art and his heritage. "He broke the mold for Indian style,"...
Report: Pombo plans bill on reservation shopping (February 14, 2005)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), chairman of the House Committee on Resources, will introduce a bill to address reservation shopping, The Albany Times-Union reports. Details are sketchy but it is said the bill will bar tribes from seeking gaming operations in...
Montana Natives take center stage at inaugural ball (February 14, 2005)
Members of Montana's tribes took center stage at an inaugural ball for Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) Saturday night. Jimmy St. Goddard, a Blackfeet Nation council member, ushered Schweitzer into the ballroom, kicking off an evening of traditional songs and dances...
Tigua Tribe settles dispute over Abramoff fees (February 14, 2005)
The Tigua Tribe of Texas has reached a confidential financial settlement with the law firm that formerly employed disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed but it allows the Greenberg Traurig firm to pursue claims on...
Congressional hearings set on Cobell, budget (February 14, 2005)
The Cobell v. Norton trust fund lawsuit and the fiscal year 2006 budget are the subject of two Congressional hearings this week. On Wednesday, the House Resources Committee holds an oversight hearing on the Cobell case. The panel is expected...
Indian affairs activity in Washington this week (February 14, 2005)
Education, housing and gaming are the focus of three tribal conferences in Washington, D.C., this week. The National Indian Education Association kicks off its legislative summit today. Among other issues, tribal educators discuss the No Child Left Behind Act, the...
South Dakota gets new Indian education coordinator (February 14, 2005)
A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is South Dakota's first coordinator for American Indian education. Keith Moore has been a teacher, coach and administrator. Growing up on the reservation, he said he understands the challenges facing Indian students today....
Montana governor appoints two tribal members (February 14, 2005)
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) appointed two tribal members to two state boards. Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, is joining the state Board of Investments. Cobell is a banker who is the lead plaintiff in the Indian...
Wampanoag tribe back to court on recognition bid (February 14, 2005)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is headed back to court today to seek action on its federal recognition petition. The tribe wants the court to impose a deadline on the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The agency has not moved on the...
Jodi Rave: Churchill changed story on heritage (February 14, 2005)
"[Ward Churchill is] typically described as an expert in the field, and his credentials have been built to represent the authenticity of a Native man. He's known as an American Indian activist, and has been a leader of the Colorado...
Mark Trahant: Social Security push ignores big issue (February 14, 2005)
"After the State of the Union speech, President Bush carried his message to Tampa, Fla. 'We have a duty to make sure there's a retirement system for our children, too,' he said. 'And that's what I want to talk about...
Yellow Bird: Don't pull funding from 'Iron Horse' (February 14, 2005)
"It is not just with nostalgia that I argue: Don't pull the life support for the 'Iron Horse.' Amtrak provides a needed, albeit a lesser known, transportation service for the nation, and it is especially important for rural communities. Those...
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