Native Hawaiian recognition bill gets another shot (February 22, 2005)
A bill to recognize a Native Hawaiian governing entity is on the fast track in the Senate after seeing years of delays. Hawaii's Congressional delegation introduced S.147, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, last month. Sponsors cited the bipartisan support...
Editorial: Connecticut towns should work with tribes (February 22, 2005)
"The world changes, and those who perceive the changes -- and act -- benefit. That's why it's said: Knowledge is power. A case in point is the evolving relationship between the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, and the communities struggling with...
Bill would funnel technology fund to reservation (February 22, 2005)
A bill under consideration in the New Mexico Legislature would funnel nearly $15 million in unspent state funds to the Navajo Reservation. Telecommunications provider Qwest is required under existing law to pay $2 million a year to the Rural Extension...
Deposition delayed in Eastern Pequot investor fight (February 22, 2005)
A wealthy Florida businessman is claiming privilege over documents related to his dealings with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. William Koch is a partner in the tribe's casino effort. He was set to be deposed in a lawsuit...
Officials suspended at First Nations University (February 22, 2005)
Three top officials at the First Nations University of Canada have been suspended pending an external review of the school's finances. Vice president of administration Wes Stevenson, finance director Kim Sinclair and director of international programs Leonzo Barreno were suspended...
Mille Lacs Ojibwe Band marks 150 years after treaty (February 22, 2005)
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of 1855. The treaty was negotiated by Chief Shaw-bosh-kung in the middle of the winter of 1855. It established a 61,000-acre reservation for the tribe. The...
E-mail highlights divide over historic tribal village (February 22, 2005)
A city council member in Port Angeles, Washington, is trying to stir up debate over a major tribal village that halted a state construction project. In an e-mail to realtors in the region, Larry Williams said the dispute over the...
Police release videotape of missing Native girl (February 22, 2005)
Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, released a videotape of the last known sighting of Sunshine Wood, a Native teen who has been missing for a year. The surveillance video shows Sunshine, 17, leaving a hotel after having lunch with her father...
Aquash murder defendant to appeal extradition case (February 22, 2005)
A Canadian man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash says he will continue to challenge his extradition to the United States. On Friday, a British Columbia judge recommended that John Graham be extradited to stand...
White House expects Rehnquist to retire in June (February 22, 2005)
The White House believes Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court will resign in June, The New York Times reports. Senior officials are sure Rehnquist will step down due to his health problems. He underwent surgery for...
BIA erects fence around Chemawa Indian School (February 22, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs says a new fence around Chemawa Indian School in Oregon is meant to improve student safety. The BIA paid $63,000 fence to erect the 8-foot fence. But students protested, noting that it had barbed wire...
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