Navajo boy wants to stay with his new 'mom' (February 24, 2005)
A Navajo boy whose biological mother was killed by her boyfriend says he wants to stay with his new "mom." Shiloh Edsitty, 13, is in the temporary guardianship of Vivian Powell, a non-Indian woman living in New York. Powell was...
Senator angles for better 'defense' on Bush budget (February 24, 2005)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said on Wednesday he was confident that members of Congress will be able to counteract the Bush administration's proposed budget cuts to Indian programs. "We're going to do everything that we can," Johnson said during...
Lamberth moves Cobell trust reform case forward (February 24, 2005)
A federal judge opened two new fronts in the Indian trust fund case on Wednesday, ordering a broad historical accounting of billions in Indian money and pledging to resolve contempt allegations against dozens of current and former government officials. In...
Pataki shifts stance on reservation taxation (February 24, 2005)
Gov. George Pataki (R) now agrees that Indian businesses must collect state taxes on the sale of goods to non-Indians. Pataki last year vetoed a bill that would have forced collection of gasoline and cigarette taxes. He said it interfered...
Editorial: Nothing to fear from sacred sites policies (February 24, 2005)
"The issue [of sacred sites] is important to both Indians and non-Indians because federal judicial review has favored policies that respect Indian religious practices on federal lands. A presidential executive order in 1996 directs federal agencies to 'accommodate access to...
Haskell to receive accreditation for 10 more years (February 24, 2005)
Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas has won accreditation for 10 more years, officials say. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools conducted an on-site review of Haskell this week. A spokesperson said the team assured the school of...
Paper to retract Churchill quote of 'not' being Indian (February 24, 2005)
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin is publishing a retraction today after running a story that quoted University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill as admitting he was "not" Native American. Churchill spoke at the University of Hawaii on Tuesday night. When the subject...
Embattled SIPI president announces resignation (February 24, 2005)
Joseph Martin, the president of the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in New Mexico, has resigned effective March 4, The Albuquerque Journal reports. A Bureau of Indian Affairs spokesperson would not comment on Martin's reasons for leaving the school, located in...
Critics say New York land claim hearings skewed (February 24, 2005)
Public hearings on five tribal land claim settlements are being titled to favor supporters of the deals, critics say. The state Legislature is holding the hearings but oral testimony is limited to invited witnesses. So far the list includes representatives...
Mississippi Choctaws opening manufacturing plant (February 24, 2005)
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is opening a new high-tech manufacturing plant on the reservation. The tribe partnered with AAI Corp. to relocate the company from southern California to Mississippi. The tribe already has a background in manufacturing. The...
Sen. Campbell making a 'million bucks' in new job (February 24, 2005)
Retired Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) is making "a rumored million bucks" in his new position at the Holland & Knight law and lobbying firm, Westword speculates. Campbell joined the firm earlier this year as a senior policy adviser for...
Tribal members fined for fishing without license (February 24, 2005)
Two members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts were fined and had their harvest confiscated for shellfishing without a state license. The state says Vernon "Buddy" Pocknett and Aaron Hendricks violated fishing limits on Cape Cod. But they say...
Penobscot Nation to open statewide pharmacy (February 24, 2005)
The Penobscot Nation of Maine plans to open a statewide mail-order pharmacy on May 1, a tribal consultant said. The tribe has been working with the state to establish the program. The tribe will fill prescriptions from a storage and...
School, Northern Cheyenne Tribe exchange bison (February 24, 2005)
The St. Labre Indian School and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana exchanged five bison on Wednesday. The goal of the transfer is to increase the genetic diversity of bison at the school and on the reservation. The five animals...
Solicitor faulted in probe works on 'honors' program (February 24, 2005)
An Interior Department lawyer faulted in an investigation for his "pressure and intimidation" tactics was involved in the "honors" program within the Office of the Solicitor. Associate solicitor Robert Comer negotiated a deal with a Wyoming rancher over the objections...
Editorial: Don't ask tribe to give up sovereign rights (February 24, 2005)
"Just exactly what does the appeal of a federal ruling approving the Chumash tribe's annexation of land across from its casino really mean? It's hard to say at this point, but it seems to be only a small retreat from...
North Dakota tribes seek solution on gas tax (February 24, 2005)
North Dakota tribes plan to meet with the state tax commissioner to discuss an illegal gas tax that has been imposed on Indian consumers. A state judge blocked the state from collecting the tax, saying it wasn't authorized by federal...
Supreme Court rules on prisoner segregation (February 24, 2005)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a stricter review of the state of California's policy that requires race-based segregation of new inmates. In a 5-3 decision, the court stopped short of declaring the policy unconstitutional but voiced doubts about...
Tribe, public voice concerns about Nez Perce deal (February 24, 2005)
The Idaho Legislature concluded two days of hearings on the Nez Perce Tribe's $193 million water rights settlement with the state and federal government but delayed a vote on approving the pact. Among those that voiced concerns about the deal...
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