Tribe's nuclear waste dump wins key recommendation (February 25, 2005)
A federal licensing board on Thursday recommended the approval of the nation's first nuclear waste facility to be located on a reservation. In a 2-1 decision, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, an independent judicial arm of the Nuclear...
Oneida Nation not invited to land claim hearings (February 25, 2005)
The Oneida Nation of New York has not been invited to testify about its opposition to Gov. George Pataki's land claim settlements. The tribe opposes Pataki's deals with out-of-state tribes. The tribe also says the 250,000 acre Oneida land claim...
Two charged with rapes on Montana reservation (February 25, 2005)
Two Montana men have been indicted on charges that they kidnapped two women at knifepoint and raped them repeatedly on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. The men are being held in federal custody on charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual abuse....
Janklow loses bid to overturn felony conviction (February 25, 2005)
The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the felony convictions of Bill Janklow, former South Dakota governor and former U.S. Congressman. Janklow was convicted of manslaughter and reckless driving for an August 2003 accident that killed a motorcyclist. He...
Churchill print nearly the same as another artist's (February 25, 2005)
Thomas E. Mails art on the left, Ward Churchill print on the right. Controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill admitted to a television station that a print he made more than 20 years ago was based on another...
Meth use a serious problem among Native youth (February 25, 2005)
Increased use of methamphetamine among Native youth in Regina, Saskatchewan, has prompted a First Nations agency to offer new drug treatment programs. Dean Bellegarde, the chair of the board of directors at the New Dawn Valley Centre, says meth is...
Video generates lead in case of missing Native teen (February 25, 2005)
Video footage of the last known sighting of a missing Native teen has prompted a man to turn himself into the Winnipeg, Manitoba, police. The footage showed Sunshine Wood, 17, talking with a man as she left the St. Regis...
Suspensions at First Nations University criticized (February 25, 2005)
The president of the First Nations University of Canada says he disagrees with the suspensions of three top officials. FNUC President Eber Hampton says he has heard of allegations of financial mismanagement but hasn't seen any proof. He disagrees with...
Native leaders say Canada's budget falls short (February 25, 2005)
The Canadian government's latest budget includes $735 million for First Nations programs but Native leaders say the money isn't enough to address long-standing problems. The budget includes $295 million for housing over the next five years. The Assembly of First...
It's Finally Here: Navajo duo debuts comedy DVD (February 25, 2005)
The Navajo comedy duo of James and Ernie hopes fans will snatch up their very first DVD. "James & Ernie-fied" was filmed at a live performance of James Junes and Ernest David Tsosie III. Premiere parties are being held in...
Bill to provide in-state tuition for Natives advances (February 25, 2005)
The New Mexico House voted 37-0 on Thursday on a bill to allow all members of New Mexico tribes to pay in-state tuition at state colleges. Currently, students qualify for in-state tuition only if they have lived in the state...
Appeal filed over Chumash Tribe's land-into-trust (February 25, 2005)
Four groups are appealing the Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to accept land for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians of California. The Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens, Preservation of Los Olivos, Preservation of Santa Ynez, and Women's Environmental...
Michigan tribe donates to college's PBS station (February 25, 2005)
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has awarded a $151,000 grant to the PBS station owned by Central Michigan University. WCMU will use $101,000 to produce a documentary about the tribe’s history that will be shown in...
Future of California's only tribal college looks bleak (February 25, 2005)
A leadership dispute at California's only tribal college has one group giving up hope of reopening D-Q University. A board led by Cindy La Marr, former president of the National Indian Education Association, clashed with another led by former D-Q...
Tribal discovery in Washington called significant (February 25, 2005)
Archaeologists in Washington are excited about the discovery of yet another tribal site near a state construction project but this one isn't expected to delay work. More than 900 artifacts have been found on the banks of the Duwamish River...
Blackfeet Nation seeks role in repair of water system (February 25, 2005)
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana wants a role in talks over the repair of an aging water system that has caused environmental problems on the reservation and poses a risk to sacred sites. Blackfeet leaders met with Sen. Max Baucus...
Tribe wants details of lobbying firm's contacts (February 25, 2005)
The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut wants to know if a high-powered lobbying firm has been contacting the Interior Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Bradley Blakeman of the Barbour, Griffith & Rogers firm was hired by a group...
Column: State endorsement of fry bread will kill it (February 25, 2005)
"The term ''frybread'' (what us old timers used to call ''fried bread'' back in the '40s and '50s) is yet another heretofore fashionable symbol of Indianness doomed for the bone yard of ethno-political incorrectness. The South Dakota Legislature, by enactment,...
NCAI renews objection to Bill Myers nomination (February 25, 2005)
The National Congress of American Indians will discuss tribal opposition to judicial nominee Bill Myers at a press conference on Monday. Myers was re-nominated for a spot on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after being blocked by Democrats last...
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