Tragedy at Red Lake Reservation: Victims come forward (March 25, 2005)
An update on the latest developments involving the fatal shootings on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. THE SHOOTER Jeff Weise in a 2005 class photo. Star Tribune: Red Lake School Shootings Pioneer Press: Red Lake shooting Accounts...
Chief Gray: Very little tribes can do on BIA budget (March 25, 2005)
"For the past few years, Indian country has taken a beating on the BIA budget. With permanent tax cuts being considered by Congress, more federal spending on the recent wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war against terror, it appears...
Drug ring on Wisconsin reservation tied to gang (March 25, 2005)
Federal prosecutors have laid charges of 11 reputed gang members men accused of selling drugs on and around the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in Wisconsin. The men are said to belong to the "Lion Tribe Set" chapter of the Latin...
Churchill's Indian claim, alleged fraud to undergo review (March 25, 2005)
A University of Colorado panel will investigate whether controversial professor Ward Churchill had committed fraud by claiming he is Indian and copying other people's work. A preliminary review [Report] found that Churchill's essay about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...
Churchill Controversy: More opinions and views (March 25, 2005)
GET CHURCHILL OFF PAYROLL: "Yesterday's decision to ask a University of Colorado faculty committee to further investigate Ward Churchill will no doubt be mocked by those who want the toxic professor fired now. But we hail it as a necessary...
Man arrested for rape, attack against Navajo woman (March 25, 2005)
The FBI has arrested a 25-year-old Navajo man whom authorities say admitted to the brutal rape and attack of a 46-year-old Navajo woman. The March 17 incident occurred in Nageezi, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. Delbert Lopez, who said...
Unrecognized tribe protests state education bill (March 25, 2005)
The Duwamish Tribe of Washington says an education bill nearing approval in the State Legislature discriminates against landless and unrecognized tribes. The bill encourages public schools to teach about tribes "whose reservation lands, in whole or in part, are within...
Opinion: Everyone to blame for Red Lake tragedy (March 25, 2005)
"Jeff Weise was 16 and lived with his grandfather on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, a very poor community marked by unemployment and rising methamphetamine abuse. Nobody is to blame for Weise's killing spree, but everyone is...
Grandmother pleads guilty to abusing two boys (March 25, 2005)
A member of the Northern Ute Tribe of Utah faces life in prison after pleading guilty on Thursday to abuse of her two young grandsons. Charlissa Sireech, 45, admitted to seven felony counts of assault against Jose Rodriguez, 4, and...
Six Virginia tribes to gather for annual powwow (March 25, 2005)
Six Virginia tribes seeking recognition as the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement approaches will gather for their third annual spring powwow on April 30 and May 1. The Nansemond, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Monacan, Rappahannock and Upper Mattaponi will welcome...
Program to help Native teens adjust to urban life (March 25, 2005)
A new program will help students from rural reserves in Manitoba adjust to urban life in Winnipeg. According to CBC News, between 400 and 500 students from reserves go to the city to attend high school. The new arrivals will...
Upcoming Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearings (March 25, 2005)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled hearings on off-reservation gaming, Indian health, federal recognition and regulation of the Indian gaming industry. The schedule is as follows: April 5 - To consider S.113, a bill to force a California to...
Idaho governor signs Nez Perce Tribe's water deal (March 25, 2005)
Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R) finalized the state's approval of a $193 million water settlement with the Nez Perce Tribe on Thursday. Kempthorne called the deal "historic." The tribe would receive 50,000 acre-feet of water a year for its reservation,...
Bill boosting Indian education funding advances (March 25, 2005)
The Montana House Appropriations Committee voted 11-9 on Thursday to approve $6.1 million for Indian education. The state constitution requires public schools to teach about Indian history and culture. But the state has never provided any money to carry out...
Both sides fighting tribe have ties to Abramoff (March 25, 2005)
The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians is caught in the middle of a partisan feud in Louisiana where both sides have ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Republican Sen. David Vitter has been fighting the tribe's plans for a casino...
Judge rejects claim in Indian voting rights lawsuit (March 25, 2005)
A federal judge ruled this week that the city of Martin, South Dakota, did not violate the voting rights of Native Americans when it redrew its voting district boundaries. On behalf of members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the American...
Si Tanka University students, faculty frustrated (March 25, 2005)
Students and faculty at Si Tanka University are growing increasingly frustrated with their school's dreary financial outlook, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported. Students have not received all of their financial aid and faculty and staff have not been paid....
Lawsuit over state raid of reservation goes to jury (March 25, 2005)
Final arguments were heard on Thursday in a lawsuit challenging the actions of state troopers during their raid of the Narragansett Reservation in Rhode Island. Two tribal members and a tribal employee accuse the troopers of excessive force during the...
Blood vessels of dinosaur nearly same as ostrich (March 25, 2005)
The blood vessels of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in Montana are virtually the same as those of an ostrich, according to a landmark study published in today's issue of Science. Scientists were able to make the connection after isolating...
Opinion: A dark day in the history of all tribes (March 25, 2005)
"The shooting occurred on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Forty-percent of the reservation's residents are unemployed and living in poverty. Red Lake High School scored second-lowest in the state for 11th-grade math and third-lowest for 10th-grade reading. Three hundred students...
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