Recognition handed to a 'not well informed' Cason (April 1, 2005)
For the third time in less than a year, federal recognition duties at the Interior Department have been handed to another Bush administration official. Jim Cason, the Interior's associate deputy secretary, is now in charge of deciding who deserves recognition...
Five tribes seek protection for old Indian school (April 1, 2005)
Five Oklahoma tribes passed a resolution on Thursday to nominate the old Chilocco Indian School on the National Register of Historic Places. The Otoe-Missouria, Ponca, Pawnee, Kaw and Tonkawa tribes hope to preserve the historic buildings at Chilocco. The campus...
Red Lake Tragedy: Protest and preparations (April 1, 2005)
An update on the latest developments involving the March 21, 2005, fatal shootings on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. AN APOLOGY Star Tribune: Red Lake School Shootings Pioneer Press: Red Lake shooting A large crowd of 75-80...
Senators protest lack of funding for tribal college (April 1, 2005)
New Mexico Sens. Pete Domenici (R) and Jeff Bingaman (D) say the federal government has never provided adequate funds to Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. Domenici and Bingaman say they have noted problems at SIPI for several years. But while enrollment...
Northern Cheyenne teen gets 20 years for attack (April 1, 2005)
A 15-year-old member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana was sentenced to 20 years in state custody for a brutal attack that left one man dead and another seriously injured Vincent "Vinny" Whiteman was 13 at the time of...
Bill aimed at stopping Goshute waste dump revived (April 1, 2005)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) is reintroducing a bill aimed at stopping the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe from locating a nuclear waste dump on the reservation. The bill would create a "wilderness area" on 100,000 acres in the Cedar Mountains next...
Paiute band meets with county over law enforcement (April 1, 2005)
The Shivwits Band of Paiute Indians met with the Washington County, Utah, Sheriff's Office to discuss ways to boost the law enforcement presence on the reservation. Tribal leaders are increasingly concerned about trespassing. They say off-road vehicles are tearing up...
Report: Only 76 of 967 'squaw' place names changed (April 1, 2005)
Only 74 of the 967 "squaw" place names in the U.S. have been changed in the last 10 years, a success rate of less than 8 percent, the Associated Press reports. The executive director of the U.S. Geographic Names Board...
Montana tribe makes changes to child welfare policies (April 1, 2005)
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana has made changes to its child welfare policies. Reports of child abuse and child neglect will now be referred to the state's 24-hour line. The calls will be tracked and recorded but...
Juno Awards shine spotlight on Aboriginal artists (April 1, 2005)
This year's Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, include more events aimed at promoting Aboriginal artists. Aboriginal events took place all week. Wednesday was an Aboriginal music career day featuring workshops with music industry veterans. On Thursday, singers...
Editorial: Disenrollment becoming too common (April 1, 2005)
"The enrollment controversy within the Mooretown Rancheria is becoming much too familiar among tribes nationwide. These stories are becoming commonplace as Indian gaming revenues become a significant source of income for tribes. The more money there is, the more people...
Four claim titles after first 'Aboriginal Icons' contest (April 1, 2005)
Four people were declared the first-ever "Aboriginal Icons" on Wednesday night after a nationwide talent competition in Canada. The four winners will receive $45,000 (Canadian) in recording and management contracts, voice and performance coaching and marketing support to boost their...
Tribe seeks tax exemption for operating oil refinery (April 1, 2005)
The Blood Tribe of Alberta has filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government, seeking tax-exempt status for operating an oil refinery. The tribe wants to buy the refinery for $50 million (Canadian) and turn it into a reserve. But the...
Citizen Potawatomi man continues campaign bid (April 1, 2005)
A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma says his campaign for chairman is going well despite an unusual, but not unprecedented, legal action filed by incumbent Chairman John "Rocky" Barrett. Leon Bruno is being accused of criminal defamation...
No wild horse sanctuary for Crow Reservation (April 1, 2005)
A proposal to create a wild horse sanctuary on the Crow Reservation in Montana fell through on Wednesday. Merle Edsall had signed a letter of intent with the Crow Tribe to locate more than 4,000 wild horses on the reservation....
Editorial: Too much missing money at Si Tanka (April 1, 2005)
"It's an ignominious end for [Si Tanka University] the 122-year-old school purchased by the tribe just four years ago. It also jeopardizes the Eagle Butte campus, open since 1973, because accreditation of the Huron campus was supposed to extend to...
Haskell University packs 'Black Cloud' screening (April 1, 2005)
A capacity crowd at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas gave a standing ovation to "Black Cloud," the film about a Navajo boxer written, directed and produced by "NYPD Blue" / "Silver Spoons" actor Rick Schroder. Schroder presented his film...
Original of 1855 Point Elliott Treaty on display (April 1, 2005)
The handwritten original of the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855 is on display at the Mukilteo Light Station in Washington. The document is the centerpiece of an exhibit that marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the treaty. The...
Head Start program on reservation reopens (April 1, 2005)
The Head Start program on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation in South Dakota has reopened with the help of a community development institute. The tribe ran out of money for the program last month. More than 100 families were affected....
Upset Utes want Ross Swimmer fired over trust fund (April 1, 2005)
About 20 to 25 members of the Northern Ute Tribe of Utah held a protest on Thursday to call for the firing of Special Trustee Ross Swimmer and demand a Congressional investigation into the tribe's $190 million trust fund. The...
Pope John Paul said to be in 'very grave' condition (April 1, 2005)
Pope John Paul II is in "very grave" condition, the Vatican confirmed while later denying reports that he has fallen into a coma. The pope, 84, suffered heart failure on Thursday set off by a urinary tract infection. He has...
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