Indian lawyer cites 'hostile' atmosphere in Washington (April 15, 2005)
Frank Ducheneaux has seen it all. As one of first Native Americans to roam the halls of Congress, he witnessed first-hand such landmark legislation as the Indian Self-Determination Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act....
Alaska Native village safety officer buried (April 15, 2005)
A revered public safety officer for the Alaska Native village of Russian Mission was laid to rest on Wednesday in a funeral attended by more than 30 law enforcement colleagues. Simeon Askoak, 30, was remembered as an extremely dedicated public...
Cayuga Nation seeks BIA protection for lands (April 15, 2005)
The Cayuga Nation of New York has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to protect the tribe's newly acquired lands from state and local laws. The tribe wants properties it purchased in its land claim area taken into trust. Alternatively,...
Bill to recognize Abenaki Nation advances in Vermont (April 15, 2005)
A Senate committee in Vermont unanimously approved a bill to recognize the Abenaki Nation and set up a Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. The Abenakis have been seeking state and federal recognition for years. Their petition with the Bureau...
BIA to resume investigation of tribe's finances (April 15, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will resume its investigation of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians next week in hopes of finding out whether tribal money was misused. The BIA attempted to audit the tribe's books this week but...
Maine tribe wins key ruling on state jurisdiction (April 15, 2005)
The Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians from Maine is not subject to state law, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. In a unanimous decision, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals said a 1991 settlement act does not subject the...
Honor student enjoys staying behind the scenes (April 15, 2005)
Michael Running Wolf, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, is vice president of the American Indian Council at Montana State University but enjoys staying behind the scenes. Running Wolf. a graduate student in computer science, spends most of his...
Native students host Big 12 leadership conference (April 15, 2005)
The First Nations Student Association at Kansas University is hosting the Big 12 American Indian Student Leadership Conference. The conference started on Thursday and runs through Saturday. Organizers expect about 300 students from Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and other states....
South Dakota makes refunds for illegal gas tax (April 15, 2005)
The state of South Dakota is refunding money to tribal members and tribal governments for an illegal gasoline tax that was imposed on reservations. The state Supreme Court ruled that the state lacked authority to tax the sale of gasoline....
Nebraska Democrats call for action on Whiteclay (April 15, 2005)
Democrats in Nebraska say Gov. Dave Heineman (R) and state lawmakers need to address the sale of liquor in the town of Whiteclay. Democrats, including Winnebago tribal member Frank LaMere, want the state to study issues related to Whiteclay, such...
Oglala Sioux Tribe discusses bombing range cleanup (April 15, 2005)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota met with federal agencies on Thursday to discuss cleanup efforts at an old bombing range. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spent $20 million to reclaim the 341,719-acre Badlands Bombing Range. About...
Lakota woman's term on civil rights panel ends (April 15, 2005)
Elsie Meeks, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota who was the first Native American on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, ended her term on the panel on Thursday amid changes that could affect Indian Country....
First Nations University students, staff worried (April 15, 2005)
Students and faculty at the First Nations University of Canada say they are angry and worried about the recent ouster of three top officials amid allegations of financial mismanagement. The university's board of governors suspended the three officials and initiated...
Pombo asked again to investigate Abramoff (April 15, 2005)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the chairman of the House Resources Committee, was asked for the second time on Thursday to investigate disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Pombo was asked by Rep. George Miller (D-California) to probe Abramoff's dealings with the Commonwealth...
Frist to challenge Democrats on judicial nominees (April 15, 2005)
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) will challenge Democrats who have blocked President Bush's controversial judicial nominees and is considering a ban on filibusters. Frist will join Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as "against people of faith" for...
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