First Lady Bush addresses tragedy at Red Lake (April 27, 2005)
In remarks today, First Lady Laura Bush addressed the recent tragedy at the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota and spoke of the challenges facing Native youth today. Here is the transcript of Bush's full remarks at the Heard Museum in...
Update: Senate hearing on Indian gaming (April 27, 2005)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing this morning on the regulation of the $18.5 billion Indian gaming industry. Here's an update of some of the major points made by members of the committee and some of the...
Settlement possible in Pueblo water rights lawsuit (April 27, 2005)
The Bush administration's refusal to back a Pueblo water right settlement in northern New Mexico has sent the parties involved back to the drawing table and they now say they are near a new deal. The settlement would resolve the...
Judge criticizes FBI for holding back Peltier documents (April 27, 2005)
A federal judge blasted the FBI on Tuesday for failing to release documents to imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank said the FBI's delays are "inexcusable" and "will not be tolerated again by this...
Native man fights citation for fishing without license (April 27, 2005)
A member of the Tuscarora Nation of New York is challenging a $25 ticket he received for fishing without a state license. Neil Patterson Jr. says the state's hunting and fishing regulations don't apply to him. He says the 1794...
Red Lake students to hold prom off the reservation (April 27, 2005)
Students at the Red Lake High School in Minnesota will celebrate their prom off the reservation for the first time in recent memory. Officials decided to move the prom to Bemidji in light of the March 21 shootings that took...
Government considers First Nation to be 'extinct' (April 27, 2005)
The Canadian government has declared the Sinixt Nation in British Columbia to be "extinct" despite 6,800 living descendants of the tribe. The Sinixt Nation was terminated by the government in 1956. Many of the descendants remain in B.C. but some...
Ad calls on university to remove Indian mascot (April 27, 2005)
An ad running on Ottawa University's campus newspaper this week calls on the school to get rid of its 81-year-old "Braves" mascot. Religious Americans Against "Indian" Nicknames and Logos sought to place the ad more than two months ago, The...
Group sues to stop funding to Native Christian college (April 27, 2005)
A lawsuit has been filed to prevent a small Christian college that predominantly serves Alaska Natives from receiving federal funds. Thanks to Alaska's Congressional delegation, the Alaska Christian College has received more than $1 million in recent years. But the...
San Manuel Band makes deal for third hotel project (April 27, 2005)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has made a deal for a third hotel project, this time on its reservation in California. The tribe will build a 110-room Hampton Inn & Suites at a new village being planned on...
Pine Ridge student threatened another Red Lake (April 27, 2005)
Officials on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota reacted quickly when a student threatened to shoot up the Little Wound School. The student referred to the recent Red Lake Nation and Columbine shootings, said Ron Duke, the deputy chief...
Washington school won't be named for late chief (April 27, 2005)
A new middle school in Washington won't be named for late Puyallup chief Robert Satiacum. The Federal Way school board came up with five names at a meeting last night but the list doesn't include some controversial and popular choices....
New Mexico tribe offers technology classes (April 27, 2005)
A small northern New Mexico tribe hopes its new training center will help area residents obtain good-paying jobs in the technology sector. Pojoaque Pueblo opened the 3,400-square-foot center last October. Initially, it was open only to tribal members but the...
Bill allows tax-exempt bonds for California tribes (April 27, 2005)
A California Senate committee will hold a hearing on a bill to allow tribes in the state to issue tax-exempt bonds for development projects. Sen. Dean Florez (D) says tribes are being denied the right to issue bonds just like...
Crow Creek Tribe to replace dorm destroyed by fire (April 27, 2005)
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota says it will cost $2.2 million to replace a student dormitory that was destroyed by a fire on Sunday. The tribe hopes to have the new dorm ready by the start of...
GOP refuses compromise on Bush judicial nominees (April 27, 2005)
Senate Republicans and the White House have rejected an offer by Democrats to break the impasse over some of President Bush's most controversial judicial nominees. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) said the deal would require the White House to...
Proposal would return land to North Dakota tribe (April 27, 2005)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold public hearings next month on a proposal to return up to 36,000 acres to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota. More than 150,000 acres on the Fort Berthold Reservation...
Canada won't remove asbestos from Native homes (April 27, 2005)
The Canadian government is spending more than $360,000 to remove asbestos from military homes but still won't do the same for dozens of First Nations homes, CBC News reports. The government has acknowledged that at least 40 homes on reserves...
Group presses NIGC on tribal lobbying scandal (April 27, 2005)
The National Indian Gaming Commission is holding back information about its possible contacts with the key players in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) announced the filing...
More ties between Abramoff and DeLay detailed (April 27, 2005)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave expensive gifts to members of Rep. Tom DeLay's staff and was in daily contact with the Texas Republican's office on lobbying matters, according to news reports. Abramoff gave high-end golf equipment, tickets to sporting events...
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