House panel acts to restore Bush budget cuts (May 5, 2005)
A House subcommittee restored some of President Bush's budget cuts to Indian programs on Wednesday with the approval of the Interior Department's fiscal year 2006 budget bill. Although detailed figures are not available, the initial numbers from the House Interior...
Indian income data presented at AICCO summit (May 5, 2005)
The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma's Indian business summit ended on Wednesday with a keynote from former assistant secretary and famed entrepreneur Dave Anderson. The summit also heard from Jonathan Taylor, a research fellow at Harvard University, who...
McCain, Kyl sought visit to Tohono O'odham Nation (May 5, 2005)
Arizona Sens. John McCain (R) and Jon Kyl (R) both urged new Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff to visit the Tohono O'odham Nation but the Bush administration official decided to skip the reservation anyway. Chertoff is headed to other communities...
Lawsuit over Havasupai blood moved to state court (May 5, 2005)
An Arizona county court will be handling two lawsuits that accuse researchers of misusing the blood of Havasupai tribal members. The Havasupai Tribe and members of the tribe each filed separate lawsuits. They say Havasupai blood was taken for a...
Another Oklahoma tribe denied out-of-state land (May 5, 2005)
An Oklahoma tribe's effort to reclaim ancestral land in another state was dealt a devastating blow by a federal appeals court on Tuesday. Ever since gaining federal recognition more than four years ago, the Shawnee Tribe has been trying to...
Cayuga Nation land case back before federal judge (May 5, 2005)
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has sent the Cayuga Nation's land rights case back to a federal judge for further proceedings. The appeals court did not vacate a preliminary injunction the tribe won against the village of Union Springs....
Schaghticoke chief to testfy at recognition hearing (May 5, 2005)
Chief Richard Velky of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut will testify at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on federal recognition, The New London Day reports. Velky is just one of many from Connecticut who will appear at the...
Man pleads not guilty in Blackfeet-related murder (May 5, 2005)
A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty to the murder of Fernandel Omeasoo Jr., the 17-year-old grandson of the late Blackfeet spiritual leader George Kicking Woman, The Great Falls Tribune reports. Shannon Bullplume, 29, is charged with deliberate homicide. Police say...
Man guilty, brother acquitted for Pine Ridge murder (May 5, 2005)
A federal jury in South Dakota convicted a man for second-degree murder but acquitted his brother for a murder on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Wicahpe George Milk, 20, was found guilty for the October 15, 2004, stabbing death of Arden...
California tribe's workers to negotiate union contract (May 5, 2005)
Casino employees of the Pala Band of Mission Indians will be negotiating a contract with a labor union at the center of a tribal sovereignty fight in California. The employees voted to join UNITE HERE, which is seeking to organize...
Marquette University won't revive 'Warriors' name (May 5, 2005)
The chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe of Wisconsin praised a decision by Marquette University not to revive its old "Warriors" nickname. Chairman Harold Frank objected to a proposal to bring back the name. He recalled in an Associated...
Abenaki Nation presses case for state recognition (May 5, 2005)
The Abenaki Nation of Vermont and its supporters pressed the tribe's case for state recognition at a hearing on Wednesday. The tribe wants state recognition in order to obtain federal education, cultural and housing grants and to market arts and...
Deal in works to pay residential school students (May 5, 2005)
The Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian government are working on a deal to pay all former students of residential schools, according to the Canadian Press. One proposal includes offering every former student $10,000 (Canadian) plus another $3,000 for...
No names being added to police officer memorial (May 5, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security are holding a ceremony today to honor the law enforcement officers who have been killed while serving Indian Country. The Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Artesia, New...
State steps in to help Crow Creek Tribe with dorm (May 5, 2005)
The state of South Dakota is offering to help the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe build a temporary student dorm, Gov. Mike Rounds (R) said. The tribe needs $2.2 million immediately in order to house students in a temporary building by...
Tribe still raising money for its share of mine buyout (May 5, 2005)
A Wisconsin tribe faces a deadline to raise its share for a $16.5 million buyout of a proposed d zinc and copper mine. In October 2003, the Sokaogon Chippewa Community and the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe agreed to pay Nicolet...
Wampanoag Tribe relations an issue in town politics (May 5, 2005)
A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is running for public office in the town of Aquinnah, where relations with the tribe have become a political issue. The tribe and the town are in litigation over the extent...
Dinosaur found in Utah called the first vegetarian (May 5, 2005)
Research being published today in the science journal Nature details what paleontologists in Utah are calling the first dinosaur to go vegetarian. The dinosaur, found in the mountains of eastern Utah, lived about 130 millions years ago. Scientists said an...
Tom Cole recuses himself in any probe of DeLay (May 5, 2005)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, recused himself on Wednesday from any ethics probe into embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). Cole sits on the House ethics committee that would investigate DeLay should a complaint...
Aloha! Michael Liu leaving HUD for private sector (May 5, 2005)
Michael Liu, the Department of Housing and Urban Development official who has overseen Indian housing programs since the start of the Bush administration, is joining the private sector. Liu, who is from Hawaii, is joining Dutko Woldwide [Company Site] as...
Column: Why Abramoff isn't just another lobbyist (May 5, 2005)
"Why is this lobbyist different from all other lobbyists? Because as much as he'd like you to think otherwise, Abramoff is -- or, more precisely, was -- different, in degree and in kind. He's hoping that people are already so...
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