NIGC's Class III effort faces legal challenge (May 6, 2005)
The National Indian Gaming Commission moved forward with controversial Class III regulations this week amid a lawsuit challenging the agency's authority over this critical segment of the $18.5 billion tribal casino industry. The publication of the Minimum Internal Control Standards...
Editorial: UND's 'Fighting Sioux' report not truthful (May 6, 2005)
"UND improperly waved off important anti-nickname news and views in its report to the NCAA. The NCAA asked UND a serious question about the university's Fighting Sioux nickname. It deserved a serious answer. Instead, it got boilerplate - a report...
San Pasqual leaders face recall over membership flap (May 6, 2005)
Three leaders of the San Pasqual Band Of Mission Indians are facing a recall for trying to invalidate the addition of 212 people to tribal rolls. The Chairman Allen Lawson, Secretary-Treasurer Angela Martinez-McNeal and Councilman Dave Toler attempted to cancel...
Chehalis Tribe in discussions with Great Wolf Resorts (May 6, 2005)
The Chehalis Tribe is in discussions with Great Wolf Resorts to bring the family-oriented resort to Washington. A final deal hasn't been signed but could include a 300-room hotel, a 25,000-square-foot conference center and an indoor water park. The resort...
Passamaquoddy Tribe won't stop gas terminal talks (May 6, 2005)
The council of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine voted to continue talks to host a controversial $400 million liquefied natural gas terminal on the Pleasant Point Reservation. The tribe was dealt a setback when voters in a nearby town rejected...
Alaska Native Youth Olympics moves to bigger venue (May 6, 2005)
The growing popularity of the Native Youth Olympics has forced the event to move to a bigger venue in Anchorage, Alaska. Just two years ago, 300 athletes from across the state competed. This year, there are 480 Native youth...
South Dakota to spend $17.6M on Pine Ridge roads (May 6, 2005)
South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) and Oglala Sioux Tribe President Cecelia Fire Thunder signed an agreement to cover road work on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The state and tribe agreed to a five-year plan for $17.6 million in road...
Johnson: BIA 'jerking around' Crow Creek Tribe (May 6, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is "jerking around" the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said during a visit to the school where the student dorm was destroyed by fire. Johnson said the BIA is mishandling school...
Unrecognized Washington tribe hopes to educate others (May 6, 2005)
Nancy McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Snohomish Tribe of Washington, is on a one-woman campaign to educate people about the history of her non-recognized tribe. Snohomish ancestors signed the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855 but never received a reservation....
Cabazon Band fires three in ongoing shakeup (May 6, 2005)
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians fired three top executives on Thursday, the latest in the California tribe's ongoing financial shakeup. The tribe fired the chief executive officer, the chief operating officer and the director of public affairs. A tribal...
Peyote seized from 'medicine man' in federal custody (May 6, 2005)
A self-proclaimed medicine man who is suing for the return of peyote seized from his home in Utah may have a hard time getting the hallucinogenic drug back. James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney says he should get the peyote back in...
Police officers appeal firing over Native teen's death (May 6, 2005)
Two police officers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who were fired after being linked to the death of a Native teen are appealing their dismissals. Hearings started on Wednesday for ex-officers Larry Hartwig and Bradley Senger. They were the last people seen...
Hopi woman thrilled with new home made of straw (May 6, 2005)
A 60-year-old Hopi woman and her family finally have a new home thanks to the efforts of a nonprofit group that has brought affordable housing to reservations across the country. Mary Tenakhongva hasn't had a place of her own since...
Nevada tribe displays 80-year-old photo collection (May 6, 2005)
A rare collection of photos from the 1920s and 1930s is being dedicated by the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada on Saturday. The collection of about 30 photos belonged to Harry Sampson, a former chairman and founder of the Reno-Sparks...
Michigan tribes work with Army Corps on burial ground (May 6, 2005)
Two Michigan tribes will be working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Sault Ste. Marie to protect an ancient burial ground. Representatives of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Bay Mills Indian Community...
Coushatta tribal member went on DeLay golf outing (May 6, 2005)
A member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana went on an expensive overseas golf outing with embattled Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), The Wall Street Journal reports. The paper did not identify the tribal member who took the trip in 2000...
Abramoff accused of double-dealing another client (May 6, 2005)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff didn't just work for wealthy gaming tribes, wooing them with promises of access to top Republicans. He also lobbied on behalf of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory whose officials were wowed by his connections...
Oregon high school to eliminate 'Savages' mascot (May 6, 2005)
The Enterprise High School in Oregon is finally eliminating its "Savages" mascot and nickname after 80 years. The school board voted to eliminate the mascot and name after students voted to get rid of them. Students chose the "Outlaws" instead....
House committee releases more budget numbers (May 6, 2005)
The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday released the overall budget numbers for the 11 appropriations bills it will be taking up this year. According to the figures, the Interior Department and related agencies bill will contain an overall $26.1 billion....
Column: The myth of the Indian government check (May 6, 2005)
"The myth of the Indians’ government payday wore long gray whiskers when Custer bought the farm on the Little Horn. White settlers screamed when Indian agent and former explorer William Clark spent $20,000 to buy the loyalty of tribes that...
Bush administration issues final roadless rule (May 6, 2005)
The Bush administration released the final version of the roadless forest rule on Thursday, giving more power to state governors in the process. The U.S. Forest Service is giving state governors 18 months to make recommendations on which roadless areas...
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