Absentee Shawnee secretary accused of misconduct (June 9, 2005)
The secretary of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is due to appear in tribal court to face charges that she has used her position for personal gain. As part of her re-election campaign, Marian Reeves is accused of attempting...
Oneida Nation details spending as part of tax fight (June 9, 2005)
The Oneida Nation of New York detailed how much it has spent on its land as part of a taxation dispute with the town of Verona. The tribe said it spent about $432 million on its casino resort and $11...
Senate bill restores funding for Indian programs (June 9, 2005)
Joining their counterparts in the House, Senate appropriators this week approved a $26.3 billion Interior budget bill that restores President Bush's cuts to Indian programs. Back in February, White House reduced the Bureau of Indian Affairs by more than $100...
Tribes stand to lose housing money under Bush (June 9, 2005)
Tribes across the nation will lose millions in housing money due to cuts by the Bush administration. The White House's 2006 budget reduced Indian housing by more than $100 million. One of the cuts came to a program that President...
State wants rehearing in Narragansett Tribe case (June 9, 2005)
The state of Rhode Island is asking the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the Narragansett Tribe's smoke shop case. The state says a three-judge panel erred by ruling that the tribe has a right to sell tax-free cigarettes...
Paper can't find any Indian ancestors of Churchill (June 9, 2005)
The Denver Rocky Mountain News concludes its investigation into controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, saying there is no evidence that he is Indian. The paper scoured genealogical records, consulted outsiders, visited web sites and interviewed Churchill's relatives....
University in North Carolina seeks more Natives (June 9, 2005)
Wake Forest University in North Carolina is hoping to attract more Native students, having just hosted the 26th annual N.C. Indian Youth Unity Conference. With over 270 Native students attending the conference, the school used the event to reach out...
Coushatta Tribe swears in first new chair in 20 years (June 9, 2005)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana swore in its first new chairman in more than 20 years on Wednesday. Former tribal police chief Kevin Sickey defeated William Worfel in a run-off election this past Saturday. After receiving 87 percent of...
Bolivian Indians demand new election for president (June 9, 2005)
Bolivian Indians continued their protests against the government on Wednesday, demanding an early election for president now that Carlos Mesa has resigned and lawmakers are prepared to install a leader seen as favorable to non-Indians and outside business interests....
Si Tanka wants protection from Education Department (June 9, 2005)
Si Tanka University of South Dakota has asked a federal judge to prevent the Department of Education from revoking school's rights to take part in federal student loan and grant programs, the Associated Press reports. Si Tanka filed for bankruptcy...
Tribes struggle to find funds to fix crumbling schools (June 9, 2005)
Tribes and their advocates say the federal government isn't doing enough to fix crumbling Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The BIA funds school construction projects on a priority basis. That means tribes must wait years before money is provided to...
Actress says being Native helped 'Into the West' (June 9, 2005)
Tonantzin Carmelo, a self-described "urban Indian," has a lead role in the upcoming TNT series "Into the West." Carmelo plays Thunder Heart Woman, a Lakota woman who marries a white man. She said her "understanding of what it is...
DeLay inquiry stalled amid ethics panel brouhaha (June 9, 2005)
The inquiry into House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff faces a lengthy delay due to a partisan spat over the House ethics panel. Republicans and Democrats have been fighting for months...
Alabama panel takes input on recognition standards (June 9, 2005)
The Alabama Indian Affairs Commission held a public hearing on Tuesday to discuss the state's recognition criteria. Tribal groups said the standards are too strict, The Montgomery Advertiser reported. But commission members said the criteria shouldn't be watered down to...
Cocopah Tribe tells 'Patriots' group to stay away (June 9, 2005)
The Cocopah Tribe of Arizona has asked a citizens patrol group to stay off the reservation. The tribe says the Yuma Patriots, an all volunteer group, don't have a right to patrol the part of the reservation on the U.S.-Mexico...
Domenici calls for change in tribal priority allocations (June 9, 2005)
Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico), a member of the Senate Appropriations and Indian Affairs committees, is calling for a change in the distribution of tribal priority allocation (TPA) funds. Domenici said wealthy tribes with casinos shouldn't receive as much money...
DOJ defends seeking $10B in tobacco industry case (June 9, 2005)
The Department of Justice on Wednesday defended its decision to seek $10 billion, instead of the initial $280 billion, from tobacco companies accused of misleading the public. DOJ said the reduction was based on a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals...
Democrats look for candidate to run against Pombo (June 9, 2005)
Top Democratic leaders are trying to recruit a candidate to run against Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the well-liked chairman of the House Resources Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is personally trying to get California Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews...
Senate hearing to focus on Norquist and Reed (June 9, 2005)
The June 22 Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing will focus on relationship between disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and GOP activists Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed, The Hill newspaper reports. Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform and Reed's Century Strategies have...
Opinion: Abramoff and Norquist like 'cat burglars' (June 9, 2005)
"Am I the only one who's noticed that there's not much loyalty among thieves these days? Take the odd case of Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist. Abramoff is the slick, $750-an-hour lobbyist and well-connected Republican operative who now finds...
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