HHS secretary promotes Medicare drug benefit (July 27, 2005)
The federal government hopes to enroll every eligible Native American in the new Medicare prescription drug program, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said on Tuesday. Leavitt is currently on a nationwide bus tour to promote the program...
Firm brings opportunities to Pine Ridge Reservation (July 27, 2005)
Lakota Express, an Indian- and woman-owned small business, is bringing jobs and opportunities to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Lakota Express has eight full-time employees and has trained 120 part-time employees. They receive as much as $12...
County board joins Chumash land-into-trust fight (July 27, 2005)
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to file a brief in opposition to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians' land-into-trust application. The board acted after failing to come to an agreement with the tribe over...
Minnesota appeals court limits state jurisdiction (July 27, 2005)
The state of Minnesota can't force Indians who live on reservations to comply with the state's predatory-offender registration statute, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday. The law requires people who have been convicted of murder, sex offenses or...
Mohegan Tribe ready to debut new Uncas eatery (July 27, 2005)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will hold a grand opening on Thursday for its new Uncas American Indian Grill. The eatery is named for Mohegan Chief Uncas. It features modern versions of traditional Mohegan dishes like cornmeal pudding, turkey,...
United Native Nations announces election (July 27, 2005)
The United Native Nations, the largest Native organization in British Columbia, held elections during its recent annual meeting. Lillian George was elected president. She previously served as UNN vice president. David Dennis, an outspoken activist who was arrested at...
Editorial: Science trumps Native repatriation (July 27, 2005)
"Eighty years after the Scopes trial dealt a blow to the anti-evolution movement, a similar face-off between science and religion is slated tomorrow in the U.S. Senate. This time the issue is whether to preserve the right of science to...
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe holds primary election (July 27, 2005)
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe held a primary election last week for 11 council seats, including the chairman's position. Ron His Horse Is Thunder, the president of Sitting Bull Community College, and Dave Archambault Sr. are in the running for...
Reagan-era documents from Roberts released (July 27, 2005)
The National Archives on Tuesday released about 15,000 pages of documents related to U.S. Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. and his work at the Department of Justice during the Reagan administration. The documents are only available for in-person...
House, Senate poised for passage of energy bill (July 27, 2005)
Update: The 1,724-page conference report was filed today in the Senate. A copy can be found at http://energy.senate.gov/public/_files/ConferenceReport0.pdf House and Senate leaders hope to send the energy policy legislation to President Bush by the end of the week. The package,...
Opinion: What does Roberts think about Seminole? (July 27, 2005)
A former clerk to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun says Bush nominee John G. Roberts Jr. should be questioned about his views on an Indian law case. In an opinion piece, Vikram David Amar, a law professor...
Senate approves Pueblo criminal jurisdiction bill (July 27, 2005)
By unanimous consent, the Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to clarify tribal, state and federal criminal jurisdiction on Pueblo lands. S.279 addresses a void in jurisdiction that has surfaced in recent years. It was unclear who had the authority...
Massachusetts tribe waits for ruling on recognition (July 27, 2005)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts hopes federal recognition will improve health care for its elders, Chairman Glenn Marshall said. Marshall and his tribe will finally get an answer on their federal status. An agreement approved by a federal judge...
Judge rules on uranium mining at Navajo sites (July 27, 2005)
A Nuclear Regulatory Commission judge has rejected a challenge to uranium mining at four sites on and near the Navajo Nation. Hydro Resources Inc., a New Mexico company, wants permission to mine at two sites on the reservation and two...
Justice nominee questioned on ties to Abramoff (July 27, 2005)
Timothy Flanigan, President Bush's nominee for the second-in-command at the Department of Justice, went before a Senate committee for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Flanigan has served as a vice president and general counsel at Tyco International, where he oversaw...
Listening Lounge: Senate hearing on gaming (July 27, 2005)
Indianz.Com Listening Lounge, Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing on Lands eligible for gaming pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, July 27, 2005. Note: All files in MP3 format. Intro - 5:18 - 938k Vitter, Voinovich - 22:40...
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