Appeals court blocks Native Hawaiian school policy (August 3, 2005)
The campaign to protect Native Hawaiian rights suffered another blow on Tuesday when a federal appeals court rejected the admissions policy for a private school created to benefit indigenous people. In a 2-1 decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals...
IRS taking yet another stab at Indian Country (August 3, 2005)
Already under scrutiny for tax exempt bonds and gaming revenues, Indian Country is facing more enforcement from the Internal Revenue Service. The Arizona Daily Star reports that IRS agents are concerned that potential terrorists and "other evildoers" are using tribal...
Men plead not guilty for deer hunt on reservation (August 3, 2005)
Four men pleaded not guilty to charges that they organized an illegal deer hunt on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. A fifth man did not enter a plea. The men are charged with violating federal law by selling and transporting...
Red Lake school to add two armed security guards (August 3, 2005)
The school board on the Red Lake Reservation agreed to add two armed security guards at the campus where the March 21, 2005, shootings occurred. The board also agreed to create a card access system for staff members and to...
Indian youth meet for leadership conference (August 3, 2005)
Indian youth representing tribes in Montana, Wyoming and other states are meeting in Billings this week for the 13th annual Native American Youth Leadership Conference. A new component of the conference is the Native American Youth Preventative Health Initiative. Indian...
Oglala Sioux Tribe gets COPS funding extension (August 3, 2005)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe will be able to keep its police officers on duty until March 2006 under an extension through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The tribe's $4.5 million grant was set to expire at the end...
Domenici: $1.86B for Indian Reservation Roads (August 3, 2005)
The $286.5 billion highway transportation bill that passed the House and Senate last week contains $1.86 billion for the Indian Reservation Roads program, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) said on Tuesday. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act...
Navajo Nation president vetoes money for chapters (August 3, 2005)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. vetoed legislation that would have allowed the 110 Navajo chapters to use $7.2 million as they see fit. Shirley said the money was originally set aside for drought emergencies. He said the chapters should...
Agua Caliente Band hires Cherokee as chief of staff (August 3, 2005)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has hired its first chief of staff. Gary D. Stopp, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will help the tribe with legislative, government affairs, policy analysis and economic development issues. He will...
Minnesota tribes among top 10 lobbyists in state (August 3, 2005)
Minnesota tribes are among the top 10 list of lobbyists in the state, according to a new report from the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, the Prairie Island Dakota Community and the Shakopee Mdewakanton...
Tobacco laws at issue for First Nations businesses (August 3, 2005)
Officials in Saskatchewan won't say whether they will enforce the province's tobacco laws on First Nations. The province has a so-called "shower-curtain" law that bans the display of tobacco. But some stores owned by First Nations and operating on reserves...
Vice president at First Nations University resigns (August 3, 2005)
Denise Henning, the vice president of academics at the First Nations University of Canada, has resigned her post. Henning blamed new administrators for her departure. She said it became "impossible" to do her job and that the school "has...
NCAA committee to take up Indian mascots (August 3, 2005)
The NCAA's Executive Committee is meeting on Thursday to discuss the use of Indian mascots at its member schools. The executive committee will draft a policy on mascots but will not call for an outright ban. That suggestion has already...
Opinion: Indians took back seat for 'Into the West' (August 3, 2005)
"Steven Spielberg's latest television epic, "Into the West," traveled some tired trails in its effort to tell the story of the occupation of the American West and the toll it took on native people. Much like his Hollywood predecessors, Spielberg,...
Cherokee court hears same-sex marriage case (August 3, 2005)
The Cherokee Nation's highest court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a same-sex marriage case. Two female tribal members were awarded a license to marry. But a tribal judge blocked the license and the Cherokee Nation Council then passed...
Bush signs bill for Colorado River Indian Tribes (August 3, 2005)
President Bush on Tuesday signed into law a bill to return 15,000 acres to the Colorado River Indian Tribes. H.R.794, the Colorado River Indian Reservation Boundary Correction Act, returns a 25-square-mile parcel to the tribe. The land was part of...
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