Tribal challenge to same-sex marriage dismissed (August 4, 2005)
A Cherokee Nation couple claimed victory on Wednesday when the tribe's highest court dismissed a lawsuit challenging their same-sex marriage. Kathy Reynolds, 28, and Dawn McKinley, 33, sparked an outcry last year after they obtained a marriage license from the...
Editorial: Nation musn't forget Sand Creek Massacre (August 4, 2005)
"In 1864, a contingent of Colorado militia murdered at least 163 Indians, mostly women and children, at a camp along Sand Creek in eastern Colorado. Last year, then-U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Colorado Republican and the only American...
Conservative: Tribal sovereignty a 'loophole' (August 4, 2005)
"The whole [tribal casino] scam has attracted an unappetizing crowd of lobbyists with highly dubious connections to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, which has let this obscene situation develop right under its nose. Neither the Clinton nor the Bush...
AFN to file $12B residential school abuse lawsuit (August 4, 2005)
The Assembly of First Nations will file a $12 billion residential school abuse lawsuit against the Canadian government, AFN Chief Phil Fontaine said on Wednesday. The national class action will be a comprehensive lawsuit that challenges the government's residential school...
Native youth meet for Nation Building conference (August 4, 2005)
Two dozen students representing 11 tribes are meeting in Arizona this week for the Nation Building for Native Youth conference. The conference aims to teach participants leadership skills that they can use to strengthen their tribes. It was organized by...
Editorial: McCain and Dorgan should fix trust bill (August 4, 2005)
"Nine years ago, Elouise Cobell sued the Interior and Treasury Departments on behalf of more than half a million Native Americans who are the beneficiaries - if that is the right word - of individual trusts held for them by...
Editorial: Native Hawaiians never had a government (August 4, 2005)
"As a statement flouting the fundamental premise of the 15th Amendment - that most noble item forbidding racial discrimination in voting - you could not do much worse than the "Native Hawaiian" legislation now building steam in Congress. Sponsored by...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe opens treatment center (August 4, 2005)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is holding ribbon-cutting ceremonies for its new behavioral health center today. The 33,000-square-foot building offers outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment. The center also functions as a residential treatment facility and a domestic...
Turtle Mountain Band starts work on research center (August 4, 2005)
With the help of a nonprofit that has brought homes to Indian Country, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians began work on research center at the tribe's college. The tribe is working with Red Feather Development Group to build...
Disenrolled Pechangas seek $38M in damages (August 4, 2005)
More than 130 former members of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians want at least $38 million in damages from the tribe. The disenrolled members were cut off from their monthly $15,000 per capita checks. They say they are entitled...
Search continues for missing baby girl on reservation (August 4, 2005)
Hundreds of members of the Tohono O'odham Nation continued their search for a one-year-old baby girl who was swept away in a flooded wash. The tribe said a vehicle got stuck in the wash on Tuesday evening. The adult...
Non-Indians question Tulalip Tribes authority (August 4, 2005)
Some non-Indian residents of the Tulalip Reservation in Washington are questioning the authority of the Tulalip Tribes police. Tribal officers have been helping state police crack down on speeding on the reservation. The officers also make traffic stops of their...
Editorial: Library a worthy project for tribe, county (August 4, 2005)
"A Muckleshoot tribal vision for education from childhood through college could benefit rapidly growing South King County. The tribe and the King County Library System want to build a library on Muckleshoot land that would serve surrounding communities such as...
School won't rule out action to defend 'Seminoles' (August 4, 2005)
The president of Florida State University said he would consider taking legal action to protect the school's "Seminoles" mascot. FSU justifies its use of Indian imagery by citing its relationship with the Seminole Tribe, whose council passed a resolution on...
Red Lake youth hold first REZiliency festival (August 4, 2005)
The Red Lake Nation Youth Council kicked off events on Tuesday for the first-ever REZiliency festival. The council organized the festival to provide activities for youth on the reservation. Events include a basketball tournament, workshops, musical performances and a...
Arizona tribe debates use of land for new freeway (August 4, 2005)
The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona is concerned about allowing a proposed freeway to run through its reservation. Discussions on the freeway have been ongoing for 10 years. But the tribe is reluctant to offer its land because burial...
Connecticut tribe to restore chief's burial ground (August 4, 2005)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is moving forward with plans to preserve the burial ground of Chief Sachem Uncas and his family. The burial ground is located beneath a masonic temple. The tribe bought the temple for more than...
Massachusetts tribe removes bats from historic church (August 4, 2005)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts paid $10,000 to remove a bat colony from a historic church. The tribe said the 1,000 brown bats were a nuisance to the 321-year-old Indian Meeting House. The meeting house is the oldest church...
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