Roberts could hear from Native Hawaiians again (September 7, 2005)
A bill to recognize a Native Hawaiian governing entity has been delayed in the Senate but that doesn't mean lawmakers won't be discussing the legal status of Hawaii's first inhabitants. When the Senate Judiciary Committee starts confirmation hearings for U.S....
Opinion: Media lets DOI off the hook on trust fund (September 7, 2005)
"One of the biggest problems covering civil litigation that has lasted for nearly a decade is simply remembering who said what. That's an issue I have encountered in assisting a group that filed a lawsuit in 1996 over the federal...
Tribes continue response to Hurricane Katrina (September 7, 2005)
The National American Indian Housing Council is joining tribes and tribal organizations in urging assistance for the tribes and Indian people who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. NAIHC says a major concern is the return of tribal members in...
Connecticut's top court hears Indian taxation case (September 7, 2005)
The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in an Indian taxation case. Jo Ann Dark Eyes, a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, says the state cannot tax income she earned as tribal councilor. At the time of...
Jane Goodall visits school on Pine Ridge Reservation (September 7, 2005)
Renowned primate researchers Jane Goodall spoke to students on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on Tuesday. The visit to the Red Cloud Indian School was scheduled at the last minute. Goodall was in South Dakota and expressed an...
Panel drops three allegations in probe of Churchill (September 7, 2005)
Controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill says an investigation into alleged misconduct is running out of steam. A CU panel has dropped five allegations against Churchill. These included claims that he misrepresented his Indian heritage, made inaccurate statements...
Red Lake school sees strong turnout on first day (September 7, 2005)
A reported 272 students returned to the high school on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota six months after the March 21, 2005, shootings. School officials said they were pleased with the turnout. About 300 students are eligible to attend...
Singer raising funds for Native veterans memorial (September 7, 2005)
Lorrie Church, a Native country singer from Canada, is using her music to raise funds for the National Native American Veterans’ Memorial Project. Church is donating all of the proceeds from her upcoming album to the project. The release will...
Trail of Tears motorcycle ride marks 12 years (September 7, 2005)
The 12th annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride takes place next week and is expected to attract 180,000 bikers. The ride starts Friday, September 16, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It makes a stop in Madison, Alabama, before ending on Saturday,...
UKB banishes Chad Smith, Swimmer called a target (September 7, 2005)
The United Keetoowah Band banished Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith on Saturday, with one council member wishing that the UKB had the power to punish other Cherokee leaders, including Ross Swimmer, Pat Ragsdale and Wilma Mankiller. Smith was the first...
Site of 1975 Menominee takeover put up for sale (September 7, 2005)
The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin says it doesn't have the resources to buy a former novitate that was the site of a tribal takeover in 1975. Tribal members occupied the 175-acre site for 34 days. They claimed the tribe owned...
Robinson Rancheria grant funds purchase of ambulance (September 7, 2005)
A $60,000 grant from the Robinson Rancheria Tribe of Pomo Indians funded the purchase of an ambulance for local firefighters. The tribe gave the money to the Nice Fire Department. The old ambulance was about to fall apart, the deputy...
Phoenix-area tribes feel pressure on highways (September 7, 2005)
Tribes in the Phoenix area are feeling pressure to allow their lands to be used for highway and freeway projects. The growing population is putting a strain on existing highways so reservations are being eyed as alternatives. But some within...
Meskwaki Tribe working with ex-Abramoff associate (September 7, 2005)
The Meskawki Tribe of Iowa is still working with a former associate of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. One faction of the tribe hired Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff's old firm, in the midst of a leadership dispute. The faction worked with Michael...
Brownback blasted for taking money from Abramoff (September 7, 2005)
The chief of the Wyandotte Nation criticized Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) for taking "dirty money" from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Brownback has accepted $42,000 from Abramoff, The Native American Times reported. Wyandotte Chief Leaford Bearskin said the donation is tied...
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