Anthrax found in livestock on Montana reservation (September 16, 2005)
The Fort Peck Tribes in Montana declared a state of emergency on Thursday after state authorities confirmed that anthrax killed 37 cows on the reservation. The anthrax only affected a single herd on one ranch but officials are taking precautions...
Viejas Band debates banishing three members (September 16, 2005)
Three members of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians face banishment from the tribe over their alleged participation in a violent attack on the reservation. Tamara Banegas, 27; Michael LaChappa, 27; and Tina Hood, 28, are accused of breaking into...
Blackfeet workers headed to New Orleans for jobs (September 16, 2005)
Thirty men from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana left for New Orleans on Thursday to build emergency shelters needed for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The men, mostly seasonal firefighters, will join 12 other Blackfeet workers who are already in the...
Choctaw elder loses home, tribes see damage (September 16, 2005)
Damage reports continue to come in as Indian Country responds to the tribes affected by Hurricane Katrina. Hugo Favre, an elder of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, lost his home when Katrina hit. He and his wife lived in...
DOJ proposes major change in Indian gaming law (September 16, 2005)
The Bush administration announced a major change in gaming law on Thursday aimed at clarifying the types of casino games that tribes can operate without a tribal-state compact. U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger said the legislation would bring clarity to the...
American Indian Cultural Center gets $2.5M (September 16, 2005)
The American Indian Cultural Center has received $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to start preparations for the $100 million facility in Oklahoma City. Construction on the center is slated to start later this year....
Iowa Tribe receives $250K grant for eagle center (September 16, 2005)
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has received a $250,000 federal grant to build an eagle aviary and rehabilitation center. The tribe will care for sick and injured birds at the center. But the center will serve primarily as a repository...
Pack of dogs causes problems for Navajo community (September 16, 2005)
Residents of the Navajo Nation community in Beclabito, New Mexico, are growing increasingly concerned about a pack of dogs that has killed several farm animals. Daniel and Rosemary Lee said the dogs killed four of their sheep. “This is...
Opinion: Mascots a stereotype of Native Americans (September 16, 2005)
"To me, it’s a black-and-white issue, or perhaps red and white: For one culture to stereotype another culture is wrong. Especially when that other culture is a race. That’s why I was one of the few people who applauded the...
Editorial: Tribe's nuclear waste site a viable option (September 16, 2005)
"While few people outside Utah were paying close attention last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission authorized the licensing of a private storage plant for spent nuclear fuel rods on an Indian reservation some 50 miles southwest of Salt Lake City....
Judge says tribe must collect state tobacco taxes (September 16, 2005)
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan has to pay state tobacco taxes, a federal judge ruled on Monday. The tribe filed suit against the state over the state's seizure of tobacco products. The state said the tribe and its...
Connecticut tribe sees support in recognition bid (September 16, 2005)
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and some labor unions in Connecticut have come out in support of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation's bid for federal recognition. The Connecticut State Building and Trades Council, an association of construction...
Massachusetts tribe, town weigh recognition deal (September 16, 2005)
Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the town of Mashpee are considering an agreement over the tribe's federal recognition petition. Under the agreement, the tribe would support the tribe's pending application. In exchange, the tribe would not sue the...
Opinion: Mascots dehumanize Native Americans (September 16, 2005)
"We all know that the American government destroyed whatever got in its way and broke treaties with indigenous Indians that would have hampered expansion and economic development. Warlike Indians, such as the Apaches, were overrun, and so were those who...
Seneca woman surrenders after 12 years on run (September 16, 2005)
Heather C. Tallchief, a member of the Seneca Nation from New York, surrendered on Thursday after 12 years on run for participating in a $2.5 million armored car theft. Tallchief, 33, gave herself up to authorities in Las Vegas....
Mother sues BIA over teen's suicide attempt at jail (September 16, 2005)
The mother of teen who attempted suicide at a detention facility on the Yakama Reservation in Washington has filed a negligence lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Susan Moses blames the BIA for leaving her 17-year-old son alone in...
Rhode Island set to appeal trust land decision (September 16, 2005)
Officials in Rhode Island indicated they would ask the full 1st Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the Narragansett Tribe's trust land case. The town of Charlestown and Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) challenged a decision to place 31 acres in...
Cobell willing to consider land, payment schedule (September 16, 2005)
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, wants to settle the case for $27.5 billion but is open to "other avenues" of payment, Reuters reports. Cobell said the settlement could include a time-payment plan or the...
Appeals court delays Lamberth fairness complaint (September 16, 2005)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued on order on Thursday delaying the Bush administration's request to remove U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth from the trust fund case. In a per curiam order, the court said the issue of Lamberth's...
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