Pombo seeks changes to Endangered Species Act (September 20, 2005)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the chairman of the House Resources Committee, introduced a bill on Monday to make it harder to designate critical habitats under the Endangered Species Act. Pombo was joined by several Republicans and Democrats in announcing the...
Wiyot Tribe returns home to sacred Indian Island (September 20, 2005)
After nearly being wiped out by a massacre, the Wiyot Tribe in northern California is returning home to Indian Island. The tribe lived on the island in a village known as Tuluwat. As tribal members were holding their world-renewal...
Indian woman wins SBA award for person of year (September 20, 2005)
An Ojibwe woman who owns a construction company has been named the 2005 Minnesota Minority Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Kathleen Meyer, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, runs...
Pine Ridge woman accuses IHS doctor of misconduct (September 20, 2005)
A woman from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is suing an Indian Health Services doctor of inappropriate conduct during a visit to an IHS hospital. Tamara Star Comes Out says Mohammad Ahsan touched her inappropriately. She is seeking...
Code Talkers museum may be coming to Gallup (September 20, 2005)
A museum to honor the Navajo Code Talkers may be coming to Gallup, New Mexico. The city and the Southwest Indian Foundation received a $90,000 grant from the state and are putting $90,000 of their own money into finding an...
Disenrolled Indians organize rally in California (September 20, 2005)
Ousted members of wealthy California tribes are holding a rally at the state capitol in Sacramento on Friday. The rally calls attention to the removal of hundreds of people from the rolls of several tribes. According to activists, upwards of...
Wild rice harvesting still an important tradition (September 20, 2005)
Harvesting wild rice is still an important tradition for Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota although some elders worry that fewer younger people are interested. Rice is an important revenue stream for many families. John Shimek, 22, says an experienced harvester can...
Cobell plaintiffs: Swimmer to blame for trust woes (September 20, 2005)
"If anyone should know about what's wrong with the government's Indian Trust program, Ross Swimmer should know. When he was head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Reagan Administration, he found the trust operations so troublesome that he...
DOI spends $30K to produce glossy report on trust (September 20, 2005)
The Interior Department spent $30,000 to produce a glossy, 24-page brochure on the Indian trust fund, the Associated Press reports. The brochure was prepared after the July 26 Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Cobell v. Norton and trust reform....
Museum in Argentina plans to display Indian children (September 20, 2005)
A museum in Argentina is running into controversy over its plan to display the bodies of three mummified Indian children who were discovered in preserved condition. The Museum of High Altitude Archaeology hopes to start showing the children to the...
Editorial: Say no to Goshute nuclear waste dump (September 20, 2005)
"At the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, there must be panic. The NRC, years ago, was supposed to have been storing high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nev. But that plan has never gone well. The regulatory process to license the permanent-storage...
Oglala Lakota College assumes control of Head Start (September 20, 2005)
The Oglala Lakota College has taken control of the Head Start program formerly managed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The college received a $4.7 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to run the program. The tribe...
Newspaper back for Chippewa Cree Tribe meetings (September 20, 2005)
The Havre Daily News in Montana is no longer barred from attending the Chippewa Cree Tribe's council meetings. The paper had been barred after publishing a story about proposed changes to the tribe's constitution. Some council members apparently didn't like...
Two more guilty pleas in Goshute theft case (September 20, 2005)
Two members of the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing from the tribe while a third member was sentenced for the same crime. Marlinda Moon, Sammy Blackbear and Mirada Wash were charged with taking...
Tim Giago: Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina (September 20, 2005)
"It would be nearly impossible for a natural disaster of this magnitude not to have pointed out some very serious flaws in our systems of government and I was keenly interested in the opinions of some of the black politicians....
White House official arrested in Abramoff probe (September 20, 2005)
A White House official resigned on Friday and was arrested on Monday in connection with the probe into disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. David Safavian, the head of procurement policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget, is...
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