Allegations fly as Kickapoo Tribe faces election (September 21, 2005)
Leaders of the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas are facing a challenge as the tribe approaches its October 1 council election. Some tribal members say current council officials are spending too much time touting an off-reservation casino. One council official, a...
NCAA extends mascot policy to division bowl games (September 21, 2005)
The NCAA extended its policy against the use of Indian mascots during post-season tournaments to the Division I-A bowl games. The extension will affect at least three Division I-A universities, according to Inside Higher Education. Among them is the University...
BIA official revives off-reservation land regulations (September 21, 2005)
Nearly four years after being pulled by the Bush administration, regulations for off-reservation land acquisitions are back on the Bureau of Indian Affairs agenda. George Skibine, the agency's acting deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development, is working on...
Gwich'in Nation continues fight against ANWR drilling (September 21, 2005)
The Gwich'in Nation is mounting a modest vigil in Washington, D.C., to protest development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The tribe opposes drilling in ANWR out of fear that it will harm the Porcupine caribou herd. Gwich'in...
Out-of-state tribes still hope for land claim deal (September 21, 2005)
Two Wisconsin tribes still hope they can reach a land claim settlement with the state of New York. Last year, the Oneida Nation and the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans settled their lawsuits in exchange for gaming and other rights in...
Senate Indian Affairs oversight hearing on gaming (September 21, 2005)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this morning on Indian gaming. The hearing will focus on the recent court decision involving the Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Class III gaming. On August 28, a federal...
Column: Abramoff scandal visits the White House (September 21, 2005)
"The Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal reached into the White House yesterday, picking off President Bush's top procurement official -- who just barely had time to resign before being arrested. The federal charges against David Safavian stem from his tenure as...
Opinion: Tribes criticized for working with neighbors (September 21, 2005)
"California tribes are consistently accused of not participating in state and local governmental processes. Yet when the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians of Yolo County attempts to do so by joining a local joint powers authority to preserve environmental and...
Native man blasts tribe's response to HIV/AIDS (September 21, 2005)
Isadore Boni went public with his HIV/AIDS diagnosis in December 2004 in hopes of educating Native Americans about the dangers of the disease. But Boni says his own San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona isn't doing enough to address...
Sen. Reid to vote against Roberts nomination (September 21, 2005)
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said on Tuesday that he will vote against the nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice of the United States. Reid said he couldn't trust Roberts to be committed to civil right...
Spokane Tribe's compensation bill sees opposition (September 21, 2005)
A bill that would compensate the Spokane Tribe of Washington for land flooded by the Grand Coulee Dam seemed ready to pass Congress but has now run into opposition from local officials and landowners. H.R.1797 passed the House by a...
Arrested Bush official has questionable ties (September 21, 2005)
A former White House official who was arrested as part of the probe into disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff also has ties to Republican anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and once represented foreigners with alleged links to terrorism and human rights abuses....
Happy Birthday! NMAI celebrates first year (September 21, 2005)
The National Museum of the American Indian is celebrating its first anniversary today. The museum opened to the public on September 21, 2005. Since then, nearly 2.5 million people have passed through its doors on the National Mall in Washington,...
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