GAO report finds IHS care subject to limits, rations (October 11, 2005)
GAO Report Excerpt: Comparison of Aberdeen, Oklahoma City and Portland Areas Indianz.Com Listening Lounge, Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Indian Health Care Improvement Act, July 14, 2005:Note: The following files are in MP3 format. Intro - 8:27 -...
Pombo to draft New York land claims settlement (October 11, 2005)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the chairman of the House Resources Committee, is drafting a bill to settle New York tribal land claims. Pombo directed subcommittee staff to begin writing the bill. He said state officials in New York haven't done...
Native American Day held in South Dakota (October 11, 2005)
The state of South Dakota celebrated Native American Day on Monday, the replacement holiday for Columbus Day. The Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls held a powwow and resource fair to mark the occasion. About 1,000 people attended the event....
BIA accused of favoritism for farming deal (October 11, 2005)
Farmers on the Yakama Reservation in Washington questioned the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approving a farming deal with a South Dakota group. The farmers said the BIA is showing favoritism. They say they are leasing land for $80 to...
Maine tribes mark 25 years since settlement (October 11, 2005)
Monday was the 25th anniversary of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act, the law that settled the land claims of three tribes. On October 10, 1980, then-President Jimmy Carter signed the act into law. The Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy...
Tribal leader named to Civil Rights Commission (October 11, 2005)
Arlan Melendez, the chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in Nevada, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Melendez is only the second Native American to serve on the panel. The first was Elsie Meeks,...
Indigenous Solidarity Day on Oregon campus (October 11, 2005)
Monday was Indigenous Solidarity Day at the University of Oregon, an event that brought out students, tribal leaders and activist John Trudell. Mark Franco, the headman of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe in California, spoke about his tribe's struggles with the...
Scalia leads Columbus Day parade in New York (October 11, 2005)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia served as the grand marshal of New York City's Columbus Day parade on Monday. Scalia wore a sash but few recognized him, The New York Times reported. "Who's that guy?" one man asked....
Indian community hit by flooding refuses aid (October 11, 2005)
An Indian community in Guatemala that suffered a government-led massacre is refusing to let soldiers help recover victims of flooding and mudslides brought on by Hurricane Stan. Residents of Panabaj, a Sutujil Indian community, blocked soldiers who were sent to...
Indians in Colombia stage massive protest (October 11, 2005)
About 8,000 Colombian Indians began a weeklong protest against a free trade agreement with the United States, prompting clashes with the police that left at least one Indian dead and at least 15 others wounded. The protesters in western...
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe tight on membership (October 11, 2005)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is presenting proof of its membership as it seeks to gain federal recognition. The tribe closed the rolls several years ago in order to make a stronger case for recognition, tribal genealogist Patricia Oakley...
Eastern Pequots 'just waiting' on BIA decision (October 11, 2005)
The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is waiting and praying as it awaits another federal recognition decision from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribes won preliminary recognition during the Clinton administration in March 2000. The Bush administration issued...
ICT: Seminole Tribe to avoid bond fight with IRS (October 11, 2005)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida will avoid a showdown with the Internal Revenue Service over tax-exempt bonds, Indian Country Today reports. The tribe issued $430 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance its gaming and gaming-related enterprises. But the IRS has...
Reporter who uncovered abuse of Indian estates dies (October 11, 2005)
George Ringwald, a California reporter whose work in uncovering abuses of Indian estates in Palm Springs earned him a Pulitzer and led to trust reform legislation, died on Sunday. He was 81. In 1968, Ringwald won the Pulitzer for a...
McCain in California to support Schwarzenegger (October 11, 2005)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) was in California on Monday to support fellow Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign initiatives. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, endorsed four ballot initiatives that Schwarzenegger is championing. "He's got principle, he's...
Land returned to Oregon tribes after 150 years (October 11, 2005)
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians celebrated the return of 43 acres of ancestral land. The land was among the first piece of property taken from the tribes by the federal government. It was being...
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