BIA reverses course on state recognition of tribes (October 13, 2005)
Recognition Documents: BIA Press Release | Eastern Pequot Notice | Schaghticoke Notice Reaction to Decisions: Eastern Pequot | Attorney General Gov. Jodi Rell | Sens. Dodd, Lieberman Two Connecticut tribes whose relationship with the state goes back more than...
Tribes vow fight after being denied recognition (October 13, 2005)
Stunned and disappointed, leaders of two Connecticut tribes said their struggle to gain federal recognition would not end despite rejection from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. "The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation has never shied away from a challenge. Today's decision...
Eastern Pequot Statement on BIA Decision (October 13, 2005)
The following is a statement from Marcia Flowers, Chairwoman of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, in response to October 12, 2005 Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to deny the tribe federal recognition. The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation has never shied...
Editorial: Recognition decision shows bad process (October 13, 2005)
"The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs' rejection of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation for federal recognition Wednesday highlights what has become a very broken process for Indian tribes. The controversy over that process has made very strange bedfellows out of Schaghticoke...
Tribes press lawmakers on habitat restoration (October 13, 2005)
Representatives of Pacific Northwest tribes pressed lawmakers to support restoration of the salmon habitat in order to increase dwindling runs of fish. Tribes said imposing limits on the catch won't help the fish. Limits have been in place for years...
Red Lake chair again defends son from charges (October 13, 2005)
Red Lake Nation Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. has given another interview in defense of his son, the only person charged in connection with the March 21, 2005, shootings on the reservation. Jourdain told The Minneapolis Star Tribune that Louis, now...
Editorial: Recognition decisions 'proper and fair' (October 13, 2005)
"The Bureau of Indian Affairs Wednesday notified the Historic Eastern Pequot Tribe and Schaghticoke Tribal Nation that they do not qualify for federal recognition. While the decision understandably disappoints the tribes, two of seven criteria for recognition were not met....
Editorial: Gaming has tainted recognition process (October 13, 2005)
"It is possible to have entirely conflicting emotions about the decision to deny federal recognition to the Eastern Pequot and the Schaghticoke tribes. Both tribes began their individual journeys years before the 1987 Supreme Court decision that gave tribes the...
Cherokee 'chief' plans to take over Indian Center (October 13, 2005)
A man claiming to be the chief of the "RedNation of the Cherokee" is planning to take over the Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita, Kansas. Chief Randy Two Bears Standing Tate said he was upset about allegations of mismanagement at...
South Dakota tribes seek to boost tourism industry (October 13, 2005)
The Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates in South Dakota is launching a new campaign to promote tribes to tourists. "We Want to Make Your Reservation to a Tribal Sovereign Destination," aims to help tribes attract people to their reservations. Tours...
Raptor from South America is 95 million years old (October 13, 2005)
A 95-million-year-old fossil discovered in South America is the oldest raptor ever found in the southern continents and may have been a relative to modern birds, researchers say. The rooster-size carnivore, called a Buitreraptor, is part of a group...
Renovation at DOI worries some employees (October 13, 2005)
A group of Interior Department employees has raised environmental, health and safety concerns about a $220 million renovation of the main building in Washington, D.C., Stephen Barr of The Washington Post reports in his "Federal Diary" column. The employees say...
Navajo council chambers a historic landmark (October 13, 2005)
The Navajo Nation Council chambers in Window Rock, Arizona, has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the Interior Department. The department made the announcement on September 9, 2005. But the council held its own special ceremony yesterday to...
Schwarzenegger signs sacred site measure into law (October 13, 2005)
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed into a law a bill that keeps information about sacred sites from being released to the public. Most sacred site information isn't released to the public. But the information could be disclosed under a...
Another person claims official disparaged tribe (October 13, 2005)
A second person has come forward to claim a county official made disparaging remarks about the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians in Oregon. Two people say they witnessed Douglas County Commissioner Marilyn Kittelman talk about her...
Hualapai Tribe, National Park Service in dispute (October 13, 2005)
The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona and the National Park Service are in a dispute over the boundaries of the reservation in the western part of the Grand Canyon. The tribe says the northern boundary of the reservation lies on the...
FBI closes investigation on Enterprise Rancheria (October 13, 2005)
The Enterprise Rancheria of California is no longer being investigated by the FBI, The Marysville-Yuba City Appeal-Democrat reports. The tribe was under investigation for alleged misused of funds. But no one was ever arrested or charged and the FBI closed...
Editorial: Help Quileute Tribe with boundary issue (October 13, 2005)
"Olympic National Park officials should quickly respond to the Quileute's closure of a park-beach access trail by finding a way to help the tiny tribe on Washington's coast with its long-standing boundary issue. The Quileute and the park need...
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