Appeals court considers bias charges in Cobell lawsuit (October 17, 2005)
The Bush administration renewed allegations of bias in the handling of the Indian trust fund lawsuit at a hearing on Friday but faced probing questions from two appellate court judges. Thomas M. Bondy, a Department of Justice attorney, pressed the...
Haskell graduate among three killed in apartment fire (October 17, 2005)
Yolanda Riddle, a member of the Navajo Nation and a graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University, was among three people killed in an apartment complex fire in Lawrence, Kansas. Riddle earned an associate's degree from Haskell, a bachelor’s degree...
Wyoming tribes say BIA didn't negotiate best deal (October 17, 2005)
Two Wyoming tribes are considering the creation of a minerals development company to get a better price for their trust assets. Leaders of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe say contracts that were negotiated by the Bureau...
Bush to tout Miers' knowledge of tribal sovereignty (October 17, 2005)
Faces with intense skepticism from conservative Republicans, the White House is relaunching the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers with an emphasis on her experience with tribal sovereignty, Time Magazine reports. The White House's 20-person "confirmation team" is lining...
Firm awarded contract to track fake Native arts (October 17, 2005)
A consulting firm in Virginia has been hired by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board to track counterfeit Native goods. Potomac Management Group Inc. has experience in the homeland security arena. The firm will help the board, which is part...
Tribe in Florida receives donation of 28 acres (October 17, 2005)
An anonymous donor has given nearly 28 acres of land to a Creek tribe based in Florida. The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe has big plans for the land. Chief Tom Nichols envisions a tribal headquarters and heritage center,...
Muckleshoot Tribe opens $20M health center (October 17, 2005)
With statistics showing that Native Americans in Washington have the shortest life expectancy and suffer from high rates of diabetes and deaths from injuries, the Muckleshoot Tribe hopes a $20 million health and wellness center will keep a new...
Tribe in Venezuela criticizes action against mission (October 17, 2005)
Representatives of the Puinare Tribe in Venezuela criticized President Hugo Chavez for ordering a Christian mission group to leave the country. Jose Kayupare, a member of the tribe, said the Tribes Mission is not exploiting indigenous people as Chavez has...
Pine Ridge president faces another complaint (October 17, 2005)
A second complaint has been filed against Cecilia Fire Thunder, the first woman president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. The charges are much the same as a prior complaint that was dismissed. William Birdnecklace Tate, a former...
GOP feels threatened by Abramoff scandal (October 17, 2005)
The Republican establishment in Washington is holding its breath over the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, The Austin-American Statesman reports. Abramoff has links to a number of top Republicans, including the deposed Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), and to the White House....
Ralph Reed worked for Abramoff -- again (October 17, 2005)
Ralph Reed, the Christian Republican activist and candidate for lieutenant governor of Georgia, worked for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff on yet another gaming venture but still denies knowing he was paid by gaming interests. Reed received a pass-through donation...
Abramoff used lobbying cash to defeat Internet bill (October 17, 2005)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has raised doubts about the millions that tribes spent on Jack Abramoff but The Washington Post reconstructs how disgraced lobbyist went to bat for a small company that opposed an Internet gaming bill. Abramoff was...
Two missing Indian girls found in North Dakota (October 17, 2005)
Two 13-year-old Indian girls who went missing last week were found Sunday night in Bismarck, North Dakota. An Amber Alert had been issued for LaRaya LaVallie and Brianna Mayer. They were last seen at the Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck...
Dispatch: Indians and whites heirs to sacred land (October 17, 2005)
"The Indians took their own names from the hills and rivers and creatures they held sacred. They explained their universe with legends and fables. Lewis and Clark came to categorize the plants and animals, to map the land and...
More 'Backtalk' about 'Fighting Sioux' controversy (October 17, 2005)
The Grand Forks Herald publishes more reaction about the controversy over the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The positive comments outweigh the negative ones this time. Butt out, NCAA: "The NCAA sticking their noses into the...
Opinion: Racism against Native people alive and well (October 17, 2005)
"The indigenous people of North America historically have been and still are highly affected by racism and stereotyping. I define racism as the existence of beliefs, attitudes, institutional arrangements and acts that tend to denigrate individuals or groups because of...
Yellow Bird: Elders taking more active role in tribe (October 17, 2005)
"I want to mention that the elders' organization is just one of a growing number of such programs around the country. Many are being formed as tribal elders retire to the reservation after decades of business, professional or government service....
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