Second Texas tribe involved in Abramoff scandal (November 28, 2005)
LOBBYING SCANDAL Public relations consultant Michael Scanlon refused to answer questions at November 17, 2004, Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing. • Plea Deal | Attachment | US v. Scanlon The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas last week confirmed its involvement in...
Chitimacha Tribe wins awards for health clinic (November 28, 2005)
The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana is earning awards for improved services at the Chitimacha Health Care Clinic. Since the hiring of Dr. Indira Gautam as the primary physician three years ago, the clinic has won nine awards from the Indian...
Q&A with Joe Garcia, the new president of NCAI (November 28, 2005)
Diana Marrero of Gannett News Service interviews Joe Garcia, the newly elected president of the National Congress of American Indians. Garcia, the governor of Ohkay Owingeh, or San Juan Pueblo in New Mexico, took control of the organization this...
NCAI staffer seeks public office in Minnesota (November 28, 2005)
Irene Folstrom, a staffer at the National Congress of American Indians, is running for State Legislature in Minnesota. Folstrom is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. If she is elected, she said she will be the first...
Elouise Cobell: Lamberth frustrated with DOI (November 28, 2005)
"In its haste to condemn U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth for his anger over the government's deception, stonewalling, document destruction and witness intimidation in our 10-year-long lawsuit, the News overlooked a crucial conclusion in the Nov. 15 decision...
Judge Lamberth, the cowboy, sides with Indians (November 28, 2005)
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, the judge handling the Cobell trust fund case, says he isn't worried what others think about his rulings. "I don't shrink from making decisions, even controversial ones," he told the Associated Press in an interview....
Native Voice to move home office to Washington (November 28, 2005)
Native Voice, an independent newspaper focusing on national Native news and issues, is moving is home office to Washington, D.C. Publisher Frank King said the office will move within six months to a year. The paper will continue to be...
Lakota Country Times celebrates first year (November 28, 2005)
The Lakota Country Times, the newest publication on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, recently celebrated its first anniversary. The weekly newspaper debuted in October 2004. It was started by Amanda Takes War Bonnett, a former staffer at...
Editorial: Anything goes when it comes to scandal (November 28, 2005)
"Thousands of young people head to Capitol Hill each year hoping to launch their careers, and when Michael Scanlon arrived in the mid-1990s, he was fairly typical: talented, ambitious, not particularly ideological but drawn to power. But Mr. Scanlon, now...
Abramoff probe spreads to members of Congress (November 28, 2005)
Several members of Congress, their former aides and even a couple of spouses are being investigated as part of the Department of Justice's probe into the activities of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. According to The Washington Post, a team of...
GOP activist blasts McCain for lobbying probe (November 28, 2005)
Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, a Republican anti-tax group, is again criticizing Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) for the Jack Abramoff lobbying probe. Norquist says McCain subpoenaed ATR's e-mail traffic and tried to subpoena the group's donor...
Opinion: Tribes, state to combat meth problem (November 28, 2005)
"Last week, the Tribal Leaders Conference brought the tribal communities of our state together. The enclave focused on the strong interdependence of the Indian culture and how as a people, we have the strength to bring about real change. It...
Yellow Bird: Tribal college leadership problems (November 28, 2005)
"There are about 34 tribal colleges in several states, and most have regional accreditation. In 1990, enrollment in tribal colleges was 8,093; by 2004, enrollment had grown to a resounding 17,409, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Most of...
Editorial: Permanent protection for Bear Butte (November 28, 2005)
" Bear Butte is sacred ground to upwards of 60 American Indian tribes. Thousands of Indians make the pilgrimage to the isolated mountain north of Sturgis each year. As the town of Sturgis grows and its annual motorcycle rally continues...
Editorial: Tribes skirting state tobacco tax law (November 28, 2005)
"Any doubt that some American Indian tobacco shops are skirting the state's tobacco tax law was erased last week during a meeting of a state House committee that's exploring Oklahoma's tobacco tax. One tribal official admitted as much. Diane Hammons,...
Editorial: Culture of corruption in Washington (November 28, 2005)
"The Abramoff affair unfolding in Washington, D.C., is hard to follow in its particulars. In broad outline, however, it's a simple story: People who wanted something from the federal government hired a well-connected fixer, who delivered the goods by lubricating...
Mother: Red Lake shooter 'must have went crazy' (November 28, 2005)
The mother of Jeff Weise, the 16-year-old who shot and killed nine people on the Red Lake Reservation before turning the gun on himself, said her son "must have went crazy." Joanne Weise has trouble with her memory after suffering...
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