Elderly couple found dead on Fort Peck Reservation (December 13, 2005)

Tribal and federal authorities are investigating the deaths of an elderly couple on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. The elderly man and woman were found in their home on Sunday. They had been dead for several months, according to...

Appeals court hears Oglala Lakota hemp case (December 13, 2005)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Monday in the case of an Oglala Lakota family who wants to grow hemp in the Pine Ridge Reservation. Alex White Plume, the vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and...

Book Review: 'Indian Wars' truthful about tribes (December 13, 2005)

"In the weeks after Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his men in the 7th Cavalry were massacred at the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, the U.S. Army furiously pursued the Cheyenne and Lakota warriors responsible for the...

Review: 'The New World' evocative and credible (December 13, 2005)

Ed. Note: The New World opens December 25 in Los Angeles and New York and nationwide on January 13, 2006. "Terrence Malick's "The New World" is a visual tone poem orchestrated around the themes of innocence, discovery and loss....

Variety: 'New World' promising but story falls short (December 13, 2005)

Ed. Note: The New World opens December 25 in Los Angeles and New York and nationwide on January 13, 2006. "The skies surrounding Jamestown in "The New World" are almost invariably flat and colorless, a condition that unfortunately also describes...

Pine Ridge teenager dies from gunshot wound (December 13, 2005)

Tribal and federal authorities are investigating the death of a 16-year-old on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Apollo Blaze White Calf, 16, died at a hospital on Saturday evening after being shot in the face earlier in the...

Fire Thunder removal hearing delayed a week (December 13, 2005)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe postponed a hearing to determine whether to remove President Cecelia Fire Thunder from office. The hearing was to be held on Monday but had to be rescheduled due to conflicts. The new date is Monday, December...

Skateboarding popular among Indian Country youth (December 13, 2005)

Skateboarding has become a popular sport for Native youth on reservations across Indian Country. The trend has prompted tribes to join in. According to The Arizona Republic, the Navajo Nation, the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona, the Cheyenne...

Illegal dumping a big problem on reservation (December 13, 2005)

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians of California and the Environmental Protection Agency are trying to stop the reservation from being used as an illegal dumping ground. Nearly 25,000 acres of the reservation have become a haven for the...

Bush officials make big claims on ANWR drilling (December 13, 2005)

The Bush administration renewed its push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas drilling. Interior Secretary Gale Norton made two speeches about ANWR yesterday. She claimed that drilling in the refuge could supply certain...

Oklahoma governor seeks to crack down on tribes (December 13, 2005)

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry (D) laid out a series of proposals on Monday that would give the state more enforcement authority over the sale of tobacco at tribal retailers. Henry said the measures are needed because some tribal retailers are...

Monacan Tribe to rebury skull listed on eBay (December 13, 2005)

The Monacan Tribe of Virginia plans to rebury a skull that was put on sale on the auction site eBay. New York City chiropractor Steven Mendola found the 300-year-old skull in a closet of an office. He listed it on...

Dorgan returns donations from Abramoff tribes (December 13, 2005)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) returned $67,000 in contributions from former tribal clients of Jack Abramoff. I dont want one cent related to this guy. I think returning this money is the right thing," Dorgan told The Fargo Forum. Dorgan...

Yellow Bird: Road rage and good samaritans (December 13, 2005)

"I'm happy that the men just stormed away, because the situation could have been worse. Trivial and insignificant things have led to accidents and even deaths, news stories report. This, the stories said, is road rage. In contrast, "aggressive driving"...

Tim Giago: BIA schools turned abused into abusers (December 13, 2005)

"I would welcome the hierarchy of any BIA boarding school or Indian mission boarding school to produce a list of former students and track them through the years they have spent on this earth since leaving the boarding schools and...

Editorial: Probe of Abramoff scandal widens (December 13, 2005)

"What began as an almost garden-variety federal probe of corruption involving a Washington lobbying firm is reportedly blossoming into an exploration of influence-peddling, conspiracy and unethical dealings involving lobbyists, at least six members of Congress and a dozen former aides....

Former Burns aide talks with Abramoff investigators (December 13, 2005)

A former aide to Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) has provided information to the Department of Justice as part of its probe into disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, The Billings Gazette reports. Will Brooke, Burns' former chief of staff, said he voluntarily...

Graphic: How Jack Abramoff spread the wealth (December 13, 2005)

The Washington Post runs a graphic describing how disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff collected $4.7 million in donations from tribal clients and directed tribes to make contributions to lawmakers and political action committees. According to the graphic, the Mississippi Band of...