DOI to hold series of Indian energy meetings (January 6, 2006)
The Interior Department is holding a series of meetings this month on the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Section V of the act requires Interior to consult on the development of regulations regarding Tribal Energy Resource Agreements. The purpose of...
Editorial: It takes two to tango in Washington (January 6, 2006)
"The Abramoff saga is exposing the depth of corruption that goes on inside the Beltway, as monied lobbyists cozy up to our lawmakers, lavish them with gifts and stuff their campaign coffers. It's vote buying, and the lawmakers who can...
Paper concludes series on Indian child welfare (January 6, 2006)
The Rapid City Journal ran the second of its two-part series on the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act in South Dakota. The state and the tribes are carrying out 30 recommendations made by the South Dakota ICWA Commission....
DOI museums set to close but tribes may benefit (January 6, 2006)
The Interior Department's Indian Arts and Crafts Board is set to close three Indian museums by 2007 if alternate funding isn't found. DOI says the money used to operate the museums could be used to fight fake Indian arts and...
Abramoff sought meeting with retired Sen. Campbell (January 6, 2006)
Retired Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) said this week that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff tried to meet with him when he was chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. During an appearance on liberal-leaning Democracy Now show, Campbell said he...
Opinion: Scandal underscores racism Indians face (January 6, 2006)
"A blockbuster Washington, D.C., scandal will produce racial epithets aplenty. Jack Abramoff and an associate currently face charges of conspiracy and fraud, allegedly having lied about assets to secure financing to purchase a fleet of gambling boats. Evidence in Abramoff’s...
Opinion: Lobbying reforms won't reform lobbying (January 6, 2006)
"In a meeting with top Republican lawmakers in November, the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, decided to make lobbying reform a priority for 2006. As leadership decisions go, it was a no-brainer: everyone in the room knew that the Jack...
Guess what? Cats came across the Bering Strait too (January 6, 2006)
Cats crossed the Bering Strait just like the ancestors of American Indians supposedly did, according to research published in today's issue of Science. Based on DNA analyses of the 37 living species of cats, researchers said the first cats...
Column: Republicans now asking, Jack Who? (January 6, 2006)
"It almost makes you feel sorry for Jack Abramoff. Republicans once fell all over themselves to get his "moolah," the term used famously by the disgraced superlobbyist, and to get his advice on dealing with that warm and cuddly entity...
Prairie Band Potawatomi chairman resigns (January 6, 2006)
Zachariah Pahmahmie resigned as chairman of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation after a particularly rocky year for the Kansas-based tribe. Elected four years ago, Pahmahmie was the youngest chairman in the tribe's history. He was 29 at the time....
Lieberman signs onto McCain's lobbying reform bill (January 6, 2006)
Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut) is joining Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) as a co-sponsor of a lobbying reform bill. S.2128 would require quarterly disclosures of lobbying activities and would require grassroots groups to report their activities for the first time. It...
Texas prosecutor subpoenas Choctaws, Barona Band (January 6, 2006)
The Texas prosecutor who secured an indictment against Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has expanded the case by issuing subpoenas for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Barona Band of Mission Indians, according to news reports. Travis County prosecutor...
Abramoff scandal tips off power struggle within GOP (January 6, 2006)
The Jack Abramoff scandal has tipped off a power struggle among House Republicans, some of whom are eager to replace Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) as majority leader, The Washington Post reports. DeLay had hoped to reclaim the leadership post he...
Opinion: Democrats took $3.1M in Abramoff donations (January 6, 2006)
"With the upcoming aria to be sung by über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff the American public will witness the unbridled arrogance of power. Abramoff, a highly successful Washington influence peddler right up to the nanosecond of his plea-bargain, doled out more complicated...
Not all lawmakers are getting rid of Abramoff cash (January 6, 2006)
Some lawmakers say there is no reason to return donations linked to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York), Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York), Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington), Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island),...
Charities among recipients of recycled donations (January 6, 2006)
Native organizations, charities and tribal colleges are receiving some of the Jack Abramoff donations that are being recycled by politicans. The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, a shelter for battered women on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, is...
Editorial: Tribes were the players, not victims (January 6, 2006)
"There is some suggestion Jack Abramoff victimized unwary tribes and politicians, but this is more a case of unbridled greed than people taking advantage of powerless tribes and corrupting innocent politicians. Abramoff is the poster child for all that is...
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