Supreme Court won't rule on Indian law cases (January 10, 2006)
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a number of Indian law and Indian law-related cases on Monday, as nominee Samuel Alito Jr. went before his confirmation hearing. Without comment, the justices rejected petitions in cases affecting treaty rights and...
Yellow Bird: Close encounters with the wildlife kind (January 10, 2006)
"A recent New York Times story, "Florida wildlife park's lions lose some freedom to roam," reminded me of our northern states - Minnesota, Montana and North and South Dakota. Our states are an outback of sorts, or at least that's...
Sen. Burns blames media for Abramoff story (January 10, 2006)
Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) blamed the news media for running unsubstantiated allegations about his relationship with confessed felon Jack Abramoff. Burns said he has no way of disproving that he isn't under investigation by the Department of Justice. He...
Northern Cheyenne youth run in honor of ancestors (January 10, 2006)
A record number of Northern Cheyenne youth are participating in the annual Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run, which commemorates an escape by tribal ancestors from an Army prison. The 400-mile run is held every January on the anniversary of...
Tribes want DOI to continue funding Sioux museum (January 10, 2006)
Tribes in South Dakota want the Interior Department to continue funding the Sioux Indian Museum, The Rapid City Journal reports, but the Bush administration intends to eliminate funding for three Indian museums next year. The administration wants to transfer the...
Opinion: Tribes no strangers to deceit, double-dealing (January 10, 2006)
"Indians in Vermont disliked Howard Dean enough to oppose his presidential run. Members of the Abenaki Nation, which had squabbled with Dean over state recognition, made a point of supporting Wesley Clark over him. But now Dean is pro-Indian and...
Inquest called into deaths of two Native inmates (January 10, 2006)
Ontario's chief coroner called an inquest to investigate the deaths of two inmates at a jail facility on the Kashechewan First Nation. Two men died after a fire broke out at the dilapidated facility. Critics said the incident could have...
Mayans started writing more than 2,000 years ago (January 10, 2006)
The Mayan civilization developed a writing system more than 2,300 years ago, several hundred years earlier than previously believed. Archaeologists reported the discovery of the oldest known example of Mayan writing at a site called San Bartolo. The 10...
Disenrolled Indians to hold rally in Palm Springs (January 10, 2006)
Former members of some of the wealthiest tribes in California will hold a rally in Palm Springs on Thursday to call attention to their struggle. The rally is being organized by Mark and Carla Maslin. Carla Maslin was kicked out...
After downfall, Abramoff embraces Jewish faith (January 10, 2006)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has embraced his Jewish faith even more strongly now that he has fallen from grace, The New York Times reports. Abramoff always acknowledged his faith but people close to him said he believed he had...
Final decision on 'Fighting Sioux' name delayed (January 10, 2006)
The NCAA's executive committee put off a final decision on the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North Dakota. UND was placed on the list of schools with "hostile and abusive" Indian mascots. The school has appealed...
California Republican comes to defense of Abramoff (January 10, 2006)
In an interview with the Associated Press, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) says disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is "a good person who's done bad things" and that Abramoff provided valuable services to his tribal clients. Rohrabacher met Abramoff during the...
Most Americans believe Washington is corrupt (January 10, 2006)
Most Americans -- 58 percent -- believe the Jack Abramoff scandal is a sign of "widespread corruption in Washington," according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Only 44 percent believe corruption was limited to a few individuals in Washington. A...
Lobbying firm linked to Choctaws to close shop (January 10, 2006)
A lobbying firm that worked with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is closing shop amid reports that it is under federal scrutiny, The Washington Post reports. Alexander Strategy Group [Web Site] was founded by Edwin A. Buckham, a former...
Opinion: Indians want $12B of 'YOUR' money (January 10, 2006)
"Your pockets are about to be picked by a small group of Indians who have hijacked the Department of Interior (DOI) with a court suit that may soon create a new Saudi Arabian like-class of U.S. millionaires whose money-making talent...
Tim Giago: Fire Thunder out of limbo after 66 days (January 10, 2006)
"The sixty-six day stay in limbo for Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first lady president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is over. At a special tribal council meeting held to determine whether to proceed with impeachment or to allow the president...
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