Senate panel delves into gaming again for 2006 (January 25, 2006)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee resumes its focus on the $19 billion tribal gaming industry next week with a hearing on off-reservation casinos. In his first year as chairman of the committee, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) held five gaming and...
Family, friends gather in honor of Navajo soldier (January 25, 2006)
More than 250 family members and friends met on Tuesday night to remember Clifton "Tigger" Yazzie, a 23-year-old Navajo soldier who was killed in Iraq. Yazzie was nicknamed "Tigger" for his upbeat attitude. Relatives said he was always cracking...
Editorial: Native on parole board a good idea (January 25, 2006)
"Gov. Mike Rounds took the right step recently, selecting Sisseton-Wahpeton tribal member Debra C. Flute to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Rounds sponsored a move last year to require a Native American on the board by law, but that...
Rep. Young intervened on behalf of Abramoff (January 25, 2006)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) is the latest Republican lawmaker being linked to the Jack Abramoff scandal, as reported by Roll Call. In September 2002, Young wrote a letter to the General Services Administration. He urged the GSA to grant minority...
Elders urge tribal unity to protect sacred sites (January 25, 2006)
A panel of tribal elders urged tribes to work together to protect sacred sites in southern California. The elders said important sites will be lost to development. Riverside County, home to several tribes, has 8,000 known sites, an archaeologist...
Navajo police in Shiprock strained by violence (January 25, 2006)
Navajo Nation police in Shiprock, New Mexico, are dealing with an increase in alcohol, drug and gang-related violence. In recent months, there have been three stabbing deaths and a triple homicide. Police say they are having a hard time dealing...
DOI gets new deputy chief information officer (January 25, 2006)
Ed Meagher, the chief technology officer for the Veterans Affairs Department, has been named the new deputy chief information officer at the Interior Department. Meagher had been deputy chief information officer at VA since 2001 and was promoted to...
Senate panel approves Alito for Supreme Court (January 25, 2006)
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10 to 8 along party lines to approve the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. as U.S. Supreme Court justice. The Senate will begin floor debate on Alito today. He is assured of confirmation due...
Sen. Burns ad says Abramoff 'ripped off' tribes (January 25, 2006)
Watch the Ad Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) debuted a television ad on Tuesday that seeks to distance himself from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In the ad, Burns calls Abramoff "the guy who ripped off his Indian clients for...
Opinion: Abramoff latest in long line of thieves (January 25, 2006)
"Historically, racism has characterized and justified unscrupulous behavior toward Native Americans. This attitude has kept us in poverty and ill health since the inception of the reservation system. The long historical racist mentality, accentuated through the doctrine of Manifest Destiny,...
Little River Band leader faces removal again (January 25, 2006)
The leader of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is facing removal, a year after narrowly surviving an ouster attempt. Lee Sprague, the ogema of the tribe, said he will defend himself from charges of financial mismanagement. He said...
EPA approves treatment as state for Navajo Nation (January 25, 2006)
The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it approved the Navajo Nation's treatment as state request. The tribe will administer its own water quality standards and certification program under the Clean Water Act. “We are pleased to celebrate this...
Kickapoo women face trial for tribal takeover (January 25, 2006)
Four elderly Kickapoo women face a trial in tribal court for the takeover of an administration building. The women occupied the office for two weeks in December 2004. They were protesting chairman Tony Salazar, whom they accused of mishandling the...
Tribe's treatment as state draws opposition (January 25, 2006)
A Wisconsin tribe's request for treatment as state status is drawing opposition. The Lac du Flambeau of Lake Superior Chippewa is seeking authority under federal law to develop its own water standards. The federal courts have upheld the sovereign...
Reporter: Abramoff shopped Bush photos around (January 25, 2006)
Jack Abramoff showed the photos of himself with President Bush to Washingtonian magazine, a reporter for Newsweek said on MSNBC. The Washingtonian was the first to post about the existence of the photos late last week and Time Magazine followed...
Chippewa Cree leaders want to take Abramoff cash (January 25, 2006)
Leaders of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana are criticizing their colleagues for refusing $111,000 in recycled Jack Abramoff money. Chairman John "Chance" Houle said the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council should have taken the money even though it was coming...
Abramoff hosted baby shower for Congressman (January 25, 2006)
A Republican Congressman who defended Jack Abramoff held a baby shower at Abramoff's former upscale restaurant in Washington, D.C., The Hill newspaper reports. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) invited a few Republicans, staffers and at least one lobbyist to the shower...
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