Cherokee Nation accepts Freedmen citizenship ruling (March 9, 2006)
The Cherokee Nation will abide by a court ruling that reaffirmed the citizenship rights of the Freedmen, the tribe's top legal official said on Wednesday. In court, the tribe argued that the Freedmen, the descendants of African-American slaves who were...
Haskell University seeks endowment leader (March 9, 2006)
Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas is seeking a person to lead its new endowment. The school founded the endowment and appointed a board of directors. With the help of a federal grant, the school is advertising for someone with...
Enrollment dispute hits Narragansett Tribe (March 9, 2006)
About 200 members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island have been suspended after a review of the tribal rolls. The suspensions led to the loss of health care, education and other services. But after a protest, the services were...
Top court to hear Whiteclay liquor license suit (March 9, 2006)
The Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Friday in a Whiteclay liquor license dispute. The state Liquor Control Commission, citing repeated violations, canceled the license of a liquor store owner in the border town. Jason Schwarting appealed and...
Senate committee approves Trail of Tears legislation (March 9, 2006)
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved S.1970, a bill to expand the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) introduced the bill in November. It requires the Interior Department to update an existing study to...
First Nations seek to improve rights for women (March 9, 2006)
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is calling on the Canadian government to improve the property rights of Native women who live on reserves. In many cases, Native women aren't allowed to retain homes or property when a marriage or common-law...
Fake Indian indicted on fraud charges in South Dakota (March 9, 2006)
A man who called himself Charlie Smoke and claimed Native heritage in an attempt to block his deportation from Canada has been indicted on fraud charges by a federal grand jury in South Dakota. Smoke's real name is Charles...
Missing twin Native girls located on reserve (March 9, 2006)
Two 14-year-old Native sisters who ran away from a child care worker have been found on the Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan. Cherish and Rosalee Frenchman, fraternal twins, were last seen at a shopping mall in Saskatoon on January...
Tulalip Tribes to submit audits on housing program (March 9, 2006)
The Tulalip Tribes of Washington stand to regain nearly $9 million in federal housing grants after submitting audits to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The tribe was suspended after a HUD investigation found misuse of federal funds....
Oglala Sioux candidate for U.S. House discusses agenda (March 9, 2006)
Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is seeking the Republican party's nomination for South Dakota's lone Congressional seat. Whalen, a father of three, says traditional Lakota values are more in line with Republican ones. As one example,...
Highway stretch might be named for Pueblo leader (March 9, 2006)
A 3-mile portion of the major highway in northern New Mexico might be named after Jacob Viarrial, the late governor of Pojoaque Pueblo. The portion of U.S. 84/285 that runs through Pojoaque Pueblo will be named "Jacob Viarrial Memorial...
Repatriation a major issue for tribes, museums (March 9, 2006)
In 1990, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act was signed into law, recognizing the rights of Native Americans and Alaska Natives to reclaim their cultural heritage. The law requires museums that receive federal funding to publish a list...
Bush, other Republicans, quick to forget Abramoff (March 9, 2006)
In the April 2006 issue of Vanity Fair, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff obsesses over all the Republican pals who seem to have forgotten him now that he is cooperating with the Department of Justice as he awaits his jail sentence....
Abramoff boasts of favors received from Sen. Burns (March 9, 2006)
In the April 2006 issue of Vanity Fair, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff boasts of his close ties to Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) and Burns' staff. Burns is chairman of the Senate Interior Appropriations subcommittee, which handles funding for the...
Sen. Vitter backs bill to limit tribal donations (March 9, 2006)
Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana), who is fighting the land-into-trust application of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, has agreed to sponsor a bill to impose limits on tribal political donations. Vitter was persuaded by the National Association of Convenience Stores...
Abramoff accuses McCain of personal vendetta (March 9, 2006)
In the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, Jack Abramoff says Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) held a personal grudge that motivated the investigation into his tribal lobbying activities. Abramoff says McCain's vendetta is tied to the 2000 presidential campaign, when Abramoff...
Sen. Santorum resumes meetings with lobbyists (March 9, 2006)
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania), who tried to ally himself with the lobbying reform efforts of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), has resumed regular meetings with lobbyists, The Washington Post reports. Santorum suspended the meetings in January amid controversy over the Jack...
Navajo woman chosen as new president of IAIA (March 9, 2006)
Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet, a member of the Navajo Nation, is the new president of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Manuelito-Kerkvliet, 51, was the first woman president of Dine College on the Navajo Nation. She...
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