Trust fund debacle consumed Norton at Interior (March 13, 2006)

Gale Norton's bitter confirmation fight and close Senate vote gave her a hint of the controversy she would encounter as Secretary of the Department of the Interior but they were no preparation for the beating she took in Indian affairs....

Norton's resignation exposes Indian leadership void (March 13, 2006)

Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced her resignation on Friday, a move that highlights the leadership void at the department with primary responsibility for Indian affairs. Although Norton was a constant figure in the Bush administration, having served five years in...

Pine Ridge Student: Native American equal rights (March 13, 2006)

"For me, equal rights has been a vague principle for my living situation. I am a 17-year-old Native American girl, and I live in one of the country's most poverty-stricken reservations. Living on Pine Ridge Reservation is not always an...

District adopts plan to improve Indian education (March 13, 2006)

The school district in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has adopted a five-year plan to keep Indian students in school. The drop out rate among Indian students is extremely high. Of 112 Indian freshman who started high school in 2002, only...

Fans, family travel far to support Navajo team (March 13, 2006)

More than 1,000 fans, family and friends from the Navajo community Navajo, New Mexico, traveled to support their boys basketball team in the state championships. The Navajo Pine High School Warriors ended the season 26-4 record. They reached the...

UN panel criticizes US over Western Shoshones (March 13, 2006)

The United Nation Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued an "early warning and urgent action" last week to the United States for its handling of Western Shoshone land rights. The committee said it received "credible information" that the...

Litefoot organizes boycott of GUN video game (March 13, 2006)

Cherokee rap artist/producer Litefoot is leading a boycott of a video game that depicts Indians as savages Gun, produced by Activision, is a first-player action game that takes place in the late 1800s. The main character is trying to avenge...

Blind veteran lends helping hand to fellow veterans (March 13, 2006)

Ernie Flynn, an Assiniboine/Sioux from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, has spent 10 years helping fellow veterans get the care and services they need. Flynn served in the Vietnam War. He was injured when a mortar exploded a...

First Peoples Fund awards cultural fellowships (March 13, 2006)

The First Peoples Fund has awarded the 2006 Cultural Capital fellowship to four Native artists. Arthur Short Bull, Oglala Lakota, is from the Pine Ridge Reservation. He will use the fellowship to continue a series of paintings depicting members of...

Column: A happy 75th birthday to Billy Frank Jr. (March 13, 2006)

"I was among the 300 or so people invited to Billy Frank Jr.ís 75th birthday bash Friday night at Little Creek Casino near Shelton. The standing-room only crowd clearly pushed beyond the list of invitees. But isnít that what...

Seneca Nation criticizes tobacco shipment bill (March 13, 2006)

The Seneca Nation says a new bill that bars the shipment of cigarettes and other tobacco products through the U.S. Postal Service violates treaty rights. Seneca President Barry Snyder Sr. said the bill will have a negative impact on tribal...

Bush to look West to fill Interior Department position (March 13, 2006)

President Bush plans to pick a Westerner to head the Interior Department, the White House chief of staff said. The job of Interior Secretary has often gone to someone from the West. Past secretaries include Bruce Babbitt from Arizona, Manuel...

Oklahoma tribal leaders sad to see Norton leave (March 13, 2006)

Leaders of two Oklahoma tribes praised Interior Secretary Gale Norton for her five years at the Interior Department. Choctaw Nation Chief Greg Pyle said Norton was "extremely hard-working" and "very honest." He said she felt frustrated by the Cobell v....

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe gets drug smuggling grant (March 13, 2006)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in New York has been awarded a $263,000 grant by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to combat drug trafficking on the Akwesasne Reservation. The tribe's 15-member police department spends nearly half of its time on...

Lance Morgan: Indian Country now has the 'Meth Diet' (March 13, 2006)

Ed. Note: Lance Morgan is the CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Morgan is Winnebago. On Indianz.com the drug meth has been a big topic lately. There was a special session on...

Norton denies Abramoff played a role in resignation (March 13, 2006)

Interior Secretary Gale Norton said her resignation has nothing to do with the Jack Abramoff scandal that touched the Interior Department. Norton defended former deputy secretary J. Steven Griles, who is under investigation for his ties to the disgraced lobbyist....

Former White House official arrested for thefts (March 13, 2006)

Claude Allen, a former White House and former Health and Human Services official, was arrested last week on charges that he stole more than $5,000 in merchandise from Washington, D.C.-area retailers. Allen was the former deputy secretary at HHS....

Editorial: Norton leaves behind an unhappy legacy (March 13, 2006)

"Like her mentor, James Watt, the maniacally anti-environmental interior secretary under Ronald Reagan, Gale Norton came to Washington convinced that the pendulum of public policy had swung too far in favor of the protection of America's natural resources at the...

Editorial: Norton missed chance to settle Cobell lawsuit (March 13, 2006)

"Gale Norton's resignation as U.S. Interior secretary likely won't affect the government's pro-development policies, but it raises uncertainty about other important issues. Norton's support for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reflected President Bush's own views. Her push...

Mark Trahant: Bush and human rights in Pakistan (March 13, 2006)

"President Bush should have stayed in Pakistan another week. In a joint statement with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, they talked about their visit and important issues ranging from improving a "robust defense relationship" to continued joint efforts fighting terror. But...