Getting the Indian perspective on Jack Abramoff (March 27, 2006)
Washington College of Law is hosting a panel on Tuesday, March 28, to examine the Indian perspective on the Jack Abramoff scandal. Suzan Shown Harjo, the president of the Morning Star Institute, and Keith Harper, an attorney at the Native...
Former Bush official headed to trial in Abramoff probe (March 27, 2006)
A former Bush administration official is scheduled to go to trial in late May on charges that he lied to federal investigators about his dealings with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. David H. Safavian was in court in Washington, D.C., Friday...
Fire Thunder joins fight against state abortion law (March 27, 2006)
Cecelia Fire Thunder, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is part of a coalition of South Dakota leaders aimed at overturning the state's restrictive abortion law. Fire Thunder said the state has no right to tell a woman what...
Review: 'Eagle Blue' truthful about Native village life (March 27, 2006)
""Natives throughout the Arctic were torn between who they had once been and who they were becoming, between where they could once turn to feel pride and connection and where they now felt little but lostness and shame. They...
Tribal college students meet for annual conference (March 27, 2006)
Students and staff from 35 tribal colleges in the U.S. and Canada met in Wisconsin earlier this month for the 25th annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium. The conference, hosted by the Menominee Nation College, featured more than a dozen...
Alaska Native man a victim in Seattle mass shooting (March 27, 2006)
A 22-year-old Alaska Native man was one of the victims of a mass shooting in Seattle that left six people dead. Justin Schwartz was known in the local rave scene as "Sushi." He was born in Bethel, Alaska, and...
Denver March Powwow draws 55,000 over weekend (March 27, 2006)
The 32nd annual Denver March Powwow drew 55,000 people over the weekend. The powwow, held at the Denver Coliseum, started on Friday. More than 1,400 dancers from tribes across the U.S. and Canada took part, with some competing in...
Voting Rights Act up for reauthorization (March 27, 2006)
With some provisions in the Voting Rights Act set to expire in 2007, Native Americans and their advocates are seeking to reauthorize and strengthen protections for Indian Country. Section 5 requires local officials to obtain federal clearance for changes in...
Bill creates state reservation for Oneida Nation (March 27, 2006)
A New York lawmaker has introduced a bill to create a state reservation for the Oneida Nation. The reservation would be created solely for the tribe's casino and conference center. It would not include the tribe's other businesses or properties,...
Budget cut affects 34 urban Indian health clinics (March 27, 2006)
Of the 34 urban Indian health clinics, 17 of them will most likely close if they lose funding under President Bush's latest budget. Bush is seeking to eliminate the $34 million urban Indian health program. The White House claims urban...
Narragansett Tribe in membership dispute (March 27, 2006)
More than 100 people are facing removal from the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island unless they can prove their ancestry back to the 1800s. Last December, the tribe started disenrollment procedures for people without birth, death or marriage certificates that...
Rosebud Sioux Tribe lands $1.8M defense contract (March 27, 2006)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was recently awarded a $1.8 million contract to test circuit boards for a Defense Department contractor The Advanced Electronics Rosebud Integration Center will employ 15 to 30 people initially. Tribal officials hope...
Choctaws were first to donate to 'Family' group (March 27, 2006)
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians made the first donation to the U.S. Family Network, a nonprofit started by a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), The Washington Post reports. Edwin A. Buckham created the group in 1996 while...
House Resources Committee hearing on tribal corp (March 27, 2006)
The House Resources Committee is holding a hearing on Wednesday, March 29, on H.R.3350, the Tribal Development Corporation Feasibility Study Act. Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the chairman of the committee, introduced the bill on July 19, 2005. It would amend...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedule (March 27, 2006)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing and business meeting this week. On Tuesday, March 28, the committee will take testimony on S.1439, the Indian Trust Reform Act The hearing will focus on Titles II-IV of the legislation,...
Judge approves subpoena for Abramoff, ex-partner (March 27, 2006)
A judge granted subpoenas for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former business partner to testify in a murder trial in Florida. Abramoff and Adam Kidan bought the SunCruz of casino boats from Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis Boulis. Shortly after the...
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