Cobell addresses trust fund mismanagement (March 30, 2006)
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund case, spoke to students at Moorpark College in California. Cobell was the first speaker for the college's new Distinguished Speaker Series. She told an audience of about 300 students of...
IGRA amendments pass first major Senate test (March 30, 2006)
The $20 billion Indian gaming industry faces additional oversight and scrutiny under a controversial bill approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday. A crowd of more than 100, some of whom hired line holders to secure seats, packed the small...
GAO Report: Irrigation projects not a priority at BIA (March 30, 2006)
The irrigation program at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is riddled with management problems, suffers from lack of outreach and is faced with a $850 million maintenance backlog, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report. The BIA is...
Fort Peck chairman fires editor of tribal newspaper (March 30, 2006)
The chairman of the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana fired the editor of the tribal newspaper after questioning the coverage he received. Bonnie Red Elk, who worked at the paper since 1976, was ordered to leave on Tuesday by chairman...
Wampanoag Tribe ends sovereignty battle (March 30, 2006)
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts ended its sovereignty battle by agreeing to submit to local zoning laws. The tribe and the town of Aquinnah fought over the applicability of local laws on the reservation. The state's highest court ended...
Navajo Code Talkers return to Iwo Jima for first time (March 30, 2006)
Three Navajo Code Talkers recently returned to Iwo Jima and other World War II sites for the first time. Samuel Tso, Keith Little and Samuel J. Smith said their return visit was emotional. They fought in the Pacific theater of...
Grandma, mom, daughter arrested for meth (March 30, 2006)
Navajo Nation police arrested a grandmother, mother and daughter for dealing methamphetamine in the small community of Dilkon, Arizona. Effie Nezzie, 81, her daughter Marjorie Conley, 63, and her granddaughter, Frederica "Bubba" Conley, 39, were taken into custody on a...
Attorney General Gonzales visits Yakama Nation (March 30, 2006)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales visited the Yakama Nation in Washington on Wednesday to meet with tribal leaders and to announce two Indian Country initiatives. In his first visit to a reservation, Gonzales announced funding for the Methamphetamine Investigation...
Arigon Starr set for debut of one-woman show (March 30, 2006)
Arigon Starr, a Kickapoo/Creek singer and songwriter, is debuting her one-woman show "The Red Road" this Thursday at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. In the show, Starr plays eleven characters ranging in age from 9 to 57....
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe calls sentence too lenient (March 30, 2006)
The leader of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas says the five-year, 10-month sentence for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is too lenient. "Justice hasn't been served yet," Ronnie Thomas, the chairman of the tribal council, told The Lufkin Daily News. The...
Oglala Sioux man receives GOP backing for House run (March 30, 2006)
The South Dakota Republican Party is putting its support behind Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who is running for the U.S. House. Whalen is the only Republican candidate in the race. That means he won't...
UTTC wellness center scheduled to open in September (March 30, 2006)
Construction is underway on a new $2.7 million wellness center at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, with an opening set for September during the school's International Pow-Wow The facility will provide a centralized space for a...
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation expands golf course (March 30, 2006)
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona is expanding its We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. The tribe opened the club in 2001 with 18 holes. The expansion will create another 18 holes in order to meet growing demand among tourists. The new...
Great Lakes tribes excited about Indian museum (March 30, 2006)
The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council says a $35,000 feasibility study for an Indian center in Wausau, Wisconsin, will be ready in May. The council, which represents 10 tribes in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, endorsed the center last summer. The...
University of Oklahoma to host Indian symposium (March 30, 2006)
The 11th annual Symposium on American Indians takes place April 12 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The symposium features discussions and breakout sessions on nation building, international partnerships, tribal council accountability, economic reform and gaming projections. Speakers will...
Senate approves lobbying reform legislation (March 30, 2006)
The Senate voted 90-8 on Wednesday to approve lobbying reform legislation that requires disclosure of grassroots activities, imposes more frequent reporting by lobbyists and bars lawmakers from receiving gifts and meals from lobbyists. Among the eight who voted no were...
Klamath Basin tribes welcome salmon protections (March 30, 2006)
Four tribes in northern California and southern Oregon are welcoming a proposal to install salmon protection measures for four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The Klamath Tribes, the Karuk Tribes, the Hoopa Valley Tribe and the Yurok Tribe...
Abramoff given minimum sentence for bank fraud (March 30, 2006)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced by a federal judge on Wednesday to five years and 10 months in prison, the minimum for bank fraud. Abramoff, 47, appeared in court with a former partner, Adam Kidan, 41, who received...
Opinion: First Montanans ignored by Sen. Burns (March 30, 2006)
Tracie Small is a member of the Crow Nation of Montana. The following represents her personal views. By now, just about everybody in Montana knows that Sen. Conrad Burns helped secure a mysterious $3 million school construction grant for the...
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