Tribes face cut-off date for gaming applications (April 6, 2006)
With curbs on off-reservation gaming looming, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is expecting tribes to submit a number of applications in the next two weeks, a senior agency official said on Wednesday. George Skibine, the director of the BIA's Office...
Nevada tribe's gas station a target of boycott (April 6, 2006)
Off-road riders are being asked to boycott a gas station owned by the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada due to the tribe's stance on off-road riding. The tribe wants off-road riding on Sand Mountain restricted due to harms to plans,...
Editorial: Preserve Bear Butte through land buys (April 6, 2006)
"One way to preserve Bear Butte as a sacred site is to buy nearby land with the intention of keeping it as open space. Individuals and groups who want to preserve the area surrounding Bear Butte State Park from encroaching...
Former Cheyenne-Arapaho leader sentenced (April 6, 2006)
A former leader of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for misusing tribal money. James Wayne Pedro Sr., 67, who was chairman of the tribal business committee, embezzled about $193,000 in...
GOP candidate calls for review of tribal sovereignty (April 6, 2006)
A Republican candidate for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District says the federal government needs to re-examine its relationship with tribal nations. State Rep. Fred Morgan spoke to members of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee. He said tribes are hiding behind...
Fry bread still in high demand despite health risks (April 6, 2006)
Despite the health risks associated with fatty foods, fry bread is still in high demand in Window Rock, Arizona, the capitol of the Navajo Nation. Sadine Dooline operates Ed's Cafe in the Indian Marketplace in Window Rock. After being...
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe looks forward to future (April 6, 2006)
Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts say they have a lot of work ahead of them as they look forward to their future as a federally recognized tribe. With recognition, the tribe can receive federal funding for law...
Senate committee told of meth crisis in Indian Country (April 6, 2006)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing on The Problem of Methamphetamine in Indian Country, April 5, 2006. Webcast | Testimony $P Panel 1 WILLIAM P. RAGSDALE Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior $P ROBERT...
County weighs appeal of White Earth trust land ruling (April 6, 2006)
Officials in Mahnomen County, Minnesota, are considering a challenge to the White Earth Band of Ojibwe's trust land bid. The Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed to take land into trust for the tribe. The county will lose about $1 million...
South Dakota tribal leaders await Interior nominee (April 6, 2006)
Leaders of two South Dakota tribes said they are eager to sit down with Interior nominee Dirk Kempthorne, governor of Idaho, to ensure he respects the government-to-government relationship. Wayne Boyd, vice president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said Kempthorne's nomination...
Column: Fire Thunder, strong woman on the plains (April 6, 2006)
"Far from Manhattan, in a corner of South Dakota, Cecelia Fire Thunder is the first woman elected president of the 40,000-member Oglala Sioux tribe. Regardless of whether state voters overturn a legislative ban on abortions, she says she will open...
Study examines Native views of African-Americans (April 6, 2006)
A joint study between Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas examines the relationship between Native Americans and African-Americans. ""The Shifting Borders of Race and Identity," funded by a $300,000 Ford Foundation grant has so far turned up...
State AG to probe shooting of Ramapough man (April 6, 2006)
The New Jersey Attorney General's Office announced a probe of four state park police officers whose scuffle with members of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation led to a shooting that has kept a man in the hospital in critical condition....
After Miss USA pageant, law school for Navajo woman (April 6, 2006)
Onawa Lacy, a member of the Navajo Nation, is competing in the Miss USA pageant on April 21 but has her eyes set on other goals. Lacy, a graduate in English and Native American studies from the University of...
Abenaki Nation nears recognition in Vermont (April 6, 2006)
After more than 30 years of waiting, the Abenaki Nation inched closer to state recognition in Vermont after the House approved a bill to recognize the tribe. The bill faces final action in the Senate today, where it is expected...
Cherokee chief criticized for stance on Freedmen (April 6, 2006)
Two African-American lawmakers in Oklahoma are criticizing Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith for his stance on the Cherokee Freedmen. The tribe's highest court ruled that Freedmen remain eligible for citizenship in Cherokee Nation. But in response, Smith called for...
Law school to file class action Indian health care suit (April 6, 2006)
The University of Michigan Clinical Law Program is filing a class action Indian health care lawsuit today on behalf of all Native Americans in the Detroit area. The lawsuit alleges the federal government failed to provide adequate health care to...
Cheyenne activist criticizes Bush drilling push (April 6, 2006)
Gail Small, a Northern Cheyenne activist and attorney, criticized the Bush administration for pushing to drill for coalbed methane in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming. Small said drilling has harmed the Tongue River along the Northern Cheyenne...
Ancient Indian pyramid discovered in Mexico City (April 6, 2006)
A 1,500-year-old Indian pyramid has been discovered in a neighborhood of Mexico City. The pyramid is located beneath a Catholic religious site. Built into the natural hillside, it measures nearly 500 feet on each side and stands 60 feet...
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe to get surplus housing (April 6, 2006)
The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Navy to acquire surplus Navy housing. The tribe will receive 69 modular homes from the Naval Air Station in Fallon. Each unit contain three bedrooms,...
San Carlos Apache Tribe meets with ASU faculty (April 6, 2006)
The San Carlos Apache Tribe met with faculty from Arizona State University to discuss education issues. The tribe learned of ASU programs geared toward tribes and Native Americans, such as the American Indian Policy Center, the Native American Summer Institute...
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