NIGA supports gaming rules but opposes McCain bill (April 11, 2006)

The nation's largest tribal casino organization put its weight behind the Bush administration's new gaming regulations in a bid to oppose Congressional efforts to clamp down on the $20 billion industry. Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last week, the National...

BIA ruling on Schaghticoke recognition criticized (April 11, 2006)

An anthropologist who has worked with the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut said the Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to reject the tribe was likely based on politics. The state has recognized the tribe for more than 300 years and...

Entire staff of historic Lower Sioux Agency resigns (April 11, 2006)

The entire staff at the Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site in Minnesota resigned amid a dispute over the portrayal of American Indians. In a letter, the six staffers said the Minnesota Historical Society is making poor decisions about the...

Urban Indians file class action health care lawsuit (April 11, 2006)

Urban Indians in the Detroit, Michigan, area filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government last Thursday. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three urban Indians who say they are unable to get adequate health care. They say...

On the Hill: Methamphetamine crisis on reservations (April 11, 2006)

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing on The Problem of Methamphetamine in Indian Country, April 5, 2006. • Webcast | Testimony Panel 1 WILLIAM P. RAGSDALE Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior ROBERT G. MCSWAIN...

Editorial: Don't let Bush cut urban Indian program (April 11, 2006)

"Urban Indian health clinics are a lifeline for tribal members who live in cities off reservations. The Bush administration has proposed to sever that lifeline. The entire budget savings from eliminating all the urban Indian health clinics in the country...

Money to help Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe water woes (April 11, 2006)

A new intake for the Mni Waste Water System will help address the water crisis faced by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. The tribe has faced drought conditions and a loss of water due to problems with...

Shoshones, Navajos concerned about military blast (April 11, 2006)

Western Shoshones in Nevada and Navajos in Utah are worried about the Pentagon's plan to blow up more than 700 tons of explosives at the Nevada Test Site. Western Shoshone activists oppose the blast. They say the federal government shouldn't...

Willie Nelson lends name to Native benefit in Texas (April 11, 2006)

Country music legend Willie Nelson was the headliner at the first annual Hope and Harmony for Humanity Benefit to benefit the Native American Chamber of Commerce in Houston, Texas. The chamber held the benefit last month. It featured the...

Editorial: Address use of Indian mascots in Nebraska (April 11, 2006)

"While the issue of migrant workers is in the spotlight, another immigration issue has come up again. This one, however, involves those who were already here when members of the European majority now in charge of the country were unwanted...

Murals depicting lynching of Indian man an issue (April 11, 2006)

Two murals that depict the lynching of an Indian man are the subject of controversy in Idaho. The murals are located in a now-abandoned county courthouse in Boise. But since the building is going to be used as the Idaho...

Ex-Seminole chief hit with subpoena in Trump case (April 11, 2006)

Jim Billie, the former chief of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and two of his former allies have been subpoenaed for a lawsuit filed by Donald Trump. Billie is alleged to have agreed to a gaming deal with Trump. But...

War of words between Oneida Nation, local village (April 11, 2006)

A war of words between the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and the village of Hobart has prompted a call for a mediator by the tribe's chairman. In recent weeks, chairman Gerald Danforth and village president Richard Heidel have battled each...

Agua Caliente Band donates $1.2M to local groups (April 11, 2006)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians donated more than $1.2 million to 90 local governments and charities. For the past 11 years, the tribe has donated money to local groups. We have been in similar situations, in so many...

Ramapough man shot by state police officer dies (April 11, 2006)

Emil Mann, a member of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation who was shot by a New Jersey state park police officer, died in the hospital on Monday. Mann, whose age has been reported in the early 40s, was shot in...

Yellow Bird: Admire, but don't pet, the wild geese (April 11, 2006)

"A Canada goose usually doesn't make headlines, and rarely do you see this common bird on national television. But this week, CNN ran a story about a Canada goose who took over the rooftop of a store. The black-necked, brownish...

Tim Giago: The growing pains of tribal sovereignty (April 11, 2006)

"One of my recent columns on sovereignty in Indian Country found its way on to the Crow Nations tribal email system and prompted some encouraging, but realistic comments. One commentary drew my immediate attention because since I had worked for...