Trust fund case goes before appeals court again (April 12, 2006)
Elouise Cobell, Mary Johnson and Ervin Chavez arrive at the National Museum of the American Indian. Drummers from Blackfeet Nation follow. Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the trust fund lawsuit, renewed her call to appoint a receiver to...
Opinion: Native students at UND subject to racism (April 12, 2006)
"Currently, I am a doctoral student in educational leadership at UND, a mother and grandmother and have been involved in the anti-logo movement since the 1970s. Still, it was with trepidation that I walked to the anti-logo vigil on the...
GAO warns of Alaska Native contract abuse (April 12, 2006)
A forthcoming report from the Government Accountability Office cites the potential for fraud and abuse among Alaska Native corporation contractors. The report found a lack of oversight by the Small Business Administration as Alaska Native contracting has grown to a...
Haskell student faces hearing on rape charge (April 12, 2006)
A student at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas has been charged with raping an acquaintance. The 35-year-old male student is accused of raping a woman at a party on April 2. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May...
Voice of America: Meth a crisis in Indian Country (April 12, 2006)
"U.S. law enforcement considers methamphetamine the nation's number one drug problem. More than 12 million Americans have tried meth and 1.5 million are regular users. American Indian leaders say their communities have been especially hard hit by meth addiction. "My...
Column: International law and indigenous rights (April 12, 2006)
"With 29 tribes in Washington and five in Idaho, the Pacific Northwest's Native American communities play an essential part in the region's contemporary political and cultural life. There have been a number of significant policy disputes between the federal government,...
Judge rejects Navajo family's suit over autopsy (April 12, 2006)
A federal judge dismissed all remaining claims in a lawsuit filed by a Navajo family against the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. Mary and Alfred Taylor sued the state for failing to obtain next of kin consent for...
Dakota Scrabble dictionary and game a success (April 12, 2006)
The Sisseton-Wahpeton College on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota is fielding lots of inquiries for a Scrabble dictionary and game. The college obtained permission from the makers of Scrabble to produce the dictionary and game. After news...
Column: Fire Thunder plans genocide of own people (April 12, 2006)
"In my previous column, I wrote about Oglala Sioux President Cecilia Fire Thunder, who has threatened to open an abortion clinic on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation if the new state abortion ban is enacted. It turns out Fire Thunder...
Tohono O'odham woman killed before wedding date (April 12, 2006)
Ronda Lynn Leatherwood, a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, was killed on Saturday afternoon after being hit by a truck in Tucson. Leatherwood, a 31-year-old mother of three, was getting ready to get married. Her fiance, Lewis...
Creek judge orders board to consider Freedmen (April 12, 2006)
A Creek Nation judge ordered the tribe's citizenship board to consider the applications of two Creek Freedmen. Fred Johnson and Ron Graham have applied for citizenship several times over the years. They say they are being rejected even though their...
Gila River landowners plan large development (April 12, 2006)
Landowners from the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona have partnered with a Phoenix developer for a large-scale retail, office and housing project. The development would occur on 11,000 acres owned by individual tribal members. According to The Arizona Republic,...
Tribes seek extension for probate reform codes (April 12, 2006)
Tribes are asking the Interior Department for a year-long extension in order to develop probate codes under the American Indian Probate Reform Act. According to The Glacier Reporter, tribes face a June 20 deadline to develop their own rules and...
Abramoff used tribe's political donations as leverage (April 12, 2006)
Sentenced convict Jack Abramoff and his associates lobbied Republican members of Congress into setting aside $3 million for the wealthy Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan by pointing out the tribe's donations to the GOP. The tribe did not quality for...
DNA tests used to seek money, benefits, membership (April 12, 2006)
Americans are turning to DNA tests to confirm their racial identity and apply for scholarships, obtain benefits and seek membership in tribes. Twins Matt and Andrew Moldawer recently discovered they are 25 percent Indian. Their adoptive father says he will...
Cobell to appear on C-SPAN Washington Journal (April 12, 2006)
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, will appear on the C-SPAN program "Washington Journal" at 9am this morning. Cobell is in Washington this week for an appeal court hearing. On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court...
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