HIV/AIDS called a predator to Indian Country (May 4, 2006)
Over 1,000 people are attending what is being billed as the first national conference on HIV/AIDS in Indian Country. Attendees representing tribes, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and First Nations spoke of the need to educate Native Americans about the...
Former Abramoff client saves BIA from $3 million cut (May 4, 2006)
A decision by one of Jack Abramoff's former clients has saved tribes across the nation from one of the Bush administration's funding cuts. In April, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan voted to return a $3 million federal appropriation to...
Bush administration opposes Pueblo water settlement (May 4, 2006)
The Bush administration is opposing a settlement to the 40-year-old Aamodt water-rights lawsuit due to the cost being placed on the federal government. The deal resolves the water rights of the pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso and Tesuque...
Witness implicates Montana teens in stabbing death (May 4, 2006)
A man who helped police in Billings, Montana, arrest two 18-year-olds for the stabbing death of a transient took the stand on Wednesday. Henry Rideshorse was on the street the night Rusty Lee-Ray Russell [pictured at right] and Brandon...
Former Navajo chair issues challenge on Peabody (May 4, 2006)
Former Navajo Nation Chairman Peter MacDonald said the tribe needs to stand up to Peabody Coal and every other corporation that is seeking to exploit natural resources on the reservation. MacDonald said current tribal leaders appear to be bending...
Challenges filed to beer license near Bear Butte (May 4, 2006)
Two lawsuits have been filed to overturn a beer license awarded to a bar and campground near sacred Bear Butte in South Dakota. The Meade County Commission approved the license despite strong opposition from Lakota activists, ranchers and religious groups....
Nisqually Tribe's law enforcement scrutinized (May 4, 2006)
The Nisqually Tribe of Washington is being accused of letting serious criminals and drug-dealers go free by a former police officer and a county sheriff. According to an investigation by KIRO-TV, the tribal police caught drug dealer Gregory Horn on...
New York sued over Internet tobacco taxation (May 4, 2006)
The Association of Responsible Cigarette Sellers, a group of retailers in New York, sued the state on Wednesday to overturn a law banning Internet, telephone and mail order tobacco sales. The lawsuit was filed in state court. It charges that...
Red Lake student accused of threat appears in court (May 4, 2006)
A high school student on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota appeared in federal court on Wednesday, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The ninth-grader is accused of making threats to the high school. It is not known what charge...
First Nations leaders angry over latest budget (May 4, 2006)
Leaders of First Nations in Canada are upset that the $5 billion deal they secured with prior administration has been discarded in the latest budget. First Nations met with former prime minister Paul Martin last fall to ensure more funding...
Native actor's racial profiling claim rejected (May 4, 2006)
The police complaints commissioner in Saskatchewan has rejected a racial profiling complaint from Native actor Gregory Odjig. Odjig was in Saskatoon last fall with the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company when he was detained by police. He allegedly fit the...
Navajo Nation loses federal Head Start funding (May 4, 2006)
The Navajo Nation has shut down its Head Start program after losing federal funding. The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families notified the tribe on Tuesday. The agency said criminal background checks for current or...
Tonto Apache Tribe praises graduating senior (May 4, 2006)
Members and leaders of the Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona heaped praise on Derrick Hoosava, a graduating senior at Payson High School. Hoosava has been named student of the year by the tribe's education committee for every year of...
Editorial: State recognition honors Abenakis (May 4, 2006)
"Vermont's Abenaki community won official state recognition Wednesday when Gov. Jim Douglas signed legislation honoring the tribe's heritage and opening the door to economic and educational assistance. About 1,500 Vermonters consider themselves Abenaki, but all Vermonters share the day. This...
Abenaki Nation recognized by state of Vermont (May 4, 2006)
The Abenaki Nation of Vermont celebrated on Wednesday after Gov. Gov. James Douglas (R) signed a bill recognizing the tribe. Abenaki members said recognition was long overdue. "This is a proud day for our people," Chief April St. Francis...
O nap s-ap neid mo an ke:k s'alig tonlig ta:gio? (May 4, 2006)
"O nap s-ap neid mo an ke:k s'alig tonlig ta:gio? You didn't recognize the first line of the national anthem, translated into O'odham, the language of the Tohono tribe? Don't feel bad: Two-thirds of Americans don't know all the words...
House approves lobbying reform legislation (May 4, 2006)
The House voted 217-213 on Wednesday to approve its version of lobbying reform. The bill requires more disclosure by lobbyists. Reports must be filed quarterly instead of twice a year. Other limits are placed on Congressional travel and fundraising by...
Kempthorne goes before Senate for confirmation (May 4, 2006)
Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R) goes before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for his confirmation hearing today. As a former senator, Kempthorne is likely to win confirmation. He has experience with tribal issues but not all tribes in...
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