Another member of Team Abramoff pleads guilty (May 8, 2006)
Another member of Team Abramoff pleaded guilty today in federal court to a corruption scheme involving a Republican Congressman and the Tigua Tribe of Texas. Neil Volz was a former chief of staff to Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio). He later...
Appeals court revives Native voting rights lawsuit (May 8, 2006)
Native Americans in a South Dakota reservation border city have been given another chance to pursue their Voting Rights Act lawsuit. American Indians and Alaska Natives make up nearly 45 percent of the population in Martin, according to the U.S....
Puyallup Tribe seeks $6.5M for new detention center (May 8, 2006)
The Puyallup Tribe of Washington is asking Congress for $6.5 million to fund a new detention center. The tribe's inmates are currently housed in a three connected double-wide trailers. Three months ago, one of them cut a hole on the...
Column: Shoshone version of Donald Trump on a roll (May 8, 2006)
"Bruce Parry doesn't much look like Donald Trump. He wears a crew cut, for one thing. For another, he's Native American, and if there's anything Native Americans are not traditionally accused of impersonating, it's business moguls like Donald Trump. But...
Missing 17-year-old Indian girl found safe in Minnesota (May 8, 2006)
A 17-year-old Indian girl who went missing has been found safe in Minnesota but she will face charges of "absenting" and unauthorized use of her mother's car. Amber Kay Haugen is a student at the University of North Dakota. She...
Mashpee Wampanoags see support for recognition (May 8, 2006)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is seeing support for its federal recognition. The tribe won preliminary approval on March 31. Since then, several towns on Cape Cod have passed non-binding resolution in support of the tribe's case. The Bureau...
Indian juvenile set free after serving 35 months (May 8, 2006)
An Indian juvenile from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Reservation in Arizona was set free by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week after serving 35 months on a 30-month sentence. Jonah R. was convicted after shooting a law enforcement...
Court affirms Cheyenne River manslaughter conviction (May 8, 2006)
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals last week affirmed the voluntary manslaughter conviction of a man from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Theodore Two Crow was convicted for the November 2004 death of Larry John Yellow Earring....
Fund for late Passamaquoddy leader moves forward (May 8, 2006)
The memorial fund for Chief Melvin Francis, the late governor of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, has been granted tax-exempt status. Francis died on January 12 when his pickup truck collided with an oil truck. He was on...
Harvard student from Leech Lake killed in Minneapolis (May 8, 2006)
Duane Meat, a 24-year-old Harvard University student from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, was killed in south Minneapolis in what police say was a graffiti-related incident. Police say Meat and another man spray painted graffiti on a house....
Lawyers to receive $80M from residential abuse payout (May 8, 2006)
Attorneys will receive at least $80 million in fees under Canada's residential school abuse settlement, CBC News reports. The Canadian government has agreed to pay $40 million each to two sets of lawyers. The fees are expected to run higher...
Tohono O'odham landowners settle water rights suit (May 8, 2006)
The Tohono O'odham Nation and the state of Arizona signed a water rights settlement on Friday, putting an end to 31 years of litigation. Rosanna Carlyle and another tribal member filed the suit on behalf of landowners whose water dried...
Tribes, states weigh lawsuits against oil companies (May 8, 2006)
Frustrated with what they say are billions of dollars in lost royalties, tribal and state governments are weighing lawsuits against oil companies under the False Claims Act. The Council of Energy Resource Tribes and the State and Tribal Royalty Audit...
AP: DeLay knew Abramoff arranged overseas trip (May 8, 2006)
Federal prosecutors have e-mails showing that Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) knew convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff arranged financing for a 2000 trip to Scotland and England, the Associated Press reports. DeLay's office contacted Abramoff's firm to account for the cost of...
Editorial: So the White House doesn't know Jack? (May 8, 2006)
"It's taken a Freedom of Information Act request, a lawsuit and a court order, but the White House will soon release Secret Service records detailing lobbyist Jack Abramoff's visits there. This is long overdue, and the delay has been due...
Swimmer calls Cobell settlement 'reparations' (May 8, 2006)
Special Trustee Ross Swimmer says a settlement to the Cobell trust fund lawsuit is not a "repayment" to Indian beneficiaries but "reparations" for them. "Just pick a number," he tells the Associated Press. According to Swimmer and his subordinates,...
1918 letter places Geronimo's remains at Yale (May 8, 2006)
A newly unearthed letter from 1918 places the remains of Apache leader Geronimo at Yale University's secretive Skull and Bones society. The Wall Street Journal said the letter was discovered in the Yale archives by a writer. The find is...
Interview: Tex Hall courted by GOPs and Democrats (May 8, 2006)
Tex Hall, the chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota and the former president of the National Congress of American Indians, is being courted by Republicans and Democrats to run for statewide office, Dorreen Yellow Bird of...
Jodi Rave: Immigrant marchers belong to Native America (May 8, 2006)
"Before a border existed, Apaches and Comanches moved freely about the Southwest and into present-day Mexico. Today, tribes like the Yselta del Sur Tribe of Texas have many relatives on the other side of the border. Indigenous people like the...
Mark Trahant: High gas prices a wake-up call to America (May 8, 2006)
"A reader called to report a robbery last week. "As I was fueling up," said he, "I heard someone say, 'This is robbery!' ... You guys should write that a robbery takes place every 10 seconds." The caller was at...
Yellow Bird: Gazing upward and looking for the birds (May 8, 2006)
"My life experiences have greatly expanded since I've accepted birding in my life. I stand gingerly before the altar of the prairie, and gaze upward ... . Unfortunately, I always seem to be looking directly at the white, bright sun....
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