Arapaho man seeks dismissal of eagle shooting case (May 26, 2006)
Lawyers for a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming asked a federal judge to dismiss charges against him for shooting a bald eagle on the Wind River Reservation. Eagles are protected under federal law. But attorneys for Winslow...
Tribal member named to North Dakota higher ed board (May 26, 2006)
Charles Murphy, the former chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has been named to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. Murphy was one of two tribal members who were being considered for two open seats. He will join...
Opinion: Wrongful taxation of Native veterans (May 26, 2006)
"As the chairman and national director of the National Native American Veterans Association, I receive numerous complaints concerning the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense daily. Much of the time these complaints are the result of misunderstanding and clear...
Senate confirms Kempthorne as Interior Secretary (May 26, 2006)
The Senate today confirmed Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R) as the 49 secretary of the Department of the Interior. Kempthorne was confirmed by a voice vote. He faced no significant opposition from members of either party. Kempthorne has experience...
IHS nurse receives national director's award (May 26, 2006)
An Indian Health Service nurse who has worked on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota for 14 years was presented with the agency's national director's award. Susan Baker is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She...
Appeals court won't rehear Meskwaki election case (May 26, 2006)
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition to rehear a lawsuit challenging the recognition of Homer Bear Jr. as the leader of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa. Bear was elected following an internal leadership dispute that had shuttered...
Opinion: Native woman's power and responsibility (May 26, 2006)
"For those of us who do not subscribe to certain Christian doctrinal teachings, but who do subscribe to cultural imperatives about the sacredness of life, our moral and political response to terminating a pregnancy is not captured by either of...
Methamphetamine ring leads to charges against 53 (May 26, 2006)
A record 53 people have been charged in connection with a major methamphetamine trafficking ring that affected the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. U.S. Attorney Matthew Mead said 43 people have been arrested and are in custody. The remaining 10...
Acoma Pueblo rebuilds cultural center and museum (May 26, 2006)
A New Mexico tribe is celebrating the grand opening of a new cultural center and museum this weekend. Acoma Pueblo's original cultural center was destroyed by fire in May 2000. The tribe has spent the last five years building an...
Wildfire threatens Southern Ute Reservation homes (May 26, 2006)
About 35 homeowners on the Southern Ute Reservation in Colorado may be forced to evacuate due to wildfire. The Black Ridge Fire has engulfed 250 acres so far. It is burning near homes and gas wells, although officials don't think...
Crow athlete plays for minor league baseball team (May 26, 2006)
Tommy Whiteman is the first member of the Crow Tribe of Montana to play professional baseball. Whiteman, 26, has played the last two seasons at Colorado Springs, a minor league team that feeds into the major league Colorado Rockies....
Virginia tribes jockey for federal recognition (May 26, 2006)
Tribes in Virginia continue to press their claims for federal recognition. Rep. James P. Moran (D-Virginia) introduced a bill last July to recognize six tribes. But some Republicans are worried that recognition will lead to gaming in the state. In...
Saginaw Chippewa man sues tribe over membership (May 26, 2006)
A member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is suing in tribal court to ensure his grandchildren are enrolled. Benjamin Willis Sr. is considered full-blood and his son is half-blood. Both men are enrolled but Willis says his grandchildren,...
Travel: Tribal life in the Mojave National Preserve (May 26, 2006)
"ON the northern border of a vast desert preserve, halfway up a dusty hillside and overlooking a great forest of Joshua trees, David Nichols knelt to brush off a flat gray stone. "Yep, this is one right here," he...
Rep. Hastert accuses DOJ of retaliation on Abramoff (May 26, 2006)
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) accused the Department of Justice of leaking allegations about his involvement with Jack Abramoff because he has been sharply critical of the FBI's raid of a Congressman's office. Hastert said the FBI stepped over the...
House approves bill to open ANWR to development (May 26, 2006)
The House voted 225-201 on a bill to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to development. Most Republicans supported the bill but 30 voted against it. Most Democrats opposed the bill but 14 voted for it. Alaska Natives are...
Navajo riders join Lumbee Tribe for veterans memorial (May 26, 2006)
Members of the Navajo Nation who are participating in the Ride for the Wall stopped in North Carolina to meet with the Lumbee Tribe. Lawrence Morgan, the speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, and other Navajo riders joined Lumbee Chairman...
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