Ex-Bush official faces sentence for Abramoff conviction (June 21, 2006)

Former Bush administration official David Safavian faces up to 20 years in jail and $1 million in fines for being convicted of lying and obstructing justice. Safavian will be sentenced October 20. He is the first person in the Jack...

Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe to open new library (June 21, 2006)

The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe of Washington broke ground on Tuesday for a new library on the reservation. The tribe teamed with the Kitsap Regional Library to open a branch in 1974. The 1,500-square-foot Little Boston Library has been popular...

Seattle paper uncovers story of 'Indian' therapist (June 21, 2006)

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is running a lengthy story that debunks the personal and professional claims of Terry Tafoya, a man who says he is Indian and an expert on bilingual, cultural and other issues. Tafoya says he grew up...

House hearing on Alaska Native corporation contracting (June 21, 2006)

The House Government Reform Committee is holding a hearing today on Alaska Native corporations that engage in federal contracting. The committee requested a report on Alaska Native participation in the 8(a) small business program. The Government Accountabilty Office responded in...

Editorial: Kempthorne a 'fresh breeze' at Interior (June 21, 2006)

"A good Interior secretary should have a keen understanding of the need to balance development with environmental protection. In the West, there's no hotter issue. The new Interior chief, former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, took a smart step in that...

Column: UND 'hardheaded' on Sioux nickname (June 21, 2006)

"I have written about this many times over the years, always with the hope of never needing to mention it again. But the University of North Dakota, despite its big brains, is remarkably thick-skulled. Last year, the NCAA told UND...

Arizona tribes a focus at new Heard Museum facility (June 21, 2006)

The Heard Museum in Arizona is holding a grand opening on Saturday for its new facility. The Heard Museum West will feature one permanent exhibit. "Our Stories: American Indian Art and Culture in Arizona" focuses on the 21 federally recognized...

Cartoon of Seminole leader stirs controversy (June 21, 2006)

A cartoon depicting a prominent leader of the Seminole Tribe of Florida as a shirtless, animal-like creature has fired up debate in the town of Davie. Seminole council member Max Osceola is shown in the cartoon beating a drum in...

Native college student spreads his love for tennis (June 21, 2006)

Sion Wilkins, a Navajo/Lumbee college student, is teaching tennis to Native youth on reservations in Minnesota and other states. Wilkins picked up tennis while growing up on the Navajo Nation. He soon won a scholarship to a tennis academy and...

Teachers to spend week at Northern Cheyenne (June 21, 2006)

A five-day workshop on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation will help teachers learn more about tribal history and culture. "Battling for Survival: American Indians in Montana" is designed to help the teachers fulfill the American Indian Education for All. The law...

National Day of Prayer to protect sacred places (June 21, 2006)

June 21 is National Day of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places. The Morning Star Institute, a national Indian rights organization, coordinates the prayer day. It is observed by tribes, tribal organizations and interested groups throughout the country. In...

Washington tribes open fireworks season (June 21, 2006)

Several Washington tribes have opened their fireworks seasons in time for the July 4 holiday. As sovereigns, the tribe set their own fireworks rules and regulations. Their seasons usually begin before the state's season on June 28. The tribes...

Listening Lounge: Hearing on Navajo-Hopi land act (June 21, 2006)

The House Resources Committee held a hearing on Tuesday on S.1003, the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Amendments of 2005. The committee heard from federal and tribal witnesses who raised concerns about the bill. Some panel voice members also voiced objections. The...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing (June 21, 2006)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing today on two federal recognition bills. S.480, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act, would recognize six Virginia tribes. The tribes cite a 400-year relationship with foreign...

Abramoff free for three more months to cooperate (June 21, 2006)

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff was given three more months of freedom in order to cooperate with the Department of Justice's ongoing corruption investigations. Abramoff faces up to five years in prison on bank fraud charges. He hopes to gain a...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe seeks another investigation (June 21, 2006)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan wants the Department of Justice to investigate a former employee who dealt with Jack Abramoff. Christopher Petras was the tribe's legislative director. He told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee that he found Abramoff after...

House Resources Committee markup session (June 21, 2006)

The House Resources Committee is meeting today to mark up more than two dozen bills, including the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and two other Indian bills. The agenda includes: H.R.512, To require the prompt review by the Secretary of...

Notes from Indian Country: Bill Gates should look in his own backyard (June 21, 2006)

Posted by request of Tim Giago, Nanwica Kciji. © 2006 Native American Journalists Foundation, Inc. Since graduation time is here for Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and at the other thirty colleges located on...