Choctaws spent $5.2 million on anti-gaming activist (June 26, 2006)
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians eagerly poured millions into the pockets of conservative Christian activist Ralph Reed in hopes of stopping gaming proposals in the Gulf Coast, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee reported last week. With the help of...
Interview: Peterson Zah recruits Natives to ASU (June 26, 2006)
Peterson Zah, the former chairman and president of the Navajo Nation, says he won't stop until he gets 2,000 Native American students enrolled at Arizona State University. Zah, who serves as special adviser to the ASU president on American...
George Joe: Battle lines drawn over Farmington (June 26, 2006)
"Okay, now that the Navajo Nation Council has thrown some gas on a small, smoldering fire in Farmington, N.M., by considering boycotting the border town, according to the Gallup Independent (No Oprah! story), the stakes get a little higher. This...
Fort Mojave Tribe holds first rally against drugs (June 26, 2006)
The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe of Arizona just held its first anti-drug rally. The Gathering Against Drugs educated tribal members about the dangers of methamphetamine, alcohol and other substances. One organizer said meth was a big problem on the...
9th Circuit won't rehear petroglyph theft case (June 26, 2006)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to rehear an artifact theft case. Two non-Indian men admitted they stole petroglyphs from federal land in Nevada. But a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit cleared the men of theft charges...
Lakota candidate needs money for U.S. House race (June 26, 2006)
Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is seeking funds in his bid to unseat incumbent Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-South Dakota). Whalen has raised about $55,000 of a $75,000 target. Herseth, on the other hand, has about $630,000...
Reputed Native gang leader sentenced to prison (June 26, 2006)
An alleged leader of the Native mob gang was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for a crime on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. Gordon David Reese, 30, was convicted on charges of assault, trafficking of methamphetamine...
Navajo leaders angered by incidents in Farmington (June 26, 2006)
Navajo Nation leaders, angered by racially-tinged incidents in Farmington, New Mexico, met last week to consider possible action. In recent weeks, a Navajo man was shot and killed by a Farmington police officer. Three white males were arrested for attacking...
Abramoff's use of non-profits next step in probe (June 26, 2006)
Non-profit organizations connected to Jack Abramoff are under scrutiny as federal investigators continue to probe the way the disgraced lobbyist and confessed felon operated in Washington, D.C. Abramoff used various non-profits to funnel millions in tribal funds. In some cases,...
Fire Thunder set for impeachment hearing (June 26, 2006)
Cecelia Fire Thunder, the suspended president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, will go before the tribal council on Thursday, June 29, for her third impeachment hearing. The hearing was called over Fire Thunder's very public opposition...
Lobbying reform legislation stalls in Congress (June 26, 2006)
In the wake of Jack Abramoff's guilty pleas, Republicans in Congress promised to reform the way lobbyists do business in Washington, D.C. Six months later, legislation proposed by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) has fallen flat. Rank-and-file Republicans no...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing (June 26, 2006)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing this Wednesday, June 28, on Indian housing. A witness list is not yet available but Marty Shuravloff, the newly elected chairman of the National American Indian Housing Council is expected to...
Yellow Bird: Sacred Bundles brought to people again (June 26, 2006)
"Indian people have been through tremendous change and chaos. Hundreds of years ago, when many nations of Indians lived on this land, we were powerful because we were held in the hand of the Creator. Our lives changed as non-Indians...
Washoe Tribe takes teens on 'extreme' challenge (June 26, 2006)
The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California is taking its youth on a yearlong "extreme" challenge that emphasizes tribal traditions. The first major event of the "Native Extreme Teen Challenge" was a 14-mile walk from Carson City to Lake Tahoe....
Book Review: Haunting voices of Oregon's Native people (June 26, 2006)
"W e Oregonians like to believe that we are an enlightened lot. We like to believe that we have always treated the environment and the people who have resided in it with fairness, respect and honor. But our belief...
Cherokee councilor sue chief, executives for fraud (June 26, 2006)
Seven Cherokee Nation council members filed a lawsuit in federal court, accusing Principal Chief Chad Smith and two tribal business executives of fraud. The lawsuit stems from the tribe's investment in Global Energy Group, a publicly traded company. Cherokee Nation...
Jodi Rave: Passing on the stories of the people (June 26, 2006)
"Storytelling is an art. And two men who have mastered this genre recently arrived in Montana - a Mohawk elder from New York and young Yup'ik from Alaska. Although they've never met, they shared the same message with two different...
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