Indian energy rights-of-way study being delayed (July 7, 2006)
A federal study on energy rights-of-way in Indian Country is being delayed, according to Indian Country Today. A draft was due the first week of July, prompting a rash of tribal lobbying on Capitol Hill. The tribes hoped to ensure...
Ralph Reed paid $6.3M by Abramoff's tribes (July 7, 2006)
Conservative Republican activist Ralph Reed was paid $6.3 million by Jack Abramoff's tribal clients, according to the National Journal. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana were the source of the payments. But to disguise...
Wyandotte Nation wins big decision on gaming in Kansas (July 7, 2006)
The Wyandotte Nation's former casino on trust land in downtown Kansas City. File Photo © The Lawrence Journal-World. The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma can cross state lines and operate a casino in downtown Kansas City, a federal judge ruled on...
Micmac chief suspended for not showing up to work (July 7, 2006)
William Phillips, the chief of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs in Maine, has been suspended without pay. Phillips has served as chief for seven years. Critics say he hasn't been showing up for work and may be misusing tribal funds....
Karuk Tribe gathers at sacred house gutted by fire (July 7, 2006)
Members and leaders of the Karuk Tribe of California met on Wednesday at the site of a sacred ceremonial house that was destroyed by fire. The suspicious fire is being treated as a hate crime by the tribe. The...
Alaska Natives look to the world for business ideas (July 7, 2006)
The Alaska Federation of Natives is sponsoring a conference that brings international business leaders to Alaska. The Leadership Forum started on Thursday and ends today. It aims to tap into the experience of world business experts in hopes of spurring...
Jodi Rave: Montana Natives win at Indigenous Games (July 7, 2006)
"Montana athletes arrived at the North American Indigenous Games as the smallest U.S. team to compete, with only 14 members. “There's not going to be much of us,” said Tuff Harris, a Crow and Northern Cheyenne. “So we might as...
North Dakota Indian medical student program cut (July 7, 2006)
The Indians Into Medicine program at the University of North Dakota is losing almost half of its budget due to a federal funding cut. INMED will be forced to cut back four staff members, student tutor support and summer programs...
Editorial: Restore funding for Indian medical program (July 7, 2006)
"What works? When it comes to federal spending, that's the question most Americans ask. If a program has failed or, as sometimes happens, actually is making a problem worse, then reform it or cut its budget by all means. But...
Man charged with sex crimes taught at Native schools (July 7, 2006)
A Minnesota man facing sex crimes charges previously taught at schools on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and in the Alaska Native community of Akhiok. James Irvin Rigenhagen, 51, was charged on Thursday with two counts...
Oklahoma Indian medical student program to close (July 7, 2006)
The University of Oklahoma is eliminating a program that recruits and supports Indian medical students due to a federal funding cut. The Native American Center of Excellence Consortium is losing about $520,000. The school has no money to keep it...
Navajo Nation approves study of racism in border towns (July 7, 2006)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. signed a bill into law that authorizes a study of racial discrimination in border towns and makes a one-time payment to the family of Navajo man who was shot and killed by a border...
Navajo-Hopi land conflict still stirs hard feelings (July 7, 2006)
Indianz.Com Listening Lounge House Resources Committee hearing on S.1003, the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Amendments of 2005, June 21, 2006. Introduction - 7:55 - 1.8MB Panel I Testimony - 5:26 - 1.2MB | Q&A - 30:21 - 7.0MB William...
Woman behind racist cartoon of Seminole leader stays (July 7, 2006)
A woman behind a racist cartoon of a prominent Seminole Tribe leader won't lose her job in the town of Davie, Florida. Karen Stenzel-Nowicki circulated a cartoon that depicted Seminole council member Max Osceola as a drum-beating, half-naked beast. Local...
Winnemem Wintu Tribe finds it hard to practice religion (July 7, 2006)
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California is having a hard time practicing its religion now that most of its sacred sites are under the authority of the federal government. The unrecognized tribe can no longer afford to use its ceremonial...
Kootenai Tribe seeks to join lawsuit over dam (July 7, 2006)
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit over the operation of Libby Dam. The lawsuit was filed by Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group. It seeks to force the federal government to install equipment...
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