Opinion: Native genocide and September 11, 2001 (September 27, 2006)
"The fifth anniversary of 9/11 was a day to remember those lives lost in the terrorist attacks. One of the leading institutions in the country used the occasion instead to attack Christianity, incite racial divisiveness, encourage socialism, and compare U.S....
Supreme Court prepares for start of new term (September 27, 2006)
The U.S. Supreme Court began laying the groundwork for its upcoming term this week by accepting one Indian-related case and considering three Indian law cases. The court's term officially starts on October 2. But the justices already held their opening...
Opinion: English comes first, not Native languages (September 27, 2006)
"H.R. 4766, the “Native American Languages Preservation Act,” is scheduled to be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives under a suspension of the rules as early as today. This expedited procedure is generally reserved for legislation naming federal buildings,...
Cherokee woman killed by estranged husband (September 27, 2006)
A domestic violence incident has claimed the life of a Cherokee woman in Oklahoma. Grace Mouse, 43, was shot to death by her estranged husband, Antonio Fuentes-Castillo, 41. He then turned the gun on himself. The incident occurred at...
Utah tribe finds success without land, capital (September 27, 2006)
The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation doesn't have a reservation or much in terms of resources. But the small Utah tribe has developed a business that will see $10 million in revenues this year. "We started out zero,"...
Indian farmers seek trial on discrimination claims (September 27, 2006)
Indian farmers who are part of a $19 billion class action are going to court on Thursday to ask for a trial on their discrimination claims. The farmers filed their suit against the Department of Agriculture in 1999. They say...
Comanche Nation uses radar to search for burial sites (September 27, 2006)
The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma is conducting radar tests to find potential burial sites at Fort Sill. The tests are being conducted at a housing construction site. An unknown number of tribal members were buried in the area following a...
Navajo-Hopi land agreement moves forward (September 27, 2006)
An agreement to end a decades-old land dispute between the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation moved forward on Tuesday. The Navajo Nation Council voted 75-3 in favor of the intergovernmental compact. The tribes have been working on the deal...
SIPI student, 18, charged with rape on campus (September 27, 2006)
An 18-year-old male student at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute has been charged with rape. Waylan Martine was arrested after a female SIPI student was found lying on the ground unconscious. She recovered and said the last thing she remembered...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe saves seeds of black ash tree (September 27, 2006)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has collected more than 20,000 seeds of the black ash tree. The seeds will be frozen and planted at a later date. The goal is to save the tree from the emerald ash...
Authorities investigate death of toddler in foster care (September 27, 2006)
Authorities in Nebraska are investigating the death of a 20-month-old toddler who was in foster care. Nathaniel Saunsoci-Mitchell was a member of the Omaha Tribe. He was placed in foster care by the tribe while his mother, 18-year-old Jackie...
Yakama Nation appeals court finally hears cases (September 27, 2006)
The appeals court of the Yakama Nation of Washington heard its first case in more than six years on Tuesday. The court has been inactive since 2000. It wasn't until this year that new judges were appointed, following a critical...
State settles dispute with Northern Arapaho Tribe (September 27, 2006)
The state of Wyoming and the Northern Arapaho Tribe signed an agreement that resolves a sovereignty dispute. The state wanted the tribe to go to state court when disputes arise over child welfare services on the reservation. The tribe refused...
Lawmakers want Interior to recover lost royalties (September 27, 2006)
Two Republican lawmakers are asking Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to collect billions of dollars in lost oil and gas royalties. Reps. Tom Davis (R-Virginia) and Darrell Issa (R-California) say it is "absurd" for Interior not to recover the royalties. They...
HIV/AIDS on the rise among Native Americans (September 27, 2006)
The HIV/AIDS rate is rising among American Indians and Alaska Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the year 2001, the rate was 9.5 cases per 100,000. In 2004, it grew to 11.1 cases per 100,000....
EEOC accuses Montana firm of racial harassment (September 27, 2006)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against a Montana company over alleged harassment of an Indian employee. The EEOC says the Les Schwab Tire Center in Kalispell refused to stop daily racial slurs, jokes and name-calling...
Opinion: Indian poverty not on American radar screen (September 27, 2006)
"During a cross-country trip I took in early June, I drove past a number of Indian reservations in Arizona and New Mexico, and I must say that the sight was not exactly uplifting. I could see hundreds of tumble-down shacks...
Another delay sought in Abramoff prison term (September 27, 2006)
Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to delay sending convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff to prison. Abramoff was due to start his prison term on October 2. He was sentenced to 70 months for pleading guilty to bank fraud related to...
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