Yellow Bird: Tribal leaders need to put people first (September 28, 2006)
"Those were the days when our councils and leadership were chosen, not elected, by the community by consensus. The criteria? Who the best person was, based on his experience and leadership as shown to the people. They knew who...
Navajo group opposes return of uranium mining (September 28, 2006)
Citing past environmental problems, Navajo tribal members are worried that uranium mining will return to the reservation. The Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining says uranium mining leads to groundwater pollution. An accident in 1979 led to the release of...
Sandia Pueblo warns balloon pilots of no-land zones (September 28, 2006)
Sandia Pueblo is warning participants in the upcoming Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta not to land in certain areas of the reservation. The tribe says the main village, the casino, a reclamation area, an old airport and a buffalo pasture are...
Catawba Nation touts adult education program (September 28, 2006)
The Catawba Nation of South Carolina says its adult education program is a big success. The ISWA Adult Literacy and GED Even Start program began in February 2005. The program emphasizes adult and family learning. Participants say the program has...
School districts fight for bigger share of Impact Aid (September 28, 2006)
Two public school districts that educate Pueblo and Navajo children in New Mexico are hoping to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that they deserve more federal funds. The Gallup and Zuni school systems are challenging a formula used to distribute...
Tohono O'odham chairwoman survives ouster attempt (September 28, 2006)
Vivian Juan-Saunders, the chairwoman of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, survived an attempt to remove her from office. The tribal council held a two-day hearing on charges that Juan-Saunders neglected her duties by failing to deposit $6.5 million. Beverly...
Mashantucket Tribe helps families own homes (September 28, 2006)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is helping three families become homeowners through a unique program. The tribe conveyed 1-acre parcels to the families under a 50-year agreement. The families will be able to use the land as collateral...
Memorial fund set up for family of toddler who died (September 28, 2006)
A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Nathaniel Saunsoci-Mitchell, a 20-month-old Omaha toddler who died in foster care. The money will be used to help the family pay for the funeral and other expenses. The...
School district names Indian education director (September 28, 2006)
The public school district in Great Falls, Montana, has hired a new Indian education director. Sandra Boham is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She was a financial aid specialist at Salish Kootenai College. Her goals are...
Bear River Band defends contributions to DA (September 28, 2006)
The Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria says its donations to the Humboldt County, California, district attorney have nothing to do with a criminal case involving the chairman's son. The tribe, chairman Leonard Bowman and a tribal attorney donated a...
Three First Nations said to be close to treaties (September 28, 2006)
Three First Nations in British Columbia are said to be close to signing treaties with the province and the federal government. The B.C. Treaty Commission said two First Nations -- Tsawwassen Band and the Lheidli T'Enneh -- have completed negotiations....
Debate: Transform Columbus Day or treasure it? (September 28, 2006)
Hannah Hayes' view: "While his legacy in the Jefferson County School curriculum is one of an explorer, it should be noted that Columbus’ early travels were motivated by the search for slaves and greed for gold. Historical Spanish archives that...
Serial rapist threatens Fort Apache Reservation (September 28, 2006)
A serial rapist on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona has assaulted a half-dozen women while posing as a police officer. The suspect approaches women in a dark area and tell them they are under arrest. He is described as...
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