AFN wraps up convention but some issues remain (October 30, 2006)
The Alaska Federation of Natives wrapped up its annual convention on Saturday but will hold a leadership forum on conflict resolution next year to consider some controversial issues. The forum was created to address several anti-development resolutions. AFN tried...
Arizona county works to improve Native vote (October 30, 2006)
Officials in Pima County, Arizona, have been working to increase Native voter turnout. The county's tribal outreach coordinator is Charlene Begay, a member of the Navajo Nation. Along with Noel Day, the director of the county's outreach program, Begay has...
Ex-official sentenced for role in Abramoff scandal (October 30, 2006)
A former Bush administration official who used to lobby for the Indian gaming industry was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. David H. Safavian wept in a Washington, D.C., courtroom...
Pombo denies being lobbied in Mashpee recognition (October 30, 2006)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California) says a bill he sponsored that would have helped the Mashpee Wampanog Tribe of Massachusetts had nothing to do with the tribe's lobbyist -- Jack Abramoff. Pombo introduced a bill that would have forced action on...
Ousted Narragansetts want to form own tribe (October 30, 2006)
Dozens of people who aren't eligible for membership in the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island are considering forming their own tribe. More than 200 people have been kicked out of the tribe since the 1990s. Others have Narragansett ties but...
Foster care a sensitive issue after death of toddler (October 30, 2006)
Indian children in Nebraska and Iowa are more likely to be placed in foster care than non-Indians. In Woodbury County, Iowa, 15.6 percent of the children in foster care are Indian. But Indian children are only 3.5 percent of...
Oklahoma tribes address abuse of Native women (October 30, 2006)
Oklahoma tribes are taking steps to curb the high rate of domestic violence against Native women. The Muscogee Nation's domestic violence program set aside six apartments to serve as transitional living sites for victims. About 20 to 30 women go...
Farmington combats image as racist border town (October 30, 2006)
Officials in Farmington, New Mexico, are working to change the city's image as just another racist border town. Farmington was the site of two recent race-related incidents. A Navajo man was fatally shot by a police officer and three young...
Jodi Rave: Series on violence against Native women (October 30, 2006)
"Death's cold hand hadn't brushed over Josie Salois when Montana's chief medical examiner began to inspect her body. She was 22. The body is that of a well-developed, well-nourished, adult Native American female who weighs 155 pounds, is 68 1/2...
Column: 'Injun' not a suitable word for candidate (October 30, 2006)
"Mishicot, you probably know if you've zipped through, is one of those small, hopelessly incorrect Wisconsin towns where the high school still fields teams of "Indians" and the water tower still features an enormous profile of a Native American face...
Column: GOP never apologized for offending Indians (October 30, 2006)
"Dr. Steve Kagen, who is running for the congressional seat in the 8th District against Rep. John Gard, made an inappropriate remark in reference to Indians. As public relations director and an enrolled Oneida, I was appreciative of the opportunity...
Q&A with candidates for Navajo Nation president (October 30, 2006)
The Farmington Daily Times interviews Navajo Nation presidential candidates Linda Lovejoy and incumbent Joe Shirley Jr. about their campaigns and views. The two face off on the November 7 ballot. Shirley touts his achievements during his first four years. He...
Jodi Rave: Election day for tribal citizens too (October 30, 2006)
"Across the country, tribal citizens are being asked to go to the polls to vote for chairmen and tribal council members. As for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation election, well, who are you going to vote for? Tribal citizens...
Mark Trahant: Yet another column on economics (October 30, 2006)
"Start with these two simple ideas: This nation needs a better accounting of how federal dollars are spent -- steps that will move us toward eliminating the federal deficit. Oh, boy! A column on accounting standards and, yes, I know,...
Kickapoo corruption case went from $900K to $900 (October 30, 2006)
Seven people who were charged with stealing more than $900,000 from the Kickapoo Tribe of Texas pleaded guilty to far lesser crimes, The San Antonio Express-News reports. Former tribal chairman Raul Garza, the only Indian person who was charged, pleaded...
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