Tribes blast Bush proposal to alter trust relationship (November 2, 2006)
Opposition to a controversial Bush administration proposal that would dramatically alter the federal trust relationship is mounting. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has been holding meetings across the country to solicit input on a bill that would settle the Cobell...
White Earth Band to build council headquarters (November 2, 2006)
The White Earth Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota will break ground on a $14.5 million tribal council building in May 2007. The building will serve as headquarters for all tribal government programs, including health services. The 80,000-square-foot, two-story building will...
Native students at ASU combat misperceptions (November 2, 2006)
Native students at Arizona State University say they have to combat stereotypes and misperceptions about tribal culture. "[They think] that we're drunks, that we're freeloaders, that we think we deserve special treatment or the United States government always takes...
Builder claims Oneida Nation owes $3M for hotel (November 2, 2006)
A builder filed suit against the Oneida Nation of New York, claiming the tribe owes $3 million for the construction of a hotel. Pike Co. says the tribe kept changing requirements for the Lodge hotel at the Turning Stone Resort...
Opinion: California tribes exert political blackmail (November 2, 2006)
"While next week’s noncontest for governor draws about as much public attention as a wall of drying paint, something quite significant for the state’s future is taking place beneath the surface. One of the richest and most powerful state lobbies...
Jodi Rave: Native candidates seek more Native votes (November 2, 2006)
"Leroy Not Afraid spoke into a microphone while Lawrence “Pete” Big Hair stood nearby - both are candidates for Big Horn County justice of the peace and sheriff, respectively - to remind tribal citizens to vote on Tuesday. “We have...
Funds sought for huge Indian monument in Tulsa (November 2, 2006)
Funds are still being sought for a 21-story bronze monument of an Indian warrior in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 207-foot-tall monument, known as "The American," will cost $23.5 million. It will be created by Osage artist Shan Gray. It would...
Documentary on Bruce Miller, late Skokomish artist (November 2, 2006)
KCTS, the public television station in Seattle, is airing a documentary about Bruce Miller, the late Skokomish artist and spiritual leader. "Teachings of the Tree People -- The Work of Bruce Miller" explores the man whose Skokomish name was...
Forum in Gallup addresses racism in border towns (November 2, 2006)
A forum in Gallup, New Mexico, heard from Navajo tribal members who recounted decades of racism and discrimination in border towns. Duane "Chili" Yazzie cited long-running problems in Farmington that culminated this summer with the shooting death of a Navajo...
Navajo presidential candidates line up endorsements (November 2, 2006)
The Navajo Nation presidential candidates are lining up endorsements as the November 7 election approaches. So far, incumbent Joe Shirley Jr. has the most endorsements. He has the support of former president Peterson Zah, former president and current Arizona Sen....
Ex-cops 'unsuitable' for serviceafter death of teen (November 2, 2006)
Two police officers who were last seen with a Native teen days before he was found dead have been declared "unsuitable for police service." Larry Hartwig and Brad Senger were fired after a government inquiry linked them to the death...
GAO to investigate royalty collection at DOI (November 2, 2006)
The Government Accountability Office will study the oil and gas royalty collection system at the Interior Department amid reports of billions of dollars in lost revenues. The study was requested by Rep. Tom Davis (R-California) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California)...
Miccosukee Tribe opposes critical habitat proposal (November 2, 2006)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida opposes a proposal to designate a critical habitat for an endangered bird. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to protect 71,000 acres as breeding grounds for the Cape Sable seaside sparrow. But the tribe...
Morongo Band backs candidate opposed by other tribes (November 2, 2006)
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians has spent more than $300,000 to support a candidate who is being targeted for defeat by other California tribes. The Morongo Band spent $336,812.38 on radio ads for John Chiang, the Democratic candidate running...
Novak: Burns catches up in race against Tester (November 2, 2006)
"Just two weeks ago, Republican Sen. Conrad Burns appeared dead in trying for a fourth term. Polls gave his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Jon Tester, a double-digit lead, and that caused party leaders in Washington to write off Burns. But...
Tribal contributions drop after Abramoff scandal (November 2, 2006)
In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, tribal campaign contributions have declined, USA Today reports. According to PoliticalMoneyLine and the Center for Responsive Politics, tribal donations dropped 30 percent this year. "Tribes are saying, 'We're going to stay away...
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