Interior enters Class III debate in three states (November 15, 2006)
The Interior Department is moving to authorize Class III gaming for tribes in three states where the governor refuses to negotiate a compact, a senior official said on Tuesday. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians...
Utah pays Skull Valley Goshute $844K in legal fees (November 15, 2006)
The state of Utah will pay $844,000 in legal expenses to the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians. The state owes the tribe money for losing a lawsuit. A federal court said several state laws aimed at stopping the waste...
Alaska Native corporations a major force in state (November 15, 2006)
Alaska Native corporations are the leading businesses in the state, according to Alaska Business Monthly. Of the top 10 corporations last year, seven were Native corporations. That's a long way from the bankruptcies and near bankruptcies in recent years. The...
Oneida Nation foreclosure case headed to 2nd Circuit (November 15, 2006)
The Oneida Nation's foreclosure case is headed to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. A federal judge has ruled that two counties cannot foreclose on land owned by the tribe. The final ruling was made this month, clearing the way...
Tribal colleges oppose 'Fighting Sioux' nickname (November 15, 2006)
Officials at five tribal colleges visited by University of North Dakota administrators said they oppose the school's use of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. UND administrators Bob Boyd and Leigh Jeanotte scheduled visits to the tribal colleges to...
Judge hears case against tribal tobacco retailers (November 15, 2006)
A federal judge heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by tobacco giant Philip Morris against two Yakama Nation members. Delbert Wheeler Sr. and Richard Kip Ramsey Sr. sell their own brand of cigarettes called King Mountain Tobacco....
Northern Cheyenne Tribe to investigate election (November 15, 2006)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana affirmed its recent election results but will conduct an inquiry to determine how mistakes were made. One mistake resulted in the reversal of the results for one council seat. Another changed the vote tally...
Two new members of Indian Affairs Committee (November 15, 2006)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will be getting two new Democratic members. Jon Tester of Montana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, both newly elected, are joining the panel. They will make up an eight-member Democratic majority. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North...
Griles said to be under scrutiny in Abramoff probe (November 15, 2006)
Former Interior deputy secretary J. Steven Griles is said to be under scrutiny in the Jack Abramoff corruption probe. Griles reportedly favored Abramoff's tribal clients on gaming, land-into-trust, recognition and other matters. But the former official denied acting at Abramoff's...
Canada eliminates funds for Native languages (November 15, 2006)
The Conservative leadership of the Canadian government has eliminated most of the $170 million that had been set aside for Native languages. Only about $30 million, to be spent over eight years, remains. First Nations leaders are trying to get...
Yellow Bird: Hunting still has place in our society (November 15, 2006)
"The day I quit hunting was the day I found myself staring in the face of a doe we'd accidentally come upon too quickly for her to react. She just stood and stared as the hunter dropped her. I...
Safe house for Native teens faces overhaul (November 15, 2006)
The government of Saskatchewan is overhauling a Native teen safe house that was plagued by financial and management problems. The Oyate House in Regina was shut down in the spring after news reports uncovered the problems, later confirmed by government...
Senate bill could save Yankton Sioux emergency room (November 15, 2006)
The Senate approved an appropriations bill that could save the emergency clinic on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. An amendment in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide up to...
Isleta Pueblo settlement ready for Bush signature (November 15, 2006)
A bill to provide $40 million to Isleta Pueblo for the federal government's mismanagement of tribal lands is headed to President Bush for his signature. The Pueblo of Isleta Settlement and Natural Resources Restoration Act of 2006 was approved by...
Column: Candidate refused Agua Caliente money (November 15, 2006)
"Thanks, but no thanks. That's what state Assemblyman-elect Jared Huffman told the Agua Caliente band of Indians when he returned its $2,000 donation to his campaign. Just before Election Day, he got a large donation from the Palm Springs tribe....
Lumbee Tribe elects five newcomers to council (November 15, 2006)
Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina elected five newcomers to the 21-seat council. Two winners are replacing their husbands. Audrey Hunt won the seat held by Larece Hunt, who was barred by tribal law from serving more than...
Census Bureau data shows racial disparities (November 15, 2006)
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows disparities among racial and ethnic groups in Oklahoma. According to the 2005 American Community Survey, American Indians and Alaska Natives are more likely to have high school diplomas than the average Oklahoman...
New Oklahoma tribal tobacco tax rate recommended (November 15, 2006)
The Oklahoma Tax Commission is being urged to adopt a single tax rate for the sale of tobacco at tribal retailers. The commission currently has seven rates and tax stamps. Non-Indian retailers say one should be used to "level the...
Cherokee Nation council OKs minimum wage hike (November 15, 2006)
The Cherokee Nation council approved a gradual increase to the minimum wage. The wage will be raised to $7.50 per hour after January 1, 2007. By 2008, it will be increased to $9 per hour. The council previously approved an...
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