Cobell honored for work on Indian trust fund case (December 19, 2006)
IMPACT AWARD: Elouise Cobell, center, with CNN anchor Paula Zahn, left, and actress Marlo Thomas, right, at AARP Magazine ceremony in New York City. Amid stars in the entertainment, media and political world, Elouise Cobell was honored on Monday...
ICT: Tribute to John Mohawk, man of wisdom (December 19, 2006)
"Indian country lost a major luminary with the recent passing of Sotsisowah, the Seneca author and traditionalist known in the broader society as John Mohawk, Ph.D. Mohawk, 61, was pronounced dead at his home in Buffalo on Dec. 12....
Onondaga Nation teacher charged with abuse (December 19, 2006)
A teacher at the school on the Onondaga Nation in New York has been charged with sexual abuse. Albert Scerbo, 44, is accused of having sexual conduct with two female students, ages 7 and 8. The incidents allegedly started in...
Man sentenced to 10 years for death of Navy SEAL (December 19, 2006)
A man from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for the stabbing death of a Navy SEAL who was home on leave. Gerald Lee Littlehead, 24, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for...
Oglala Lakota College receives $100K from state (December 19, 2006)
The Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation received a $100,000 grant from the state of South Dakota. The money will be used to give students hands-on experience in home building. The school's general construction program will buy a...
Trail of Tears home of Cherokee leader repaired (December 19, 2006)
The 177-year-old brick home of a Cherokee leader who led his people on the Trail of Tears has been repaired. James Brown and other Cherokees in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area were forced to leave their homes in 1838. Brown led...
Officials in New York file land-into-trust lawsuit (December 19, 2006)
Officials in New York are suing the Interior Department to block all land-into-trust acquisitions in the state. The officials, along with groups like the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, filed suit in federal court. They say no new reservation land can...
Woman cites self-defense in Colville shooting (December 19, 2006)
The girlfriend of Jude Clarence "Jude" Stensgar Sr., a former chairman of the Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington, says she shot him in self-defense. Stensgar, 77, was killed in his home on the reservation on November 27. Lisa Denobrega, 46,...
Natives with disabilities ask governments for help (December 19, 2006)
Native people living with disabilities are trying to get the Canadian government and their First Nations to do more to help. A committee that was formed at the recent National Aboriginal Disabilities Conference will lobby the Canadian government for more...
Navajo president meets with power plant protesters (December 19, 2006)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. met with protesters of a proposed power plant on the reservation but said he was sticking by the project. Protesters who live in the Shiprock, New Mexico, area have occupied the power plant...
Eastern Band brings Christmas to tribal elders (December 19, 2006)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina continued its holiday tradition of delivering foods boxes to tribal elders. This year, the tribe collected 1,025 boxes of household goods, food and simple gifts. About 250 volunteers started packing up...
Abramoff defends self against Alabama-Coushattas (December 19, 2006)
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff is representing himself in a lawsuit filed by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. The lawsuit alleges Abramoff and his associates failed to report their lobbying activities in Texas, misled state lawmakers and conspired to defraud the...
No banishment for Fallon-Paiute Shoshone Tribe (December 19, 2006)
Members of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada rejected a ballot question that would have banished anyone convicted of dealing or making drugs. Question 1 failed by a wide margin. Only 44 percent voted in favor while 56 percent voted...
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sued over finances (December 19, 2006)
Four members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe filed a lawsuit to account for $15 million the tribe received from outside investors. Herb Strather, a real estate and casino developer, financed the tribe's successful federal recognition petition. But Amelia Bingham, one...
State revives Narragansett smokeshop case (December 19, 2006)
Seven members, including the chief, of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island will be arraigned on charges connected to the state's raid of a smokeshop on the reservation. Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas and the other tribal members were arrested on...
Lumbee Tribe faces recognition battle again in 2007 (December 19, 2006)
Congress ended its 109th session this month without acting on a bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The tribe faced opposition from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. But the Cherokee's main advocate, former Rep. Charles Taylor...
Doug George-Kanentiio: 'Apocalypto' offensive to Native history (December 19, 2006)
I sometimes wonder if Native actors bother to read the scripts of the movies in which they are asked to perform. I understand there are limited opportunities for aboriginal professionals in the film industry but there must be some projects...
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