Tribal methamphetamine bill clears House (April 17, 2007)
A bill to include tribes in three anti-methamphetamine programs cleared the House by a unanimous vote last month. H.R.545, the Native American Methamphetamine Enforcement and Treatment Act, clarifies that tribes are eligible to receive grants already available to states. Supporters...
Indian child welfare conference opens in Oklahoma (April 17, 2007)
The National Indian Child Welfare Association is holding its annual conference in Oklahoma City. About 600 people are attending the conference at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel. It started on Sunday and ends on Wednesday. Terry Cross, the director of...
LaDuke helps kick off Time-Out Week at UND (April 17, 2007)
Environmental activist Winona LaDuke helped kick off the 38th annual Time-Out Week at the University of North Dakota. LaDuke addressed cultural diversity, biodiversity and sacred sites. She urged students to respect and take care of the environment. The Time-Out...
HIV/AIDS cases rise among Indians in Minnesota (April 17, 2007)
American Indians and Alaska Natives have the third highest rate of new HIV/AIDS cases in Minnesota, the state Health Department reported on Monday. In 2006, there were 10 new HIV/AIDS cases among Native Americans. That represented 3 percent of the...
Alaska Native group challenges drilling project (April 17, 2007)
An Alaska Native group called Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands is challenging a decision to allow exploratory in the Beaufort Sea The Mineral Management Service approved Shell Oil's plan to look for oil off the north coast of Alaska....
Connecticut Supreme Court protects tribal immunity (April 17, 2007)
Tribes cannot be sued without their consent or without Congressional approval, the Connecticut Supreme Court said in a ruling released on Monday. The Mohegan Tribe was sued by a former employee. Bradley W. Beecher claimed the tribe was trying to...
Man sentenced to 22 years for murdering sister (April 17, 2007)
A 32-year-old Washington man was sentenced to 22 years for murdering his sister in December. William Ame Windsor, a member of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. He admitted to repeatedly hitting his sister,. Shine, in...
Tule River Tribe hosts first student spelling bee (April 17, 2007)
The Tule River Tribe of California held its first spelling bee on Monday. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the event. Nico Carrillo, pictured, won the kindergarten contest. Chairman Neil Peyron said the spelling bee is part...
Man faces sentencing for hate crime beating (April 17, 2007)
A 19-year-old man will be sentenced today for the racially-motivated beating of Navajo man in Farmington, New Mexico. John Winer pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and assault with...
Eastern Shawnee Tribe claims victory in Ohio (April 17, 2007)
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is claiming victory on its land claim in Ohio. The tribe agreed to a proposed order to dismiss its claim to 146 square miles of ancestral territory. Chief Glenna Wallace said the decision means...
First Nation occupies generating station (April 17, 2007)
The Pimicikamak Cree Nation of Manitoba has been occupying a hydroelectric generating station since last Thursday. Tribal members won't leave the Manitoba Hydro station until provincial officials agree to a meeting. At issue is compensation for flooding caused by hydroelectric...
Rosebud Sioux Tribe responds to youth suicide (April 17, 2007)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is reaching out to youth in hopes of preventing suicide. In the past two years, at least six young people have taken their lives. Tribal law enforcement have responded to more than 200...
House Interior Appropriations hearings on budget (April 17, 2007)
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies is holding two hearings of interest. Today, the subcommittee hears from Dr. Charles Grim, the director of the Indian Health Service. Grim is a member of the Cherokee Nation of...
Group questions Sault Tribe's museum purchase (April 17, 2007)
Members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are questioning the purchase of a museum property in St. Ignace, Michigan. The tribe's board of directors agreed to buy the Fort DuBuade museum property for about $700,000. Under the...
Cherokee Nation may lose $3.6M on failed venture (April 17, 2007)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma could lose $3.6 million on a failed Internet service venture, The Muskogee Phoenix reports. The tribe loaned $4 million for the Cherokee Connex business. But without customers, the company closed up. The tribe has been...
Senate panel moves Gonzales testimony to Thursday (April 17, 2007)
The Senate Judiciary Committee moved the testimony of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to Thursday in light of the mass shootings at Virginia Tech. The committee will hear from Gonzales on the U.S. Attorney firing scandal. Of the eight prosecutors...
Former Abramoff associate resigns from law firm (April 17, 2007)
Kevin Ring, a former associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, abruptly resigned from the Barnes & Thornburg firm last Friday. Ring worked with Abramoff at the Greenberg Traurig firm. After the scandal broke, he joined Barnes & Thornburg and...
Artman ceremony at Interior Department building (April 17, 2007)
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will administer the oath of office to Carl Artman as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs tomorrow at 3:30pm. The ceremony takes place in the Sidney Yates Auditorium at the main Interior building in Washington, D.C. Members...
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