Ousted Cherokee Freedmen seek DOI action against tribe (May 10, 2007)
The Cherokee Freedmen went back to court this week to prevent the Cherokee Nation from ousting them from the tribe. In a brief filed on Wednesday, the Freedmen asked a federal judge for a preliminary injunction. They want the Bush...
Rep. Wilson opposes urban Indian health cut (May 10, 2007)
Rep. Heather Wilson (R-New Mexico) is seeking to stop the Bush administration from eliminating the $33 million urban Indian health program. Wilson's district includes two urban Indian clinics that serve 6,000 Native Americans. They would be forced to cut back...
Kiowa Tribe announces purchase of Indian City (May 10, 2007)
The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma announced the purchase of Indian City USA, a tourist attraction in Anadarko. The tribe will seek to have the 200-acre site placed in trust, Chairman Don Neconie said. The purchase price wasn't disclosed. Indian City...
Indian man on death row disputes state authority (May 10, 2007)
A Creek man on death row is challenging the state's jurisdiction to prosecute him for a crime that he said occurred on Indian land. Patrick D. Murphy was convicted of mutilating and killing George Jacobs, who was Creek. But Murphy...
Arctic Slope Regional Corp. reports $1B in revenues (May 10, 2007)
For the second year in a row, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., an Alaska Native regional corporation, reported revenues in excess of $1 billion. ASRC took in a record $1.7 billion in 2006 and saw profits of $206 million. That's...
Navajo jurisdiction dispute back in court (May 10, 2007)
A jurisdiction dispute on the Navajo Nation was back before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. In November 2005, a federal judge ruled that the Navajo courts have jurisdiction to hear certain claims regarding an employment dispute at...
Editorial: Tulalip Tribes and city come together (May 10, 2007)
"Geographically, they're neighbors. Yet over the years, Marysville and the Tulalip Tribes have often seemed worlds apart. Now, competition and acrimony are being replaced by cooperation and friendship. An alliance signed this week by the tribe and the city formalizes...
Arraignments for Shinnecock Nation drug raid (May 10, 2007)
Eighteen people were arraigned on Wednesday in connection with drug trafficking on the Shinnecock Nation in New York. Three men were called the ringleaders of the drug ring. Awan Gumbs, the son of a tribal trustee, allegedly took cocaine from...
Sen. Dorgan calls for Impact Aid funding (May 10, 2007)
Sen. .Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, is calling for full funding for the Impact Aid program. Impact Aid provides money to public school districts on or near reservations. The Bush administration has not...
BIA to act on Oneida Nation land-into-trust (May 10, 2007)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to make an initial recommendation on the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust application by this summer, The Syracuse Post-Standard reports. The BIA has taken public comments on the tribe's request to have 17,000 acres placed in...
No rush for Virginia recognition bill in Senate (May 10, 2007)
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Virginia) and Sen. John Warner (R-Virginia) are putting the brakes on the Virginia tribal recognition. H.R.1294, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act, passed the House by a unanimous voice vote on Tuesday....
U.S. Attorney explains origin of Abramoff case (May 10, 2007)
The U.S. Attorney for Southern Florida said the Jack Abramoff investigation started off as a probe of corporate dealings in South Florida. U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said Abramoff was investigated for the purchase of a $40 million fleet of...
Rep. Doolittle and wife allege DOJ intimidation (May 10, 2007)
Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) and his wife, Julie, went on a talk radio show on Wednesday and accused the Department of Justice of intimidation. Doolittle said he was asked to plead guilty to certain crimes for his dealings with convicted...
Editorial: Take up Virginia recognition in Senate (May 10, 2007)
"There is a certain surreal quality to the debate over the congressional legislation granting federal recognition of Virginia's Indian tribes. It results from a number of factors -- perhaps foremost the fact that everyone already recognizes the tribes on an...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee meeting (May 10, 2007)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a business meeting to consider pending legislation. The following bills are on the agenda: * S. 1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007 * S. 310, the Native Hawaiian Government...
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