Editorial: No reason to remove Cherokee Freedmen (June 18, 2007)
"The Freedmen are the descendants of African slaves who were recognized as Cherokee citizens in an 1866 treaty. Earlier this year, a Cherokee vote stripped them of that citizenship, and the legal action that is ongoing today started. We still...
Sitting Bull descendant opposes monument (June 18, 2007)
Ernie LaPointe, the great-grandson of Lakota Chief Sitting Bull, opposes plans for a monument at his ancestor's burial site in South Dakota. LaPointe doesn't want the grave site on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to become a "tourist attraction."...
Column: Racism rampant in South Dakota schools (June 18, 2007)
"Too often, we discipline American Indian kids differently than white kids. Some of them will overcome the discrimination, but some percentage of them will carry the scars of our society’s bigotry into adulthood. A comparatively high percentage of them will...
Oklahoma Indians defend Griles before sentencing (June 18, 2007)
Two prominent citizens of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma are urging leniency for J. Steven Griles, a former Bush administration official who pleaded guilty to lying to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and former Bureau...
Griles due for sentencing in Jack Abramoff scandal (June 18, 2007)
J. Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary of the Interior Department, deserves prison time for lying to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee about his relationship with Jack Abramoff, federal prosecutors said on Friday. In a 54-page filing, the Department of...
BIA to hold hearings on Navajo Nation power plant (June 18, 2007)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to hold 10 public hearings next month on the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant in New Mexico. The BIA is taking comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the Desert Rock Energy Project....
Yakama Nation seeks to expand power company (June 18, 2007)
The Yakama Nation of Washington plans to expand its power company to serve the entire reservation. Yakama Power currently provides service to several buildings on the reservation. General manager Ray Wiseman says the tribe has already saved money by...
Bill would cut funding to Cherokee Nation (June 18, 2007)
Rep. Diane Watson (D-California) plans to introduce legislation to cut federal funding to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Watson is upset that tribal voters changed their constitution to deny citizenship to the Freedmen, the descendants of African slaves. The Freedmen...
Sen. Obama meets Eastern Cherokee leaders (June 18, 2007)
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois), a 2008 Democratic presidential hopeful, met with leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina last week. Obama held a private, hourlong meeting with about 25 people. Included in the group were Lynne...
Hearing on Cobell historical accounting trial (June 18, 2007)
The second status conference for the Cobell historical accounting trial takes place this afternoon. Judge James Robertson is trying to sort out some issues before the October trial. The Cobell plaintiffs and the federal government disagree on the scope and...
Senate Indian Affairs hearing on law enforcement (June 18, 2007)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this Thursday on law enforcement. The hearing is the committee's second on the issue in the 110th Congress. The first was held May 17. A June 7 hearing on transportation...
Editorial: Reject Cayuga land claim settlement (June 18, 2007)
"Judging from what residents at public hearings, officials in affected towns and villages, and even a few county legislators have been saying, it seems clear that Cayuga and Seneca county lawmakers should not approve the proposed land claim/land-in-trust settlements with...
Yellow Bird: The case of the $54 million pants (June 18, 2007)
"Just how much is a pair of pants worth? Roy Pearson, an administrative law judge in Washington, says he knows: He filed a lawsuit asking $54 million. His case went before the D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday. Pearson's pants...
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