A semi-important Indianz.Com service note (June 29, 2007)
The Internet services company that hosts Indianz.Com is undergoing some sort of maintenance today. It is not known if the maintenance will affect the server. Since it's National Day of Action in Canada, consider it a mild form of protest....
Senate panel holds first hearing on gaming in 110th Congress (June 29, 2007)
INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE: Opening Statements Panel 1 Testimony | Panel 2 Testimony | Joint Q&A Webcast Tribal leaders told a Senate committee on Thursday they will oppose legislation to increase federal oversight of the $26 billion Indian...
New Mexico senators push Navajo water rights bill (June 29, 2007)
New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D) and Pete Domenici (R) will move forward with a bill to settle the Navajo Nation's water rights despite Bush administration opposition. Assistant secretary Carl Artman and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Robert Johnson testified about...
Stillaguamish smoke shop still selling cigarettes (June 29, 2007)
A smoke shop on the Stillaguamish Reservation in Washington is still in business despite a federal raid last month. The Blue Stilly Smoke Shop restocked its cigarette supply after the May 15 raid. Federal agents were looking into sales of...
North Dakota governor wants Indian for UND search (June 29, 2007)
North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven (R) is supporting efforts to add a tribal member to the presidential search committee for the University of North Dakota. Hoeven said he talked to State Board of Higher Education President John Paulsen about adding...
Editorial: Spend spring break on a reservation (June 29, 2007)
"Ten students from Yale University spent about 10 days in Eagle Butte last month as part of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Alternative Spring Break program. Lots of U.S. college students do service projects in lieu of the typical spring...
Oglala Sioux Tribe puts an end to alcohol blockade (June 29, 2007)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota arrested at least four activists who set up a blockade in order to stop the flow of alcohol into the Pine Ridge Reservation. Citing safety concerns, tribal police officers stepped in shortly...
Elders call for probe of Quechan Nation election (June 29, 2007)
Elders of the Quechan Nation are calling for a probe of the tribe's recent election, citing low morale and inappropriate handling of the vote. Milton Jefferson Sr. is frustrated because he said tribal leaders aren't listening to elders. "I don't...
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe opposes land claim settlement (June 29, 2007)
The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma is urging two counties to reject a land claim settlement with the Cayuga Nation. Chief Paul Spicer told Cayuga and Seneca counties that the deal will have trouble winning federal approval. It prevents his tribe...
Man charged with arson on Kickapoo Reservation (June 29, 2007)
An 18-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with a fire on the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas. Lucas Thomas, 19, is suspected of starting a fire that caused more than $500,000 in damage. The March blaze destroyed a barn...
Judge dismisses Mashpee Wampanoag lawsuit (June 29, 2007)
A judge in Massachusetts dismissed a lawsuit against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, citing sovereign immunity. Amelia Bingham and three other tribal members sued the tribe in hopes of learning more about its finances. As it was pursuing federal recognition, the...
Harjo: Another ignorant bozo writes about Natives (June 29, 2007)
"Sometimes someone pops out something so ignorant about Native peoples that you have to set aside your priorities and say, ''Hey, bozo, cut it out!'' Thomas Sowell provided just such a jolt with his column, ''Cultural Heritages''. He's an author/economist...
Protests start early for National Day of Action in Canada (June 29, 2007)
Mohawk protesters in Ontario started erecting road blockades on Thursday night in advance of the National Day of Action today. The Assembly of First Nations called for peaceful protests to call attention to issues facing Native people. But Via Rail...
Supreme Court bars use of race by public schools (June 29, 2007)
A deeply divided Supreme Court on Thursday outlawed the use of race in public school integration plans. By a 5-4 vote, the justice said school districts in Washington and Kentucky cannot use race as a “tiebreaker” to determine who gets...
Bolivia seizes land and plans to return it to tribe (June 29, 2007)
The Bolivian government seized 64,250 acres from a prominent politician and said it would be returned to the Guarayo Tribe in Santa Cruz. Vice Minister of Land Alejandro Almaraz said Branko Marinkovic, a soybean oil magnate, obtained the land illegally....
DOI removes bald eagle from endangered list (June 29, 2007)
The Interior Department removed the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species on Thursday. Today I am proud to announce: the eagle has returned,” said Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. The bald eagle was listed as endangered...
Rep. Doolittle not worried about ex-aides and DOJ (June 29, 2007)
Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) is not worried that as many as six former aides have been contacted by the Department of Justice as part of the Jack Abramoff investigation. "Why didn't they do this a year and a half ago...
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