DOJ objected to testimony from Interior attorney (October 24, 2007)
The Department of Justice repeatedly objected during the testimony of an Interior Department attorney who appeared on behalf of the Cobell plaintiffs. The government said the questions being posed to field solicitor Robert McCarthy were beyond the scope of the...
DOI attorney faults BIA office in Palm Springs (October 24, 2007)
An Interior Department attorney who has been locked out of his office at the Bureau of Indian Affairs accused the agency on Tuesday of failing to account for millions of dollars in trust funds. After a stint in Oklahoma, field...
Column: Eliminate reserve system in Canada (October 24, 2007)
"When it comes to what needs fixing, every problem in this country pales beside our signature disgrace: the state of Canada's native reserves. The worst are bastions of truly Third World-style poverty and decrepitude, infectious disease and stomach-churning social pathologies....
Indian family cites police mistreatment (October 24, 2007)
Members of an Indian family in Omaha, Nebraska, says police harassed them after they sought help for their 17-year-old son. Cal Pekas Jr. said police were called because the family was concerned about their son, Dakota. They thought Dakota...
Tribes meet for peacemaking conference (October 24, 2007)
More than 100 tribal leaders are in Oklahoma City this week for a peacemaking conference. Tribes across the nation have turned to peacemaking to resolve family disputes and other civil matters. The Chickasaw Nation said the program, which began five...
Navajo Nation seeks $500M for uranium cleanup (October 24, 2007)
The Navajo Nation is asking Congress for $500 million to clean up uranium contamination on its reservation. Tribal officials testified yesterday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. They said contamination has caused health problems, including cancer, and polluted...
Opinion: Bill creates 'race-based government' (October 24, 2007)
The author of this opinion is Peter Kirsanow, a Bush administration appointee who sits on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which recommended against Native Hawaiian recognition, and the National Labor Relations Board, which is fighting tribes over sovereignty. "The...
Blackfeet Nation fires longtime treasurer after audit (October 24, 2007)
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana fired its longtime treasurer after an audit allegedly revealed "poor cash management, unethical and possible criminal actions," The Great Falls Tribune reported. Joe Gervais said he was fired because the council never agreed with his...
Editorial: Native Hawaiian bill divides Americans (October 24, 2007)
"Today, the House will take up the question whether the federal government should recognize ethnic Hawaiians as a new Indian tribe. The Bush administration has promised to veto the bill if it passes, arguing that — in the words of...
County waits on Shakopee land-into-trust appeal (October 24, 2007)
Officials in Scott County, Minnesota, are going to wait until the last minute to decide whether to appeal of a land-into-trust acquisition for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The county met Tuesday to consider a lawsuit but put off a...
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe receives HUD grant (October 24, 2007)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts received a $669,500 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money comes from HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant program. It will be used to add two housing employees and rehabilitate existing...
Gila River youth carry on tribal art traditions (October 24, 2007)
Youth of the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona have become more and more interested in preserving tribal art traditions. Young Gila River artists have their works featured and sold at the tribe's Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort &...
Former Oglala vice president on trial for theft (October 24, 2007)
Eileen Janis, a former vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, went on trial on Tuesday for alleged theft. Janis is accused of stealing more than $22,000 from the tribe in 2004. She allegedly became involved in...
Review: 'Part Time Indian' gives taste of rez (October 24, 2007)
"With its witty dialogue and true-to-life experiences, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" captured my full attention from cover to cover. Sherman Alexie's new novel tells the story of a 14-year-old American Indian boy, Junior, who has...
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