Former Abramoff clients still donating money (September 9, 2008)
Tribes who were clients of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff haven't let the scandal stop the flow of their campaign contributions. The tribes' contributions dropped after the scandal broke in 2004. But they donated $1.2 million during the 2006 election cycle...
Another lobbyist charged in Abramoff scandal (September 9, 2008)
A tribal lobbyist who refused to testify before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee appeared in court on Monday for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Kevin Ring was arrested in Washington, D.C., just days after Abramoff was sentenced...
Grant to be used for Lakota-based curriculum (September 9, 2008)
A $330,284 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be used to develop a Lakota-based curriculum for youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Lakota Circles of Hope curriculum is targeted to students in grades...
Alaska Native corporation sees $1.3B in revenues (September 9, 2008)
Bristol Bay Native Corp., an Alaska Native regional corporation, reported $1.3 billion in revenues for its most recent fiscal year. The revenues were 29 percent higher than the year prior. But the corporation only saw $5 million in profits, down...
Comanche Nation due in court over Fort Sill work (September 9, 2008)
The Comanche Nation and the U.S. Army will be in court tomorrow to discuss the tribe's opposition to construction at the military facility. The tribe won a temporary injunction that halted work near Medicine Bluffs, a sacred site at...
Freedmen march in Cherokee Nation holiday parade (September 9, 2008)
About 30 Freedmen descendants and their supporters marched in the recent Cherokee Nation holiday parade. The Freedmen are descendants of former slaves. They were made citizens of the tribe by an 1866 treaty but the tribe says it has...
Blackfeet woman in court over death of 2-year-old son (September 9, 2008)
Summer Lee Many White Horses, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, appeared in court on Monday over charges she murdered her two-year-old son. Many White Horses, 31, is accused of deliberate homicide. Authorities say she killed her...
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to set up drug court (September 9, 2008)
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas is using a $350,000 federal grant to set up a drug court. The "Healing to Wellness" court will help tribal members address substance abuse issues. The process promotes culture and family involvement. “We're...
Cobell seeks to resolve trust issues on appeal (September 9, 2008)
The plaintiffs in the Cobell v. Kempthorne lawsuit hope to resolve several trust issues in their appeal of the long-running case. Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff, said the Interior Department should be treated like any other trustee. She said Judge...
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe re-elects Jandreau as chair (September 9, 2008)
Michael Jandreau has won another term as chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Certified results show Jandreau defeated challenger Sandy LaCroix. Boyd Gourneau won the race for vice chairman and John McCauley Sr. was elected secretary-treasurer....
New Mexico study backs state park for sacred site (September 9, 2008)
New Mexico State Parks has completed a $15,000 study on a potential state park at Shiprock Peak, a sacred Navajo site. The state Indian Affairs Committee authorized the study. Supporters want to protect the 1,800-foot peak, known as Tse'...
Former Navajo education official lands new job (September 9, 2008)
Tommy Lewis Jr., the Navajo Nation's first education superintendent, has been hired by a public school district in New Mexico, The Farmington Daily Times reports. Lewis, who is Navajo, has been selected as superintendent for the Central Consolidated School District....
Attorneys: Gov. Palin's record on Alaska Natives (September 9, 2008)
Ed. Note: Lloyd Miller is an attorney with Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry. Heather Kendall Miller works for the Native American Rights Fund. "1. Palin has attacked Alaska Native Subsistence Fishing Perhaps no issue is of greater importance to...
Border Patrol checks drivers near reservations (September 9, 2008)
The U.S. Border Patrol has set up roadblocks near several reservations in northwestern Washington, the Associated Press reports. The three checkpoints are far from the Canadian border. But they have resulted in a string of arrests that some tribal members...
Palin billed state for living at home and family travel (September 9, 2008)
Alasks Gov. Sarah Palin (R), the Republican vice presidential candidate, billed state taxpayers over $60,000 for living at home and on travel for her husband and their children, The Washington Post reports. Palin collected a "per diem" even for the...
Letter: Indian blood doesn't mean Indian artist (September 9, 2008)
"In “Cowan’s ‘Indian wars,’” Murv Jacob is angry because his books and artwork were removed from the Cherokee Nation Heritage Center and the gift shop. His anger is misdirected. At the heart of Murv’s problem is the Federal Indian Arts...
Judge holds hearing on reservation trailer park (September 9, 2008)
A federal judge held a hearing on the status of a troubled trailer park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California. Federal prosecutors said conditions at the Desert Mobile Home Park, also known as Duroville, remain dangerous. They...
Jodi Rave: Biden touts Indian Country priorities (September 9, 2008)
"On Sunday, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden said an Obama-Biden administration would increase federal prosecutions in Indian Country and strengthen tribal court jurisdiction over crimes occurring within reservation borders, regardless of the race of the criminal. “There will be...
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