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Editorial: 'Shameful' dealings of Washington lobbyists
Thursday, January 6, 2005

"One of the sorriest chapters of American history, the gulling of native Indian tribes, is continuing apace in Washington, where two Capitol insiders close to the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, are being investigated for allegedly fleecing six tribes of more than $80 million with inflated promises of V.I.P. access. The shameful dealings of Jack Abramoff, a Republican power lobbyist, and Michael Scanlon, Mr. DeLay's former spokesman, are coming to light as Senate and Justice Department investigators follow leads from nouveau-riche tribes whose casino profits spurred a new category of lucre and greed in the hyperkinetic world of Washington lobbying."

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Cronkite News: Parents sue after police pull guns on 4-year-old daughter

A couple held at police gunpoint after their 4-year-old daughter allegedly shoplifted from a dollar store said officials haven't done enough to make up for the terrifying incident.

Indian Country and allies say goodbye to 'hero' Frank LaMere

Peace and justice activist Frank LaMere is being laid to rest on the Winnebago Reservation as Native leaders and allies celebrate his legacy.

Winnebago activist Frank LaMere passes on at the age of 69

Frank LaMere, an activist from the Winnebago Tribe who was known for his decades of work in Indian Country, passed away on June 16, 2019.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance Indian Country bills

Bills addressing the sovereign rights of tribes, aging Indian schools and the history of Ponca people are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Arne Vainio: This is what I would have wanted my father to say

He wasn’t my patient, but he told his mother he was having suicidal thoughts and he needed to be seen right away.

Native Sun News Today: Native institution helps fulfill financial dreams

Discussing money and finances in homes has been a taboo for many generations.

'I send on a little Indian boy': Andrew Jackson's history of taking Indian children

As he was waging war on the Creek Nation, Andrew Jackson sent three Creek children to live at his family home and plantation.

Cronkite News: Wildfire near Hopi Reservation remains under control

Amidst the sweet-smelling smoke of ponderosa pine, wildland firefighters are laboring to maintain – not extinguish – a blaze on federal forest land.

Native Sun News Today: Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe must wait to grow hemp

The Trump administration's failure to finalize hemp regulations is hindering at least one tribe's efforts to join the newly legal industry.

Albert Bender: Native community protests deaths of migrant children

The children, many of them Indigenous, are dying. Where is the conscience of America?

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Review of debut novel by Native author Tommy Orange

There There by Tommy Orange has been described as one of the best books of 2018.

Cronkite News: More undocumented immigrants are leaving the U.S. than staying

Undocumented immigration from Mexico has dropped so significantly over a decade that Mexicans no longer make up the majority of those living in the U.S. illegally.

Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence

With the Violence Against Women Act mired in partisan politics, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is shifting focus to the most vulnerable in Indian Country.

Indians of All Tribes celebrates 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover

Veterans of the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island will return to the site of the historic takeover.

Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency

Northeastern Oklahoma is an area with some of the best outcomes for American Indian children in the country.

Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service lays off 50 at troubled hospital

Urban Indians continue to express concerns about a tribal takeover of an Indian Health Service facility.

The Conversation: Grassroots efforts bring #MMIW crisis to light

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls final report concludes that the long-term and ongoing murders and disappearances is an ongoing genocide.

Clara Caufield: Still a Grandma but just a little less stupid

Well, the 'Grandma' theme will not let me alone.

Peoria Tribe issues $2 million fine against casino managers

The Peoria Tribe is seeking more than $2 million from former casino managers after being hit with a federal enforcement action.

Quapaw Nation returns home with gaming project in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation has won approval to open a commercial casino on ancestral territory in Arkansas.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear death penalty case

A decision from the nation's highest court could affect as many as 19 death row inmates in Arizona.

National Congress of American Indians enters 'new chapter' with new executive

The nation's oldest and largest inter-tribal organization has hired Kevin Allis, Forest County Potawatomi, as its first chief executive officer.

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