Bush's IHS budget sees increases all around (February 8, 2005)
The Indian Health Service (IHS) survived the Bush administration's funding ax on Monday, emerging with $3.0 billion in budget authority for fiscal year 2006. Increases were proposed for nearly every program at the agency, a primary source of health care...
Column: Churchill guilty of academic fraud (February 8, 2005)
"[CU professor Ward] Churchill has said at various times that he is either one-sixteenth or three-sixteenths Cherokee, yet genealogical reporting by the Rocky Mountain News and others has failed to turn up any Cherokee ancestors - or any other Native...
Bush administration budget slashes BIA programs (February 8, 2005)
The Bush administration released its fiscal year 2006 budget on Monday, slashing the Bureau of Indian Affairs by nearly $110 million in order to pay for the increasing costs of trust reform. At a press briefing, Interior Secretary Gale Norton...
Oldest Washoe Tribe member remembered as strong (February 8, 2005)
Family and friends gathered on Monday to remember Winona Kyser James, the oldest member of the Washoe Tribe who died last week at the age of 102. James was recalled as strong-willed, feisty and courageous. “She was a very important...
Muckleshoot Tribe trying to save language (February 8, 2005)
The Muckleshoot Tribe of Washington is trying to save a language spoken only by one elder. Ellen Williams, 81, is the last fully fluent Whulshootseed speaker. She participated in a project during the 1960s and 1970s that recorded the language....
Tribal economic development conference underway (February 8, 2005)
The Reservation Economic Summit (RES) 2005 kicked off in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday. It runs through Thursday. Sponsored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, the summit focuses on improving Indian Country's access to communications. "Communications and...
Montana governor withdraws from riverbed suit (February 8, 2005)
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) on Monday withdrew from a lawsuit challenging the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's ownership of the Tongue River. Schweitzer said the lawsuit would hurt state-tribal relations. He pledged to work with the tribe on ways to protect...
Skokomish leader hailed as renaissance man (February 8, 2005)
Tributes are pouring in for Gerald Bruce Miller, a nationally recognized artist and spiritual leader of the Skokomish Tribe of Washington who passed away on Saturday. About 800 people are expected at a public viewing on the reservation today. Twice...
School calls off Churchill's on-campus speech (February 8, 2005)
The University of Colorado has canceled a speech by controversial professor Ward Churchill that was scheduled for tonight. An official said the speech was canceled due to security reasons. Churchill has been at the center of controversy over the past...
Reservation school superintendent on leave (February 8, 2005)
The first-year superintendent for a public school on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota has been placed on leave. Frances Harris was put on leave on January 26 after the school board accused her of violating ethical standards....
Native teen competes for Youth of the Year title (February 8, 2005)
An eighth-grader from Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico is competing for the Youth of the Year award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Montana Augustine, 15, first has to win the regional title. That competition takes place March...
Two more bison bills introduced in Montana Legislature (February 8, 2005)
Two new bills have been introduced in the Montana Legislature to address bison from Yellowstone National Park. Senate Bill 353, sponsored by Sen. Gerald Pease from the Crow Reservation, would require the state to neuter animals that leave the park...
Police want Native involvement in teen shooting probe (February 8, 2005)
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, police chief on Monday said the Native community should be involved in the investigation into the shooting death of a Native teen. Chief Jack Ewatski said a Native police officer will sit in on the investigation and...
Cherokee group in Alabama won't get tax exemption (February 8, 2005)
A group called the Cherokee River Indian Community won't quality for tax-exempt status because it lacks federal recognition and a land base, the Alabama Department of Revenue says. The group filed a claim with the department but was denied. The...
Ban on new nursing homes affects tribal families (February 8, 2005)
The South Dakota Legislature passed a bill to make the state's ban on new nursing homes permanent. Indian lawmakers unsuccessfully sought an amendment to carve out an exception for nursing homes built on reservations. They said it is unfair to...
South Dakota tribe awarded rural development grant (February 8, 2005)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has received a $229,500 grant from the Department of Agriculture. The tribe will use the Rural Development grant to upgrade its solid-waste equipment. The tribe will buy a trash truck, backhoe and roll-off...
Umatilla Tribes see brighter and better future (February 8, 2005)
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon are planning for a brighter and better future, as economic opportunities improve. People used to leave the reservation to work but now they are coming back, said tribal executive director Donald...
Gangs a growing problem on Idaho reservation (February 8, 2005)
Law enforcement authorities say four gangs are active on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho, a growing problem in the southeast part of the state. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are working with local police in hopes of curbing the situation before...
Editorial: Washington 'sharks' ate tribe for lunch (February 8, 2005)
"In 2002, the Tigua Tribe hired [Jack] Abramoff and a secret partner, public relations operative Michael Scanlon, to help the tribe reopen its casino, which had been shut down after a federal court ruling. Ostensibly working for "free," Abramoff directed...
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