Lance Morgan: Federal trust land policy hurts tribes (March 18, 2005)
Ed. Note: Lance Morgan is CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Ho-Chunk Inc. owns Indianz.Com and its sister e-commerce site http://www.allnative.com. "The era of federal tribal trust land must end. It...
House committee takes up off-reservation gaming (March 18, 2005)
The leader of the House Resources Committee said on Thursday he would move forward with a bill to restrict off-reservation gaming as tribal leaders and local government officials called on Congress to curb the practice. Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California) welcomed...
Alaska Native leader recovering from cancer (March 18, 2005)
Buddy Brown was re-elected as president of the Tanana Chiefs Conference on Thursday amid his battle against cancer. Brown was diagnosed with cancer and underwent two operations. He expects a full recovery, and doesn't think his ongoing treatment will affect...
Graduate on way to become next Navajo surgeon (March 18, 2005)
Nazhone Yazzie, a member of the Navajo Nation, will become only the fourth Navajo surgeon in the county, The Arizona Daily Star reports. Yazzie, a graduate University of Arizona College of Medicine, received his letter of residency yesterday. He will...
Panel finds Wal-Mart bias against Native woman (March 18, 2005)
The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission has issued a preliminary ruling in favor of an Alaska Native woman who said she was discriminated by employees at a Wal-Mart store. Paula Starbard, 27, said she felt humiliated when she tried to return...
Bush administration won't give up fight on Cobell (March 18, 2005)
The Bush administration continued its lobbying effort against the Indian trust fund lawsuit on Thursday with the testimony of a senior official who said the Interior Department would approach Congress if the court case doesn't go its way. Jim Cason,...
First Nation in Manitoba nears federal recognition (March 18, 2005)
A Cree community in Manitoba is nearing federal recognition as a First Nation in Canada. The South Indian Lake community is on track to sign an agreement with provincial and federal officials on April 1. If that happens, the community...
More asbestos risks found in First Nation homes (March 18, 2005)
Canadian inspectors have identified four more First Nation homes at high risk of asbestos exposure. The homes are located on reserves in Saskatchewan. Previously, 11 homes on reserves in Manitoba have been identified as high risk and nationwide, 40 reserve...
Oregon tribe plans Chinook language immersion (March 18, 2005)
The Confederated Grand Ronde Tribes of Oregon and a local school district are reaching an agreement to offer a Chinook language immersion program. The tribe has developed a program to teach the language to first- and second-graders. The tribe worked...
Michigan tribe rejects talk of tax deal with state (March 18, 2005)
Leaders of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community say they aren't negotiating a tax deal with the state of Michigan. The KBIC executive board says the tax issue is being mediated in court. But some tribal members believe a deal is...
Huge slaughter of bald eagles on First Nations (March 18, 2005)
The remains of eight bald eagles were discovered on the Squamish First Nation in British Columbia, bringing the total of eagles slaughtered on tribal land to more than 40. Officials believe hundreds may have been killed. More than 40 eagle...
Agency urged to reject tribe's nuclear waste dump (March 18, 2005)
Utah's Congressional delegation wrote a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday to urge the rejection of a nuclear waste dump on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation. The delegation promised to fight the proposal if approved. They say storing...
Si Tanka University to discuss future of school (March 18, 2005)
Si Tanka University in South Dakota is holding a press conference to announce its plans for the future. The university's off-reservation campus in Huron may be forced to close due to lack of federal funds. Si Tanka officials spent the...
Indian teens to be banished from Idaho reservation (March 18, 2005)
Two Indian teens with a troubled past are being banished from the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho on Monday. The teens have a history of substance abuse, thefts and assaults. Officials of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say banishment is the only...
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe faces water shortage (March 18, 2005)
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is fearing the worst when the system that supplies water to the reservation runs out. The 1,400 residents of the reservation could lose water this summer. Levels in the system are within...
Chairman: Montana tribes support Senator Burns (March 18, 2005)
"Senator Conrad Burns has recently come under some unjustified criticism of his legislative efforts on behalf of Native Americans. As Chairman of the Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, it is important to set the record straight. We know that Conrad...
Nephew of Reno Sparks chairman shot by officer (March 18, 2005)
Kyle Melendez, the nephew of Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Chairman Arlan Melendez, was shot and killed by a tribal officer after he tried to rob a smokeshop on the reservation, police said. Kyle Melendez, 26, was shot when he threatened an...
Gwich'in leader blasts Senate vote on ANWR drilling (March 18, 2005)
A leader of the Gwich'in Nation is speaking out against the Senate's vote to favor drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Luci Beach, executive director of the Gwich'in steering committee, said the tribe depends on animals in the refuge...
Breakthrough cited in tribe's plan for old airstrip (March 18, 2005)
The Gila River Indian Community is earning praise from its neighbors for responding to concerns about the tribe's plans to redevelop an old airstrip. Last month, neighbors asked Arizona's Congressional delegation to intervene. They said the tribe's plans posed a...
University to return remains, items to First Nation (March 18, 2005)
The University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropology is repatriating human remains and other items to the Whitefish River First Nation in Ontario. The artifacts were taken from the First Nation 67 years ago. They include bones, copper kettles, iron knives...
Senate panel votes to advance Myers nomination (March 18, 2005)
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10 to 8 along party lines to send the nomination of controversial judicial nominee Bill Myers to the Senate floor. Tribes and tribal organizations, along with the environmental community, oppose Myers' placement on the 9th...
Coushatta Tribe hires law firm linked to DeLay (March 18, 2005)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is being represented by the same law firm that is defending a political action group founded by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). The tribe hired Hance Scarborough Woodward & Weisbart to provide legal advice...
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