Air Force Base sends homes to Montana reservation (March 21, 2005)
The Malmstrom Air Force Base is sending 20 surplus homes to the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana. The donation will alleviate a housing shortage on the reservation. The number of families on the waiting list has grown to 850, said...
Exceptions to IGRA more common than often cited (March 21, 2005)
When it comes to the debate on off-reservation gaming, one statistic has been cited frequently by federal officials and tribal gaming leaders. It's this: since 1988, only three casinos have been built on lands away from an existing reservation. "There...
Off-reservation casino dropped as debate continues (March 21, 2005)
A small California tribe dropped its controversial plan for a large casino in the Bay Area last week amid growing concern over off-reservation gaming. Citing opposition from state lawmakers, the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians said it would not seek...
Onondaga Nation not worried about internal spats (March 21, 2005)
Leaders of the Onondaga Nation aren't worried about internal disputes that have affected other tribal land claims. But the tribe still has to decide whether to include its relatives in Canada in the claim. In addition to the 1,500 on...
Failures cited in child abuse on Utah reservation (March 21, 2005)
A member of the Northern Ute Tribe is scheduled to go to trial for abusing her two young grandsons in what is being called a failure of the child welfare system. Charlissa Sireech, 45, obtained custody of Jose, Emilio and...
Famous Dave to speak at Indian business summit (March 21, 2005)
Recently resigned assistant secretary Dave Anderson will speak at the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma's 2005 Economic Summit in May. Other highlights of the May 2-4 conference include the presentation of a study on the impact of Indian...
Si Tanka University to raise $1M to stay open (March 21, 2005)
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Si Tanka University will seek to raise $1 million to keep the school's off-reservation campus open through the end of the spring semester. Tribal and university officials are still awaiting word from the Bureau...
Boys & Girls Clubs on Navajo Nation remain closed (March 21, 2005)
The 14 Boys & Girls Clubs on the Navajo Nation will remain closed after the Navajo Nation Council failed to override a veto of $1.2 million in emergency funds. The council had approved money for the non-profit Boys and Girls...
Bone marrow sought for Navajo teen with leukemia (March 21, 2005)
A 16-year-old Navajo teen battling leukemia needs a bone-marrow transplant and his family is encouraging Native Americans to become donors. David Lister, 16, is undergoing chemotherapy at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona. He was diagnosed with leukemia in August...
Utah man charged for possession of feathers (March 21, 2005)
A self-proclaimed medicine man at the center over non-Indian use of peyote has been charged with unlawful possession of eagle and other bird feathers. Nicholas Walter Stark is a founder of the Oklevueha Earthwalks Native American Church. He had been...
Wiyot chairwoman recognized for achievements (March 21, 2005)
A ceremony on the Table Bluff Reservation in California was held in honor of Cheryl Seidner, the chairwoman of the Wiyot Tribe of California. Seidner was hailed for her public service to the tribe and the 1st Assembly District, where...
Tribes battle gas company over sacred site along river (March 21, 2005)
Tribes on the California-Arizona border say a gas company's treatment plant is harming a sacred site along the Colorado River. The Topock Maze, a series of rock formations, is on the National Register of Historical Places. It was used by...
Cherokee group in Alabama still wants tax exemption (March 21, 2005)
A group in Alabama called the Cherokee River Indian Community isn't giving up efforts to gain tax-exemption status for its enterprises. The group filed a claim with the Alabama Department of Revenue but the case has been dismissed. So its...
Tsunami donations end up helping Nevada tribe (March 21, 2005)
An outpouring of donations for the recent South Asian tsunami has ended up helping the Te-Moak Tribe in Nevada. A shipping company in Montana had received more than seven tons of clothing that were originally meant for victims of the...
No charges yet for fire that destroyed reservations (March 21, 2005)
Law enforcement authorities still believe arson is to blame for a deadly fire that destroyed several reservations in San Diego County, California. Officials have "people" in mind, a state arson investigator told The San Diego Union-Tribune. But there isn't enough...
Makah Nation effort on whale hunt seen as long shot (March 21, 2005)
The Makah Nation of Washington wants Congress to clear the way for its controversial whale hunt but support doesn't seem to be there, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The tribe's right to hunt whale has been upheld by the courts. But...
Wind turbine project a go on California reservation (March 21, 2005)
A $80 million wind turbine project on the Campo Reservation in southern California has won federal approval. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the project between the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians and Superior Renewable Energy of Houston, Texas. Under...
Phoenix ceremony to honor Piestewa, Native vets (March 21, 2005)
Arizonans for Piestewa will hold a ceremony and memorial on Wednesday in honor of Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman killed in action in Iraq, and Native veterans. Piestewa's family, her friend Jessica Lynch and others are expected at the...
Opinion: Congressional probe will hurt Indian business (March 21, 2005)
"On the surface, the recent attacks on Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) for receiving large no-bid federal contracts appear to be only directed at Native Alaska 8(a) contracting. However, tribal federal contracting in the lower 48 could be harmed if Congress...
McCain plans to finish hearings on lobbyist scandal (March 21, 2005)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said he will finish holding hearings on the Jack Abramoff/Michael Scanlon lobbying scandal before deciding what course of action to take. Two hearings have been held so...
Mark Trahant: Does democracy mean supporting Bush? (March 21, 2005)
"What is the standard for a "democratic" regime? Is it a country where every interest group has a say? Is it a country with free and fair elections? Or, is it just a country that supports the Bush administration and...
Opinion: Ralph Reed did work for casinos, not the Lord (March 21, 2005)
"Jack Abramoff is not a tall man, but these days he casts a very long shadow that stretches from Washington, D.C., all the way to Georgia, where his longtime friend and ally, Ralph Reed, is preparing a run for lieutenant...
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