IRS cites problems with use of tribal gaming revenues (April 6, 2005)
The Internal Revenue Service is signaling concerns about the way tribal governments use gaming revenues as a Senate committee on Tuesday opened hearings on tax abuse. The IRS is already scrutinizing tribes for using tax-exempt bonds to finance casino and...
BIA backs bill to delay off-reservation casino (April 6, 2005)
The Bush administration on Tuesday threw its weight behind a controversial bill that would make it harder for a California tribe to open an off-reservation casino in the Bay Area. George Skibine, the acting deputy assistant secretary for policy and...
Blackfeet criticize BIA, feds on law enforcement (April 6, 2005)
Members of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana criticized the Bureau of Indian Affairs and federal authorities for law enforcement on the reservation. At the first of four Indian Country Community Forums in the state, tribal members say the BIA hasn't...
BIA cop reconsiders plea for domestic violence (April 6, 2005)
A Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer is reconsidering his guilty plea for a domestic violence incident as his wife says she is also to blame. Patrick Swallow, 36, was charged with assault for an October 2004 incident at his...
Buyers line up for failed Si Tanka University campus (April 6, 2005)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering buyers for the failed Si Tanka University campus in Huron, South Dakota. The USDA extended a $3.3 million loan to Si Tanka. The loan is now in default and foreclosure proceedings could start....
Editorial: Cuts in BIA budget 'unacceptable' (April 6, 2005)
"The United States' proposed fiscal year 2006 budget decreases funding to the Bureau of Indian Affairs by $108.2 million. A cut of this magnitude is unacceptable for a variety of reasons, but especially because of the area hit hardest: American...
First Nation in Saskatchewan elects first woman chief (April 6, 2005)
The largest First Nation in Saskatchewan has elected a woman chief for the first time in its history. The Lac La Ronge Indian Band, with 7,200 members, will swear in Tammy Cook-Searson, 33, on Thursday. She replaces longtime chief...
Native leader's hate crimes trial a raucous affair (April 6, 2005)
The hate crimes trial of a Native leader whose anti-Semitic remarks were reported by the media is being described as a circus. David Ahenakew, a former chief of the Assembly of First Nations and former head of the Federation of...
Fallout from Supreme Court ruling on Oneida Nation (April 6, 2005)
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in the Oneida Nation case is prompting schools and municipalities in New York to seek taxes from tribes. The court held that the Oneida Nation could not "unilaterally" assert sovereignty over its land claim...
Oneida Nation cracks top 10 list of state lobbyists (April 6, 2005)
The Oneida Nation of New York spent more than $2.6 million on lobbying in 2004, The Syracuse Post-Standard reports. The Oneidas spent the majority of the money, $2.4 million, on an ad campaign blasting land claim settlements with out-of-state tribes....
Navajo students tested in annual Knowledge Bowl (April 6, 2005)
The annual Navajo Knowledge Bowl drew nearly 350 Navajo students from 15 schools across the Navajo Nation. Students were tested in their knowledge in Navajo language, history and culture. They competed in reading, speaking, singing, spelling and writing contests. Newcomb...
Pueblo woman calls passing of pope 'a big shock' (April 6, 2005)
New Mexico Natives like Claudine Sarracino of Laguna Pueblo are mourning the death of Pope John Paul II. Sarracino, 54, said the pope was respected among Native Americans. “We look at the pope as a father figure," she told The...
World Bank president visits Pine Ridge Reservation (April 6, 2005)
James Wolfensohn, the outgoing president of the World Bank, visited the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and said he would work to improve economic conditions for indigenous people. Wolfensohn toured the reservation to learn about entrepreneurial efforts among...
Sag Chip members target anti-Abramoff leaders (April 6, 2005)
Members of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan are filing petitions to recall tribal officials who opposed disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The recall targets Chief Audrey Falcon, Subchief Bernie Sprague, Treasurer Charmaine Benz, Secretary Ruth Moses and Sergeant-at-Arms Brent Jackson....
Judge rejects tribe's call for halt on new drilling (April 6, 2005)
A federal judge has denied a request by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana to halt new coalbed methane drilling in the Powder River basin. The tribe and an environmental group wanted drilling stopped while the Bureau of Land Management...
Shinnecock Nation lays claim to bones of 60-foot whale (April 6, 2005)
The Shinnecock Nation of New York is asking the federal government to turn over the bones of a 60-foot-long fin whale that washed up on the shores of Long Island. The tribe wants to use the remains in ceremonies...
Sho-Bans raise 56 objections to Nez Perce water deal (April 6, 2005)
The Shoshone-Bannock Nation has raised 56 objections to the Nez Perce Tribe's $193 million water settlement with the state of Idaho and the federal government. The objections center on the effect on off-reservation water rights claimed by the Sho-Bans. The...
Tribe fights habitat for endangered species (April 6, 2005)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has filed lawsuit challenging an endangered species habitat for the Peninsular bighorn sheep. The tribe says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has wrongly included tribal lands in the habitat for the endangered...
Bill to share taxes with Tulalip Tribes dies again (April 6, 2005)
A bill to share state sales taxes with the Tulalip Tribes failed in the Washington Senate for the third year in a row. House Bill 1721 already passed the House by a vote of 93-3. But the leader of a...
Ethics panel tells Coburn to give up medical practice (April 6, 2005)
Recently elected Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) has until September 30 to close his medical practice because an ethics panel has determined it conflicts with his official duties, The Washington Post reports. Coburn plans to fight the decision, saying he can't...
Abramoff helped secure funding for 3rd DeLay trip (April 6, 2005)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff secured $260,000 in funds from a client for trip to Moscow in 1997 by then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas), The Washington Post reports. DeLay reported that the trip was sponsored by the National Center for...
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