Seneca-Cayuga Tribe to pay taxes on acquired land (April 8, 2005)
The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma will pay property taxes on its newly acquired land in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Oneida Nation case. A lawyer who sits on the tribal council said the decision requires the...
Tragedy at Red Lake: New search delays school reopening (April 8, 2005)
An update on the latest developments involving the March 21, 2005, fatal shootings on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. THE INVESTIGATION ONLINE RESOURCES Star Tribune: Red Lake School Shootings Pioneer Press: Red Lake shooting The Red Lake...
GAO calls for better state data in ICWA cases (April 8, 2005)
The General Accountability Office released its long-awaited study on the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) this week, calling for greater oversight to ensure states are complying with the landmark law. More than two years in the making,...
Crow woman's mission is to dispel stereotypes (April 8, 2005)
Birdie Real Bird, a member of the Crow Tribe, hopes to dispel myths and stereotypes of American Indians by sharing her culture with students. Real Bird was at the Arrowhead Elementary this week to talk about the Crow language and...
BIA establishes partnership to tackle teen suicide (April 8, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has entered into a partnership with the Jason Foundation to combat suicide among Native youth. The BIA hopes to bring the foundation's expertise in dealing with teen suicide to Indian Country. The foundation develops programs...
A new Boys & Girls Club opens on the Navajo Nation (April 8, 2005)
A new Boys & Girls Club has opened on the Navajo Nation under the auspices of the Navajo tribal government. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. hailed the opening of the club in Lachee, Arizona, as a step towards sovereignty....
Family protests exclusion from Mashantucket Tribe (April 8, 2005)
A family that traces it ancestry to a famed Pequot leader held a protest on Thursday to call attention to their attempt to gain membership into the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The Symonds say they are being wrongfully...
Harjo: Characteristics of the non-Indian Indians (April 8, 2005)
"In l'affair Churchill, many non-Native people are amazed that there are non-Native people who take on the identity of a Native person. Pseudo-Indianism is a well-known phenomenon in Indian country. Pseudo-Indians usually have some useful skills, but their real talent...
Hydro company accused of paying off First Nation (April 8, 2005)
Critics are accusing Manitoba Hydro of paying off a northern First Nation in order to get approval for a $3.5 billion (Canadian) dam. Manitoba Hydro has paid $14 million to the Tataskweyak Cree Nation to cover various costs associated with...
Public meeting set on changes at Devils Tower (April 8, 2005)
A public meeting will be held tomorrow on proposed changes at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. The National Park Service wants designate the monument as " Bear Lodge Historic Landmark" out of respect for tribes and tribal members who...
Non-recognized tribes battle for state housing funds (April 8, 2005)
A battle is brewing in California as non-recognized tribes battle for a share of state housing funds. Calaveras County officials are asking for $500,000 in housing aid. The money would be used to renovate housing of the Calaveras Band of...
Army Corps pledges to help tribe facing water crisis (April 8, 2005)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to help the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota avoid a water shortage on the reservation, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said on Thursday. Johnson said the Army Corps will extend a...
Editorial: Money needed to help tribe with water crisis (April 8, 2005)
"Sen. John Thune is pushing the Army Corps of Engineers to come up with a solution to the looming water problem in north-central South Dakota, but in the end, this will come down to the same bottom line as so...
Opinion: Native leader has stellar record (April 8, 2005)
"Would you vote for David Ahenakew if he were running for office in the next election? Likely not. Mr Ahenakew is the Saskatchewan man currently being tried under a section of the Criminal Code that prohibits the willful promotion of...
Native leader's hate crimes trial comes to an end (April 8, 2005)
The hate crimes trial of a Native leader who made anti-Semitic remarks ended on Thursday with an apology and a defense for the controversial comments. David Ahenakew, a former chief of the Assembly of First Nations and former head of...
Corruption probe in shooting of Seminole lawyer (April 8, 2005)
The state of Florida is investigating possible corruption among law enforcement officials who investigated the mob-style shooting of Jim Shore, the Seminole Tribe's general counsel, two newspapers report. The papers say state prosecutors issued a subpoena on Thursday to two...
Native students awarded Udall scholarships (April 8, 2005)
Two Native students at the University of Montana are among the 80 recipients of scholarships from the Morris K. Udall Foundation. The scholarship program is open to Native students who want to pursue a career in Indian public policy and...
Sport fishermen upset over Makah Nation catch (April 8, 2005)
Sport fishermen are upset that the state of Washington has limited their fishing abilities in light of a recent Makah Nation catch that went above expectations. Last year, tribal members caught 19,000 chinook salmon. State officials had only expected them...
Scientists oppose McCain bill to change NAGPRA (April 8, 2005)
Scientists who want to study the remains of the 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man are objecting to a bill by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) to amend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The scientists say adding two words to...
Isolated tribe in Paraguay loses bid for reservation (April 8, 2005)
An isolated tribe in Paraguay that has avoided contact with outsiders will not receive a reservation, prompting Indian advocates to predict devastation for the Ayoreo people. The Ayoreos live in an area of Paraguay that is being encroached by logging...
Salon: Abramoff sold DeLay to desperate tribes (April 8, 2005)
"In the recent Indian gaming scandal, Abramoff and Scanlon sold Tom DeLay's operation to American Indian tribes desperate to protect their gambling operations, according to sources I talked to on three reservations. As proof of DeLay's clout, Abramoff and Scanlon...
Assessment: The Abramoff/DeLay scandal (April 8, 2005)
Assessment: "[Jack] Abramoff's defining innovation on K Street—the Avenue of the Lobbyists—has been to wear his political and business hats at the same time. He is an operator and also an ideologue. Take, for example, his success in getting part...
Opinion: When ripping off Indians is acceptable (April 8, 2005)
"What make of man runs our country? Apparently the make who thinks it is OK to exploit American Indians. Men like House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and his associates-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and PR executive (also former DeLay press secretary)...
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