Senate committee plans hearing on Indian suicides (April 26, 2005)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing this summer to examine extremely high rates of suicide among Native youth. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the vice-chairman of the committee, said youth suicide rates on reservations have reached "epidemic...
Judge sets hearing on Indian trust fund security (April 26, 2005)
The federal judge overseeing the Indian trust fund ordered a trial on Monday to determine whether the Interior Department's computer systems are safe from Internet hackers. In a three-page order, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth scheduled an evidentiary hearing to...
First Lady Bush to visit Native health center in Phoenix (April 26, 2005)
First Lady Laura Bush plans to visit a Native health center in Phoenix, Arizona, today. Bush will tour the Native American Health Center as part of her Helping America's Youth initiative. The center offers programs for Native youth. Bush will...
Students win award for 'Sovereignty' project (April 26, 2005)
Students at the University of Montana School of Journalism have won an award for the "Sovereignty" project they put together last year. The students received the award for the best college print project from the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Their...
Appeals filed to snowmaking plan in sacred peaks (April 26, 2005)
The Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe joined environmental groups on Monday in appealing the U.S. Forest Service's decision to allow snowmaking in the sacred San Francisco Peaks. The tribes say the use of reclaimed wastewater will desecrate the peaks....
South Dakota holds Indian Education summit (April 26, 2005)
The state of South Dakota is wrapping up its second annual Indian education summit today. Gov. Mike Rounds (R) gave the keynote address on Monday. He said the best solutions to improve Indian education come from the local level. According...
Settlement reached over reservation hog farm (April 26, 2005)
A settlement has been reached to allow the continued operation of two large hog farms on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota but the deal would prevent any expansion. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the federal government and Sun Prairie,...
School employees describe rescue of girls from fire (April 26, 2005)
Employees of the high school on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation said they reacted like anyone else would have when four girls were trapped in a fire at the student dormitory. The dorm at Crow Creek High School, a tribal-...
Indian home loan program expands in three states (April 26, 2005)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the expansion of an Indian home loan program to cover Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana. Members of four tribes who live off reservations and trust lands can now apply for the Section...
Onondaga Nation pushes for cleanup of lake (April 26, 2005)
Leaders of the Onondaga Nation of New York attended Honeywell International's annual meeting on Monday to push for the cleanup of Onondaga Lake. Tribal leaders told the company that a proposed $451 million cleanup is inadequate. They want the entire...
Grandson of late Blackfeet leader killed at party (April 26, 2005)
Fernandel Omeasoo Jr., the 17-year-old grandson of the late Blackfeet spiritual leader George Kicking Woman, was fatally stabbed at a party in Montana. Omeasoo and his family came from Canada to the Blackfeet Reservation to attend Kicking Woman's funeral. It...
First Nation hosts meeting to discuss fishery woes (April 26, 2005)
The Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation of Manitoba hosted a meeting of over 500 fishermen to discuss the state of the province's island fishery. Chief Irvin McIvor said the fishery is "on the brink of non-existence." He said fishermen are...
Lawyers fight request for DNA from Red Lake teens (April 26, 2005)
Lawyers involved in the grand jury investigation of the March 21, 2005, shooting at the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota are fighting subpoenas that require teens to give samples of their DNA. Not every teen has been asked to submit...
Navajo president weighs bill to ban gay marriage (April 26, 2005)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. is still deciding whether to sign a bill that bans same-sex marriages on the reservation but considers it an "intrusion in personal lives," a spokesperson said. Shirley has previously said he opposes banning marriage...
Virginia tribe not offended by school's nickname (April 26, 2005)
The Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia isn't offended by William and Mary's "Tribe" nickname, says Chief William P. "Bill" Miles. "When we take care of some of the poverty and crime and drug problems and that sort of thing in this...
Democrats may offer deal on some Bush nominees (April 26, 2005)
Senate Democrats are considering a deal to end a stalemate with Republicans over some of President Bush's controversial judicial nominees. According to news reports, Democrats may drop their objections to certain nominees. It is not known whether Democrats will continue...
Former DeLay chief of staff lobbied for NIGA (April 26, 2005)
A former chief of staff to embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has been lobbying Congress on behalf of the National Indian Gaming Association, according to Dotty Lynch of CBS News. Susan Hirschmann [Bio] joined the firm of Williams...
Tim Giago: White lawyers growing fat off tribes (April 26, 2005)
"Unless you have been living in a cave in Afghanistan you have surely read about two unsavory lobbyists named Jack “Casino Jack” Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. Under the guise of saviors of the Indian nations, Abramoff and Scanlon’s subpoenaed email...
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