Senate panel urged to move with caution on gaming (April 28, 2005)
Tribal representatives defended their casino operations on Wednesday amid criticism that the $18.5 billion and growing industry needs more oversight. Norman DesRosiers, the longtime gaming commissioner for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, said Indian gaming officials "are a little...
BIA publishes final No Child Left Behind regulations (April 28, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs published final No Child Left Behind regulations in the Federal Register today. The final rule covers six areas of Indian education: Defining adequate yearly progress; establishing geographic attendance areas for Bureau of Indian Affairs-funded schools...
McCain won't touch lawmakers in probe of Abramoff (April 28, 2005)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee reiterated on Wednesday that his investigation into Jack Abramoff will not focus on lawmakers linked to the disgraced lobbyist. Several lawmakers -- nearly all of them Republican --...
Search for Native woman missing since May 2004 (April 28, 2005)
A search will be conducted this weekend for Daleen Kay Bosse, a 26-year-old university student and mother from the Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan who has been missing for nearly a year. Bosse was last seen on May 18,...
Cheyenne-Arapaho official charged with stealing (April 28, 2005)
A member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes' business committee has been charged with embezzling $70,000 in tribal funds. The 11 charges against Roy Dean Bullcoming were laid in tribal court. Two employees were also charged in connection with the...
Oregon tribes give blessing for college's name (April 28, 2005)
Two Oregon tribes gave their blessing to a community college whose name is drawn from an Indian language. Chemeketa Community College chose the name Chemeketa, a Kalapuya word meaning "place of peace" or "place of running water," 35 years ago....
Editorial: Water settlement is cause for celebration (April 28, 2005)
"Tribal elders and leaders of the Gila River Indian Community gathered Saturday in Sacaton for O'Odham Choo-oohth-cum, the Water Settlement Celebration. Dignitaries and lawmakers gave speeches, either in person or by videotape. Grip-and-grin moments abounded as Gov. Richard Narcia thanked...
Recall of anti-Abramoff Sag Chip leaders debated (April 28, 2005)
A recall against leaders of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan who opposed disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is moving forward but both sides dispute whether a recall election will actually occur. More than 1,000 tribal members signed recall petitions against...
Land-into-trust for gaming under more scrutiny (April 28, 2005)
The land-into-trust process came under fire at a Senate hearing on Wednesday as the Interior Department's Inspector General confirmed a probe into the issue and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) promised a hearing to address the controversy. Tribes are acquiring trust...
Ney signed onto bill after using tribe's luxury suite (April 28, 2005)
Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) says his support for a bill that would allow tribes to issue tax-exempt bonds has nothing to do with his use of a tribe's luxury suite in Washington, D.C. Ney has always supported tribal sovereignty, a...
Settlement for reservation hog farm sees opposition (April 28, 2005)
A proposed settlement to allow the continued operation of two hog farms on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation is drawing opposition from tribal members, local ranchers and outside groups. Concerned Area Rosebud Citizens, the Humane Farming Association and the South Dakota...
Editorial: Tribes launch suicide prevention efforts (April 28, 2005)
"Who could blame the people of McLaughlin - who lost seven young people to suicide last year - if they just hunkered down in self-pity and hopelessness? Or residents of the Cheyenne River Reservation, which lost 17 people to suicide...
Mississippi Choctaws to hold technology conference (April 28, 2005)
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is holding a technology conference next week, where plans for a technological industrial park will be announced. The tribe is using the 2005 Choctaw TechVantage Conference on May 2-3 to highlight the reservation as...
Tribal tax-exempt bond bill advances in California (April 28, 2005)
A California Senate committee unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday to allow tribes to issue tax-exempt bonds for development projects. State Sen. Dean Florez (D) said tribes should be able to offer bonds just like any other municipality. "If a...
Utah man sues county for return of seized peyote (April 28, 2005)
A self-proclaimed medicine man who founded a Native American Church has sued a Utah county for the return of peyote seized during a 2000 raid. James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney said the property belongs to him in light of a state...
HUD expands housing program for five more tribes (April 28, 2005)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Wednesday that it has expanded an Indian home loan program for five more tribes. HUD approved expansions for the Penobscot Nation of Maine, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head in Massachusetts,...
Tulalip Tribes hit with sanctions for housing woes (April 28, 2005)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development sanctioned the Tulalip Tribes of Washington on Wednesday for "serious outstanding performance issues." HUD is freezing nearly $5 million in funds and will withhold $2 million more in response to problems uncovered at...
Burial ground uncovered during construction project (April 28, 2005)
The state of Wisconsin has notified several tribes about the discovery of a burial ground. The city of Neenah uncovered the site during construction of a new water plant near Lake Winnebago. Artifacts and remains of at least two people...
Pataki: No tribal trust lands without state approval (April 28, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs shouldn't take land into trust for New York tribes without the state's approval "in appropriate cases," Gov. George Pataki (R) said. Pataki said the BIA needs to take into account the state's position in deciding...
Store owner plans to challenge tribe's tobacco tax (April 28, 2005)
The owner of a store on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana is planning a legal challenge the Chippewa Cree Tribe's new 55-cent tobacco tax. Debbie St. Pierre, the only private seller of tobacco products on the reservation, says her...
Wind stirs up another fire at Crow Creek school (April 28, 2005)
Firefighters were called back to the high school on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation on Wednesday after wind rekindled a blaze that had destroyed the student dormitory. Crews were able to douse the fire quickly before it spread to other...
Judge hears tribal lawsuit against Yucca Mountain (April 28, 2005)
MAP: Tribes located near Yucca Mountain site. A federal judge pledged on Wednesday to rule quickly on a request by leaders of the Western Shoshone to halt the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, the Te-Moak...
Little River Band meets to decide fate of leader (April 28, 2005)
The ogema, or leader, of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan faces removal from office at a special hearing today. The removal effort is part of a ongoing feud between Ogema Lee Sprague and the tribal council....
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