Judge won't free tiny tribe from BIA oversight (April 21, 2006)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has "broad authority" to deal with tribal leadership and membership matters, a federal judge ruled last month, despite little-noticed amendments to the Indian Reorganization Act that attempt to keep the agency out of internal disputes....
Army won't renew two Alaska Native contracts (April 21, 2006)
The Army has decided not to renew two Alaska Native corporation contracts in response to a Government Accountability Office report. The Army had issued contracts to Chenega Corp and Alutiiq Corp to provide security at 17 bases. The contracts are...
Multiple suicide attempts alleged at BIA school (April 21, 2006)
An overwhelming number of parents have pulled their students out of Navajo Prep amid allegations of multiple, unreported suicide attempts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs school in New Mexico. Since a 16-year-old female student was found dead last week,...
Sen. Dole committed to Lumbee recognition bill (April 21, 2006)
Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina) is committed to gaining recognition for the Lumbee Tribe, her special assistant told tribal leaders. Dole plans to seek more co-sponsors for S.660, a bill to recognize the tribe. She plans to lobby Sen. John...
Crow Reservation woman sentenced for meth (April 21, 2006)
A woman from the Crow Reservation in Montana was sentenced to three years in federal prison for taking part in a methamphetamine trafficking ring. Kaylene Alden could have been sentenced to 10 years but the judge gave her a break...
Firm fined $4.6M for defrauding Pine Ridge schools (April 21, 2006)
A federal judge in South Dakota fined a Texas company a total of $4.6 million for defrauding the federal government and several schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation. NextiraOne pleaded guilty to fraud under the government's E-Rate program. The company...
Turtle Mountain Band taking stance against drugs (April 21, 2006)
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa has begun testing of tribal government employees in hopes of ridding the reservation of a drug epidemic. All employees are required to undergo an initial test, to be followed by random tests every quarter....
Fort Peck Reservation to receive swift foxes (April 21, 2006)
The Fort Peck Reservation will be receiving 10 swift foxes under a project approved by Montana wildlife commissioners. The Fort Peck Tribes and state officials endorsed the project last year but the commissioners tabled a decision. They finally voted...
Methamphetamine infects Flathead Reservation (April 21, 2006)
Police officers on the Flathead Reservation in Montana are devoting most of their time to meth dealers and meth addicts, the chief of police for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes said. Craig Couture said meth has affected his own...
Navajo woman competes in Miss USA pageant (April 21, 2006)
Onawa Lacy, a 23-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, is competing in the Miss USA pageant tonight. Lacy, a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico, has been in Baltimore, Maryland, all week preparing for the big event....
Red Lake schools on lockdown over student threats (April 21, 2006)
Schools on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota have been on lockdown since Tuesday over alleged threats made by students. The FBI has been assisting the tribal police in dealing with the incident but few details were provided to The...
Osage Nation sues state over tobacco rules again (April 21, 2006)
The Osage Nation filed a second lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma over emergency tobacco tax rules. The tribe said the state broke the tobacco compact by imposing emergency rules on tribal-licensed shops. "The time to negotiate was before the...
Editorial: A familiar scene at site of Native protest (April 21, 2006)
"It was a depressingly familiar scene. Burning barricades, Indian protestors tussling with heavily armed police over a land dispute, injuries on both sides, arrests. And angry rhetoric threatening further violence. No one came off looking good after yesterday's violence at...
Police raid Native protest camp at construction site (April 21, 2006)
The Ontario Provincial Police launched a pre-dawn raid of a Native protest camp on Thursday morning, arresting a handful of protesters before hundreds more Natives arrived on the scene. According to news reports, upwards of 200 Native protesters are...
Western Shoshones file suit to stop military blast (April 21, 2006)
Four members of the Winnemucca Indian Colony in Nevada have filed suit to stop the Pentagon's plan to blow up more than 700 tons of explosives at the Nevada Test Site. The four members, along with two residents of Utah,...
Editorial: Rep. Doolittle and shady deal with his wife (April 21, 2006)
"Imagine that every time members of Congress received a $1,000 campaign contribution, they could skim $150 off the top and put it straight into their personal bank accounts. Sound shady? That is, in effect, how Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.)...
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