Thursday, January 17, 2002

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As ordered by a federal judge, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton personally vouched for the accuracy of her department's latest update on trust reform and turned in the document yesterday....

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The Department of Interior is delaying the release of the final version of a consultant's report on trust reform....

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Federal laws protecting bald and golden eagles do not violate the U.S. Constitution, an appeals court ruled on Wednesday....

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Secretary of Interior Gale Norton and her senior aides were aware last summer of computer security weaknesses similar to ones that led to a court-ordered shutdown that has crippled the department's daily business and suspended critical royalty payments to Indian landowners....


Republican lawmakers in the state of Washington aren't satisfied with explanations federal and state biologists gave regarding a nationwide lynx study and are seeking an opinion on whether criminal charges are warranted....


Opponents of a compact between two tribes and the state of Oklahoma aren't buying the state's explanation that negotiations with the state of Texas are dead....


Animal rights activists don't want the Makah Nation of Washington to buy a $1.2 million boat because the groups say it will only help the tribe's controversial whale hunt....


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has finalized its environmental impact study giving a favorable approval to a controversial plan to store up to 40,000 tons of nuclear waste on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah....


Rep Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) is urging constituents to write President Bush and pressure him not to approve a controversial nuclear waste dump in Nevada....


A Sioux woman whose complaints about her landlords has been part of an ongoing dispute between city officials in Norwich, Connecticut, and an alleged tribe was arrested on animal cruelty charged on Wednesday, The New London Day reports....


The Seminole Tribe of Florida gave $10,000 to the legal defense fund of Sen Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) who was under investigation for personal and political finances, according to the Associated Press....


The Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to cooperate with its independent watchdog because he has sued the agency....


Ruling that treaty rights can be limited in the name of public safety, Canada's Court of Appeal on Wednesday reinstated the conviction of a Mi'kmaq hunter....


The increasing Congressional interest in the failure of Enron has put the pressure on the White House to release documents and records used to develop its national energy policy....


First Nations leaders on Wednesday expressed hope with the appointment of new Fisheries and Oceans Minister Robert Thibault....


Tribes whose lands straddle the U.S....


The chairwoman of the Alaska Redistricting Board took the stand in a case disputing the political districts in the state and denied any pressure from Alaska Native corporations played a part in her decision to approve a particular map....


An internal Arthur Andersen e-mail being reported by the media questioned the accounting practices of failed energy giant Enron and top executives considered dropping the client....


Alaska lawmakers are considering whether to support an amendment to the state's constitution to recognize Alaska Native and rural subsistence. A task force created by Gov....


The long-awaited opening of the Senate Hart Office Building has been delayed again....


The Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe of California is disappointed about the announcement a power plant planned for the reservation is on hold, said Chairwoman Mary Belardo....



A sculpture of Spanish explorer and convicted criminal Don Juan de Oñate is drawing opposition from scholars and others who don't want the monument erected....


ABC has approved a $30 million Native "mythology" miniseries called "Dreamkeeper," entertainment trade magazine Variety is reporting....


At a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels chided the Department of Interior for a budget request it made to beef up its homeland security....


The Department of Interior is trying to buy the mineral rights of a Florida family whose plan to drill for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve has been approved, Secretary Gale Norton said on Wednesday....


The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday heard three cases regarding the possession of eagle feathers....


Phone, fax and snail mail have replaced the Internet and e-mail as the methods tribes and others use to communicate with the Department of Interior....


A proposal to put three reservations into one senate district in Montana gained support at a public hearing on Wednesday....