Monday, November 18, 2002

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Two controversial Indian bills failed to clear Congress this year but their supporters vowed to reintroduce them during the next session....

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National Congress of American Indians meets for another annual session, tribal leaders discuss failure of trust reform talks and future of litigation, and Congress meets for a lame duck session....

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The ongoing Indian trust fund litigation continues to hamper work at the Department of Interior, according to the Bush administration's latest court report....


The final remains of a Northern Cheyenne warrior who fought at the Battle of Little Bighorn were reburied in Montana over the weekend....


"But the worst noise I'm hearing now is that Yellowstone National Park will soon be a lot noisier....


"It's hard to imagine Martha Stewart, in a black-and-white-striped jumpsuit, decorating a jail cell with holly berries and greenery that her maid smuggled in or trying to bribe the prison cooks to let her in the kitchen to marinate escargot and prepare mint juleps for the new inmates. Then again, it's hard to believe that anybody with that much money would go to jail. I know, too, there are many people out there (including me) who would miss her television shows if she is found guilty and jailed for insider trading....


Gaming is the new something in New England states, several of which are either expanding gaming or considering it....


Opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development will gain an added push under Republican control of the Senate....


The chairman of a billion-dollar Alaska Native regional corporation is being considered as a replacement for Senator Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska)....


The goal of the Intertribal Wordpath Society in Oklahoma is to "advocate the teaching and elevate the status of Oklahoma-Indian languages in the state through classes in schools and universities, cable television, community groups and individual efforts," The New York Times writes....


A rare statue of Shoshone Chief Washakie was donated to a library in Wyoming....


The Eastern Band of Cherokees is one of the top campaign contributors in Indian Country....


A Boys and Girls Club on the Navajo Nation closed on Thursday, The Farmington Daily-Times reported....


Native youth took part of the 59th annual National Congress of American Indians last week....


A 78-year-old Alaska Native elder recently rescued a 7-year-old boy from a river, The Anchorage Daily News reports....


The Bush administration could have banned snowmobiles at two national parks, The Washington Post argues in an editorial, but bowed to industry interests instead....


The Classroom Without Walls Distance Learning Program is helping rural and Indian populations address their health needs....


A court in Michigan this week is expected to hear a case involving a father who wants to give his four-year-old son peyote....


The Sisseton-Wahpeton College on the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota is reforming its nursing program in order to meet state standards....


The Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition was created this past fall to combat high rates of domestic violence against Native women....


A bill to settle Sandia Pueblo of New Mexico's land claim has still not been passed by Congress....


If elected president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, activist and actor Russell Means says he will work to unseat Senator Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota)....


There may be as many as 175 burial sites on a 29-acre plot of land in southern California that is the subject of dispute among members of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians....


The Senate on Thursday confirmed two of President Bush's Indian affairs nominees....


It won't be long before Native Americans, not Soccer Moms or Angry White Men, will be deciding elections in certain states, The Santa Fe New Mexican says in an editorial today....


The following are responses to a November 14 Los Angeles Times opinion column by journalist who said tribes are not sovereign and that Indian gaming is compensation for past wrongs....


"The astonishing mess made by the federal government of Indian trust funds illustrates one more of the historical plights unique to American Indians. The federal government began putting tribal lands in trust early in the 19th century....


The Nisqually Tribe of Washington celebrated the restoration of 31 acres of wetlands on Friday....