Wednesday, August 07, 2002

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After a bitter confirmation battle that saw her receive more negative votes than any of her predecessors, Gale Norton was unceremoniously sworn in as Secretary of Interior on January 31, 2001....

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A non-recognized Shoshone tribe cannot intervene in a lawsuit seeking to determine property interests in a Utah reservation, a federal appeals court ruled late last month....

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Senior Department of Interior officials and their attorneys are so divided by petty disputes and personal concerns that they "cannot see or think clearly" when they manage millions of dollars in Indian trust funds, an internal report released this week concluded....


An Alaska Native regional corporation and its partners want to expand natural gas production in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge....


The General Affairs Committee of the Nebraska Legislature will consider a proposal to allow up to nine tribal casinos in the state....


A special commission approved by Rhode Island lawmakers held the second in a series of hearings on Tuesday night regarding gaming in the state....


The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota is using a $53 settlement to restore a once-thriving forest whittled down from 60,000 to 10,000 acres....


The chairman of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado faces sentencing next week for driving under the influence of alcohol....


Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas has accepted fewer students for the upcoming year in hopes of trimming enrollment....


Tulalip tribal leaders have instituted a moratorium on all for-profit residential developments on their Washington reservation although legal questions remain on its effect on land owned by non-Indians....


Casino mogul Donald Trump is promising litigation if he can't open a casino in Connecticut....


A woman who was beaten on Blackfeet Reservation in Montana died on Sunday, leaving two orphaned children Glenda Phyliss Dog Taking Gun died after spending several days in the hospital....


A federal jury has indicted three top officials of the Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Tribe of North Dakota....


President Bush installed a controversial nominee at the Agriculture Department on Monday, bypassing objections of Democrats who were leaning towards rejecting the appointee....


Leonard Atole, who spent 24 years in top positions for the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico, died on Monday....


Police in Anchorage are providing few details about the circumstances of the shooting death of an Alaska Native executive....


A group of Native students from all over the country just spend six weeks at the University of Colorado at Boulder participating in a pre-college Upward Bound program....


A new sport activity, based on an Internet web site, is drawing criticism from Arizona officials in charge of protecting historic and ancient Indian sites....


A "glitch" has delayed the closing of a land sale considered vital to the protection of the Sand Creek Massacre site in Colorado, The Denver Post reports today....


A member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma was indicted Tuesday for allegedly taking $12,000 in money in tribal-related schemes....


A member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina was stripped of her Miss North Carolina title....


The Department of Interior this week made public an internal report which concludes its handling of Indian trust fund has been a "not so humorous comedy of errors." Inspector General Earl E....


Former Secretary of Interior and former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt refused to be interviewed for an internal report into the handling of the Indian trust fund....


New Mexico Pueblos took in $100.5 million in slot machine revenues during the second quarter of 2002....