Audit finds school construction problems at BIA (April 12, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has improved in its school replacement and repair program but the agency needs to be more accountable for its spending, an internal audit concluded. Since 1998, Congress has allocated $680 million to fix and replace...
Inuit mothers fear they are poisoning own children (April 12, 2004)
Long considered one of the most pristine places in the world, the Arctic has become a sinkhole for pollutants, scientists say. Chemicals and chemical by-products from industrial nations drift to the north, where they enter the food chain and build...
Tensions still simmer over First Nation law enforcement (April 12, 2004)
Attempts to resolve a law enforcement dispute on the Kanesatake Mohawk First Nation in Quebec, Canada, appear to have failed. Some tribal members are preventing a new police chief from taking over. They have blocked a police officers associated with...
Editorial: Settle 'shameful' Cobell trust fund case (April 12, 2004)
"The alternately inept and malicious handling of individual Indian trust accounts by the U.S. government grows more shameful as an 8-year-old lawsuit drags out. Settle this case. Justice is long overdue. Dragging out a case the government will not win...
DOI to pay Apache man $50K for seized feathers (April 12, 2004)
The Department of Interior has been ordered to pay nearly $50,000 in legal fees to an Apache man whose eagle feathers were seized by federal agents. Joseluis Saenz is a member of the Chiricahua Apache Tribe. But since the tribe...
House panel to hold federal recognition hearing (April 12, 2004)
The House Committee on Government Reform will hold a hearing May 5 on the federal recognition process. Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.), vice-chairman of the committee, is a vocal critics of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He says the agency has...
Indian student quits college after racial attack (April 12, 2004)
An Indian student from New Mexico recently quit the University of Wisconsin-Madison and returned home after a racial attack left him injured, The Wisconsin State Journal reports. Friends and school officials say Kyle Aragon, from Acoma Pueblo, was accosted by...
Judge will make BIA employee alcohol survey public (April 12, 2004)
A federal judge plans to make a survey of alcohol and other problems among Bureau of Indian Affairs employees public if it is introduced as evidence in a civil trial. The survey is at issue in the trial of ex-BIA...
Wireless Internet comes to Sauk-Suiattle Tribe (April 12, 2004)
Members of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington now have high-speed wireless Internet access. The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians entered into an agreement with the tribe and Verizon Avenue to deliver high-speed service. The partnership is being viewed as a...
75 million tons of mine waste left in Tar Creek (April 12, 2004)
The federal government has spent at least $120 million to clean up 75 million tons of mine waste in northeastern Oklahoma but there appears to have been little progress, The New York Times reports. Lead levels in children in the...
Residents of two First Nations get to return home (April 12, 2004)
About 1,000 people evacuated from two First Nations in Manitoba are returning home now that flooding has subsided. The Peguis and Fisher River reserves were flooded last week. It's a yearly occurrence for residents but the Manitoba government won't pay...
McCain demands documents from lobbyist, PR exec (April 12, 2004)
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has given Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff an April 19 deadline to turn over documents related to his work for four tribes. Public relations executive Michael Scanlon was also told to turn over documents. The Lake Charles...
Coushatta treasurer accuses NIGC of lax oversight (April 12, 2004)
The secretary-treasurer of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana says the National Indian Gaming Commission is failing to investigate alleged violations of federal law. The Lake Charles American Press quotes a letter Harold John sent to NIGC chairman Phil Hogen. John...
Indian law conference to examine tribal role (April 12, 2004)
The Federal Bar Association is holding its 29th annual Indian law conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Thursday and Friday of this week. This year's theme, "The Role of Indian Tribes in Modern American Society," reflects on the many roles...
Native law students holding spring conference (April 12, 2004)
The National Native American Law Students Association is holding its annual spring conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this week. NNALSA will kick off the meeting with an awards banquet on Wednesday, April 14, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The...
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