Opinion: Lobbyist scandal goes all the way to Bush (October 15, 2004)
"The purpose of this paper is to connect the above dots, revealing a pattern of associations and payments that begins with Congressman Tom DeLay and ends up on the very doorstep of President Bush’s re-election campaign. The largest single flow...
Ron Allen, Wilma Mankiller: Bush too little, too late (October 15, 2004)
"Thirty-nine days before the presidential election in November George W. Bush, facing a hotly-contested race to keep his job, finally got around to inviting a small group of tribal leaders to the oval office: A subtle nod to the fact...
South Dakota GOP workers sent to Bush campaign (October 15, 2004)
Workers for the South Dakota Republican Party who resigned as a result of criminal investigation into voter irregularities are now working for the Bush-Cheney campaign, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. The South Dakota GOP said it had "zero-tolerance policy"...
Arrest made in fatal shooting at Northern Cheyenne (October 15, 2004)
A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a man on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. Orville David Morrison, 26, is accused of shooting William Alvin Wick, 42, in the head. Wick died at the...
Judge dismisses charges in Nez Perce hunting case (October 15, 2004)
A judge in Idaho has ruled that the Nez Perce treaty allows hunting on ceded lands without a state license. Two tribal members, a 77-year-old man and his son, had been charged with violating state law. The men had killed...
Indian education summit underway in Montana (October 15, 2004)
The state of Montana is hosting the first-ever Indian Education Summit in Helena. The summit starts today and runs through Saturday. Participants will discuss ways to reduce disparities in education for Indian children. Native children make up 11 percent of...
Utah tribe to open health care facilities in Michigan (October 15, 2004)
The Confederated Goshute Tribes of Utah are opening two health care facilities in Michigan. The tribes acquired a facility in Clinton Township that will provide specialty treatment. The center will open this weekend. The tribes also plan to break ground...
Editorial: Campbell shouldn't mess with NAGPRA (October 15, 2004)
"Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., is proposing an amendment to expand the Indian grave-protection law so it can be applied to any skeletal remains no matter how old or disconnected from modern tribes. The argument by Rob Roy Smith, attorney...
Opinion: Be proud of Wal-Mart, and Columbus too (October 15, 2004)
"While, understandably, Columbus Day may not be a day of celebration for Indians, the facts of history challenge the tired old argument that Columbus' legacy is one of disease, misery, and heartless barbarism. Well before Columbus' arrival, the Aztecs of...
Parents continue protest at First Nation school (October 15, 2004)
The government of Saskatchewan says it will review the curriculum of a school on the Piapot First Nation that parents have shut down. The school created a new curriculum that involved testing of students. Parents found out that their children...
Hurricanes uncover burial mound in Florida (October 15, 2004)
Archaeologists in Florida are hoping to protect a burial mound on Hutchinson Island uncovered by the recent hurricanes. The burial mound, believed to be intact, is considered a rare find. It is located near a midden site also uncovered by...
Tribes worry Supreme Court is eroding sovereignty (October 15, 2004)
Tribes used to look to the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm their rights but now find that it is one of their biggest enemies. Over the past two decades, the court frequently overturned rulings favorable to tribal interests. One of...
Brazilian president won't certify reservation (October 15, 2004)
The president of Brazil has refused to certify a 1,000-square-mile reservation, leading to an influx of whites on traditional tribal territory. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva promised to support tribal rights. But since he took office, he failed to...
Nuclear waste on reservation may be permanent (October 15, 2004)
A proposed nuclear waste repository on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah is described by backers as temporary but a federal official is indicating that might not be the case. Under federal law, the government must accept nuclear waste....
Letter: Tax break for Eskimo whalers deserved (October 15, 2004)
" The Oct. 7 Business article 'Conferees Agree on Corporate Tax Bill' said that the '[f]inancial backers of native Alaskan whalers . . . would be able to claim their contributions as a charitable tax deduction.' This statement is untrue....
Indian fisherman worried about mercury pollution (October 15, 2004)
Bob Shimek, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, believes he was the victim of mercury pollution, a growing problem nationwide. Shimek is an active fisherman, exercising his treaty rights and the traditions of his ancestors. He says...
Congressman's anti-gaming push backed by tribe (October 15, 2004)
A Republican Congressman says he didn't know his crusade against a tribal casino in Louisiana was backed by a rival tribe whose lobbyists were Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. Rep. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) opposed a compact between the state and...
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