Alaska Native woman survives domestic attack (January 19, 2005)
An Alaska Native woman suffered severe injuries in a domestic violence incident that could have been worse had she not secretly dialed 911 to alert the police. Grace Oomittuk, 21, was in her garage when she feared an attack by...
Haskell seeks $12M for new science building (January 19, 2005)
Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas is in desperate need of a new science building, Rep. Dennis Moore (D) and Sen. Sam Brownback (R) confirmed on Tuesday. The two lawmakers toured the school's existing science labs and found them in...
Navajo Nation peyote law delayed for second time (January 19, 2005)
Legislation to clarify the use of peyote on the Navajo Nation has been delayed again. Navajo Nation Council delegates introduced the bill because they are concerned about non-Indians using the hallucinogenic, a sacrament of the Native American Church. They want...
Navajo, Hopi reservations recovering from storm (January 19, 2005)
Parts of the Navajo and Hopi reservations that were hit by a severe winter storm last week are slowly starting to recover. The snow and rainfall caused muddy conditions in Arizona and New Mexico. Some people in rural areas have...
Montana governor proposes sending bison to tribes (January 19, 2005)
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is proposing to send healthy bison from Yellowstone National Park to tribes as part of an ambitious plan to rid the herd of brucellosis. The plan involves testing every single bison for the disease. Those...
Native group wants Custer State Park renamed (January 19, 2005)
United Native America, a national Native advocacy group, is calling on the state of South Dakota to change the name of Custer State Park. Mike Graham, founder of United Native America, says the name is offensive. He wants it changed...
Water deal helps tribe return to farming heritage (January 19, 2005)
A recently water rights settlement signed into law by President Bush is helping the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona return its roots as an agricultural community. The tribe cultivated crops using a complex system of irrigation canals long before...
Arizona tribal leaders oppose English-only effort (January 19, 2005)
Arizona tribal leaders spoke out against an English-only bill at the 10th annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day on Tuesday. "In plain English, sir, we don't like it, and we don't want it," Kathy Kitcheyan, chairwoman of the San...
Testimony begins in retrial of Miccoukee man (January 19, 2005)
Testimony began on Tuesday in the retrial of a Miccosukee man accusing of murdering his two young sons. Prosecutors read the transcript from the first trial, in which Kirk Billie was found guilty of second-degree murder. But the jury can't...
Leech Lake Ojibwe soldier killed in Iraq laid to rest (January 19, 2005)
A member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb was laid to rest on the Minnesota tribe's reservation on Tuesday. More than 600 people paid their respects to Army Specialist Dwayne...
Minnesota governor blasts gaming tribes in speech (January 19, 2005)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) lashed out at the state's gaming tribes on Tuesday for rejecting his demand for $350 million in casino revenues. In his third State of the State Address, Pawlenty referred to the "better deal for all...
Disability expert decries lack of services for Natives (January 19, 2005)
A disability expert says Native children in Manitoba aren't receiving any specialty care from the Canadian government. Don Shackel, of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, said the government provides no services to Native children who live on reserves....
Canada won't force smoking ban on First Nations (January 19, 2005)
The Canadian government won't force First Nations in Saskatchewan to accept the province's new ban on smoking in public places. First Nations leaders asserted that the province has no jurisdiction on tribal lands, including gaming facilities. Indian Affairs Minister Andy...
Tennessee land swap could impact Native sites (January 19, 2005)
A proposed land swap between the Tennessee Valley Authority and a private developer is being opposed by tribal members and conservationists. The developer can build condominiums, expensive lakefront homes and a golf course on prime TVA land. Thomas Peter Kunesh,...
State, HHS nominees go before Senate committees (January 19, 2005)
Two of President Bush's Cabinet nominees went before the Senate for their confirmation hearings on Tuesday. Secretary of State-designee Condoleezza Rice testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. According to news reports, Democrats sharply questioned her role in the war...
Lumbee Tribe already running into controversy (January 19, 2005)
A series of controversies has hit the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina in recent months. The tribe's election, housing program and council meetings have been under scrutiny. In the latest incident, the tribe is battling the North Carolina Indian Housing...
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