Report cites high cost of relocating Native village (February 1, 2005)
A new report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will cost at least $180 million to relocate the 600 residents of the Alaska Native village of Shishmaref to a location of their choice. The estimate is the...
New Mexico tribe debuts first of two new hotels (February 1, 2005)
Pojoaque Pueblo in northern New Mexico is opening a new $11 million hotel today, the first of two major developments. The three-story Homewood Suites by Hilton is located near a major interstate. It will be joined by a $200 million...
Anderson's resignation blamed on lack of support (February 1, 2005)
Famed entrepreneur Dave Anderson announced his resignation as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday in what tribal leaders said was the latest casualty of the Bush administration's failed trust reform effort. After just a year on the...
Two brothers arrested in stabbing at Haskell (February 1, 2005)
Two brothers have been charged with aggravated battery for a stabbing incident at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas. Mighty James Big Pond, 19, and David J. Big Pond, 21, allegedly had a fight with a Haskell student and the...
Yellow Bird: A nation cannot flourish without children (February 1, 2005)
"Adoption is utterly life-changing for a child. It also upends the ordinary lives of the parents involved. The adoption process is complicated, but when it reaches across cultures, especially the cultures of Indian tribes, it can be a worst-case scenario....
Editorial: Professor did right thing by quitting post (February 1, 2005)
"Ward Churchill's resignation as chairman of the ethnic studies department at the University of Colorado-Boulder was the right thing to do given the controversy swirling around an incendiary essay he wrote about the Sept. 11 attacks. The piece - which...
Reservation substance abuse program accredited (February 1, 2005)
The alcohol and drug treatment program operated by the Crow Tribe of Montana has received a three-year accreditation by an international commission. The tribe took over the program from the Indian Health Services three years ago. More than 400 people...
State worried about Makah Nation salmon catch (February 1, 2005)
The Washington state Fish and Wildlife department is raising concerns about a recent salmon catch by the Makah Nation that exceeded estimates. The tribe reportedly harvested nearly 20,000 chinook salmon from its treaty area in the Strait of Juan de...
Narragansett youth denied entry to school dance (February 1, 2005)
A group of young members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island say they were denied entry to a high school dance last month due to their race. Na'Keesha Brown, a senior at Chariho High School, said school officials barred...
Federal judge upholds ban on climbing at sacred rock (February 1, 2005)
A federal judge on Friday upheld the federal government's ban on climbing at Cave Rock, a sacred site of the Washoe Tribe. U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben dismissed a lawsuit filed by The Access Fund, a climbers group. The decision...
Editorial: Deadline needed on Kickapoo water crisis (February 1, 2005)
"Almost everyone agrees that the Kickapoo Tribe of northeast Kansas needs a better source of water than the less-than-dependable Delaware River. Most agree that the best solution could be the creation of the Plum Creek Reservoir. But after more than...
New bison hunt bill in Montana includes tribes (February 1, 2005)
A new bill in the Montana Legislature would allow tribes to participate in the state's controversial bison hunt. The bill would distribute up to 16 bison hunting licenses to the state's eight tribes. The bison must be taken by "traditional"...
Nursing home ban advances without tribal provision (February 1, 2005)
A bill to ban new nursing homes in South Dakota was passed by the state Senate on Monday after an amendment to carve out an exception for tribes was rejected. The amendment would have allowed Gov. Mike Rounds (R) to...
Washington tribe returns money after local threat (February 1, 2005)
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington has returned a $2,500 donation after local business leaders sought to force the tribe to change its mind on a construction project that led to the discovery of a major tribal village. The...
Gaming companies among top donors to Sen. Reid (February 1, 2005)
Gaming companies that do business in Las Vegas are among the top contributors to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the new Democratic leader in the Senate, The Washington Post reports. In the last election, three of Reid's top 10 donors were...
College professor quits post over 9/11-Nazi essay (February 1, 2005)
Ward Churchill, a University of Colorado professor who is active on Indian issues, resigned as chair of the ethnic studies department on the Boulder campus due to controversy over an essay that linked victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist...
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