Investigation faults role of Bush nominee at Interior (February 16, 2005)
An Interior Department letter made public on Tuesday questions the role one of President Bush's judicial nominees played in a controversial deal with a Wyoming rancher accused of violating federal laws. William G. Myers III was Interior's top lawyer when...
Alaska tribes oppose oil and gas drilling plan (February 16, 2005)
The Association of Village Council Presidents is criticizing a plan to open up more land in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to oil and gas drilling. The association says the plan could harm the black brant, a type of sea goose...
Mashantucket Tribe plans greater role in state politics (February 16, 2005)
Leaders of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut plan to take a greater role in state politics. Chairman Michael J. Thomas said the tribal council recently decided to become more involved in what is happening at the state level....
Waste dump on reservation could be nation's first (February 16, 2005)
The Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah could be the first place in the nation -- aside from nuclear reactors -- to host highly radioactive waste. The tiny tribe has a lease agreement store up to 44,000 tons of waste...
Tribes seek role in Kennewick Man proceedings (February 16, 2005)
Three Pacific Northwest tribes who claim Kennewick Man as an ancestor asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday to grant them a role in the dispute. The Nez Perce, Umatilla and Yakama tribes were kicked off the case...
States asking too much of tribes, leaders say (February 16, 2005)
Indian gaming is growing by leaps and bounds but tribal leaders on Tuesday said their path to self-sufficiency is threatened by state demands for a greater share of casino revenues. Tribal casinos took in $18.6 billion in 2004, the National...
Public hearings slated on New York land claim deals (February 16, 2005)
Three public hearing have been scheduled to discuss five tribal land claim settlements. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the Cayuga Nation, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans from Wisconsin, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma have...
More than 150,000 Natives attending college (February 16, 2005)
American Indian college enrollment grew by 35 percent from 1991 to 2001, according to a new study by the American Council on Education. As of 2001, nearly 150,000 Native students were enrolled in a higher-level institution. This was up from...
Arizona State Museum holds Indian art fair (February 16, 2005)
The Arizona State Museum is hosting the 11th annual Southwest Indian Art Fair on February 26-27. The fair is held on the lawn of the museum on the University of Arizona campus. It features Native art, food and cultural demonstrations....
University of Oregon cancels Churchill appearance (February 16, 2005)
The University of Oregon has canceled an appearance by controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill. The school originally invited CU ethnic studies professor Natsu Saito to the conference on race and immigration issues in the post-September 11 era. Saito...
Column: Churchill shows contempt for standards (February 16, 2005)
"What is quite beyond dispute is that [CU Professor Ward] Churchill has shown utter contempt for generally accepted standards in the past. Back in 1991, he helped cancel a Columbus Day parade in Denver and later defended himself on the...
No construction recommended atop ancient village (February 16, 2005)
The Museum of New Mexico's Office of Archaeological Studies is recommending the preservation of an ancient pueblo that is buried beneath Santa Fe's city hall. In a new report, the office said no construction should take place at the village,...
Troubled tribal jail facility said to be closing (February 16, 2005)
A troubled jail facility on the Navajo Nation that recently caught fire is closing, The Gallup Independent reports. The Tuba City Detention Center has suffered from many problems over the years. The tribe is closing the jail and is looking...
Tribal college helps Navajo adults with English (February 16, 2005)
The Navajo Nation's tribal college is helping adult members improve their English skills. In conjunction with Project Read, Dine College is looking for volunteers to help adult Navajos read and write English. Teacher Norman Phillips said illiteracy on the reservation...
Nevada tribe's new council member seeks unity (February 16, 2005)
The incoming secretary for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada said she hopes to be a team player when she joins the tribal council. "I have the reputation in the jobs I had for getting along with most people," Laura...
North Dakota tribe revising constitution (February 16, 2005)
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota is in the process of revising its tribal constitution. A committee has recommended a number of changes, including the creation of an executive branch and a judicial branch. The executive branch...
Pacific Northwest tribes conclude conference (February 16, 2005)
The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) concluded its winter conference last week, passing 23 resolutions affecting the environment, sacred sites, education, health care, housing, technology, veterans, reservation roads and Medicaid reform. “The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians is devoted...
Leader of anti-Indian group focuses on new fight (February 16, 2005)
During the 1970s, Barb Lindsay was involved in opposing the land claims and fishing rights of Washington tribes. "It pretty much wiped out the commercial fishing industry," she is quoted as saying. Thirty years later, she says it's tribal sovereignty...
Congressional hearings on Cobell, FY06 budget (February 16, 2005)
The House Resources Committee hearing on the Cobell v. Norton trust fund lawsuit has been changed to 11am. Testifying before the committee will be Interior's associate deputy secretary and acting Indian affairs assistant secretary Jim Cason and attorney Keith Harper...
Abenakis press Vermont for state recognition (February 16, 2005)
Members of the Abenaki Nation testified before the Vermont Economic Development Committee to make their case for state recognition. In 1976, former governor Tom Salmon recognized the tribe but governor Richard Snelling revoked it a year later. Recent opponents include...
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