Tribal leaders in Washington for NCAI winter session (February 28, 2005)
The National Congress of American Indians is meeting in Washington, D.C., this week for its annual winter session. Here's a rundown of some of the issues tribal leaders will be discussing and some of the happenings taking place during the...
Norton rejects invitation to testify on trust fund (February 28, 2005)
Interior Secretary Gale Norton won't testify about allegations of retaliation against Indian beneficiaries, lawyers for the Bush administration said last week. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth invited Norton to testify in a February 8 ruling. He said she would be...
High school students exchange culture, debate (February 28, 2005)
High school students from the Navajo Nation and Farmington, New Mexico, participated in a cross-cultural exchange last week. The Red Mesa High School on the reservation played host to 20 students from the Farmington High School debate team. The Farmington...
Opinion: Papers quick to gossip about Churchill (February 28, 2005)
"“Critics are alleging that embattled University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill doesn’t brush his teeth…” “One of Ward Churchill’s colleagues, who didn’t want to provide her name, says she’s observed the fiery CU ethnic studies professor walking a poodle…” “He...
CU faculty oppose investigation of Ward Churchill (February 28, 2005)
About 200 University of Colorado faculty signed a newspaper ad calling for an end to the investigation of controversial professor Ward Churchill. The CU board of regents is reviewing Churchill's record in light of numerous claims of academic and other...
Funds approved for Navajo Boys & Girls Club (February 28, 2005)
Things are looking up for the 14 Boys & Girls Clubs on the Navajo Nation. The clubs have been shuttered since December 8 due to a funding dispute between the non-profit organization that started them and Navajo Nation President Joe...
Black Hills group concerned about uranium mines (February 28, 2005)
The Defenders of the Black Hills is worried that abandoned mines in northwestern South Dakota are posing a health risk to Indians and non-Indians. The Cave Hills area, considered sacred by Lakota and other tribes, contains more 27 abandoned mines....
Indian Eddie: New Mexico tribe should erect toll booth (February 28, 2005)
"It will be interesting to see if Pojoaque Pueblo knuckles under, as the Mescalero Apaches did, to New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid's threats of casino closure over Pojoaque's refusal to turn over a percentage of its gambling revenues to...
Bad Eagle: Ward Churchill despises Indian blood (February 28, 2005)
"[Controversial University of Colorado professor Ward] Churchill doesn’t believe in blood quantum requirements anyway. “You don't measure identity by either pounds or percentage points unless you're some kind of Nazi,” he said in 1994. Always concerned about Nazis, this Ward...
Rocky Boy basketball team wins division tourney (February 28, 2005)
The boys basketball team from the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana won the Northern C Divisional tournament on Saturday night. The Rocky Boy Northern Stars sailed to a narrow four-point victory over Winifred. The team led by just one point...
Swinomish Tribe sued over plans for a marina (February 28, 2005)
The Swinomish Tribe of Washington and five federal agencies are being sued by Skagit County over the tribe's proposal for a 1,200-slip marina. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a conditional permit to the tribe pending a review of...
Sauk-Suiattle Tribe's police chief suspended (February 28, 2005)
The longtime police chief of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington has been suspended following a change in tribal leadership. Ernie DeCoteau, police chief for 19 years, was placed on administrative leave with pay on February 10. The move came after...
California tribe seeks to counter racist threats (February 28, 2005)
A recent shooting death involving a member of the Bishop Paiute Shoshone Tribe and a non-Indian store clerk has the reservation and surrounding community looking for answers in light of a racist threat made against "half-witted bucks" and Indian girls....
Hearing slated on custody dispute over Indian boy (February 28, 2005)
A judge in Minnesota has scheduled a March 14 hearing in a custody dispute involving an Indian boy who was given up for adoption. Juanita Good Bird agreed to give her son, Christian, to a non-Indian family. But her decision...
Tribe fears raising Shasta Dam will destroy sacred sites (February 28, 2005)
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California says a proposed raising of the Shasta Dam amounts to genocide because many sacred sites will be destroyed. CalFed, a state-federal agency, wants to raise the dam 16 feet or more to raise the...
State gears up for fight against nuclear waste dump (February 28, 2005)
The state of Utah is continuing its fight against the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe's plan to store up to 44,000 tons of nuclear waste on the reservation. A board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommended approval of the $3 billion...
Tribes gave $175K to group founded by Norton (February 28, 2005)
Two tribes gave $175,000 to a Republican environmental organization that was founded by Interior Secretary Gale Norton, The Arizona Republic reports. The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana gave $150,000 and the Tigua Tribe of Texas gave $25,000 to the Council of...
Editorial: Settle, and reform, Indian trust fund (February 28, 2005)
"Yes, the lawsuit over the Indian trust fund system should end. Soon. But thoughts in Congress that suggest an end through legislation are misguided. The court case must proceed at its own pace. Any role Congress has is in reforming...
Editorial: Native American on parole board needed (February 28, 2005)
"Gov. Mike Rounds has the right idea but the wrong method of getting a Native American on the state Board of Pardons and Paroles. Good for Rounds. It's appalling that a group so over-represented in the criminal justice system is...
Family seeks help in locating missing Native woman (February 28, 2005)
A family from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba is worried the disappearance of Ann Marie Gunn, a mother of two. Gunn, 32, was last seen in Winnipeg on February 12. She was headed towards the bus station in order...
Mark Trahant: Journalism more interactive than before (February 28, 2005)
"Most journalism has been one-directional: We write, you read. Or sometimes you decide what to read by just turning the page. The notion of interactivity -- so much a part of the Internet world -- hasn't quite fit into the...
Yellow Bird: I'll take long hair over curling iron (February 28, 2005)
"A few weeks ago, I stood beside my Aunt Rose as she deftly used a heated brush roller and curled her short, brown hair until it was rounded and flipped toward her face. "Try it," she told me. I just...
Yankton Sioux woman joins IHS management office (February 28, 2005)
Phyllis G. Eddy, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, has been appointed as the deputy director of management operations for the Indian Health Service (IHS). Eddy, an IHS employee since 1978, will serve as the principal advisor to the...
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