Supreme Court overturns Oneida Nation case (March 30, 2005)
The Oneida Nation of New York is examining its options in the wake of a devastating U.S. Supreme Court ruling that rejected the tribe's sovereignty, a top official said on Tuesday. Keller George, an assistant to Oneida Nation representative Ray...
Off-reservation casinos a concern at gaming summit (March 30, 2005)
The controversy surrounding off-reservation gaming has been blown out of proportion, a leading gambling law expert said on Tuesday. I. Nelson Rose, a Whittier Law School professor, was the opening presenter at the Western Governors' Association summit on Indian gaming...
Tragedy at Red Lake leads to son of tribal chairman (March 30, 2005)
An update on the latest developments involving the March 21, 2005, fatal shootings on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. THE ARREST Red Lake Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. Floyd Jourdain Statement on Arrest Star Tribune: Red Lake School...
Chinook plankhouse at national refuge dedicated (March 30, 2005)
Members of the Chinook Nation and other tribes dedicated a replica of a traditional plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington. The plankhouse was a joint project of the tribe, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the...
Northern Cheyenne Tribe wants new drilling halted (March 30, 2005)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe was in federal court on Tuesday to seek an injunction against new coalbed methane development in Montana. The tribe and an environmental group are worried about the impacts of drilling on the Tongue River, wildlife and...
Man in high-speed chase agrees to arrest by BIA (March 30, 2005)
A man who led police in Billings, Montana, on a high-speed chase was taken into custody on the Crow Reservation after agreeing to be arrested by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Juan Flores, 36, refused to stop for Billings police...
Yellow Bird: Media interested in getting the true story (March 30, 2005)
"The shootings on the Red Lake Nation made an avalanche of media descend on this rural and isolated Chippewa reservation, just as the Columbine school covered Littleton, Colo., with media. Journalism is my profession, too, but I must say that...
Tribal college in New Mexico makes 29 layoffs (March 30, 2005)
Another tribal college is in financial trouble. This time it's the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in New Mexico. SIPI administrators eliminated 29 jobs on Monday, citing a budget deficit and a restructuring. But some of the staff are refusing to...
Si Tanka students, faculty empty troubled campus (March 30, 2005)
Students and faculty at Si Tanka University began to empty out the campus in Huron, South Dakota, after giving up hope that the school's financial woes would be resolved. Si Tanka President Francine Hall confirmed she has dropped efforts to...
Opinion: Indians should stop segregating themselves (March 30, 2005)
"The problem among Native American reservations is an extreme example of a problem that plagues all ethnic enclaves. Amidst a majority culture and society, self-segregated segments cannot succeed. One Native American blasted national politicians' silence in the wake of the...
Column: Tragedy turns political with arrest of son (March 30, 2005)
"Tragedy has so quickly become political. After word came that the son of Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd (Buck) Jourdain Jr. had been charged in connection with the March 21 shootings that killed 10 people, the 'moccasin grapevine' went into...
State funding for Navajo tribal college in limbo (March 30, 2005)
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) and state lawmakers have begun negotiations on a new budget but funding for a Navajo tribal college is still up in the air. The state has a compact with the Navajo Nation to provide $1.75...
Inuit company launches Arctic cruise line business (March 30, 2005)
An Inuit-owned company in Canada is starting a cruise line business to take tourists around the Arctic. The 66-passenger ice-class ship will set sail this summer. The tours will include communities in Nunavik, the Inuit region of northern Quebec. Money...
Pataki, city, foes pleased with Oneida Nation ruling (March 30, 2005)
Lots of people in New York are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Oneida Nation's treaty rights case on Tuesday. Gov. George Pataki (R), the city of Sherrill and opponents to the tribe welcomed the 8-1 ruling, which...
Column: Readers split on naming school for chief (March 30, 2005)
"I wrote last week that Federal Way might name a school after the late Indian civil-rights activist Bob Satiacum. The former Puyallup Tribe chief was a hero of the Indian revival movement in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Later, he...
Editorial: Tribe deserves share of state taxes (March 30, 2005)
"Quil Ceda Village, the Tulalip Tribes' retail enclave on the Tulalip Reservation, helps power the Snohomish County economy with jobs and tax receipts. The tribe deserves a share of sales taxes — a city's share — to help cover expenses....
Squaxin Island Tribe opens cigarette factory (March 30, 2005)
The Squaxin Island Tribe of Washington is opening its own cigarette factory on Saturday, becoming the first tribe in the state to do so. The tribe will manufacture and market its own brand. Cartons of the cigarettes will be sold...
Tulalip toddler killed in car accident on reservation (March 30, 2005)
A 2-year-old member of the Tulalip Tribes was killed in a car accident on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington. Kiyaire Leoni Willson Flores was at the home of his grandparents on March 26 when he ran into the road. He...
California tribe's business agrees to state law (March 30, 2005)
A business staffing business run by the Blue Lake Rancheria has agreed to seek certification from the state of California in order to settle a dispute over tribal sovereignty. Mainstay Business Solutions was providing companies with an alternative to costly...
Nez Perce Tribe accepts $193M water settlement (March 30, 2005)
The Nez Perce Tribe agreed on Tuesday to accept a $193 million water rights settlement with the state of Idaho and the federal government. The tribal executive committee voted 6-2 in favor of the deal. It settles the tribe's claims...
GOP letter to Norton came after Abramoff sent checks (March 30, 2005)
Republican leaders in the House wrote a letter to Interior Secretary Gale Norton critical of an off-reservation casino plan after they received money and services from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Raw Story reports. From January 2003 through September 2003, Abramoff...
Abramoff previously questioned over billing (March 30, 2005)
Disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff was once the subject of internal government audits that questioned the cost and benefit of his services, the Associated Press reports. Abramoff was paid at least $6.7 million by the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands...
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