NCAI Dispatch: Meth problem in Indian Country (November 8, 2005)

"If you live in the West, the methamphetamine horror stories I heard last week in Tulsa were nothing new. The scabby faces. The days and days without sleep, the violent paranoia. The children sexually abused, burned with chemicals and boiled...

Shinnecock Nation an Indian tribe, federal judge rules (November 8, 2005)

The Shinnecock Nation of New York is a legitimate Indian tribe, a federal judge said in a landmark decision on Monday. In a 24-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt said he is entitled to recognize the Shinnecock Nation under...

R.C. Gorman, famed Navajo artist, laid to rest (November 8, 2005)

A reported 1,000 people attended Monday's funeral for R.C. Gorman, the famed Navajo artist who died last week in New Mexico. Stuart Ashman, the state secretary of Cultural Affairs, talked about R.C. Gorman's frequent comparison to Picasso. "Maybe Picasso...

Three killed 'execution style' on Navajo Nation (November 8, 2005)

Three people, identified as a Navajo woman and two Native males, were killed "execution style" in Hogback, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. Vickie Benally, 26, and two men were found in and near a vehicle near the Hogback Chapter...

Canadian Native magazine to expand to United States (November 8, 2005)

SAY Magazine, a magazine for Native youth in Canada, is expanding to the United States. The magazine has a circulation of 250,000. Publisher Leslie Lounsboury hopes to quadruple that number by going to the U.S. The Canada Council for...

Native American month to include Black Indians (November 8, 2005)

The Native American Student Association at the University of Michigan are including Black Indians are part of the Native American Heritage Month. Native students are working with African-American students and the Center for Afro-American and African Studies to develop events...

Man in dispute with county linked to Pembina tribe (November 8, 2005)

A Florida man who is in a conflict with officials in Charlotte County is part of a Chippewa group that has had a series of run-ins with the law. Robert Sumner is part of the Little Shell Pembina Band of...

Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation in talks with Peabody (November 8, 2005)

The Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation are in talks with Peabody Energy over the future of the Black Mesa mines in northern Arizona and a power plant in Nevada. The Hopi and Navajo tribes depend on jobs and revenue...

Man charged with Aquash murder free on bail (November 8, 2005)

John Graham, the second person charged with the murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, will remain free on bail while he challenges his extradition from Canada to the United States. Graham was indicted in South...

Domestic violence an epidemic in Indian Country (November 8, 2005)

Statistics on domestic violence in Indian Country may be hard to come by but almost everyone agrees Native women are victimized at rates far higher than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. "Victimization or intimate-partner violence...

Blackfeet Nation seeks probe of BIA jail abuses (November 8, 2005)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana has passed a resolution calling on Congress and the FBI to investigate alleged abuse of inmates at the Bureau of Indian Affairs jail. The BIA has been running the jail as part of a federal...

State court accepts three sovereignty cases (November 8, 2005)

The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to hear three tribal sovereignty cases, The New London Day reports. The first case is an ongoing dispute between the Mohegan Tribe and Bradley W. Beecher, a former employee. Beecher filed a lawsuit against...

Opinion: A Native perspective on Veteran's Day (November 8, 2005)

"I am an American Veteran. I also am a Native American and was proud to serve my country in its time of need. I served in Southeast Asia (Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia), Central America (Grenada, Panama, Columbia, and Peru)...

Narragansett Tribe's lobbyist blasted for comments (November 8, 2005)

Guy Dufault, the main lobbyist for the Narragansett Tribe, was blasted by Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) for comments he made about Carcieri's alleged extra-marital affairs. While taping a television program he produces, Dufault said he could "bring...

Tim Giago: Exposing false medicine men (November 8, 2005)

"In the early 1990s I asked my staff writer at Indian Country Today, Avis Little Eagle, to write an investigative series on fake medicine men and women. She tackled what turned out to be a 10-part series with trepidation. It...

Yellow Bird: The troll meets the trickster in Dakotas (November 8, 2005)

"Faythe Thureen, a UND author and Norwegian instructor, recently presented to Grand Forks a story of Norwegians and American Indians. Saturday at the Chester Fritz auditorium, a performance reading of her book showed how these two very different cultures share...

Not guilty pleas in Abramoff-related murder (November 8, 2005)

Three men submitted written pleas of not guilty for the gangland-style murder of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis, a Florida businessman who was killed after selling his casino business to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Boulis was killed on the streets of...

Abramoff is Republicans' biggest nightmare (November 8, 2005)

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has affected more than just tribes, with Republicans and conservatives drawn into the ever-expanding scandal. Abramoff has ties to many top Republicans, including Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), the deposed House majority leader. DeLay faces an inquiry...

Ohio Congressman sets up Abramoff defense fund (November 8, 2005)

Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) has hired a law firm and is setting up a legal defense fund in response to the probe into disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Hill newspaper said Ney hired the Vinson & Elkins firm to...