Eastern Pequot council said to be 'out of control' (January 5, 2006)
Two members of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation council have resigned, saying the atmosphere is "out of control," The New London Day reports. Agnes Cunha and her son, James A. Cunha Jr., said they won't reconsider their decision despite being...
Rapid City Journal runs series on Indian child welfare (January 5, 2006)
The Rapid City Journal is running a two-part series on the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the state of South Dakota. Tribal leaders and child advocates say the state is not complying with the law. They say...
Southern Ute Tribe buys stake in homebuilding firm (January 5, 2006)
The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado has purchased a 49 percent stake in a homebuilding company. New Town Builders is ranked 16th on one list of large local homebuilders, The Denver Post reported. The firm had revenues of $53 million....
BIA won't recognize court decision favoring tribe (January 5, 2006)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs said it won't recognize a court decision that declared the Shinnecock Nation of New York to be a legitimate tribe. Jim Cason, the acting head of the BIA, wrote a letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer...
Cherokee court rejects same-sex marriage challenge (January 5, 2006)
The top court of the Cherokee Nation has rejected a challenge to the marriage of a lesbian couple. The Judicial Appeals Tribunal ruled on December 22 that tribal council members had no standing to challenge the marriage of Kathy Reynolds...
Michigan tribe questions land-into-trust delay (January 5, 2006)
The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is accusing another Michigan tribe of using Jack Abramoff to delay its land-into-trust application. Gun Lake Chairman D.K. Sprague says Abramoff lobbied against the land-into-trust request on...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe keeps on making donations (January 5, 2006)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has continued to make political contributions even after getting rid of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the tribe gave nearly $1 million to politicians since 2000. Most of...
Massachusetts tribe says scandal won't hurt case (January 5, 2006)
Representatives of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts say their ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff won't hurt their case for federal recognition. The tribe hired Abramoff and his former law firm to lobby Congress and the Bureau of Indian...
Rep. Hayworth defends taking money from tribes (January 5, 2006)
Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona) is returning $2,250 he received from Jack Abramoff but said he is keeping about $100,000 in donations from former tribal clients of the disgraced lobbyist. Hayworth, the co-chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus, said he...
Bush, lawmakers get rid of Abramoff-linked donations (January 5, 2006)
President Bush is getting rid of $6,000 in campaign contributions linked to Jack Abramoff, just weeks after he tried to downplay the Republican Party's ties to the disgraced lobbyist. The Republican National Committee said it would donate money Bush had...
GOP leader denies Norton letter linked to Abramoff (January 5, 2006)
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) says a letter he wrote to Interior Secretary Gale Norton has nothing to do with contributions he accepted from Jack Abramoff. The letter urged Norton to reject an off-reservation casino for a tribe in Louisiana....
Rep. Kennedy won't return Abramoff-linked cash (January 5, 2006)
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) said he won't return $42,500 in donations from former tribal clients of Jack Abramoff. Kennedy, a co-founder of the Congressional Native American Caucus, received more contributions from Abramoff's tribes than any other Democrat. But he...
Column: Silliness in fight over Indian mascots (January 5, 2006)
"The University of Illinois must soon decide whether, and if so how, to fight an exceedingly silly edict from the NCAA. That organization's primary function is to require college athletics to be no more crassly exploitative and commercial than...
Column: It was a good week for Sen. John McCain (January 5, 2006)
"John McCain had a very good day this week. It was Tuesday, when superlobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to various charges of corruption and when, across town, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would henceforth depart from its customary...
Abramoff pleads guilty to bank fraud charges (January 5, 2006)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges in Florida on Wednesday as attention turned towards members of Congress who might be implicated in the corruption scandal. With the plea, federal prosecutors how have the cooperation of...
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