Opinion: Politicians now giving money back to tribes (January 17, 2006)

"Political contributions from Indian tribes soaked in gambling revenues have increased exponentially in recent years, from a mere $2,000 in 1999 to more than $7 million in 2004. But the trend has suddenly reversed. Now it's the politicians giving money...

Editorial: Judge's decision on sacred site was right (January 17, 2006)

"Near the end of a thoughtful, 62-page decision [PDF] affirming the right of a ski area near Flagstaff to use reclaimed water to make snow is an observation that underscores the U.S. Forest Service's sensitivity to Native American beliefs. In...

Arrests made in gang-related shooting in Rapid City (January 17, 2006)

Police in Rapid City, South Dakota, have arrested five people in connection with a gang-related shooting that has an Indian mother afraid to return home. Dania Stranger Horse and her daughters, ages 6 and 4, were asleep when their home...

Guilty plea in murders of Crow Reservation women (January 17, 2006)

The only person charged in connection with the murders of two women on the Crow Reservation in Montana pleaded guilty last week to lying to investigators. Moses Kalani Rising Sun, 21, admitted he lied to protect his brother, Eugene Rising...

Jodi Rave: Sen. Burns ignored Cobell, tribal issues (January 17, 2006)

"Now, some of Montana's prominent tribal leaders are using the same language to describe Burns' role in representing their tribes and thousands of individual American Indian landowners. "The senator is from Montana, but has never taken an interest in...

Yellow Bird: Winter is the time for storytelling (January 17, 2006)

"Now is the time for storytelling, the elder grandmothers and grandfathers would say. When snow is falling and the earth is covered with cold, it is time to tell stories of the people and our world. It also is time...

Tim Giago: Bush started Iraqi war over 'dark lie' (January 17, 2006)

"When one serves in the military it seems we do not question the reasons we are at war. We only do our duty and try to serve as best we can. It is only when we are older and have...

Letter: McCain and Dorgan under attack for probe (January 17, 2006)

"It was the courage of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., that publicly exposed the Abramoff corruption. As I watch the Abramoff scandal unfold in Washington, I am not surprised that the two people who had the...

Navajo woman prepares for Miss USA pageant (January 17, 2006)

Onawa Lacy, a member of the Navajo Nation, is getting ready to compete in the Miss USA pageant after winning the Miss New Mexico title in October 2005. Lacy, 23, a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico,...

Passamaquoddy leader Melvin Francis killed in crash (January 17, 2006)

Melvin Francis, the governor of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, was killed on Friday when his pickup truck collided head-on with a tanker truck. He was 60. Francis was returning home to the Pleasant Point Reservation when the...

Louis Jourdain sentenced to juvenile rehabilitation (January 17, 2006)

Louis Jourdain, the only person charged in connection with the March 21, 2005, shootings on the Red Lake Reservation, was sentenced to up to a year at a private juvenile rehabilitation and treatment facility, according to news reports. The...

Rare bat colony discovered on Cherokee Nation land (January 17, 2006)

The Cherokee Nation is saving a colony of endangered Ozark big-eared bats recently discovered on tribal land. A tribal forestry specialist came across the colony while doing an appraisal for a landowner who wanted to cut down some timber. Doing...

Hastert may face scrutiny over ties to Abramoff (January 17, 2006)

With two colleagues -- Bob Ney and Tom DeLay -- wounded by the Jack Abramoff scandal, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) may be the next Republican leader to face scrutiny over his ties to the disgraced lobbyist. Hastert wrote...

Sen. Clinton calls House under GOP rule a 'plantation' (January 17, 2006)

At a ceremony to honor Martin Luther King Jr., Sen. Hillary Clinton blasted President Bush and the Republican Party, saying GOP leaders are running the House like a "plantation." "When you look at the way the House of Representatives...

Rep. Ney trying to convince DOJ he is not guilty (January 17, 2006)

REPRESENTATIVE #1 Ohio Congressman Bob Ney. Photo © The Hill. Rep. Bob Ney | House Administration Committee Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) has been furiously trying to convince the Department of Justice he is not guilty of accepting bribes...

Committee vote on Alito nomination delayed (January 17, 2006)

Under an agreement between Republicans and Democrats, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote next Tuesday, instead of today, on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. Alito's confirmation hearing wrapped up on Friday. Democrats were frustrated that Alito didn't...

Opinion: Get rid of 'insulting' Indian mascots (January 17, 2006)

"Before the New Year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elizabeth Burmaster sent a letter to 39 Wisconsin school districts asking them to reconsider their American Indian mascots, logos and nicknames. Local school districts across the state now have the opportunity...

Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place lacks funding (January 17, 2006)

South Dakota's Congressional delegation are lobbying President Bush to ensure that the Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place is included in the upcoming budget. Congress authorized $18 million for the project but hasn't fully funded it, Gannett News Service reported. An additional...