Montana-Wyoming council rejects Abramoff cash (January 18, 2006)
The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council [Web Site] voted Tuesday night to reject a $111,000 donation from Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana). Some tribal leaders said the money was tainted because Burns accepted donations from confessed felon Jack Abramoff. Others said accepting...
Rapid City shooting suspects appear in court (January 18, 2006)
Five people, including a 16-year-old Indian girl, made their first court appearance for gang-related shooting in Rapid City that forced an Indian family from their home. Gary Wright Jr., 18, Antonio Dreamer, 19, Rani Bear Heels, 16, Patrick Marshall, 18,...
Opinion: Don't punish tribes for Abramoff scandal (January 18, 2006)
"When the story on Jack Abramoff broke, it was reported that in ostensibly helping American Indian tribes to pursue gaming interests, he had defrauded at least four of them of tens of millions of dollars and had referred to his...
Native American Day at South Dakota Legislature (January 18, 2006)
Tribal leaders and members gathered at the South Dakota Legislature on Tuesday for Native American Day. The event was ceremonial but was also about business. Tribal members came to lobby state lawmakers on issues like racial profiling and social services....
Tribes urged to lobby on behalf of Haskell University (January 18, 2006)
Tribes should be lobbying to reverse budget cuts at the Haskell Indian Nations University, the president of the National Indian Education Association said. Ryan Wilson said students representing 150 tribes attend the school. Each of the tribes should be lobbying...
Tesuque Pueblo wants more people at health center (January 18, 2006)
The governor of Tesuque Pueblo in New Mexico is trying to get more residents to use the tribe's health and fitness center. Governor Gil Vigil says one of his main initiatives this year is to develop new health programs for...
County supports Hoopa Valley Tribe's seat on board (January 18, 2006)
The Hoopa Valley Tribe of California is getting support in its bid to join a county association board. In December, the Humboldt County Association of Governments board of directors deadlocked 4-4 on allowing the tribe to join. Some questioned whether...
Stockbridge-Munsee Band asks to join Oneida case (January 18, 2006)
The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Wisconsin is seeking to intervene in the Oneida Nation's foreclosure case in New York. The Stockbridge-Munsee Band once lived on the Oneida Reservation in New York before being removed to Wisconsin. The tribe...
DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Cayuga land claim (January 18, 2006)
The Department of Justice is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the Cayuga land claim, The Syracuse Post-Standard reports. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the 64,000 acre claim last year, saying the Cayuga Nation of New York...
Delaware Tribe continues fight to regain recognition (January 18, 2006)
Officials of the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma went to Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the tribe's loss of federal recognition. The tribe met with most of the Oklahoma congressional delegation, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, acting assistant secretary of...
Former Burns staffer confirms investigation by DOJ (January 18, 2006)
The former chief of staff to Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) confirmed that he is under investigation by the Department of Justice for his ties to Jack Abramoff, bringing the probe of the disgraced lobbyist closer to the Montana senator....
White House pressed on contacts with Abramoff (January 18, 2006)
Correction: David Safavian represented the National Indian Gaming Association not the National Indian Gaming Commission. NIGC is a federal agency. Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff met with White House staff a "few" times since President Bush took office but a spokesperson...
Transcript: White House Press Briefing and Abramoff (January 18, 2006)
The following is the text of several Jack Abramoff questions during the White House press briefing with spokesperson Scott McClellan. The entire transcript can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/01/20060117-3.html. Q Another topic, if you would. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and...
Opinion: Saving Indian art by killing the museum (January 18, 2006)
"It is a time-honored tradition to address the Indian problem by killing him-metaphorically at least, and sometimes literally-to save him. Trouble is, it has never worked and only creates pain for Native Americans. Such is the case with the plan...
Ralph Reed sticks to latest story about Abramoff (January 18, 2006)
Ralph Reed, the conservative Christian activist who is running for lieutenant governor in Georgia, has told a few different stories about his involvement with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff but he is sticking to his latest one. When his name...
Republicans, Democrats seek lobbying reforms (January 18, 2006)
Republican leaders outlined a series of lobbying reforms on Tuesday as Democrats prepared to announced their own proposals today. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) and House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-California) proposed a ban on privately funded travel,...
Supreme Court upholds Oregon assisted suicide law (January 18, 2006)
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Oregon's assisted suicide law on Tuesday, rejecting the Bush administration's attempt to punish doctors who help patients end their lives. By a 6-3 vote, the justices said the Justice Department couldn't prevent doctors from prescribing...
The Borowitz Report: DeLay to send Abramoff to Pluto (January 18, 2006)
"As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft waited on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral to embark on a nine-and-a-half year mission to Pluto, Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) took to the floor of the House of Representative to propose sending former lobbyist...
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