Reward offered for fires on Indian land in Oklahoma (February 10, 2006)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is offering rewards up to $10,000 for information about fires on Indian land in Oklahoma. Recent fires burned more than 8,000 acres of Indian land since November 1. The BIA oversees about million acres of...
Alaska Native boarding school experiences studied (February 10, 2006)
The Alaska Native boarding school experience is the subject of a recent report by the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Researcher Diane Hirshberg said she found a broad range of experiences. Some Alaska Natives...
Oglala Sioux Tribe council member reinstated (February 10, 2006)
Walt Big Crow has been reinstated as a council member for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Big Crow had been suspended for 20 days. Another council member tried to have him impeached at the impeachment hearing for President...
Menominee leader sworn in despite fraud review (February 10, 2006)
Karen Washinawatok is claiming to be the newly elected chairwoman of the Menominee Nation despite a tribal court-ordered review of the tribe's recent election. Washinawatok said she will serve as interim chairwoman until the review is completed. Outgoing chairman Michael...
Morongo Chairman: Abramoff scandal taints tribes (February 10, 2006)
"The controversy over influence-peddling in the nation's capitol is casting an unwelcome shadow over Indian country. As a result, some of the gains that tribal communities and their neighbors have won in recent years could be at risk. The recent...
Inquest into Native toddler's death hears from killer (February 10, 2006)
The inquest into the death of a Native toddler heard from the man who killed 10-month-old Sherry Charlie in September 2002. Ryan George, Sherry's great-uncle, testified that he should have never been allowed to take care of Sherry and...
Cayuga Nation pays property taxes in two counties (February 10, 2006)
The Cayuga Nation paid back taxes owed to two counties in New York as part of its land-into-trust application. The tribe paid $140,798.10 to Cayuga County and $14,219.85 to Seneca County, The Auburn Citzen reported. The money is owed because...
Yakama Nation votes to keep basketball team (February 10, 2006)
Members of the Yakama Nation of Washington voted 169-100, with 102 abstentions, to retain ownership of a minor league basketball team. The decision came during the tribe's annual general council meeting. Tribal members heard a financial report from Yakama Sun...
Harjo: Pseudo-Indians should pay for identify theft (February 10, 2006)
"The pseudo-Indians should not be held harmless. They should be made to pay. There ought to be a law, you say? I couldn't agree more. During the hearings in the 1980s on amendments to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act,...
Oil companies fall behind on royalty payments (February 10, 2006)
More than three dozen oil companies fell behind on nearly $500 million in royalty payments for drilling on public lands, The New York Times reports. Interior Department regulations allow the companies to claim "incentives" when the price for oil stays...
Bush plans to save money by cutting Indian programs (February 10, 2006)
Indian Country stands to lose more than $160 million in health care, education and other funds under President Bush's new spending plan, according to a report released by the White House on Thursday. Days after announcing the fiscal year 2007...
Commentary: Scandal another chapter in sad history (February 10, 2006)
"Recently, I sat through some of the Congressional hearings into the scandal involving Jack Abramoff and his arrogant misuse of his powerful position. At one point, then retiring Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell scolded Michael Scanlon, a colleague of Abramoff’s, who...
Abramoff bragged of meeting Bush many times (February 10, 2006)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff told Washingtonian editor Kim Eisler that he met President Bush many times and was even invited to Bush's ranch in Texas, according to e-mails made public on Thursday Abramoff said Bush "saw me in almost a...
Sen. Reid denies being influenced by Abramoff (February 10, 2006)
Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nevada) says actions he took on tribal matters had nothing to do with campaign contributions he accepted from former clients and associates of Jack Abramoff. Reid never took money directly from Abramoff but he...
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