Fighting meth in Indian Country a top priority (March 7, 2006)

After decades of focusing their attention on alcohol abuse, tribal nations have been hit with a new danger in recent years. Methamphetamine, or meth, has taken hold on reservations across Indian Country. The drug, typically imported from Mexico but sometimes...

Public schools consider getting rid of Indian mascots (March 7, 2006)

The National Collegiate Athletic Association's decision last year to ban schools from using Indian mascots during post-season tournaments has renewed attention on the controversial subject. In Iowa, several public schools have already eliminated or changed their Indian mascots. But...

Golf tournament raises funds for Native scholarships (March 7, 2006)

The Johnny Miller's Native American Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament was held on Monday in St. George, Utah, to raise money for American Indian college students. The benefit was held for American Indian Services. Over the last 40 years, AIS has...

Mashpee recongnition decision due this month (March 7, 2006)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected to issue a decision on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's federal recognition by the end of the month. The tribe, based in Massachusetts, filed a petition for federal recognition in 1975. Since then, the...

Rights-of-way conference being held in Denver (March 7, 2006)

The Interior Department and the Energy Department are holding a two-day conference in Denver, Colorado, on rights-of-way on Indian lands. The conference starts today. It focuses on a section of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that requires Interior...

Pataki won't let employees on Oneida Nation lands (March 7, 2006)

New York Gov. George Pataki (R) won't allow state employees to attend events on Oneida Nation land because the tribe doesn't comply with local and state laws. A Pataki spokesperson said the state always had the policy in place. But...

Bone marrow drive for Umatilla man with leukemia (March 7, 2006)

The first of four bone marrow drives was held on Monday for Lance Jones, a member of the Confederated Umatilla Tribes who has acute myelogenous leukemia. Jones, a father of three, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003. Since then he...

DC Native Network to meet again for lunch this week (March 7, 2006)

The DC Native Network will hold its second lunch meeting this Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The first DC2N meeting was held on February 22. Suzan Shown Harjo, the president of the Morning Star Institute, said she organized the group in...

Watch out for pet projects in lobbying reform bill (March 7, 2006)

Watch out for pet projects in the lobbying reform legislation being debated in the Senate this week. The Hill newspaper reports that some senators want to attach amendments to the measure that might have little to do with lobbying. "Tying...

Over $3B held in trust for tribes and individual Indians (March 7, 2006)

The federal government held $3.3 billion in trust for tribes and individual Indians as of 2005, according to a recent financial report from the Department of Treasury. In 2005, the tribal trust fund balance was $2.9 billion. Receipts were $518...

'New World' brought in linguist to reconstruct Powhatan (March 7, 2006)

Terrence Malick, the director of The New World, brought in a linguist who has worked with tribes to reconstruct the Powhatan language spoken by Pocahontas and her tribe. Blair A. Rudes, a linguist at the University of North Carolina,...

More and more Natives succeeding in legal field (March 7, 2006)

More than 4,000 Native Americans have become lawyers, said Phillip Deloria, the director of the American Indian Law Center at the University of New Mexico. When he started out, Deloria said there were only 25 Native lawyers. But thanks to...

One Nation Leader: Close the tribal donation 'loophole' (March 7, 2006)

Ed. Note: Barb Lindsay is the executive director of One Nation United, a group that opposes tribal sovereignty and federal Indian policy. She claims to be Cherokee and a member of a non-recognized Cherokee group. "The Senate Rules Committee's...

First Maori named defense chief in New Zealand (March 7, 2006)

Jerry Mateparae, the Army major general of New Zealand, will be the first Maori to serve as the country's defense chief. Mateparae, 51, is from the Tuwharetoa and Kahungunu tribes. He has served in the military for 34 years and...

State urged to work with Skull Valley Goshute Tribe (March 7, 2006)

Politicians in Utah should work with the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes even though they oppose the tribe's plans to store nuclear waste on the reservation, a historian said at a Utah Valley State College forum. Utah State history professor...

Native activists protest sale of liquor in Whiteclay (March 7, 2006)

Native activists and their supporters urged commissioners in Sheridan County, Nebraska, to deny licenses to liquor vendors in Whiteclay. The commissioners heard from 22 people during a hearing on Monday. Native activists said the liquor stores are breaking the law...

New Gila River governor targets corruption within tribe (March 7, 2006)

William Rhodes, the new governor of the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona, has targeted corruption within the tribe. Since taking office in January, Rhodes has ousted eight or nine department directors. In the tribe's newspaper he said "some of...

Abramoff to 'name names' in corruption scandal (March 7, 2006)

Jack Abramoff will "name names" as part of his ongoing cooperation with federal investigators, the disgraced lobbyist's lawyer said at a court hearing on Monday. Abramoff pleaded guilty to bank fraud in Florida and agreed to help the Department...

Tim Giago: The basketball miracle of 1936 (March 7, 2006)

"One of those rare, sports miracles happened in South Dakota 70 years ago. It all came about when the State decided to create a new basketball class for smaller schools. The Class B designation became a reality in 1936 and...