Lawsuit seeks showdown over reservation taxes (May 3, 2006)

New York's convenience stores filed a lawsuit against outgoing Gov. George Pataki (R) on Tuesday, seeking to force the collection of taxes on reservations. In a 17-page complaint, the New York Association of Convenience Stores accused Pataki of disregarding a...

Tohono O'odham teen grows into leadership role (May 3, 2006)

David Kisto travels two hours each way to attend high school on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona but he's only missed one day this year. Kisto, 17, is graduating from the Ha:sa Preparatory and Leadership Academy. He's recognized...

Montana man on trial for murder of homeless man (May 3, 2006)

A 19-year-old Montana man is on trial for the murder of a homeless man in Billings. Rusty Lee-Ray Russell is charged with deliberate homicide, aggravated assault, robbery by accountability and aggravated assault by accountability. He was 18 at the...

Editorial: Seek tribal approval for 'Fighting Sioux' (May 3, 2006)

"There is a path of dignity and respect that UND could take at this pivotal point in the nickname debate. It's a path that could lead to the university keeping its Fighting Sioux nickname, in a way that would honor...

White House warns of partial Abramoff records (May 3, 2006)

Outgoing White House spokesperson Scott McClellan said records being released by the Secret Service probably won't show all the visits Jack Abramoff made to the White House. McClellan has previously acknowledged Abramoff met with "staff" a few times. But he...

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe critical of BIA police agent (May 3, 2006)

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to replace the agent in charge of law enforcement for the tribe. The tribe says Bill Yazza is not responsive to law enforcement needs on the...

Sandia Pueblo adopts minimum wage for employees (May 3, 2006)

Sandia Pueblo in New Mexico has approved an minimum wage of $8 an hour for employees, higher than the state minimum of $5.15 an hour. The tribe employs about 2,000 people. Many of them work at the tribe's successful casino...

Narragansett Tribe bill generates opposition (May 3, 2006)

A seemingly non-controversial bill to dissolve a corporation that was used to convey land to the Narragansett Tribe has run into high-level opposition in Rhode Island. The Narragansett Indian Land Management Corporation was created by the state to hold land...

Navajo Nation committee fails to act on bid to join NCAI (May 3, 2006)

The Navajo Nation Council committee failed to act on legislation to join the National Congress of American Indians but advanced another measure to join the National Indian Gaming Association. Delegate Larry Anderson Sr., the sponsor of the bill, said he...

Blackfeet Nation to receive FEMA disaster training (May 3, 2006)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana will receive disaster training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. About 500 tribal members will be trained as temporary disaster workers. This allows them to be called up by FEMA whenever a disaster occurs. Blackfeet...

Tribal Digital Village a success in southern California (May 3, 2006)

The Tribal Digital Village, an initiative of the Southern California Tribal Chairman's Association, has proven to be a success in bridging the technology gap on several reservations. The village consists of a high-speed network that links 18 reservations together...

Editorial: Release all Abramoff White House records (May 3, 2006)

"The White House's coyness over Jack Abramoff's relationship with the Bush administration made the issue far more intriguing than it might have been. Former lobbyist Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to charges of corrupting public officials, was about as well connected...

County approves liquor license near Bear Butte (May 3, 2006)

Despite strong opposition from Lakota activists, ranchers and religious leader, the Meade County Commission voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve a liquor license for a concert venue near sacred Bear Butte. The meeting on the license was tense, The Rapid...

Shakopee Tribe awards anti-domestic violence grant (May 3, 2006)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe to fund anti-domestic violence initiatives on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The money will go to Cangleska, a non-profit organization on...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe holds annual diabetes walk (May 3, 2006)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is holding the second annual Four Directions Walk for diabetes today. The walk covers four miles in each direction. It is aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyles in the fight against diabetes. Get the...

Settlement reached over Crow Creek Tribal School (May 3, 2006)

An insurance company has settled a claim with the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota over the tribal school. A fire destroyed the school dormitory and dining hall. But a dispute arose with St. Paul Travelers over insurance at...

Rep. Ney wins GOP primary amid Abramoff woes (May 3, 2006)

Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) easily won the Republican primary in Ohio amid mounting legal costs related to the Jack Abramoff scandal. Ney established a defense fund on January 3, the same day Abramoff pleaded guilty. It has raised just $40,000...

Crow Tribe settles trust accounting case for $10M (May 3, 2006)

The Crow Tribe of Montana accepted $10 million from the federal government to settle its trust accounting claims. The $10 million covers accounting claims from 1972 through 1992. Other trust management claims alleged by the tribe are not addressed. The...