Abramoff White House visit coincides with Griles meeting (May 11, 2006)

JACK ABRAMOFF'S BIA A New Friend Steve Griles An 'Edgy' Steve Griles 'Our Guy' Steve Griles Griles 'Gets Everything Done' • More: Inside Abramoff's BIA Records released by the Secret Service on Wednesday document two visits...

Mashantucket Tribe helps members with homes (May 11, 2006)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut has implemented new laws to help tribal members realize the dream of homeownership. The tribe assigns individual parcels of land to members. The members can then apply for home mortgages using the land...

Haskell University president announces retirement (May 11, 2006)

Haskell Indian Nations University President Karen Swisher, the first woman to lead the tribal college in Kansas, announced her retirement on Wednesday. Swisher, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, came to Haskell in 1996. She has been...

Geronimo letter stirs passions about famed leader (May 11, 2006)

Not everyone believes a secretive Yale University society unearthed the remains of famed Apache leader Geronimo. Historian Marc Wortman recently discovered a 1918 letter in which members of the Skull and Bones society claimed they had Geronimo's remains. But...

Chickasaw Nation to reach out to tribal entrepreneurs (May 11, 2006)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma is starting a new program to develop, encourage and grow businesses owned by tribal members. The tribe will open small business centers to help Chickasaw entrepreneurs start or expand their businesses. The tribe is also...

Former White Earth chairman sentenced to probation (May 11, 2006)

Darrell "Chip" Wadena, the former chairman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, was sentenced to five years probation on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a conspiracy to commit mail fraud. "I made a mistake, and I apologize," Wadena...

Residential school abuse deal moves forward (May 11, 2006)

The Canadian government approved a $1.9 billion settlement for survivors of Native residential schools. The deal still must be approved in the courts. But Native leaders say they welcome the payments being made to students who suffered sexual, physical and...

Drugs and alcohol among youth linked to murder (May 11, 2006)

Drugs and alcohol played a role in the death of a 38-year-man at the hands of a group of young Natives, including two 12-year olds, people on the Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta say. Two 12-year-old boys, a...

Interview: Navajo president opposes vice president (May 11, 2006)

In an interview with The Farmington Daily Times, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. criticized Vice President Frank Dayish Jr. for running against him. Shirley said it was "appropriate" for Dayish to run for president. He said Dayish should quit...

Navajo Nation seeks checks on Head Start employees (May 11, 2006)

Employees and volunteers of the Navajo Nation's Head Start program will undergo background checks as part of a plan to regain federal funding. The Administration for Children and Families pulled funding after an audit found 106 employees with criminal records....

Haskell University expects record commencement (May 11, 2006)

A record 186 students are graduating from Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas this year. Commencement starts on Friday. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the ceremony and a two-day powwow on Friday and Saturday. Eliza Lindquist, 28,...

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation marks critical day (May 11, 2006)

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation of Arizona is commemorating the 14th anniversary of the day tribal members stood up to the state and federal governments. On May 12, 1992, a moving van showed up to the reservation and attempted to...

Nukak Tribe in Colombia displaced from home (May 11, 2006)

A small tribe from the Amazons of Colombia recently wandered out of their jungle homeland and said they wanted to join the white world. The Nukak-Mak left the Nukak National Park under mysterious circumstances. It is believed they were...

Gila River committee rejects freeway study (May 11, 2006)

A legislative committee of the Gila River Indian Community unanimously rejected a study of a proposed freeway on the reservation near Phoenix, Arizona. The state of Arizona wants to build a portion of a new highway on the reservation. Many...

White House official offered support to Abramoff (May 11, 2006)

As his world in Washington was crumbling, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff found support at the White House, e-mails released on Wednesday show. Abramoff kept in frequent contact with David Safavian of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The...

Rep. Ney defiant after ex-staffer pleads guilty (May 11, 2006)

Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) told fellow Republicans on Wednesday that he has no plans to resign and will fight allegations that he was part of a corruption scheme, The Hill newspaper reports. Ney received a standing ovation for his remarks,...

Senate panel approves Kempthorne nomination (May 11, 2006)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's as Secretary of the Department of the Interior on Wednesday. The committee voiced unanimous consent for Kempthorne. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) voted "present" to protest the Bush administration's...

Students conducting survey about Indian mascots (May 11, 2006)

Some business students are conducting an online survey about Indian mascots. The senior business students attend an NCAA institution. The NCAA has adopted a policy against "hostile" and "abusive" Indian mascots. The study seeks opinions about certain sports mascots. It...

Schwarzenegger meets with tribes he criticized (May 11, 2006)

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) met with tribal leaders on Wednesday but refused to apologize for remarks he made about them during his political campaigns. Schwarzenegger accused the tribes of being special interests, of "ripping off" the state and of...