Tohono O'odham Nation vice chairman to resign (June 28, 2006)
Ned Norris Jr., the vice chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, is stepping down after three years on the job. Norris cited personal reasons for his resignation. He will step down July 28. Norris was elected as the...
Indian City USA in Oklahoma still looking for buyer (June 28, 2006)
Indian City USA, a tourist and cultural attraction in Anadarko, Oklahoma, is still seeking a buyer. The 198-acre park was put up for sale in 2004 for $3 million. Manager George F. Moran, whose father founded the park in 1955,...
First Nation sends back treaty money as 'insult' (June 28, 2006)
The chief of the West Point First Nation in Canada's Northwest Territory has sent back her tribe's treaty money, calling the paltry payment an "insult." Karen Felker said the $216 check barely amounts to $3 per person. It will not...
Montana correctional system to get tribal liaison (June 28, 2006)
The Montana Department of Corrections is hiring a tribal liaison to address high rates of Native Americans in the prison system. According to state statistics, Native Americans are 17 percent of the male inmate population. Statewide, Native Americans make up...
Blackfeet voters oust tribal council incumbents (June 28, 2006)
Voters of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana went to the polls on Tuesday, ousting the two incumbents who were seeking re-election. Incumbents Jimmy St. Goddard and Jay St. Goddard both lost their races to newcomers. They had been the only...
Senate panel restores urban Indian health program (June 28, 2006)
The campaign to save urban Indian health clinics won another key battle on Tuesday when a Senate panel restored $33 million to the program. Tribal and Indian organizations have been heavily lobbying Congress ever since President Bush eliminated the program...
Traditional symbols cover up gang-related graffiti (June 28, 2006)
The Crow Tribe of Montana is combating gang-related graffiti with culture. The tribe at first bought gray paint to cover up graffiti around the reservation. But tribal employee Albert Gros Ventre said it didn't look right. So he came...
Ward Churchill responds to decision to fire him (June 28, 2006)
Controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill released a lengthy statement on Tuesday in response to the school's decision to fire him to academic misconduct. Churchill said he will fire a lawsuit for wrongful termination. He criticized the process...
Crow Creek school to tear down fire-damaged dorm (June 28, 2006)
The Crow Creek Tribal School will finally tear down a dorm that was damaged by fire in April 2005. The school was waiting for Bureau of Indian Affairs approval before tearing down the remains of the dorm. Superintendent Scott Raue...
Activists to set up blockade of Whiteclay liquor (June 28, 2006)
Native and non-Native activists are setting up a blockade today in hopes of stopping the flow of liquor into the Pine Ridge Reservation in Nebraska. Russell Means, the Strong Heart Civil Rights Movement and Nebraskans for Peace are among those...
Miss Navajo Nation threatened by budget cuts (June 28, 2006)
The Miss Navajo Nation program could cease to exist due to budget cuts that threaten the long-running pageant. In 2003, the office received $13,000 for travel. The funds have since been cut to $5,000, forcing reigning Miss Navajo Rachelle...
Fight over Indian museum in Los Angeles festers (June 28, 2006)
The Southwest Museum of the American Indian in Los Angeles won't be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year. On June 30, its doors will be closed, leaving supporters worried about the future of their neighborhood institution. The Autry National...
Surgeon General warns of secondhand smoking (June 28, 2006)
Secondhand smoking poses an "indisputable" health risk to Americans, U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona said in a report on Tuesday. "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke" documents the dangers associated with secondhand smoke. Carmona said hundreds...
Abramoff boasted of Choctaw's $13M in Alabama (June 28, 2006)
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff told a tribal leader that Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin spent $13 million to help elect Alabama Gov. Bob Riley (R), the Senate Indian Affairs Committee said last week. William Worfel, the former vice chairman of...
Arrest made in Ute Mountain Ute Reservation murder (June 28, 2006)
Bureau of Indian Affairs officers arrested a man for murdering Felix Hammond, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado. Hammond was cut and stabbed 21 times with a bayonet. The July 30, 2005, incident took place at...
Indian Affairs Committee hearing on housing (June 28, 2006)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing today on Native American housing programs. The witness list is as follows: Panel 1 MR. ORLANDO CABRERA Assistant Secretary, Office of Public and Indian Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and...
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