NIGC to revise controversial Class II proposal (February 13, 2007)
The National Indian Gaming Commission won't be making drastic changes to the Class II industry after hearing complaints from tribes, the agency's chairman said last Friday. Last year, the agency proposed new definitions and standards in hopes of drawing a...
Oneida Nation builds in-house legal department (February 13, 2007)
The Oneida Nation of New York is creating its own legal department to handle the many issues the tribe faces. The department has six attorneys and is looking for more. A staff of about 20, including paralegals and archaeologists, helps...
Voting rights trial hears of racism against Indians (February 13, 2007)
Racism and discrimination against Indians remains prevalent in Fremont County, Wyoming, a witness testified in a voting rights trial on Monday. Michelle Hoffman, the superintendent of schools on the Wind River Reservation, said she has heard racial slurs used numerous...
Poncas divided by 1879 removal to reunite (February 13, 2007)
The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will reuinte for the first time on Wednesday since they were divided by the United States 125 years ago. The federal government removed the Poncas from their homelands in...
NAIHC hosts annual legislative conference in DC (February 13, 2007)
The National American Indian Housing Council is holding its 13th annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday. Tribes will hear from members of Congress, Bush administration officials and Indian housing advocates on Wednesday. Thursday is reserved for...
Navajos sue to stop uranium mine in New Mexico (February 13, 2007)
A Navajo group opposed to uranium development has filed a lawsuit aimed at halting a proposed mine in northwest New Mexico. Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse orders and a license...
Mayan Nobel winner forms Indian political party (February 13, 2007)
Rigoberta Menchu, the Mayan woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize, announced the formation of an Indian political party in Guatemala. The name of the party is Winaq, which means "the wholeness of the human being" in Mayan. Menchu...
Taos Pueblo latest to develop Clean Water standards (February 13, 2007)
Last June, Taos Pueblo became the 11th tribe in New Mexico to set its own water quality standards under the Clean Water Act. The tribe won a treatment as state designation from the Environmental Protection Agency. That means other jurisdictions...
Idaho bill puts deadline on tribal tax agreements (February 13, 2007)
A Republican lawmaker is threatening to take away all tribal gasoline tax revenues if tribes don't reach an agreement with the state by July 1. State Rep. JoAn Wood said the state is losing $3.5 million in gasoline taxes a...
Tribe's role at bison range faces numerous probes (February 13, 2007)
Several investigations are pending into the management role shared by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at the National Bison Range in Montana. The tribes were in charge of several duties at the range under a self-governance agreement with...
Pember: Native students graduate to prison (February 13, 2007)
"Nearly all the motels in Winner, South Dakota, are booked solid as folks make the annual trek back for the high school homecoming celebration. Businesses are festooned with banners lauding the 'Warriors' football team. The little main street seems to...
Apology resolution introduced again in Congress (February 13, 2007)
Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Virginia) has re-introduced H.J.Res.3, a bill to apologize to Native peoples for their treatment by the United States. The bill cites a long list of policies and actions that were aimed at eliminating Native people...
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