Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'choctaw'

Another former Abramoff associate charged

A former associate of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff was charged Wednesday with providing gifts and favors to a former Senate staffer. Todd Boulanger is expected to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He is accused...

Three tribes sue HUD over housing block grants

Three tribes sued the Department of Housing and Urban Development to challenge the amount of their annual block grants. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Yakama Nation of Washington and the Grindstone Indian Rancheria of Wintun-Wailaki Indians of California say...

Opinion: Tribal sovereignty at stake in Oklahoma

"It has been a long-standing policy among the different tribes in Oklahoma, as well as tribes in the United States, to maintain areas of jurisdiction within their own tribal boundaries. Whether this is a written law, policy or a gentleman's...

Mississippi Band marks return of sacred mound

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians celebrated the return of a sacred mound that is considered the birthplace of the tribe. The tribe regained Nanih Waiya, which means "leaning hill" or "place of creation" in the Choctaw language, through state...

Indian population slowly growing in Mississippi

The American Indian and Alaska Native population in Mississippi is growing slowly, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2000 Census counted 11,652 Native Americans. Estimates from 2006 show the number has increased to 12,280, or 0.4 percent of...

Rosella Hightower, Choctaw ballerina, dies at 88

Rosella Hightower, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma who rose to fame as a ballerina, died in France on Tuesday. She was 88. Hightower was one of five Indian ballerinas from Oklahoma who made a significant mark...

Choctaw Nation to receive Freedom Award

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will accept the National Freedom Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The Choctaws are the first tribe to receive the award. It recognizes employers who support the National Guard and Reserve. Chief...

Choctaw boy, 10, seeks marrow donor for sister

A 10-year-old Choctaw Nation boy from Oklahoma is urging American Indians to register as bone marrow donors. Christian Anderson hopes one of the donors will match his sister, Tallie Anderson, also 10. Tallie has been diagnosed with severe aplastic...

Clea Bradford, Choctaw-Ethiopian singer, dies

Clea Bradford, a jazz singer of Choctaw and Ethiopian heritage, died on August 19 of complications from breast cancer She was 67. Bradford was born in Mississippi and grew up in Missouri. She began singing in her church's choir...

Choctaw man heads to Republican convention

Bobby Cleveland, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is a delegate to the Republican National Convention. Cleveland is the only Native American in Oklahoma's delegation. "This is my first national convention, and I don't know just what to...

Kalyn Free excited to attend Democratic convention

Kalyn Free, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is one of the more than 140 Native American delegates attending the Democratic National Convention this week. Free praised the opening day speeches by Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and...

Opinion: MOWA Choctaws are no longer Indian

"Woe is me. It has been hard adjusting to the fact that we are no longer Indians as of a few weeks ago. A United States District Court in Alabama recently ruled that the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians' lawsuit...

Food a highlight of Cherokee, Choctaw holidays

Food is always on the menu as the Cherokee Nation and the Choctaw Nation celebrate their national holidays. Whether it's kanuchi, a Cherokee hickory nut soup, or tash-labona, a Choctaw corn dish, tribal members say it's important to preserve...

MOWA Choctaw recognition lawsuit dismissed

The MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians of Alabama waited too long to file a lawsuit over its rejected federal recognition petition, a judge ruled on Thursday. The tribe was denied recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in November 1999....

Editorial: Another guilty plea in Abramoff scandal

"The recent guilty plea by a former high-ranking Justice Department official is a stunning statement about just how far the corrupt reach of ex-Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff extended into decision-making in Washington. Robert E. Coughlin II, the former deputy chief...

Mississippi Choctaws watching elections closely

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is monitoring the 2008 elections very closely, Miko Beasley Denson said. The tribe's land-into-trust application was rejected under a new policy issued assistant secretary Carl Artman, who is resigning this month. The policy, however,...

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