Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'congress'

Jodi Rave: No economic aid for Indian Country

"As Congress wrapped up the first of two lame-duck sessions on Thursday, lawmakers failed to pass any legislative proposals that would assist tribes during the country's economic storm. The National Congress of American Indians, an organization of more than 250...

Sen. Stevens holds onto slim lead in close race

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is holding onto a slim lead in his race against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D). Just a week before the election, Stevens was convicted by a federal jury of making false statements. He plans to...

Sen. Murkowski won't abandon Sen. Stevens

Unlike many of her Republican colleagues, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, won't abandon Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) even though he was convicted in a corruption case. Murkowski campaigned with Stevens, who returned...

McCain-Palin call on Sen. Stevens to resign

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, (R), called on Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) to resign after he was convicted in a corruption case. McCain said Stevens "has broken his trust with the people" for...

Sen. Stevens vows to fight guilty verdict

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) maintained his innocence on Monday despite being found guilty on all counts in his corruption trial. Stevens said his conviction on seven charges of making false statements was the result of "prosecutorial misconduct" by the...

Editorial: Sen. Stevens' arrogance of power

"In Ted Stevens’ trial on charges of failing to report years’ worth of gifts from convicted lobbyist Bill Allen, his wife Catherine plays a critical role in his defense. She was in charge of the teepee, as Sen. Stevens put...

Column: Sen. Stevens doesn't own the witness chair

"Ted Stevens has sat on many things during his 40 years in the Senate. The 84-year-old Alaskan has had a seat on the commerce committee longer than any Republican in history, he boasted during his trial on corruption-related charges....

Column: Wife of Sen. Stevens takes the fall at trial

"Catherine Stevens had much to be unhappy about as she took the stand yesterday at the corruption trial of her husband, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. The stairs that were built for the Stevens chalet, gratis, by a company...

Indian housing act finally signed into law

It took a lot of hard work but a bill to reauthorize the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act was finally signed into law on Tuesday. Prospects seemed shaky earlier this year when an unrelated controversy threatened to derail H.R.2786....

Oregon tribal land bill signed into law by Bush

A bill to return 24 acres of ancestral land to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon was signed into law by President Bush on Friday. H.R.6370, the Oregon Surplus Federal Land Act, was...

Sen. Kyl: Legislative successes for Indian Country

"Amid all the recent headlines regarding the economic crisis, some legislative victories for Arizona’s Native American community have been overshadowed. In early September, White Mountain Apache Tribe Chairman Ronnie Lupe and I testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in...

Editorial: Tribal Law and Order Act a good first step

"Montana's Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester are among 12 co-sponsors of the Tribal Law and Order Act, and hearings on the Senate version have been held. Violence problems on the nation's reservations are staggering and shameful. Now comes the...

Sen. Stevens loses bid to dismiss corruption case

A federal judge refused to dismiss the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) or declare a mistrial even as he said he lost trust in Department of Justice attorneys. Government attorneys admitted they withheld information about the charges...

Opinion: Congress overlooks tribal immunity

"You recently editorialized about an earlier piece written by Frank Parlato concerning the inequality between Indian-owned and operated businesses and those non-Indian businesses trying to compete. In your editorial, you posed questions about how this unfair advantage enjoyed by Indian...

Column: Sen. Stevens says wife controls 'tepee'

"Sen. Ted Stevens, his career and his freedom in jeopardy, did the honorable thing as he went on trial yesterday on corruption-related charges. He blamed his wife. Yes, Stevens, the first sitting senator to be indicted in a generation,...

Blog: Looking back on Puyallup land claim settlement

"As a consumer specialist, I open everything that comes in mail. I'm looking to see if a small financial detail may be revealed or if I'll find a story idea. When I opened the invitation-looking type envelope, I was...

Alaska Natives on witness list for Sen. Stevens trial

Alaska Native leaders are on the witness list for the trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the powerful Republican who is accused of failing to report gifts from an oil company. Cook Inlet Region Inc. chairman Margie Brown, former...

Abramoff sentenced for defrauding tribes

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to 48 months in prison for a conspiracy to defraud tribal clients, bribe a member of Congress and evade federal taxes. Judge Ellen S. Huvelle acknowledged Abramoff's extensive cooperation with an ongoing corruption inquiry....

Sen. Stevens wins Alaska Republican primary

A federal indictment didn't stop Republican voters in Alaska from supporting Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on Tuesday. Stevens, who faces seven charges of making false statements, won his party's primary with 91 percent of the vote. Two others ran...

Sen. Stevens loses motion to move trial to Alaska

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will face trial on corruption charges in Washington, D.C., a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Stevens, who is charged with seven counts of making false statements, wanted the trial moved to Alaska in order to continue...

Sen. Stevens wants coruption trial moved to Alaska

Facing the legal and political fight of his career, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) wants to be tried in Alaska, not Washington, D.C. Stevens is charged with seven counts of making false statements. Federal prosecutors allege he failed to disclose...

Column: Uncle Ted Stevens helped Alaska Natives

"When the senior senator from Alaska visited our small town on the Fourth of July weekend, we knew he was under FBI investigation for renovations done on his house near Anchorage by an oilfield services company. We saw pictures...

Sen. Stevens set for quick trial on corruption charges

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), will be headed to trial September 24 after pleading not guilty on Thursday to corruption charges. Stevens hopes the case against him can be resolved before the general election in November. He also wants the...

More woes for GOP with Sen. Stevens indictment

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, may not be there much longer after being indicted on corruption charges on Tuesday. Stevens, the former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee , is one of the most...

Sen. Ted Stevens indicted on corruption charges

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has been indicted on seven charges of making false statements. Stevens is accused of concealing more than $250,000 in goods and services from Veco, an oil company that does business in Alaska. The Veco scandal...

Editorial: Virginia tribes deserve recognition

"For years, the argument against recognition centered around one major bugaboo: gaming. In other parts of the United States, federal status has opened the door to casinos on reservations, which bring with them many unintended consequences, like attracting organized crime,...

Congress approves $300M for diabetes program

Congress has approved a two-year reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians as part of the H.R.6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. The SDPI will be funded at $300 million for two years, Senate Majority Leader...

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