Focus on safety for AFN convention in Fairbanks (June 15, 2005)
Officials in Fairbanks are busy setting up a round-the-clock Public Service Safety Center for the upcoming Alaska Federation of Natives convention. The Fairbanks Police Department is using a $65,000 Homeland Security grant to set up the 24-hour, seven-day center for...
Florida's Bush to negotiate Class III compact (June 15, 2005)
Breaking months of silence on Indian gaming, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Tuesday announced that he will begin negotiations with the Seminole Tribe for a Class III compact. Although details of the first meeting have yet to be worked...
BIA ruling on Connecticut tribes expected in September (June 15, 2005)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is scheduled to issue new rulings on the recognition of two Connecticut tribes by September 12. The BIA was ordered to prepare new final determinations on the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and the Eastern Pequot Tribal...
Red Lake schools don't have security plan yet (June 15, 2005)
The school district on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota is still working on a security plan three months after the deadly March 21 shootings at the high school. The Bureau of Indian Affairs loaned officers to Red Lake...
Opinion: Red Lake shootings coverage unfair (June 15, 2005)
"The day a young and disturbed Jeffrey Weise took 10 lives, including his own, Red Lake, Minn., was thrust from media obscurity into the national and international spotlight. For those previously unfamiliar with Red Lake, the media helped establish its...
Chippewa Cree judge charged with drunken driving (June 15, 2005)
The chief judge for the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana has been charged for drunken driving and refusing to take a breath test. Tribal Court Chief Judge Duane Gopher pleaded not guilty to both charges. They stem from a traffic...
Citizen Potawatomi Nation election set for June 25 (June 15, 2005)
Elections for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma will be held on June 25. Incumbent John "Rocky" Barrett is facing a challenge from Leon Bruno. Barrett is currently pursuing criminal charges against Bruno in tribal court for alleged defamation of...
Lakota Republican questions Whiteclay campaign (June 15, 2005)
Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who is active in the Republican Party is questioning efforts to eliminate liquor sales in the border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. Whalen said that shutting down the town of 14 will...
Agua Caliente Band reopens canyon to visitors (June 15, 2005)
More than three decades after closing Tahquitz Canyon due to vandalism, misuse and trespassing, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has reopened the prized hiking spot to the public. Hikers can visit the canyon after paying a $12.50...
Appeal in Northern Cheyenne Tribe's drilling case (June 15, 2005)
The Bureau of Land Management and an energy company are appealing the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's victory in a coalbed methane drilling case, The Billings Gazette reports. A federal judge ruled that the BLM's study was flawed. The 9th Circuit Court...
Shinnecock Nation runs ads in support of land claim (June 15, 2005)
The Shinnecock Nation of New York began running radio and television ads on Tuesday to support its billion-dollar land claim in the Hamptons of Long Island. The campaign will appear on CNN, Fox News, NY1, WCBS-AM, WINS-AM, and during NBC's...
Court rejects Tuscarora man's fishing rights claim (June 15, 2005)
Members of the Tuscarora Nation don't have off-reservation fishing rights on ancestral lands, the New York Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday. Neil Patterson Jr. was cited for failing put his name and address on his fishing gear in violation...
Forgery charge laid in disputed Metis Nation election (June 15, 2005)
An ongoing investigation into the disputed election of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan has resulted in criminal charges against a poll worker accused of forgery. The province has been looking into the election in which Dwayne Roth was elected president....
Opinion: School 'lied' on telescope at sacred site (June 15, 2005)
"Just as good science requires more than a litmus test, good policy at the University should be accountable to review by many factors. In the wake of the Board of Regents’ approval of closing General College, we would be wise...
Brief in tobacco case argued for tough penalties (June 15, 2005)
Department of Justice attorneys argued that a federal appeals court decision had no bearing on their request for $130 billion from tobacco companies in a brief submitted only a month before they changed course, The Washington Post reports. The brief...
DOJ's Public Integrity Section leads Abramoff probe (June 15, 2005)
The Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section is leading the criminal probe into disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, The Hill newspaper reports. The Public Integrity Section is part of the Criminal Division at DOJ. It consists of 26 attorneys at...
Senate hearing on youth suicide prevention (June 15, 2005)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing this morning youth suicide prevention. It was chaired by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the vice chairman of the committee, who held a field hearing on the subject last month in...
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