Opinion: Congress mucked up Indian Arts and Crafts (June 2, 2006)
"A Southern Utah jeweler is in trouble with the American Indians. He has spent much of his work life employing Navajo and Hopi artisans and buying their jewelry. In fact, he estimates that about 100 Native American families earn their...
Oneida Nation back in court over property tax bills (June 2, 2006)
The Oneida Nation of New York is back in court today to seek the dismissal of lawsuits over property taxes. The tribe sued more than 20 municipalities in two counties after being hit with property tax bills. The tribe wants...
Haskell alumni in DC raise funds for college (June 2, 2006)
Alumni of Haskell Indian Nations University are holding a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., to raise money for their school. The Haskell/D.C. Committee will sell Indian tacos, frybread and drinks at the Washington Seminar Center near the U.S. Capitol. A raffle...
Kempthorne discusses Abramoff, education (June 2, 2006)
New Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne discussed the Jack Abramoff scandal, Indian education and other issues with members of the media. Kempthorne called the Abramoff scandal "one of those unfortunate chapters" in politics. He said the disgraced lobbyist's behavior doesn't reflect...
High hopes as Native student heads back to Ecuador (June 2, 2006)
Hugo Lucitante graduates from high school this weekend as members of his tribe back in Ecuador await his return with high hopes. Lucitante, 19, was born and raised in a small Copan village in the rain forest. At age...
Oklahoma tribes discuss tobacco compacts (June 2, 2006)
Oklahoma's tribal tobacco compact was the subject of a discussion at the Sovereignty Symposium in Oklahoma City. Tribal leaders on the panel said the compact isn't working. They said the state needs to work directly with tribes to address taxation...
Montana tribes pan state's emissions proposal (June 2, 2006)
Montana tribal representatives criticized the state's proposal to regulate mercury emissions at a public hearing on Thursday. The tribes said the plan would lead to more mercury pollution by coal-fired power plants. They cited damaging effects of mercury on fish...
Editorial: Indian student test scores need work (June 2, 2006)
"As we're trying to process overall results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, there's another kink in the works - performance of Native American students in South Dakota. # 37 percent of South Dakota Native American fourth-graders scored...
New West: Tribal sovereignty and secession (June 2, 2006)
"Ever since the European colonization of North America began, it is an irrefutable fact that native tribes have suffered from both usurpation and painful displacement. Some were left uprooted by war waged upon them, others left scattered by introduced diseases...
NMAI Indian Summer Showcase: Clan/destine (June 2, 2006)
Native rock/reggae group Clan/destine will perform a free show at the National Museum of the American Indian on Saturday. The concert is part of NMAI's Indian Summer Showcase. Upcoming events include jazz by the Redhouse Family on June 16...
Virginia tribes make case for recognition bill (June 2, 2006)
Leaders of six Virginia tribes made a plea for federal recognition as the 400th commemoration of the Jamestown settlement approaches. The tribes appeared at a press conference to greet the Godspeed, a replica of one of the ships used by...
First Nations leaders want kids to stay in school (June 2, 2006)
First Nations leaders in Manitoba are meeting on the Dakota Tipi Reserve to look for ways to keep Native students in school. About half of the children on the Dakota Tipi Reserve fail to complete high school. Native students in...
Maori woman wears special robe at graduation (June 2, 2006)
Native American students across the nation had trouble getting permission to wear eagle feathers and regalia at their graduation ceremonies this year. A Maori woman in New York City needed the help of her tribe, the New Zealand government,...
Miccosukee Tribe to challenge EPA water rule (June 2, 2006)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida plans to challenge a new Environmental Protection Agency rule that will allow polluted water to continue to flow into the tribe's homeland. The tribe sued to stop the pumping of polluted water into the Everglades....
Judge wants answers on Native protest in Canada (June 2, 2006)
A judge in Ontario called Native protesters, non-Natives and the Canadian government into court on Thursday to explain the ongoing situation in Caledonia The judge wanted to know why an order he issued against the protesters is not being enforced....
Senate Indian Affairs investigator testifies (June 2, 2006)
An investigator for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee testified on Thursday as the government's final witness against a former Bush administration official on trial for allegedly lying about his dealings with Jack Abramoff. Brian Parker said he asked David Safavian,...
Navajo Nation was told Oprah Winfrey not coming (June 2, 2006)
Oprah Winfrey's production crew told Navajo Nation officials that the mega-celebrity wasn't coming to the reservation in hopes of keeping her visit quiet. When the talk show host did show up on Wednesday to tape in Window Rock, Arizona,...
WSJ: Native Hawaiian recognition an ugly act (June 2, 2006)
"The last time we wrote about the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, in July 2005, we called it secessionist, unconstitutional and un-American. And that was being kind. Our view of the bill -- which, like Freddy Krueger, refuses to die...
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