Letters: In defense of tribal sovereignty (July 31, 2006)
A number of letters have poured into The Oklahoman, criticizing others who questioned the tribal sovereignty and tribal businesses. Mrs. D. George Old Crow writes: "Since all of America was once tribal land, it seems only fair that land left...
Indian gaming act amendments face time crunch (July 31, 2006)
Most people agree the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is not perfect. Tribes, states and the federal government all have bones to pick about some of the provisions in the 18-year-old law. But efforts to amend the measure have failed repeatedly...
Report looks at tribal bison range management (July 31, 2006)
A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cites "tremendous progress" in the first year of tribal management at the National Bison Range in Montana. But the report also says the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes failed to...
Two Washington tribes reach tax deal with state (July 31, 2006)
Two Washington tribes have reached tax agreements with the state. The Squaxin Island Tribe and the Swinomish Tribe won a recent court decision. A federal judge ruled that the state couldn't force the collection of a 34-cent-per gallon tax on...
Crow Creek Sioux chairman says tribe owes $30M (July 31, 2006)
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is $30 million in debt, chairman Lester Thompson Jr. said in a report to tribal members. "Our tribe is broke, due to excessive spending," the July 16 report stated, according to The...
Jourdain accused of buying votes at Red Lake (July 31, 2006)
Red Lake Nation Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. is denying allegations that he bought votes and used tribal funds in his recent re-election bid. Jourdain won a run-off election earlier this month by just 69 votes. But the tribe's election...
Hopi chair cites political attack over alcohol incident (July 31, 2006)
Ivan Sidney, the chairman of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, says reports about his recent alcohol incident are "political attacks" that come with being a public figure. Sidney is denying claims that he was drunk and disorderly at a...
Senate Indian Affairs business meeting on Wednesday (July 31, 2006)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a business meeting on Wednesday. The agenda for the meeting has not been made public yet. But it is expected to include S.1439, the Cobell settlement and trust reform bill. Other items on...
Quileute Tribe turns up pressure on land issue (July 31, 2006)
The Quileute Tribe of Washington is hoping to add some land to its reservation before any more disappears. The reservation sits at the mouth of Quileute River. But the tribe faces a constant threat of flood and even tsunamis....
Gila River Indian Community spent $10M on lobbyists (July 31, 2006)
The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona says the $10 million the tribe spent on lobbyists in Washington, D.C., was worth it. The tribe hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to lobby for passage of a water rights settlement....
Petition seeks vote on ousting Cherokee Freedmen (July 31, 2006)
A petition seeking a vote on removing the Freedmen from the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is due to be turned in this week. Former deputy chief John Ketcher says he has gathered nearly 2,100 signatures on the petition to deny...
Fire Thunder waits for court date to get job back (July 31, 2006)
Cecilia Fire Thunder, the ousted president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is filing a new lawsuit over her impeachment. The tribal court was supposed to hear her case on Friday. But the judge recused herself and a...
Jodi Rave: Fire Thunder steps into ring of fire (July 31, 2006)
"Cecilia Fire Thunder has a lot of admirers around Indian Country and elsewhere. But things haven't been going well for Fire Thunder, the first woman president to lead the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Before her foray into politics,...
Mark Trahant: The anxious state of the economy (July 31, 2006)
"Government numbers are starting to reflect the anxious state of the economy. Friday's report by the Commerce Department showed that gross domestic product (the value of all goods and services produced in the country) grew at an annual rate of...
Ousted Sisseton-Wahpeton chairman seeks old job (July 31, 2006)
J.C. Crawford, the former chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribe of South Dakota, has filed to run for office. Crawford was ousted by the council this past March. He was accused of misappropriation of tribal funds, a charge he denied. The...
Opinion: New York Indians born into racist system (July 31, 2006)
"Michael [Niman, author of On Racism: Will our Indian Wars Ever End?] categorizes racists as good ones and bad ones. The “good ones”, by his definition, are college educated and born into this class. But many New York tribal Indians...
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