Witness lists for Senate and House hearings (September 18, 2007)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee are each holding hearings tomorrow. The Senate hearings focuses on federal recognition. The witnesses are: MR. LEE FLEMING Director Office of Federal Acknowledgment, U.S. Department of Interior THE HONORABLE...
Report examines climate change and tribes (September 18, 2007)
University of Colorado at Boulder law professors and scientists released a report that warns of drastic effects on tribal communities due to climate change. "Native Communities and Climate Change, Protecting Tribal Resources as Part of National Climate Policy" says tribes...
Mashpee chairman downplays federal investigation (September 18, 2007)
The chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts said a federal investigation into the tribe's finances is focused on his predecessor. Shawn Hendricks said the tribe is turning over documents to authorities. But he said the probe does not...
Navajo student on quest to develop constitution (September 18, 2007)
Ivan Gamble, a member of the Navajo Nation, is on a quest to develop a new constitution for his tribe. Since September 4, Gamble has been traveling across the reservation to talk about the need for a constitution. His 14-day,...
Interior attorney to testify at upcoming Cobell trial (September 18, 2007)
Robert McCarthy, a field solicitor for the Interior Department, will testify at the upcoming Cobell historical accounting trial. McCarthy is listed as a witness for the Cobell plaintiffs. He is expected to provide information about the mismanagement of Indian trust...
Leader of fake tribe remains locked up on charges (September 18, 2007)
The leader of a group calling itself the Kaweah Indian Nation remains locked up on immigration charges. Malcolm Webber, also known as "Grand Chief Thunderbird IV," is accused of fraud against the government and harboring illegal aliens. Federal prosecutors say...
Grand Traverse Band appoints new chief judge (September 18, 2007)
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has appointed a new tribal court chief judge. Wilson D. Brott will be a full-time judge for the tribal court. He has currently been serving part-time as an associate judge for...
Federal probe into Makah whale hunt ongoing (September 18, 2007)
The National Marine Fisheries Service is still investigating the killing of a gray whale by five members of the Makah Nation of Washington. An agency spokesperson said it would be a couple more weeks before any action might occur. The...
Senate Democrats to press Bush on Justice issues (September 18, 2007)
Senate Democrats plan to use the confirmation hearings of U.S. Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey to press President Bush on Department of Justice controversies. Mukasey, a former federal judge from New York, is likely to be confirmed. But...
Cobell: Gover's hiring an affront to Native people (September 18, 2007)
"The appointment of Kevin Gover, a former Interior Department official with no museum experience, to head the National Museum of the American Indian is an affront to Native Americans. This is the latest in a long pattern of insider deals...
Seldovia Tribe to unveil plans for summer boat (September 18, 2007)
The Seldovia Village Tribe of Alaska wants to use federal money for a passenger boat service in the summer. The tribe is working with the Seldovia Native Association, a village corporation, on the project. They want to use federal...
Little Shell Chippewa to testify at Senate hearing (September 18, 2007)
The Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana will testify at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on federal recognition. The tribe has been seeking recognition for over 100 years. The Clinton administration in May 2000 issued a favorable preliminary decision...
BIA seeks closure of troubled mobile home park (September 18, 2007)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is asking a federal judge to shut down a mobile home park on the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation. Government lawyers say living and safety conditions at the Desert Mobile Home Park are inadequate. They said...
Muckleshoot Tribe offers free site for Sonics arena (September 18, 2007)
The Muckleshoot Tribe of Washington is offering free land to anyone who wants to build an arena for the Seattle Sonics and Storm. The tribe owns 26 acres next to its Emerald Downs race track. Although the site is about...
Editorial: Muckleshoot Tribe's creative cooperation (September 18, 2007)
"For Seattle's sports fans, the Muckleshoot Tribe has a possible remedy to the past weekend's gloom. The tribe has an idea for keeping the Seattle Sonics and Storm here. The tribe said it is willing to donate 26.5 acres near...
House subcommittee hearing on Trinity River bill (September 18, 2007)
The House Natural Resource Committee's Subcommittee On Water And Power is holding a hearing this morning on H.R.2733, the Trinity River Restoration Fund Act. The bill would create a fund to restore the Trinity River in northern California. Tribes in...
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