DOI's royalty computer system under investigation (September 27, 2007)
The Interior Department's Inspector General said on Wednesday he has launched an investigation into a $149 million computer system that could be considered a "profound failure." In a 131-page report, Inspector General Earl E. Devaney said he became aware of...
Oregon tribes hold Indian child welfare conference (September 27, 2007)
Oregon tribes are meeting on the Warm Springs Reservation for the annual Indian Child Welfare Conference. Indian children are less than 2 percent of the state population. But they make up 16 percent of the children in the child...
Alaska Natives already feeling climate change effects (September 27, 2007)
The Alaska Climate Impact Assessment Commission held a hearing in Barrow on Wednesday to hear about the impacts of climate change. North Slope Borough Mayor Edward Itta said the community has seen changes in wildlife, hunting and whaling. Eugene Brower,...
Hollow Water First Nation continues blockade (September 27, 2007)
The Hollow Water First Nation in Manitoba continues to block access to a new housing development amid calls for intervention. Band members have been blocking roads since September 14. They say they weren't consulted about the development, which sits on...
Native voters organize new group in Montana (September 27, 2007)
A new group called United Native Voters aims to mobilize Native Americans in Great Falls, Montana. Organizers Glenn Gopher and Tommy Stiffarm hope to tap into power of the 5,000 Native American who live in the city. They want candidates...
Comanche student running strong in Minnesota (September 27, 2007)
Forrest Tahdooahnippah, a member of the Comanche Nation, is competing in his first cross-country meet for the University of Minnesota this Saturday. Tahdooahnippah didn't originally plan on going to Minnesota for law school. He was accepted to law school...
Tribes host 14th annual Standing Bear Pow Wow (September 27, 2007)
Six tribes in Oklahoma kick off their 14th annual Standing Bear Pow Wow on Friday. The powwow is hosted by the Kaw Nation, the Osage Nation, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Pawnee Nation, the Ponca Tribe and the Tonkawa Tribe. The...
Narragansett chief faces challenger next month (September 27, 2007)
The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island holds an election next month to choose a new chief sachem. Matthew Thomas, 46, has led the tribe for 10 years. He has been involved in a number of high-profile disputes, including several legal...
EPA moves to shut down waste plant at Gila River (September 27, 2007)
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to shut down a hazardous treatment plant on the Gila River Reservation in Arizona. Romic Environmental Technologies has been operating the plant under a temporary permit since 1988. The Gila River Indian Community rejected...
Opinion: Racism in removal of Cherokee Freedmen (September 27, 2007)
"As in the ancient world, many nations of the world today confer rights or privileges by conquest, blood or religion. That is, citizenship is based on force, membership in a family, clan or tribe, or adherence to a religion. In...
San Manuel members in court on murder charges (September 27, 2007)
Two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians appeared in court on Wednesday to face charges in a murder-for-hire scheme. Stacy Cheyenne Barajas-Nunez, 24, and Erik Barajas, 34, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Barajas-Nunez also...
Opinion: Shunning not traditional at Mashpee (September 27, 2007)
"Before their tribe was recognized by the federal government, members of the Mashpee Wampanoag possessed the same rights as any other American citizen. These included free speech, freedom of assembly and presenting grievances against those who govern them without fear...
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe eligible for Toys for Tots (September 27, 2007)
The Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana is eligible to receive Toys for Tots donations this year. Montana's federally recognized tribes have participated in the program. The Little Shell Chippewa lack federal status but the state Office of Indian Affairs...
House hearing on federal recognition next week (September 27, 2007)
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday, October 3, on a federal recognition bill. H.R. 2837 was introduced by Rep. Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa). It would strip federal recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and...
Senate panel advances disputed FEC nominee (September 27, 2007)
The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday advanced four nominees to the Federal Election Commission, including one who has targeted tribes and their political prowess. Hans A. von Spakovsky has been serving at the FEC in an acting capacity for nearly...
Indian Affairs Committee meeting and hearing (September 27, 2007)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a business meeting and an oversight hearing this morning. The business meeting lasted about 8 and a half minutes. The committee considered and approved the following bills and approved the nominees for the IAIA...
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