Wednesday, February 05, 2003

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Citing a limited budget, the head of the Indian Health Service (IHS) urged tribes on Tuesday to bolster their health care systems with a broader range of federal funds....

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President Bush's new budget doesn't include funds to help newly recognized tribes join the family of tribal nations, Bureau of Indian Affairs officials confirmed this week....

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Still reeling from media reports critical of the $12 billion Indian gaming industry, tribes are planning a national public relations campaign to tell the "true story" of their success....


Rescue teams have been searching for a man from an Eskimo village in northwest Alaska who hasn't been seen since Thursday....


Final approval of new tribal gaming compacts in Arizona will be published in the Federal Register today....


The Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe might revive its claim to more than 700,000 acres of land in Connecticut and file a lawsuit alleging state mismanagement of its trust lands....


A proposal to put toll booths on roads leading to two Connecticut reservations "deserves further exploration," The Norwich Bulletin says in an editorial today....


Leaders of two Connecticut tribes, whose casinos have made them among the most successful in the world, are urging restraint in spending, The New London Day reports....


The fiscal year 2004 budget includes $58 million for the Animas-La Plata Project....


A group called Cante Waste Kawita Aun Kte Wacipi, "Getting together in a good-hearted way to dance," is bringing a monthly pow-wow to Rapid City, South Dakota....


A North Dakota lawmaker has introduced a bill to allow traditional Native healers to practice massage without a license....


American Indians in Minneapolis, Minnesota, attended a forum on Tuesday to air complaints with the local police....


A change in Navajo Nation policy will allow chapter governments to receive their share of a tribal-wide sales tax....


President Bush has released his spending plans for fiscal year 2004 but Congress has yet to pass this year's budget....


The Seminole Tribe of Florida is asking a federal court to vacate an agreement made with a gaming company for a casino that is bringing in more money than anyone expected....


The Noel Wien Public Library in Fairbanks has embarked on a $12,000 project to preserve two collections of recordings of Alaska Natives....


Geri Small, the first woman president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, was suspended without pay by the tribal council on Tuesday....


The first phase of a school construction project at a Navajo Nation is finally set to open after problems and delays but future hurdles remain....


At least seven Bureau of Indian Affairs schools will receive replacement construction funds in fiscal year 2004....


Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) has introduced four bills to reform parts of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS)....


"The Bush administration picked a sunny day, with the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge as a bracing photo backdrop, to put a smiling face on its controversial environmental policies. The face belonged to Interior Secretary Gale Norton, who at her appearance yesterday linked President Bush with the Republicans' greatest conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, and peppered her remarks with references to "communication," "consultation" and "cooperation." Norton did, however, flash the drill-bit teeth of Bush energy policies....


The Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota will receive a $20,000 grant from NASA to develop ways to educate the Native American community on climate change, Senator Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) said....


Citizen Potatawatomi Chairman John "Rocky" Barrett has blocked the views of his political opponents and is behind a push to charge seven tribal members with criminal violations, The Daily Oklahoman reports....


The Navajo Nation's new attorney general says the tribe is hoping to resolve a tax dispute with the state of New Mexico....