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January 08, 2004
Kiowa tribal headquarters reportedly seized
Officials with the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma are asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs for help in battling an apparent takeover of the tribal headquarters. R.H. "Hess" Bointy, the vice...

Goshute chairman calls theft charges 'utterly false'
The chairman of the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah is confident he will beat a six-count federal indictment of fraud and theft. In a memo to tribal members, Leon...

Supreme Court case on jurisdiction attracts attention
When the U.S. Supreme Court meets later this month to hear a case testing jurisdiction in Indian Country, the justices will have plenty of competing arguments to consider. In addition...

Appeals seek to protect Old Chief Joseph's grave
Three tribes have filed appeals to stop a developer in Oregon from building homes near the burial of Nez Perce leader Old Chief Joseph. The Nez Perce, Umatilla and Colville...

Calif. tribes welcome pick for compact negotiator
Tribal leaders in California say they are satisfied with the person Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) picked to lead negotiations for gaming compacts. Attorney Daniel Kolkey has experience in the...

Tribal leaders criticize speech for 'savages' reference
Tribal leaders in Arizona are criticizing the state's school superintendent for a speech that labels people without a written language as "savages incapable of knowledge or reflection," The Arizona Daily...

Two juveniles prosecuted for starting major fire
Two juveniles in Utah have been charged for starting a fire that burned more than one-third of the Shivwitts Paiute Indian Reservation. The Apex Fire of June 2003 destroyed 9,900...

Settlement pending in Crazy Horse malt liquor suit
Negotiations are underway to settle a lawsuit between the descendants of Crazy Horse and the makers of a malt liquor bearing the Sioux warrior's name. The case was to go...

Low turnout reported for disputed Rocky Boy election
Turnout was low for an election held Tuesday on the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana, The Havre Daily News reported. But a Bureau of Indian Affairs official said there were...

Pine Ridge considers lifting ban on alcohol sales
Residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are debating whether to lift a 115-year-old ban on the sale of alcohol. Supporters want to offer liquor to patrons at...

Oglala Sioux Tribe looks for ways to trim budget
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's emergency spending restrictions by looking for ways to trim the budget now. The tribe...

Nisqually Tribe sues to stop housing subdivision
The Nisqually Tribe of Washington is suing the city of DuPont and the city's largest developer to protect sacred sites and salmon runs. The tribe fears a 374-acre housing and...

Report links species extinction to global warming
An average of 25 percent of species in five habitats around the globe will be driven to extinction due to global warming, according to a new study from a group...

Opinion: Support return of land to Suquamish Tribe
The return of the home of Chief Sealth to the Suquamish Tribe of Washington is a signal for peace, two supporters say in an editorial. Ted George, a tribal elder,...

Tribal member accused of sexual assault in R.I.
A member of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island has been charged with first-degree child molestation for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl on the reservation. Earl Massey, 18, is...

Indians in Bolivia hope to create tribal nation
Indian leaders in Bolivia are hoping to turn back the clock and return to a more traditional and communal form of government. They say American and international interests are corrupting...

Obituary: Athabascan nurse nurtured community
Mary C. Demientieff, an Athabascan woman who spent 30 years providing health care to the village of Nenana, died at her home on Sunday evening. She was 97. Demientieff didn't...

Calendar uses tribal faces to promote healthy living
A member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe of North Dakota has produced a calendar to promote healthy lifestyles. Dr. Angela Erdrich used tribal members as role models for the...

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