Arctic Inuits have highest toxin levels in the world (January 13, 2004)
Inuits living in the Arctic have the highest concentrations of toxic contaminants ever recorded in humans. The high levels are attributed to chemicals originating in the U.S. and other industrial nations. The toxins travel north, where they enter the environment...
Hopi boy suffering birth defect to undergo surgery (January 13, 2004)
A 6-year-old Hopi boy born without a left ear will undergo surgery next week in New York. Edmund Nequatewa Hobbs suffers from microtia, a birth defect affecting one in 5,000 children. He cannot hear out of his left side because...
Tribe's endorsement of Clark a criticism of Dean (January 13, 2004)
Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark on Monday won the endorsement of a tribe in Vermont that battled rival Howard Dean when he was the state's governor. Abenaki Nation leaders praised Clark, a retired Army general, for his Indian policy. Chief...
Priest attends jury selection in hit and run trial (January 13, 2004)
Jury selection began on Monday for the trial of a Catholic priest accused of killing a Navajo man in a hit and run accident. Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien of Phoenix, Arizona, is charged with leaving the scene of a crime....
Yellow Bird: Wild animals have a right to exist too (January 13, 2004)
"This story is heating up. Bears, wolves and mountain lions are knocking at our door. The dilemma for us is the concern for the safety of the people living in the territory of these animals and the rights of the...
Ariz. reservation man accused of raping young girls (January 13, 2004)
Federal authorities have indicted a resident of the Hualapai Reservation in Arizona of raping two young girls. Arnett Little Eagle Jones is accused of raping the 6- and 9-year-old daughters of his girlfriend. Tribal and federal investigators also say he...
BIA asked to resolve Tigua Tribe election dispute (January 13, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is being asked to step into a leadership dispute within the Tigua Tribe of Texas. The agency, however, is refusing to get involved at this stage. An official said the tribe should resolve the matter...
S.D. judge to hear Janklow's request for acquittal (January 13, 2004)
Lawyers for former Congressman and former South Dakota governor. Bill Janklow (R) will ask a judge for acquittal today. Legal experts say the request is not likely to succeed. On December 8, Janklow was convicted of second-degree felony manslaughter for...
Aquash murder suspect seeking release from jail (January 13, 2004)
A Canadian man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash nearly 28 years ago is trying to get released from jail. Lawyers in British Columbia say Graham, a Canadian Native, has met the conditions for bail. U.S....
Non-Indians want input into proposed land return (January 13, 2004)
Non-Indian landowners in the Klamath Basin told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Saturday that they want more input into a proposed land return for the Klamath Tribes. The tribes lost a 1.2-million acre reservation when they were terminated. Since being...
High rate of Indian adoptions in Iowa protested (January 13, 2004)
Iowa child welfare officials promised to look into high rates of adoptions and loss of parental rights among American Indians. Indian leaders met with Gov. Tom Vilsack and Department of Human Services director Kevin Concannon to discuss child welfare issues....
Dean backed controversial water power contract (January 13, 2004)
In one of his first actions as Vermont's governor, Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean supported a controversial power project that First Nations in Canada opposed. Cree Natives feared the project would flood their lands. Backed by environmentalists, the battle drew...
Navajo minister mixes tribal and Christian traditions (January 13, 2004)
For Shirley Montoya, becoming an ordained Methodist minister carried some challenges. While training in New Mexico, she says leaders wanted her to give up her Navajo traditions. For Montoya, whose uncle also was a minister, that wasn't an option. "How...
Kickapoo Tribe prepared for another drought situation (January 13, 2004)
The Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas is hoping a new reservoir will relieve its water woes. For the past several years, the tribe has suffered from drought conditions. Chairman Steve Cadue said this year looks to be the same. In 1998,...
Miccosukee Tribe sees homeland slowly polluted (January 13, 2004)
Since 1957, water managers in Florida have been pumping dirty water into the Everglades, the Miccosukee Tribe's homeland. The tribe wants it to stop. But the tribe will have to convince the U.S. Supreme Court first. In a case that...
Western Shoshone bill faces another push in 2004 (January 13, 2004)
A bill to distribute $144 million to members of the Western Shoshone Nation is on the Congressional agenda for the year. The money is considered payment for 60 million acres of land the Western Shoshone tribes, now located in Nevada,...
Pombo plans changes to Endangered Species Act (January 13, 2004)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) is taking a new approach to changing the Endangered Species Act. Rather than a full-scale rewrite, Pombo says he will take it on bit by bit. He believes the law infringes on the property rights of...
Repatriation a slow process for everyone involved (January 13, 2004)
Returning Native remains and artifacts to their rightful owners is a process that takes a lot of time and money, tribes and museums have discovered. As one example, he Smithsonian Institution has returned fewer than 5,000 remains of its original...
Norton worried about 'pitfalls' for Native Hawaiians (January 13, 2004)
Secretary of Interior Gale Norton said the Bush administration wants to help Native Hawaiians avoid "pitfalls" that American Indians and Alaska Natives face. Norton said the administration is concerned about a bill that would recognize Native Hawaiians. She said the...
Some Calif. tribal leaders worried about backlash (January 13, 2004)
Some California tribal leaders are worried about a backlash as they battle a voter initiative that would expand non-Indian gaming. Tribes are debating their strategy against the initiative. At least six tribes have already decided to spend at least $9...
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