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January 15, 2004
Calif. tribes confront 'dangers' facing gaming
California tribal leaders need to stay united as they confront challenges facing their people in the coming year, the head of the state's largest Indian organization said on Wednesday. Anthony...

Kucinich gains endorsement of Navajo coalition
A Navajo grassroots coalition is endorsing Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) for president. Diné Bidziil (Navajo Strength) organizer Norman Brown said Navajos back Kucinich's call to end the U.S. occupation of...

Ex-tribal college administrator guilty of fraud
A federal jury in Wisconsin found the former administrator of the La Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College guilty of mail fraud. Authorities said Thomas Flaschberger, 53, inflated the number of...

First Nations leaders meet with new Indian minister
First Nations leaders in Manitoba met with Canada's new Indian Affairs Minister Andy Mitchell on Tuesday. Tribal leaders discussed housing, economic development and treaty rights. Mitchell said he is reviewing...

Wash. study shows high rate of toxins in salmon
A year-long study by the Washington Health Department has confirmed high levels of cancer-causing PCBs in salmon in Puget Sound. The state plans to work with tribes and other governments...

Mohawk chief says Que. deal rewarded violent acts
The chief of the Kanesatake Mohawk First Nation who was forced to flee his community says Quebec's public security minister rewarded the protesters who torched his home on Monday. Grand...

USDA suspends support for Indian loan program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency has launched a preliminary review into alleged financial irregularities with an Indian loan program, The Billings Gazette reports. The FSA told the...

Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes cite support for Colo. casino
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma are willing to settle treaty claims to 27 million acres of land in Colorado for 500 acres and a casino. The tribes have...

Drug problem said to be behind reservation drive-bys
A joint tribal-state-federal crackdown on a worsening drug problem is said to have fueled a series of drive-bys on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. Shots were fired at the...

Minn. reservation school sees increased enrollment
The Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota will get a new middle school under a bonding proposal announced by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Red Lake superintendent Stuart Desjarlait welcomed the $22.1 million...

Nev. asks court to bury national nuclear waste dump
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard a series of arguments against the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada. The state of Nevada asked the court to invalidate...

Wife of tribal foe charged in eco-terror case
The wife of a major opponent of the Makah Nation's whale hunt was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly lying to a federal grand jury. Allison Lance Watson faces up to...

Braun to end presidential bid and support Dean
Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun will end her campaign and throw her support behind Howard Dean, The New York Times reports. According to the paper, Braun, a former senator...

Adopted man protests exclusion Pechanga Tribe
A man who was adopted as an infant is protesting his temporary exclusion from membership in the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians of California. The tribe has adopted a moratorium...

Suquamish Tribe's beachfront damaged by oil spill
The Suquamish Tribe of Washington estimates that it lost several thousand dollars worth of shellfish and has spent more than $1 million for an oil spill. On December 30, 4,800...

Miccosukee Tribe's case tests Supreme Court justices
Several Supreme Court justices seemed to question on Wednesday whether they should force a water district in Florida to stop pumping dirty water into the Miccosukee Tribe's homelands. According to...

City seeks tribal grant to fund Indian exhibit
The city of Phoenix is applying for a grant from the Gila River Indian Community in hopes of funding a museum exhibit on Indian people. The tribe created a fund...

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