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January 16, 2004
Native Hawaiian programs survive big court test
A federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge to programs benefiting Native Hawaiians. A group of non-Natives challenged the constitutionality of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a state agency. They...

Autopsy: BIA student died of alcohol poisoning
An autopsy blames alcohol poisoning for a Bureau of Indian Affairs student who died at Chemawa Indian School in Oregon. Cindy Gilbert Sohappy, 16, was placed in a holding cell...

Seneca Nation challenges Internet tobacco ban
The Seneca Nation of New York is asking a federal judge to invalidate a state law banning the sale of tobacco products on the Internet. The tribe filed suit to...

Campbell reiterates opposition to 'Sand Creek' casino
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo) says he is being unfairly being thrust in the middle of a debate over a proposed tribal casino in his home state. Campbell told The...

New Lumbee tribal leaders sworn into office
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina swore in a new chairman and 21 council members on Thursday. Chairman Jimmy Goins, who was elected in November, called on accountability and responsibility...

Shawnee Tribe laying claim to old Army site in Kan.
The Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has filed suit against the federal government over ancestral land in Kansas. The tribe says a former Army ammunitions plant sits on a former reservation....

Widow still looks for answers in Pine Ridge death
Authorities have never resolved the death of an African-American man who went to the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1973 to support the American Indian Movement. Ray Robinson was reportedly at...

Aquash murder suspect released on bail in B.C.
A man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash was released from a British Columbia jail on Thursday. John Graham, a Native from Yukon, has to report...

First Nations blast interference in Mohawk feud
Native leaders in Canada are criticizing the Quebec government's interference in a dispute on the Kanesatake Mohawk Reservation. Tribal leaders were equally critical of the "thugs" who burned down Chief...

S.D. tribal members can apply for gas tax refunds
The South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation is accepting applications for gas tax refunds from tribal members. The state has been illegally imposing its tax on the sale of...

Basketball a family tradition for rising player
Illinois State University junior guard Jaci McCormack, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, is gaining accolades for her playing style by teammates and coaches. McCormack credits her...

Choctaw chief won't back tribal member for Congress
The head of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma isn't supporting a tribal member's bid for U.S. Congress, The Native American Times reports. Kalyn Free touts her Choctaw heritage. But Chief...

Oil spill called devastating for Suquamish Tribe
Washington state lawmakers held a hearing on Thursday to address an oil spill that damaged prized beachfront on the Suquamish Reservation. A spokesperson for the tribe said the 4,800-gallon oil...

Delaware Nation files suit to reclaim land in Penn.
The Delaware Nation of Oklahoma filed suit in federal court on Thursday over 315 acres of ancestral land. The tribe says a Delaware chief was promised 315 acres in what...

Column: 'Squaw' a racial slur against Native people
"The continuing argument over Piestewa Peak can be settled with just one question. Is "squaw" a racial slur? Forget the history lessons about the word's origins. Here's the test for...

Week long festival planned for NMAI opening in Sept.
The new National Museum of the American Indian will open September 21 in Washington, D.C. NMAI is planning a week of events to mark the occasion. The First Americans Festival...

Senate Republicans seek passage of spending bill
Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to pass the $328 billion omnibus appropriations bill, The Washington Post reports. The bill failed to clear the chamber late last year. It includes provisions...

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