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January 19, 2004
Janklow to be sentenced for manslaughter
Former U.S. Congressman and former South Dakota governor Bill Janklow (R) is to be sentenced on Thursday for second-degree manslaughter. Janklow faces a total of 11 years for killing a...

Metis adopt definition to include U.S. descendants
The Métis Nation of Saskatchewan adopted a new membership definition that includes descendants in Montana and North Dakota. The definition states that Métis are descendants of Aboriginal women who married...

Report cites challenges facing disabled Natives
A new report says disabled Natives in Canada aren't receiving the services they need. According to the Saskatchewan Institute for Public Policy, Native people are twice as likely to be...

BLM plans to return skull to Warm Springs Tribes
The Bureau of Land Management plans to repatriate a century-old human skull to the Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon. The skull was found on land the tribe ceded by treaty....

Hopi boy with birth defect considered unique
Eddie Hobbs, 6, was born without a left ear. But among the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, he is considered unique. "He's very popular amongst our people because he was born...

Wash. tribe turns to banishment to battle drugs
The Lummi Nation of Washington has banished several tribal members, and evicted others, in an attempt to battle rampant drug abuse and drug trafficking on the reservation. The punishment is...

Resort gives Ecuador tribe alternative to oil
A tribe in Ecuador has turned to tourism as a way to protest opposition to oil drilling. The Achuar Tribe is a partner in the Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve in...

Congress returns to session after holiday break
Members of Congress return to work today after the holiday break. The first order of business in the Senate is passage of the omnibus appropriations bill. The massive $328 billion...

Campbell's remarks on casino stir Democrats
Democrats in Colorado are seizing on Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell's statements about a proposed tribal casino in the state. Campbell, a Republican, told The Denver Post that the pressures of...

Wash. tribe's land purchases fuel speculation
The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington recently made two land purchases near the town of Darrington. Local officials wonder what's going on. But the tribe's plans aren't definite. One possibility is...

Presidential Q&A: Paper asks about Indian issues
Do you want to know what the Democratic presidential candidates think about Indian gaming, the trust fund, health care and law enforcement? Well, thanks to The Native American Times, you...

Choctaw Nation denies endorsement of non-Indian
Choctaw Nation officials say Chief Greg Pyle's support of a non-Indian for U.S. Congress is not technically an endorsement. But some are criticizing the chief for not backing the campaign...

BIA agent put on leave alleges retaliation
A Bureau of Indian Affairs agent who has been on paid administrative leave for 17 months says he is the victim of retaliation for uncovering police corruption. Duane Garvais told...

Swimmer: DOI imposed fees on Indian beneficiaries
The Department of Interior has been imposing administrative fees on Indian account holders despite claims of Bush administration officials to the contrary. Deputy Secretary J. Steven Griles and his top...

Redding Rancheria upholds expulsion of family
The adult members of the Redding Rancheria of California voted Saturday night to uphold the expulsion of nine people. The nine belong to the extended Foreman family. In an attempt...

Tribe says national forest project will harm fish
The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit over a timber sale and restoration project at the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. The tribe believes the project will harm bull...

Nez Perce Tribe losing funds for fisheries program
The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho is losing federal funding for its Fisheries Enforcement Department. The U.S. Bonneville Power Administration denied the tribe's request for $511,000. The money is used...

Yellow Bird: Remembering Grandmother Philomene
"When I was a child, I liked to watch my grandmother comb her long, black hair. It was a ritual she enjoyed because she smiled and sometimes hummed softly to...

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