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January 21, 2004
Colo. governor obtains legal opinion on casino
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens has obtained a legal opinion that he says recognizes his authority to stop a proposed tribal casino, The Denver Rocky Mountain News reports. The Cheyenne and...

Lara case called most important of generation
Lawyers for an Indian man challenging dual tribal-federal prosecution and for the government will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court today. On Friday, they will discuss the case at the...

Goshute chairman enters plea in fraud, theft case
Leon Bear, chairman of the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he stole tribal and federal funds. Bear is accused of stealing...

Liquor debate stirs passions at Pine Ridge
The Oglala Sioux Tribe's council heard emotional arguments against lifting a ban on liquor on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Residents who attended a meeting yesterday cited the...

Tribes giving up revenues, exclusivity in compact
Oklahoma tribes will give up their hold on electronic gaming machines and share revenues with the state as part of an agreement announced by Gov. Brad Henry (D) on Tuesday....

Photo Exhibit: Native health at White Earth
Margaret Smith, an 85-year-old woman who delivers food to diabetic elders on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota is the subject of a Minneapolis Star Tribune photo column. Photographer Brian...

Juvenile allegedly pulled trigger in drive-bys
Federal authorities in Minnesota say a 15-year-old boy was behind the trigger in a series of drive-bys that targeted law enforcement on the Red Lake Reservation, The Minneapolis Star Tribune...

Tribal leaders support keeping Piestewa Peak
Tribal leaders in Arizona urged state lawmakers not to pass a bill aimed at restoring the original name of Piestewa Peak. The peak was renamed in honor of Lori Piestewa,...

Inquiry recommended into death of Native man
After conducting an investigation, British Columbia's Police Complaints Commissioner is recommending a public inquiry into the death of a Native man who was being held in police custody. A videotape...

White Mountain Apache judge upholds fire charges
The lawyer for a non-Indian woman who started part of Arizona's largest fire in history will challenge a ruling affirming the White Mountain Apache Tribe's jurisdiction. A tribal judge refused...

Tape catches police making racist comments
A newly surfaced videotape captures two Ontario Provincial Police officers making racist comments about Natives during a controversial 1995 protest that ended with the death of a Native man. One...

Idaho tribe's tobacco tax goes to health, schools
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho are funneling a portion of tobacco tax revenues to health and education programs on the Fort Hall Reservation. The tribe began imposing its own tax...

Non-Indians question Omaha Tribe's jurisdiction
Officials in Thurston County, Nebraska, are wary of an agreement that will recognize the Omaha Tribe's law enforcement powers. The state and the tribe are working out an agreement that...

Judge upholds county's arrest on tribal land
Law enforcement in Placer County, California, have authority on land owned by the United Auburn Indian Community, a judge ruled. The county and the tribe have an agreement to share...

Smithsonian head charged for tribal art collection
Lawrence M. Small, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, has been charged by federal authorities with a misdemeanor violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, The Washington Post reports. The...

Bush focuses on war on terror in speech
President Bush delivered the last State of the Union speech of his term on Tuesday. Bush used the address to highlight the war on terror. He said the hundreds of...

Gephardt drops bid, candidates focus on N.H.
Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) ended his bid for the White House on Tuesday after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses while the remaining contenders shifted their sights on the...

Lumbee tribal administrator disputes termination
The chairman of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina fired the tribal administrator after federal auditors turned up problems with the tribe's housing program. But Darlene Jacobs says she has...

Billy Mills to present school's diversity lecture
News from Emporia State University in Kansas. Native American Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills will present the March 10 Bonner and Bonner Diversity Series lecture at Emporia State University. His...

Native American Bank offers new mortgage program
Denver, Colorado - The Native American Bank announced a new partnership with LenderLive Network and GreenPoint Mortgage. The creative partnership will offer a turnkey home mortgage program with Native American...

Indian business group joins minority coalition
News from the National Indian Business Association. The National Indian Business Association has joined forces with the National Minority Compliance Board (NMCB) to monitor and report on the minority and...

Congressmen endorse Wesley Clark for President
The following is an op-ed from Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-Mich.), the Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.). We write to let...

Senate Democrats block approval of spending bill
Senate Democrats temporarily delayed passage of the $328 billion omnibus appropriations bill on Tuesday. Three Republicans -- Olympia Snowe of Maine, Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado and John McCain of...

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