Residents of Alaska Native village choose new site (January 26, 2004)
Residents of the Alaska Native village of Shishmaref voted unanimously to relocate to a new site about a dozen miles away. The village is in danger of falling into the Chukchi Sea. An average of 3 to 5 feet of...
Calif. tribe accuses county of ignoring racism (January 26, 2004)
The Coast Miwok Tribe says officials in Sonoma County, California, are ignoring racism and hate speech against the tribe. Over the summer, the tribe sent a mailing to registered voters seeking support for a proposed casino. Some of the responses...
Navajo Nation cleaning up storage tank sites (January 26, 2004)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. signed a contract on Friday to start the cleanup of dozens of underground storage tanks, a problem faced throughout Indian Country. The tribe's Environmental Protection Agency estimates there are more than 77 abandoned sites...
Puyallup Tribe's ancient observatory preserved (January 26, 2004)
An ancient observatory used by ancestors of the Puyallup Tribe of Washington has been preserved with the help of an historical society and the city of Tacoma. Called Skystone, the large stone was threatened by a housing project. The city...
Shinnecock Nation case tests legal waters (January 26, 2004)
The federal judge handling a dispute between the Shinnecock Nation and the state of New York could be setting new legal precedents. Courts almost always stay out of recognition matters, leaving the task to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. But...
Writer sets first novel on Pine Ridge Reservation (January 26, 2004)
First-time author Jane Colhoff recently published "Bones in the Badlands," a murder mystery set on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Colhoff, 56, drew on her personal experiences to create the novel. She was an attorney and coroner on...
Crow Tribe's growing bison herd poses problems (January 26, 2004)
A recent drought and growing numbers have bison on the Crow Reservation in Montana in search of food. With hundreds of bison heading to public and private lands, the tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are scrambling to manage...
Tribal leader supports sharing of DWI records (January 26, 2004)
A new law in New Mexico encourages tribes to share traffic-citation records with the state. But one tribal leader says that isn't enough. Nambé Pueblo Gov. Tom Talache believes tribes should share drunk-driving records. Reservations, he says, have become "safe...
Thune urges GOP to reach out to Indian voters (January 26, 2004)
U.S. Senate candidate John Thune urged South Dakota Republicans on Saturday to reach out to Indian voters this year. Thune told the Associated Press he would visit reservations in the state as part of his campaign. "We're trying to reach...
Lemhi Shoshonis share Lewis and Clark experiences (January 26, 2004)
The Lemhi Shoshone people are getting a chance to tell their side of the story at the Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition. Tribal members are featured in two films in the exhibit. One is a documentary about Lewis and...
Nisqually Tribe throws surprise party for elder (January 26, 2004)
More than 300 people gathered for a surprise birthday party the Nisqually Tribe of Washington held in honor of Blanche Simmons. Simmons turned 85 on Saturday. A descendant of a Nisqually chief and a Native Hawaiian governor, she is known...
BIA Schools: Are Indian students being left behind? (January 26, 2004)
Like public schools across the nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs schools are struggling to implement and meet the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader examines some of the challenges they are facing. BIA...
Agua Caliente Tribe has big plans for Palm Springs (January 26, 2004)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is proposing to turn an area of downtown Palm Springs into an entertainment district. The tribe envisions hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, a theme park and other attractions on land it owns in the...
Recognition decision expected for Schaghticoke Tribe (January 26, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected to issue a final decision on federal recognition for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The tribe was denied status in a preliminary decision. New information has been submitted to the BIA in...
Eastern Cherokees funding rural high-speed network (January 26, 2004)
The Eastern Cherokees have provided $1.9 million for a high-speed network in rural west North Carolina. The tribe and its partners are targeting six counties where residents, businesses and schools have few options for high-speed access. Customers would pay costs...
Tim Giago: Indians pay no taxes, and other myths (January 26, 2004)
"There is a horrific misconception in the eyes of most Americans that the Indian nations are getting fat and wealthy over the supposed millions of dollars flushing through their casinos. Not true. Ninety-five of the major profits from Indian gaming...
Mark Trahant: We're still fighting the Cold War (January 26, 2004)
"The message from President Bush Tuesday night was clear: We are a nation at war. "As we gather tonight, hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror," he said. "Each...
Judge threatens contempt in Indian farmers' case (January 26, 2004)
A federal judge has ordered Department of Justice lawyers to show why they should not be held in contempt for refusing to produce witnesses in the billion-dollar Indian farmers' discrimination case. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan criticized the lawyers...
Haskell boxing club to host Native championship (January 26, 2004)
Students at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas have formed their own boxing club. More than 20 students are part of the Haskell Boxing Club. About a third of the members are women. Haskell and the club will host the...
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