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January 27, 2004
Redding Rancheria considers disenrolling others
The Redding Rancheria of California will hold a meeting today to consider the disenrollment of up to 67 members of an extended family, The Redding Record-Searchlight reports. Earlier this month,...

More non-Native input sought into N.M. water deal
A New Mexico lawmaker is pushing for more non-Natives to be involved in a complex water deal involving the Navajo Nation, the state and the federal government. Senate Majority Floor...

Ariz. tribe turning to members to staff police force
More and more tribal members are joining the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's police force. It wasn't always that way. The Bureau of Indian Affairs used to be in charge of law...

Norton distributing wildlife grants to tribes
Sixty tribes in 23 states will share in nearly $14 million in federal grants under two programs designed to conserve and recover endangered, threatened and at-risk species and other wildlife....

R.I. tribe takes smokeshop case to higher court
The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island filed court papers on Monday challenging a federal judge's decision stemming from last summer's violent raid by state police. Acting on orders from Gov....

Calif. county to consider anti-Indian sentiments
About 150 members of the Coast Miwok Tribe of California turned out for a meeting to protest how their allegations of hate crimes were treated. Tribal members felt threatened by...

New York Oneidas feel threatened by cousins
The chairwoman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is disputing claims that her tribe is threatening the Oneidas of New York. The New York Oneidas think otherwise. In a letter,...

Ex-Navajo Nation president sworn in for new job
Former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale says education will be his top priority as the newest member of the Arizona Senate. Hale, a Democrat, was sworn into office January 21....

Lumbee court allows fired executive to stay on job
The Lumbee Supreme Court on Friday issued an injunction to allow a fired tribal executive to stay on the job. The court ruled that administrator Darlene Jacobs can't be fired...

Tribe's Palm Springs proposal up for city meeting
Opponents of a plan to turn an area of downtown Palm Springs, California, into an entertainment district say they will voice their objections at a city meeting tomorrow. The Agua...

Supreme Court to rule on juvenile executions
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would consider whether execution of juvenile offenders ages 16 or 17 violates the U.S. Constitution. The court accepted a case from the...

Calif. Republican took large-dollar tribal donations
California State Sen. Jim Battin (R) took four large-dollar campaign donations from tribes last year, according to The Riverside Press-Enterprise. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the San...

Native American Bank extends loan to Wash. tribe
The Native American Bank has extended a $4.3 million loan to the Samish Tribe of Washington. The tribe will use the money for a resort project. The loan is the...

Budget office forecasts rise in federal deficit
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is predicting the federal deficit will rise to a record $477 billion this year, up from last year's $375 billion level. In its annual report,...

Wash. tribe offers payments for land, services
The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington is offering to pay for lost tax revenues and for law enforcement, emergency and other services under a proposed agreement with Clark County. The tribe...

City official in Colo. apologizes for sweat lodge flap
The city manager in Boulder, Colorado, has apologized to American Indians whose sweat lodge was broken up by the police on New Year's Eve. Lakota spiritual leader Robert Cross had...

Indian lawmaker wants courses in tribal studies
Washington state Rep. John McCoy (D) has introduced a bill to require public schools to teach tribal history and culture. McCoy, the only Native American in the state Legislature, wants...

In Alaska, taught in Yupik but tested in English
Public schools in Alaska where third-grade children are taught almost exclusively in Native languages may be forced to test students in English under the No Child Left Behind Act. The...

Village police officer caught in tough situation
A police officer in the Alaska Native village of Kotlik says he could use more training, especially after what happened last week. Rudy Hootch, 40, responded to a domestic violence...

E-mail worm quickly spreading through Internet
A new e-mail worm dubbed "Mydoom" is spreading quickly through the Internet. You might receive a message from a friend or associate that looks garbled. The message tells you open...

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