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January 29, 2004
Redding Rancheria disenrolls 67 family members
The tribal council on the Redding Rancheria disenrolled 67 members of an extended family on Wednesday, almost one-quarter of its membership, The Redding Record Searchlight reported. The Foreman family said...

Agreement keeps Indian loan program afloat
The Department of Agriculture has restored funds to a program that helps Indian farmers and ranchers in 28 states obtain loans. The USDA Farm Service Agency and the National Tribal...

Man charged with murder in Mont. tribal court
Authorities on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana laid murder and attempted murder charges for the death of a 40-year-old woman and an injured 23-year-old woman. Robert Brien was charged...

N.M. Indian affairs officials unexpectedly resign
The two top officials for the state of New Mexico's Indian Affairs Department tendered their resignations last week, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports. In letters to Gov. Bill Richardson...

Probate reform bill heads to Senate for vote
The chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday said he expects quick passage of a bill that seeks to reform one aspect of the Indian trust. After several...

Supreme Court hears from states in gaming case
A coalition of nine states has sided with the Bush administration in seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of an Indian gaming dispute with implications for tribes nationwide. Led by California,...

Man accused in Aquash murder fights U.S. extradition
A Canadian Native man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash is fighting his extradition to the U.S. John Graham says he would rather face trial in...

Oneida Nation urges Supreme Court to reject tax case
The Oneida Nation of New York has asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to review the tribe's victory in a treaty rights/taxation case. In a 2-1 decision, the 2nd Circuit...

Tribal consultation over dam licenses criticized
Non-Indian water users and the power industry in the Pacific Northwest are challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to hold government-to-government consultation meetings with five tribal nations. FERC says...

S.D. officials to create Indian education office
The state of South Dakota is creating an Indian education office within the Department of Education. A 15-member advisory panel consisting of tribal representatives and school officials will lay groundwork...

S.D. drops voter fraud charges against Indian woman
Prosecutors in South Dakota dropped voter fraud charges against an Indian woman accused of forging signatures on absentee ballot cards for the 2002 general election. According to news reports, the...

Wis. study ranks reservation worst in health
The Wisconsin Public Health and Health Policy Institute released its first report card on health in the state's 72 counties on Wednesday. Menominee County, home to the Menominee Nation, came...

Top N.Y. lawmaker rejects call to delay Indian tax
Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (D) rejected Gov. George Pataki's request to delay imposing the state's sales tax on Indian businesses. Pataki, a Republican, said he wants to...

N.C. board delays removal of two Indian mascots
The Guilford County Board of Education in North Carolina has put off the removal of two Indian mascots pending further discussion, including with Native Americans. The board tentatively agreed to...

Panel endorses tribe's entertainment district
Protests by Palm Springs residents didn't stop a city panel from unanimously approving the Agua Caliente Tribe's plan to create an entertainment district. The 3 1/2-hour meeting was emotional, according...

Judge orders Exxon to pay $7B for Valdez spill
A federal judge in Alaska ordered Exxon Mobil Corporation to pay $7 billion in damages and interest to Alaska Natives, fishermen, land owners and others affected by the Exxon Valdez...

Yale to appoint faculty member in Native studies
Yale University will appoint its first faculty member in Native American studies this fall. To move towards creating a Native studies program, the school will host a colloquium series this...

Students in Va. collect books for Laguna Pueblo
Students at an elementary school in Virginia have collected more than 4,500 books for the Laguna Pueblo School in New Mexico. The effort began when a mother learned the tribe...

Calif. tribe, local police break up drug ring
The Tachi-Yokut Tribe and local law enforcement in California cooperated to break up a drug ring at the tribe's casino. Police arrested 31 people on a number of counts, including...

Tribal homeland security legislation in limbo
A bill that would enable tribes to become full partners in securing and protecting America's homelands is in limbo in the Senate. S.578 would amend the Homeland Security Act of...

Editorial: Keep open mind on Palm Springs plan
The Palm Springs Desert Sun urges readers not to rush to judge the Agua Caliente Tribe's plan to create an entertainment district in Palm Springs. The paper points out that...

Native teen organizes Junior Native Olympics
An Alaska Native high school senior has organized the first Junior Native Youth Olympics in her hometown of Fairbanks. The event will be held Saturday and will include several traditional...

Utah spent $3.8M fighting Goshute waste dump
The state of Utah has spent nearly $3.8 million fighting a proposed nuclear waste dump on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. State lawmakers are being...

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