Oneida Nation takes snipe at Wisconsin cousins (January 30, 2004)
The Oneida Nation of New York is using two full-page advertisements to criticize their relatives in Wisconsin. The ads, appearing in the Green Bay Press-Gazette and the Green Bay News-Chronicle, accuse Wisconsin tribal leaders of making threats. The ads say...
BIA changes mind and recognizes Conn. tribe (January 30, 2004)
Members of a small tribe in Connecticut celebrated on Thursday after learning that their long-running quest for federal recognition has ended in success. Applause, cheers and tears greeted Richard Velky, chief of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, as he made the...
Hopi man ends run as head of Colo. Women's Chamber (January 30, 2004)
Joe Serna, a member of the Hopi Tribe, ended his two-year term as chairman of the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce last week. Some women had trouble accepting that a man was in charge of the organization. But Serna said...
Editorial: Navajo Nation let children suffer (January 30, 2004)
The Farmington Daily Times criticizes the Navajo Nation for letting pre-school children on the reservation go hungry. The paper blames the tribe for bungling federal funds that would have paid for breakfast, lunch and snacks at a day care center...
Men defend removal of tribal petroglyphs in Nev. (January 30, 2004)
Two men who have been indicted for stealing petroglyphs from federal land in Nevada claim they were only trying to help. Lawyers for John Ligon, 40, and Carroll Mizell, 43, say they were protecting the artifacts, which date back 800...
Fort Belknap Tribes sue over abandoned gold mines (January 30, 2004)
The tribes on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday over two abandoned gold mines that have caused water pollution. The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes say cleanup of the site is not...
Lumbee tribal council upholds firing of administrator (January 30, 2004)
The Lumbee tribal council voted 11-9 to fire the tribe's administration and voted 12-9 to hire a new one. Chairman Jimmy Goins fired Darlene Jacobs after alleged irregularities with federal housing funds were raised. But the Lumbee Supreme Court said...
Obituary: Plume, first female superintendent for BIA (January 30, 2004)
Shirley Plume, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and the first female superintendent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, died on Tuesday. She was 83. Plume was superintendent on the Standing Rock Reservation from 1974...
Ex-Pine Ridge cop pleads not guilty to abuse charges (January 30, 2004)
A former policeman on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota pleaded not guilty in federal court to sexual abuse and sexual abuse of a minor. Jonas Patrick Not Help Him, 37, is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl while...
First urban Indian Boys and Girls club open in Wash. (January 30, 2004)
The first Boys & Girls Club to serve urban Indians opened in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday. The IWASIL Boys & Girls Club will serve Native youth in King County. Iwasil means "to make positive change in one's life' in the...
Calif. tribes criticized for 'reservation shopping' (January 30, 2004)
A total of 23 tribes in California are seeking to restore their land base in what critics are deriding as "reservation shopping." Most of the tribes don't have any land because they were terminated. Some have small rancherias that are...
Nev. court hears dispute over kitty litter plant (January 30, 2004)
A judge in Nevada held a four-hour hearing on Wednesday over a proposed kitty litter plant near the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. The Reno-Sparks Tribe, local residents and Washoe County officials oppose the facility. Oil-Dri Corp. is proposing to mine for...
N.M. considering plan to keep Indian artists warm (January 30, 2004)
Native artists have been selling their wares in front of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for generations. The state is now considering a plan to keep them warm during the winter months. Design plans for...
Native soldier treated to drum song in Mont. (January 30, 2004)
Aram Villagomez, a security officer with the U.S. Navy, was welcomed home to Montana with a drum song at the Great Falls International Airport. Villagomez, 20, who is Mexican, German and Apache, has been stationed in Bahrain, a country in...
Students drawn to Junior Native Youth Olympics (January 30, 2004)
More than 230 elementary school students took part in the Junior Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage, Alaska, on January 16. The number was a record for the event, hosted by the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc. Students from 24 schools...
Officials in Conn. to fight tribe's recognition (January 30, 2004)
Officials in Connecticut said they would fight the Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to recognize the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. State attorney general Richard Blumenthal will lead the challenge, first through the Department of Interior's Indian Board of Indian Appeals. He...
Distributors interested in Chris Eyre's latest film (January 30, 2004)
Chris Eyre's latest film about an African-American coach on a reservation has sparked interest after being screened at Sundance. Several distributors have begun to negotiate to distribute "Edge of America," The Rapid City Journal reports. It helped that Robert Redford,...
Navajo Nation council votes to remove education head (January 30, 2004)
The Navajo Nation council voted 49-28 on Tuesday to remove the director of the tribe's Division of Education. Council delegates said Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. failed to nominate Karen Dixon Blazer properly. They said the removal vote wasn't a...
School blames cuts to programs on Oneida Nation (January 30, 2004)
A school in New York is getting rid of several programs as part of a dispute with the Oneida Nation. The tribe awards money to schools through its Silver Covenant Chain of Friendship program. The Stockbridge Valley Central School District...
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