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January 30, 2004
Oneida Nation takes snipe at Wisconsin cousins
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,...

BIA changes mind and recognizes Conn. tribe
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,...

Hopi man ends run as head of Colo. Women's Chamber
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...

Editorial: Navajo Nation let children suffer
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...

Men defend removal of tribal petroglyphs in Nev.
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,...

Fort Belknap Tribes sue over abandoned gold mines
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...

Lumbee tribal council upholds firing of administrator
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...

Obituary: Plume, first female superintendent for BIA
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....

Ex-Pine Ridge cop pleads not guilty to abuse charges
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...

First urban Indian Boys and Girls club open in Wash.
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...

Calif. tribes criticized for 'reservation shopping'
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...

Nev. court hears dispute over kitty litter plant
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...

N.M. considering plan to keep Indian artists warm
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...

Native soldier treated to drum song in Mont.
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...

Students drawn to Junior Native Youth Olympics
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...

Officials in Conn. to fight tribe's recognition
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...

Distributors interested in Chris Eyre's latest film
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,"...

Navajo Nation council votes to remove education head
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...

School blames cuts to programs on Oneida Nation
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...

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