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February 02, 2004
Alaska justice commission has year to complete work
A commission that will study tribal laws and make recommendations on establishing a "unified" jurisdiction in rural Alaska has until January 2005 to complete its work. Attorney General John Ashcroft...

CDC: Smoking rates highest among Native Americans
American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rate of cigarette use in the nation, according to statistics released on Friday. Current smoking among Native Americans surpassed all other racial...

Navajo Nation cleared in cattle rustling case
The Navajo Nation has been cleared of contempt charges in a politically-charged cattle rustling case. Former Navajo Council Delegate J.C. Begay's home was raided by tribal police during a cattle...

S.D. students hope to move statue they say is racist
Three students in Rapid City, South Dakota, have started a campaign against a statue they consider racist. Michael Lieberman, 14, Yvonne Bear Stops, 17, and Matt Frank, 16, say the...

Alaska Supreme Court affirms tribal sovereignty
In a unanimous opinion, the Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the sovereign rights of Alaska's federally recognized tribes. But the court said tribal sovereignty doesn't extend to the Association...

Southern Ute convicted of lesser manslaughter charge
A federal jury in Colorado convicted a Southern Ute tribal member of voluntary manslaughter for the beating death of his ex-lover. Prosecutors charged Carlos Herrera, 31, with murder but the...

Calif. Assembly passes law to outlaw 'Redskins' name
The California Assembly voted 43-20 on Thursday to outlaw the use of the term "Redskins" for public school mascots. The bill targets five schools with a "Redskins" mascot. The schools...

Yellow Bird: The magic of the Spirit of the North
"How do we tell that this is record-setting cold? You can tell it's really cold by the different sound the snow makes when you walk on it at minus 44...

Quapaw tribal members vote to settle trust lawsuit
Members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma voted 135-18 on Saturday to settle an historical accounting lawsuit with the Department of Interior. Under the settlement, the tribe would drop its...

Man accused of murdering Anna Mae goes on trial
Jury selection begins on Tuesday for the trial of a man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash. In February 1976, Pictou-Aquash, a member of the Mi'kmaq...

Kennedy meets with tribal leaders to promote Kerry
News from the Office of the Speaker, Navajo Nation Council. ESPANOLA, N.M., January 31 – Navajo Nation Council delegate Kenneth Maryboy offered a traditional blessing to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy...

Seth Prince: Coming full circle with my tribal
"I am Indian, my family had always told me. For years, however, I let society tell me otherwise. I lost my Indianness in the chasm separating those two views. And...

Dakota comic book hero fights negativity in 2nd release
News from the United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota. BISMARCK, ND - The vibrant red and blue inks jump from the pulpy pages, as KODA the Warrior is ready...

Tobacco tax bill has broad group of supporters
A tobacco tax bill that would open up tribes and Indian businesses to state enforcement is gaining steam in Congress. A broad group of interests, including tobacco manufacturers, anti-smoking groups...

Gover praises BIA for not bowing to pressure
Former assistant secretary Kevin Gover is praising the Bureau of Indian Affairs for not caving into pressure from anti-recognition officials in Connecticut. Twice, the BIA has recognized tribes in the...

Schaghticoke Tribe considering more land claims
The newly recognized Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is considering additional land claims in Connecticut in hopes of forcing the state to negotiate for a casino. The tribe already has a 2,000-acre...

Bush administration rolling out fiscal year 2005 budget
The Bush administration is releasing its fiscal year 2005 budget today. President Bush will request an $818 billion discretionary budget, an increase of 4.1 percent over the current year. Congressional...

Nez Perce cemetery in Ore. threatened by development
A county board in Oregon is set to decide today whether a housing development will be allowed near the grave of Old Chief Joseph, a leader of the Nez Perce...

Southern, Eastern tribes meeting in DC this week
Ed. Note: There have been several schedule changes. Some of the latest are reported here. The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) is holding its annual Impact Week Meeting in...

Case tests Pechanga Tribe's right to disenroll 130
A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 130 members of the Pechanga Band of Luiseńo Indians who are being threatened with disenrollment. The group claims descent from one...

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