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February 04, 2004
Fate of Indian preference in hands of Swimmer
The Department of Interior official overseeing trust reform said this week he is still mulling a decision that would result in the loss of Indian preference for dozens of employees....

Idaho GOPs upset over tribe's role in wolf agreement
Idaho Republicans are bickering over an agreement that recognizes the Nez Perce Tribe's role in wolf management. The agreement was reached by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and the tribe. It covers...

Towns to join state in tribal recognition appeal
Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal said he expects several cities and towns to join the state's battle against federal recognition for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Blumenthal said the appeal will...

N.Y. tribe building energy plant for casino resort
The Oneida Nation of New York is building a $13 million energy plant that will be used to power its casino resort. The tribe recently discovered a source of natural...

House leader vows fight against tobacco tax bill
The Congressional Native American Caucus will work to kill tobacco tax legislation that opens up tribes to state jurisdiction, a key House lawmaker said on Tuesday. Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.),...

Vegas trip with Miccosukee chairman raises eyebrows
Three Republican leaders in the Florida Senate say their trip to Las Vegas during Super Bowl weekend with the chairman of the Miccosukee Tribe was personal. But some legislative business...

Tulalip Tribes sign deal to host outlet mall
The Tulalip Tribes of Washington signed a multi-million dollar deal to host an outlet mall on tribal land. Chelsea Property Group operates outlet malls throughout the country. The company will...

Oneida man gives opening prayer for Wis. Senate
A member of the Oneida Nation gave the opening prayer for the Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday. Brian Doxtator, a tribal council member, offered a prayer and song in Oneida and...

Tohono O'odham Nation to press for citizenship bill
The chairwoman of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona said her tribe is strengthening the case for U.S. citizenship for all tribal members. The tribe's reservation was split in two...

Bill to force non-Indian input into Navajo deal pulled
A proposed memorial to re-open the Navajo Nation's water settlement with the state of New Mexico and the federal government was pulled on Tuesday. Lawmakers said they wanted more non-Indians...

Lumbee student competing to be next 'American Idol'
A 20-year-old Lumbee student from North Carolina has advanced to the next round of the "American Idol" show. Charly Lowry sang "Proud Mary" in Monday's broadcast of the show. She...

S.D. students call for changes to Indian statue
The city council in Rapid City, South Dakota, took no action on three students' suggestion to remove or change a statue of a bound Indian warrior. Michael Lieberman, 14, Yvonne...

Jury for Anna Mae Aquash murder has one Indian
Opening arguments were held on Tuesday for a man accused of murdering American Indian movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash. The jury was picked and it includes one Indian. At least...

New budget eliminates or cuts 128 federal programs
President Bush's new budget proposes to eliminate 65 programs and cut funding for 63 others. The list affects programs in education, health, housing and law enforcement, according to The New...

Tauzin to retire from House as energy bill scaled back
Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.) won't seek re-election at the end of the year and will leave his seat as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this month....

USET signs 'best practices' agreement with FCC
The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday to protect sacred sites that may be affected by cellular...

Kerry wins five states, Edwards and Clark take one each
Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts won the Democratic primaries in Missouri, Arizona, New Mexico, Delaware and North Dakota on Tuesday. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina took South Carolina...

Phoenix Suns to host Native basketball tourney
Phoenix, Arizona - Team registration is now underway for the second annual Native American Basketball Invitational, a high school basketball tournament sponsored by the Phoenix Suns comprised of Native American...

Bush cuts funds, again, for N.D. tribal college
News from the United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota. Bismarck, North Dakota - United Tribes Technical College has no intention of taking the Bush Administration funding cuts lying down....

Senate buildings closed after poison found in office
All three Senate office buildings will remain closed for a few more days after investigators confirmed the presence of ricin, a deadly poison, in the office of Bill Frist, the...

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