19-year-old Seminole woman beaten to death (February 5, 2004)
Authorities are in Texas and Oklahoma to investigate the death of a 19-year-old member of the Seminole Nation. Casey Jo Pipestem was found in a creek bed in the Grapevine, Texas. Police believe her body had been dropped from a...
Surgeon General puts emphasis on prevention (February 5, 2004)
The U.S. Surgeon General urged tribal leaders on Thursday to adopt more preventive health care efforts or face a new generation of unhealthy Native Americans. At a meeting of the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), Dr. Richard Carmona called...
Debate continues on housing near Nez Perce gravesite (February 5, 2004)
A decision on whether to allow a housing development near the gravesite of Old Chief Joseph, a Nez Perce leader, was delayed this week. Wallowa County commissioners debated an appeal filed by three tribes against the project. They say the...
Anderson asks for prayers in new job as head of BIA (February 5, 2004)
HAPPY, HEALTHY, TERRIFIC: Bureau of Indian Affairs chief Dave Anderson leads tribal leaders through motivational cheer at United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) meeting. Dave Anderson doesn't mind telling people that he used to abuse alcohol and drugs. Or...
Column: Lakota ceremony 'smelled exactly like pot' (February 5, 2004)
"Oglala Lakota medicine man Robert Cross stood in the snow outside the King Center at Metropolitan State College on Wednesday morning. He waved an eagle feather over a bowl of burning sage. "What I'm going to do," Cross said in...
Navajo Nation chapters join lawsuit over drilling plan (February 5, 2004)
Three Navajo Nation chapters and a Navajo environmental group have joined a lawsuit challenging the approval of nearly 10,000 new oil and gas wells in northwestern New Mexico. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court, Navajo leaders, local ranchers,...
N.M. Indian museum hopes changes will boost attendance (February 5, 2004)
The New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is hoping renovations and new galleries will bring the crowds back. The museum has raised $1 million of $1.4 million needed for the changes. The project includes a revamped lobby, five...
Sac and Fox Treasurer: Okla. governor insults tribes (February 5, 2004)
"Gov. Brad Henry's compact negotiations with Oklahoma's 39 Indian tribes haven't been going very well. Henry has been attempting to establish new tobacco and gaming compacts. Henry's attempt at negotiations quickly evolved into a torturous, sometimes contentious process. That is...
Editorial: Bush administration obsessed with Arctic oil (February 5, 2004)
The Bush administration has an unhealthy "obsession" with oil in the Arctic, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says in an editorial. The paper says the 2005 budget is "a remarkable bit of fantasy" because it depends on oil revenues from the Arctic...
Changes lower dropout rate on Mont. reservation (February 5, 2004)
Thanks to innovative changes, the dropout rate for public schools on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation has dropped from 17 percent to 6 percent in the last two years. The improvement is attributed to the creation of the Lame Deer Alternative...
Tribal donations in Minn. mostly flow to Democrats (February 5, 2004)
When it comes to political contributions, Minnesota tribes donated overwhelmingly to Democrats, according to The St. Paul Pioneer Press. One fourth of the funds donated to Senate Democrats came from tribes. About 14 percent of donations to House Democrats were...
Calif. judge delays Pechanga Tribe's disenrollment (February 5, 2004)
A California county judge has put a temporary stop on the pending disenrollment of 130 people from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The ruling was not based on the legal claims of the group. Superior Court Judge Charles D....
City urges review of Oneida Nation treaty rights case (February 5, 2004)
The U.S. Supreme Court has received all the briefs in a case challenging the Oneida Nation's treaty rights in New York. The tribe has secured two victories affirming the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua. The courts have ruled that the treaty...
Thune gains endorsement from odd source: Russell Means (February 5, 2004)
American Indian Movement activist and actor Russell Means said he is supporting John Thune in the race against Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). Means, who has launched several failed political bids, met with Thune recently. He told The Rapid City Journal...
Bill seeks study of Indian child welfare system in S.D. (February 5, 2004)
The South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill on Wednesday to create a commission that will study whether the state is complying with the Indian Child Welfare Act. The original version of SB211 would have written ICWA into state...
Trial: Aquash heard Peltier brag about killing FBI agents (February 5, 2004)
The former common-law wife of American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks implicated AIM leaders in the murder of her friend Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash. According to news reports, Darlene Nichols, also known as Ka-Mook Nichols, said Aquash was terrified of Banks...
Court rules scientists can study Kennewick Man (February 5, 2004)
In a unanimous decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said a group of scientists have a right to study the 9,300-year-old remains known as the Kennewick Man. The court rejected the Department of Interior's contention that the...
Kerry criticizes cut to Indian small business program (February 5, 2004)
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, vowed to support full funding of the Native American Outreach program at the Small Business Administration, which President Bush proposed eliminating for the...
Navajo vice president adresses lawmakers on Indian Day (February 5, 2004)
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Navajo Nation Vice President Frank Dayish, Jr. told legislators about the importance of water to the Navajo people and all Native Americans regarding the proposed Water Settlement Agreement and other issues such as healthcare, education,...
Senate poison scare over, office buildings to reopen (February 5, 2004)
The Senate will start to reopen its three office buildings today. The Russell building will open at noon, followed by the Hart building on Friday morning. The Dirksen building, where a dangerous poison called ricin was found in the offices...
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