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February 06, 2004
House Resources to hold recognition hearing
The House Resources Committee will hold a hearing on federal recognition February 26, The New London Day reports. Officials from Connecticut are hoping to get their say. They have frequently...

Bush judicial nominee blasted by Democrats
The Department of Interior's former top lawyer was criticized by Senate Democrats on Thursday for paving the way for a mine on sacred land in California. William G. Myers III...

Tribe banishes Indian man for writing about ceremony
A member of Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico has been banished from another Pueblo for writing about a tribal ceremony. Tito Naranjo went to the Deer Dance at Taos...

Trudell blames Anna Mae murder on AIM leadership
Former American Indian Movement leader John Trudell testified on Thursday in the trial of a man accused of murdering Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash. Trudell said he and Aquash had a prearranged...

Law creating N.M. Indian department clears House
The New Mexico House voted 50-4 on Thursday to create a Cabinet-level Indian Affairs Department. The bill provides $527,000 to fund the department, which would have two divisions. One would...

AP Questionnaire: The candidates on Indian issues
The Associated Press asked the Democratic presidential candidates their views on American Indians. "What kind of plan do you have for improving the lives of American Indians?" A summary of...

First Nation erects blockade to protest logging
The Grassy Narrows First Nation in Ontario says it has erected a blockade to protest logging activity on traditional land. Tribal members say loggers are damaging their trapping equipment. The...

Report gives B.C. failing grade on Native education
The British Columbia school system was given a failing grade for its education of Native children. A report from the Fraser Institute cited high rates of failure on standardized tests,...

Maoris protest on treaty day observation in N.Z.
Maori protests against a government plan to declare traditional territory as public property marked Thursday's annual observation of the Treaty of Waitangi. Protesters scuffled with officials at two different events....

Residents mixed on tribe's Palm Springs development
Officials in Palm Springs, California, held an informational session on Thursday to discuss the Agua Caliente Tribe's plans to create an entertainment district. The tribe owns trust land in the...

BIA publishes notice of Schaghticoke recognition
The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Thursday published notice of federal recognition for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The final determination is effective May 5 unless a reconsideration is...

Comments being accepted on 'to-be' trust reform model
The Office of Special Trustee is taking public comments on the proposed re-engineering of Indian trust services. The "to-be" model is composed of hundreds and hundreds of pages of documents,...

Mont. tribe tapping into alternative power sources
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is considering creating its own public energy commission to serve the reservation and the surrounding community. Richard Small, the economic development administration planner for...

Bush budget hides big cuts in spending past 2005
An unpublished 999-page White House document shows massive cuts in the federal budget beyond the upcoming fiscal year, The Washington Post reports. According to the Office of Management and Budget,...

Ariz. tribe to receive land consolidation funds
The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona will be participating in the expansion of the Bureau of Indian Affairs land consolidation program. Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Gila River Gov....

Swimmer names members of Special Trustee board
Special Trustee Ross Swimmer announced the members of his advisory board on Thursday. Four of the nine members are from Oklahoma, Swimmer's home state. They are: Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill...

Tex Hall praises Indian turnout for N.D. caucuses
News from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota. New Town, N.D. - Chairman Tex G. Hall said that the MHA Nation's Get-out-the-vote team feverishly worked the phones...

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