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February 10, 2004
BIA programs barely survive White House test
When Dave Anderson, the new head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, spoke to tribal leaders last week, he urged them not to be so rough on an agency that...

Editorial: Tribes should protect whistleblowers
Tribes in Montana should enact laws to prevent retaliation against whistleblowers, The Great Falls Tribune says in an editorial. The paper cites the case of Joe McKay, an attorney who...

BIA seeking comments on lease regulations
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking comments on revisions to its regulations affecting residential leases and business leases on trust and restricted land. The proposed rule will take the...

Ariz. priest takes stand in hit and run trial
A Catholic priest accused of leaving the scene of a crime took the stand in his own defense on Monday. Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien of Phoenix, Arizona, contradicted earlier statements...

Yellow Bird: Big-city ballet in a Northern Plains town
"Ballet, I believed at one time, was the art of big cities such as New York. We're more of a rodeo-wrangling, bird-watching, sports- and outdoor-loving, lefse- and fried-bread-eating people. We...

Neb. lawmaker continues fight over Whiteclay liquor
The Nebraska Legislature's General Affairs Committee held a hearing on Monday for a bill that would ban new liquor licenses in a town that caters mostly to Indian consumers. Sen....

GRAMMY performance registers many complaints
OFFENSIVE? Andre 3000 of OutKast peforms hit song "Hey Ya" to Indian theme at 46th annual Grammy awards ceremony. February 8, 2004. Photo © AP. An Indian organization from...

CBS offers apology for group's GRAMMY peformance
A spokesperson for CBS said the network is "very sorry if anyone was offended" by Sunday night's performance by the hip-hop group OutKast. OutKast was the last performer on the...

Tribal foes in Conn. want to stop flow of money
Opponents of Indian gaming and tribes seeking recognition met at a forum in Danbury, Connecticut, on Monday. Attorney general Richard Blumenthal and Jeff Benedict, president of the Connecticut Alliance Against...

Coushatta Tribe locks out chairman who resigned
Lovelin Poncho may have been joking when he said he resigned as chairman of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. But tribal members are taking his departure seriously. The locks were...

Oneida Nation obtains 123 natural gas leases
Some residents of Madison County, New York, say they are surprised to learn they sold their natural gas rights to the Oneida Nation. One critic of the tribe said he...

Native doctoral student in middle of dinosaur mess
Lawrence Bradley, a doctoral student in geography at the University of Nebraska, has found himself at the center of a dispute over the ownership of a 70-billion-year-old dinosaur fossil. Bradley,...

Man says bar's dress code applies only to Natives
A man in Saskatchewan is calling for a boycott of a bar that he says discriminates against Native people. Ryan McDonald said he and his friends were turned away from...

Man admits lying in bid to gain federal recognition
The former leader of a group called the Western Mohegan Tribe and Nation of New York pleaded guilty on Friday to falsifying documents in connection with his bid to gain...

Tribal judge dismisses libel complaint against critic
A judge for the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada dismissed a defamation complaint filed against a tribal member. As part of a recall effort against two council members, Patty...

New Lumbee official promises positive changes
The new administrator for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina said he will address problems with the tribe's housing program and try to improve the relationship with the tribal council....

Alaska consolidating village law enforcement funding
The state of Alaska is consolidating funding for the village public safety officers (VPSO) program. Gov. Frank Murkowski (R) last June cut money for 15 officers. An agreement with the...

Dean changes mind about possible loss in Wis.
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean said on Monday he was persuaded by supporters not to drop out of the race even if he loses the Wisconsin primary on February 17....

Landmark Boldt fishing rights decision turns 30
Thirty years ago this week, a federal judge in Washington handed down a decision affirming the treaty rights of Washington tribes. The ruling by U.S. District Judge George H. Boldt...

Entrepreneur leaves funds for Utah Indian programs
An endowment set aside by the late Bill Daniels, a cable entrepreneur, will be used to increase educational opportunities for Indian students in Utah. This year alone, the Daniels Fund...

Goshute members want NRC to review leader's actions
Members of the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah want federal regulators to take another look at the actions of their chairman, who has been indicted on criminal charges of...

Natives feel threatened at Alaska high school
Native students at Juneau-Douglas High School in Alaska say they feel threatened by other students. A student was recently suspended, for 10 days, after displaying a derogatory sign about Natives...

First Indian bishop elected by N.D. Episcopal Church
A Potawatomi tribal member is the first Indian bishop to head the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. The Rev. Canon Michael Smith was elected by church members on Saturday. He...

Nev. tribes work with EPA to create Indian liaison
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $95,267 to create an Indian liaison to work with tribes in Nevada. Tribal leaders pressed EPA to create the position, which will be...

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