Tribal leaders pressing Congress on funding (February 11, 2004)
From the largest tribe in the United States to largest tribal housing coalition, Indian Country is reacting negatively to the Bush administration's latest budget. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley said the request, which cuts funds for the Bureau of Indian...
Calif. tribe gives members bottled water (February 11, 2004)
The Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe is currently supplying bottled water to 35 homes on its reservation in Southern California. Tribal members are being encouraged to drink the bottled water instead of the well water that they would normally drink. The...
Appeals court rules against tribal immunity (February 11, 2004)
Congress abrogated tribal sovereign immunity in bankruptcy-related disputes, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. Tribes are not mentioned specifically in the federal Bankruptcy Code. But in the first decision of its kind, a unanimous panel of the 10th Circuit...
Penobscot Nation chief addresses Maine Legislature (February 11, 2004)
Barry Dana, Chief of the Penobscot Nation, gave a State of the Tribes address to the Maine legislature on Tuesday. Dana discussed sovereignty and the need for the state and tribes to work together on solutions to problems. He commented...
Oneida Nation calls GRAMMY performance insulting (February 11, 2004)
OFFENSIVE? Andre 3000 of OutKast peforms hit song "Hey Ya" to Indian theme at 46th annual Grammy awards ceremony. February 8, 2004. Photo © AP. The Oneida Nation of New York is adding its criticism of a hip-hop group's...
Second Anna Mae defendant blasts U.S. conviction (February 11, 2004)
A Canadian man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash says he won't get a fair trial if extradited to the United States. John Graham, a member of the Southern Tuchone First Nation in the Yukon Territory,...
Pataki wants to delay Indian taxation indefinitely (February 11, 2004)
Gov. George Pataki (R) wants to delay indefinitely the collection of sales taxes on the reservation, his tax commissioner said on Tuesday. Tribes and Indian businesses are fighting the plan, which is set to go into effect March 1. The...
BIA upholds results of recent Rocky Boy's vote (February 11, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs office for the Rocky Mountain region has approved the recent vote on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana. Turnout was very low for the election, which was held during bad weather in January. Only 161...
Mich. tribe asked to host Vietnam vets memorial (February 11, 2004)
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan is being asked to host the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall. The exhibit last stopped in the area over the 2002 Labor Day holiday. John Devott, the maintainer of the moving exhibit, wants to...
Editorial: Congress should refine repatriation act (February 11, 2004)
A court decision allowing the study of a 9,000-year-old set of human remains "helps further the quest to determine just who first populated North America and when," The Christian Science Monitor says in an editorial. But the paper says Congress...
Conference highlights Native role in environment (February 11, 2004)
The Spirit of the Land conference is being held February 13-14 at San Diego State University. The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is co-hosting the conference, which focuses on the role of Native people in environmental protection. Topics being discussed...
Can. audit slams handling of land claim settlements (February 11, 2004)
Canada Auditor General Sheila Fraser released her long-awaited audit of the government's spending on Monday, criticizing the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs for failing to meet its responsibilities to First Nations. Fraser said the department was not fulfilling land...
Sand Creek massacre site in hands of caretakers (February 11, 2004)
After decades of work, Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants are finally in control of the Sand Creek Massacre site in Colorado. On November 29, 1864, Col. John M. Chivington and volunteer cavalrymen slaughtered 150 women, children and elderly Cheyenne and Arapaho....
Senate Republicans scale back energy legislation (February 11, 2004)
Senate Republicans released a new version of the energy policy legislation on Tuesday, cutting back tax breaks and other business incentives. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he wouldn't seek to attach...
Kerry sweeps two states as Clark drops out of race (February 11, 2004)
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts scored decisive wins in Virginia and Tennessee on Tuesday, prompting retired Army general Wesley Clark, an Indian Country favorite, to drop out of the race. Senator John Edwards of North Carolina came in second in...
Programs that fail Bush test see funding cuts (February 11, 2004)
The Bush administration is using the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) to determine which federal programs deserve money and which don't. In the 2005 budget, 13 programs are targeted for cutbacks or elimination altogether. The White House doesn't think they...
Center will serve as tribe's justice department (February 11, 2004)
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho is moving forward with plans for a tribal justice center. The center will house three courtrooms, all court documents, the law enforcement unit and a jail. The current jail is about 30 years old and...
Idaho tribe, counties sign disaster aid agreement (February 11, 2004)
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is signing a memorandum of understanding with three Idaho counties to work together in case of disaster. The agreement allows the governments to share each other's resources in case of emergency. The governments will coordinate emergency management...
Morongo Tribe donates money for skate park (February 11, 2004)
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians donated $250,000 to the construction of a 16,000-square-foot skate park in Banning, California. The tribe's donation covers half the cost of the project. Local kids have been asking for a park for several...
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