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February 11, 2004
Tribal leaders pressing Congress on funding
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...

Calif. tribe gives members bottled water
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...

Appeals court rules against tribal immunity
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...

Penobscot Nation chief addresses Maine Legislature
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...

Oneida Nation calls GRAMMY performance insulting
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...

Second Anna Mae defendant blasts U.S. conviction
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...

Pataki wants to delay Indian taxation indefinitely
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,...

BIA upholds results of recent Rocky Boy's vote
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,...

Mich. tribe asked to host Vietnam vets memorial
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....

Editorial: Congress should refine repatriation act
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...

Conference highlights Native role in environment
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...

Can. audit slams handling of land claim settlements
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...

Sand Creek massacre site in hands of caretakers
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...

Senate Republicans scale back energy legislation
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...

Kerry sweeps two states as Clark drops out of race
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....

Programs that fail Bush test see funding cuts
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...

Center will serve as tribe's justice department
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...

Idaho tribe, counties sign disaster aid agreement
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...

Morongo Tribe donates money for skate park
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....

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