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February 13, 2004
S.D. committee revises 'dangling object' law
A South Dakota State Senate committee approved a bill that would revise the state's "dangling objects" law that Indian drivers say is discriminatory. Many Indian drivers hang feathers or dream...

Alaska Native mayor decries spread of development
George Ahmaogak, an Alaska Native mayor, gave a keynote speech at the Alaska Forum on the Environment where he deplored the rapid development of Inupiaq lands in the Arctic. Ahmaogak,...

Navajo miners end strike with signing of new contract
A union consisting mostly of Navajo miners signed a new contract with BHP Billiton on Thursday, ending a 12-day strike. International Operating Engineers Local 953 protested what Navajos said was...

Neb. tribe calls for rejection of gaming dispute
Later this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a dispute that has the federal government and several states raising alarm over regulation of the $14 billion...

Reznet News: Students react to OutKast
Students at Reznet News, an website for young Native journalists, react to the OutKast performance. Tetona Dunlap: "I could not believe my eyes. I was completely stunned. For a second...

Navajos upset over use of Beauty Way song
Some Navajos are upset with hip-hop group OutKast's use of a traditional Navajo song at the 46th annual GRAMMYs this past Sunday. Before Andre 3000 launched into the hit song...

Suzan Harjo: Stank you very much, Andre 3000
"Dear Gentlemen: I usually watch at least part of the Grammy Awards. Itís always an interesting show and an easy way to catch acts Iíve heard but not seen, or...

Native GRAMMY winner, Tom Bee upset with OutKast
Ed. Note: has not "launched an online petition" seeking an apology from OutKast, as The Albuquerque Journal states. But our gracious users have. Plenty of discussion, pro and con,...

Editorial: 'Apology' for GRAMMY performance wasn't
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader in an editorial calls on CBS and the producers of the GRAMMYs to come clean about the "insensitive, demeaning and offensive" performance by hip-hop group...

Lakota activist encourages positive portrayals
Lakota Harden, a Lakota activist and speaker, spent a week at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign to talk about issues facing Native people. Harden said she grew up with discrimination....

Group seeking recognition stirs trouble in Tenn.
A group called the Cherokee Wolf Clan is trying ot stop the state of Tennessee from getting involved in Indian issues. The group has obtained obtained an injunction against the...

Crow Creek chairman presses BIA to fix school
Duane Big Eagle, chairman of the Crow Creek Tribe of South Dakota, went to Washington, D.C., last week to lobby for federal funding to fix the crumbling tribal school. Big...

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe building training range
The Jamestown SíKlallam Tribe of Washington is a contractor on a new training center for the U.S. military. The tribe has partnered with PCL to build the Small Arms Training...

Ariz. jury debates verdict in priest hit and run case
A jury in Arizona started deliberations on Thursday in the case of a Catholic bishop accused of leaving the scene of a crime. Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien didn't report hitting...

Founder of Subway bankrolled Schaghticoke Tribe
The man behind the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation's successful bid for federal recognition is Frederick A. DeLuca, founder of Subway Restaurants. In interviews with the press, DeLuca and said he wants...

Gila River culture on display at tribe's museum
The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona recently opened a museum. The new Huhugam Heritage Center has two exhibits. The ethnobiology garden shows how the tribe has used desert plants...

Housing approved near Nez Perce cemetery
The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho plans to appeal a decision allowing the development of upscale homes near a tribal gravesite. Commissioners in Wallowa County, Oregon, approved the construction of...

Two Eastern tribes receive wildlife grants from DOI
Two tribes in the Carolinas are among the recipients of nearly $14 million in wildlife grants from the Department of Interior. The Catawba Nation of South Carolina received $450,000. The...

Company denies being front for tribe or Trump
A company seeking to build an entertainment theme park near the Mohegan Tribe's casino in Connecticut says it is not a front for another tribe or casino mogul Donald Trump....

Kerry beats Bush 52-43 in Wash Post matchup
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, the Senator from Massachusetts, defeats President Bush 52 percent to 43 percent, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. Amid growing doubts over the...

GOP seeks speedy passage of energy legislation
Senate Republicans introduced a 1,246-page national energy policy bill on Thursday under a rule that will expedite consideration. The bill will head straight to floor debate and will not be...

Date for House hearing on recognition not set
The House Government Reform Committee has agreed to hold a hearing on federal recognition but a date hasn't been set, The New Haven Register reports. Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) sits...

Alaska Native mayor decries spread of development
George Ahmaogak, an Alaska Native mayor, gave a keynote speech at the Alaska Forum on the Environment where he deplored the rapid development of Inupiaq lands in the Arctic. Ahmaogak,...

Senate approves $318B highway transportation bill
The Senate voted 76-21 on Thursday to approve a $318 billion transportation bill. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2003, S.1072, funds the Indian Reservation Roads...

County delays approval of deal with Cowlitz Tribe
An agreement between the Cowlitz Tribe and Clark County, Washington, was debated Tuesday night. The memorandum of understanding would govern how the tribe uses 152 acres of land it seeks...

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