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February 18, 2004
Oglala Sioux council rejects alcohol referendum
The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council voted 10-2 on Tuesday against a proposed referendum to legalize the sale of alcohol. Tribal members turned out in large numbers as the vote was...

Winnebago Tribe expects tax case to go to high court
Both sides of a dispute over inter-tribal commerce expect the case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. The state of Kansas is suing the Winnebago Tribe for allegedly failing to...

Tohono O'odham Nation in line for border security funds
The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona would receive $1.4 million in federal funds under the Bush administration's new budget. The tribe has been lobbying for funds to respond to increased...

Bill to clear Nisqually chief gets hearing in Wash.
A bill that seeks to exonerate Nisqually Chief Leschi's conviction for murder is getting a hearing in Washington today. Chief Leschi was executed in public for the murder of a...

Mass. towns join suit challenging tribal immunity
Two towns in Massachusetts have joined a lawsuit challenging the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's sovereign immunity. Local communities say the tribe gave up its immunity by agreeing to a land settlement....

New England tribes meet for environmental conference
Tribes in New England are meeting in Connecticut for the New England Tribal Environmental Training Conference. The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts are co-hosting...

BIA superintendent recalled as tribal advocate
Tribal leaders, colleagues and family remember William Arthur "Qual-Lee'-Lah" Black Sr. as a passionate advocate for Indian rights. Black, a member of the Confederated Confederated Tribes, died last week after...

BIA head Anderson speaks to tribal youth
The new head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking his message of positivity and empowerment to the next generation of tribal leaders. As founder of the Lifeskills Center...

Calif. judge waits on Pechanga enrollment dispute
A judge in California said Tuesday he won't stop the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians from disenrolling 130 people. But superior court Judge Charles D. Field left open the possibility...

McKosato: Pueblos need to add voice to radio airwaves
"In this age of digital satellite downlinks, online streaming and high-tech communications systems, Indian Country is making the most of one of the older, more traditional modes of communications —...

Non-Indians wary of settlement to water rights case
Some non-Indians in northern New Mexico are wary of a proposed settlement to the long-running water rights case. Under the settlement, non-Indians would have to give up their wells and...

Pueblo leaders forming suicide support group
Tribes in northern New Mexico are reaching out to the community after a rash of suicides, including one tribal member. Leaders from San Ildefonso, Tesuque, Nambé and Pojoaque pueblos want...

Tribe to use old IHS hospital for alcohol treatment
The Navajo Nation is converting an old Indian Health Service hospital to an alcohol residential treatment center. The tribe plans to house male and female clients, as well as family...

Tribal members protest snowmaking in sacred peaks
Members of several tribes in the Southwest have formed a group to protest approval of snowmaking in the sacred San Francisco Peaks. The Save the Peaks Coalition held a protest...

Ex-FBI official sentenced for sexual abuse of minors
The former top watchdog for the FBI was sentenced to 12 years in prison for admitting the sexual abuse of a minor and a history of sexual abuse. John H....

Jury convicts Catholic bishop in hit and run case
A jury in Arizona convicted a Catholic bishop of leaving the scene of a crime. Bishop Thomas O'Brien, 68, hit and killed Jim L. Reed, 43, a Navajo man, last...

N.M. investigators looking into Navajo teen's death
Investigators in New Mexico are trying to figure out how a 16-year-old Navajo boy died. Lionel Tom Jacquez was found in Lions Wilderness Park in Farmington on Saturday. An autopsy...

Alaska tribes to get contract for wildlife refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing to award a $59,000, one-year contract to the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments. If awarded, the contract would be a first for...

Environmental groups sue to stop drilling in Alaska
Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management to stop drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The groups say BLM failed to consider the impact of...

Native village seeks first whale hunt in 70 years
The Alaska Native village of Point Lay is seeking to revive its bowhead whale hunt. The village wants approval from the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission to hunt one whale every...

Arctic Slope shareholders seek accountability
A petition seeking greater accountability is circulating among the 9,000 shareholders of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. ASRC reports more than $1 billion in revenues a year and is one of...

Yellow Bird: In large family, sisters are special
"My mother and father had 13 children - nine girls (including me) and four boys. Two of my brothers and father have passed away. Our large family was manageable until...

Dean drops out of race after losing in Wisconsin
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean dropped out of the presidential race today but said he would continue to help Democrats defeat President George Bush. Dean came in third in yesterday's...

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