CDC documents premature deaths from heart disease (February 23, 2004)
American Indians and Alaska Natives are more likely to die early from heart disease than any other racial or ethnic group, according to data released on Friday. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In...
Calif. panel members dispute tribe's claim of racism (February 23, 2004)
The Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights has agreed to investigate claims of racism against Indians but some members have already concluded complaints of hate speech are unwarranted. The Coast Miwok Tribe, also known as the Federated Indians of Graton...
Picuris Pueblo sues to stop mining of sacred site (February 23, 2004)
Picuris Pueblo in New Mexico filed a lawsuit in state court to stop a mining company from destroying a sacred site. The tribe uses the site to gather clay for pottery and to gather medicinal plants. The lawsuit asserts title...
Four tribes spent $45M on lobbying and PR firms (February 23, 2004)
Four tribes spent more than $45 million on a lobbying firm and a public relations firm over a three-year period, The Washington Post reports. The amount was 10 to 20 times what other tribes spent and rivaled that of large...
NCAI holding annual winter session in DC this week (February 23, 2004)
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) kicks off its annual winter session today in Washington, D.C. Following are highlights of the three-day meeting. Monday 11 a.m. - Press announcement on partnership with National American Indian Housing Council to promote...
Tribes look to tourism to boost opportunities (February 23, 2004)
More and more tribes are turning to tourism in hopes of expanding economic opportunities on their reservations. But with increased development comes questions tribes must consider. Tohono O'odham Nation Vice Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said tourism draws draws mixed feelings...
Bush puts judge on court without confirmation (February 23, 2004)
For the second time, President Bush has installed a judge on a federal appeals court without obtaining Senate confirmation. Bush used what is called a "recess appointment" to put Alabama attorney general William H. Pryor Jr. on the 11th Circuit...
Canada has spent more on lawyers than abuse victims (February 23, 2004)
The Canadian government has spent more money on lawyers than on settlements for Natives who suffered physical, sexual and other abuse at boarding schools, CBC News reports. CBC obtained documents through the Access to Information Act. They showed that the...
Supreme Court could rule on Miccosukee Tribe's case (February 23, 2004)
A decision in the Miccosukee Tribe's environmental case could come Tuesday, USA Today reports. The tribe and environmentalists sued a water district in Florida to prevent polluted water from being pumped into the tribe's homelands. The 11th Circuit Court of...
Former Canadian PM to take stand in royalty case (February 23, 2004)
Former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien will take the stand today in a case alleging government mismanagement of $1.4 billion in Indian trust assets. The Samson Cree Nation of Alberta won the right to question Chretien about his views on...
Supreme Court move expected on Oneida Nation case (February 23, 2004)
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce today whether it will hear the Oneida Nation's treaty rights case. The tribe won a 2-1 ruling affirming the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said the tribe...
Ex-aide suggests Campbell approved kickback (February 23, 2004)
The former chief of staff for Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) resigned on Friday amid allegations that she inflated the salary of an ex-staffer as a kickback, The Denver Post reports. Ginnie Kontnik admits giving the former staffer a "bonus"...
Norton continues to question Native Hawaiian bill (February 23, 2004)
The Bush administration has yet to take an official stance on legislation that would recognize a Native Hawaiian government. Some supporters of Hawaiian say Interior Secretary Gale Norton is stalling. Norton said the bill needs to be redrawn to address...
Nader joins race for president as an independent (February 23, 2004)
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader (http://www.votenader.org) on Sunday said he was running for president as an independent. Nader ran in 2000 as the Green Party candidate with Native activist Winona LaDuke as his running mate. He did not say whom he...
Mark Trahant: Division marked another major war too (February 23, 2004)
"Let me tell you a story I've just read. It's about a war president who went too far. He divided the country between those who favored military engagement and those who thought the president had been dishonest about his very...
Yellow Bird: Indian perspective on Lewis & Clark (February 23, 2004)
"This week, I went to Bismarck, Hurdsfield and Velva, N.D., to talk to students about the American Indian perspective of that historic journey. Most of the lessons the students are learning are based on the journals of Lewis and Clark...
BIA opens rolls of Calif. tribe to employees (February 23, 2004)
The rolls of the Ione Band of Miwoks in California have expanded in recent years to include Bureau of Indian Affairs employees and their relatives, according to the Associated Press. Amy Dutschke was acting director for the BIA's Sacramento Region...
Embattled Coushatta chairman asks BIA police for help (February 23, 2004)
The chairman of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, whom tribal members allege resigned earlier this month, is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs for help. Lovelin Poncho says "dissident" tribal members have taken over the tribe's offices. He says tribal...
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