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February 23, 2004
CDC documents premature deaths from heart disease
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...

Calif. panel members dispute tribe's claim of racism
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...

Picuris Pueblo sues to stop mining of sacred site
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...

Dave Anderson to be sworn in as head of BIA
Dave Anderson will have his public swearing-in ceremony as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs today. The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at the...

Four tribes spent $45M on lobbying and PR firms
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...

NCAI holding annual winter session in DC this week
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...

Tribes look to tourism to boost opportunities
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...

Bush puts judge on court without confirmation
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...

Canada has spent more on lawyers than abuse victims
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...

Supreme Court could rule on Miccosukee Tribe's case
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...

Former Canadian PM to take stand in royalty case
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...

Supreme Court move expected on Oneida Nation case
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...

Ex-aide suggests Campbell approved kickback
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...

Norton continues to question Native Hawaiian bill
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....

Nader joins race for president as an independent
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader ( 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...

Mark Trahant: Division marked another major war too
"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...

Yellow Bird: Indian perspective on Lewis & Clark
"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...

BIA opens rolls of Calif. tribe to employees
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....

Embattled Coushatta chairman asks BIA police for help
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...

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