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February 25, 2004
Tom Daschle: Leave no Indian child behind
The following is an opinion from Senator Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota). The main goal of the No Child Left Behind Act, the education reform bill enacted in January 2002, was...

Column: New Aztec mascot a 'waste of money'
" It's a dead bird. It's a skirt. It's a kilt. Whatever "it" is, the latest incarnation of the San Diego State Aztecs mascot provided a Rorschach test for media...

Campbell's office center of possible criminal probe
The Department of Justice is considering a criminal probe into the office of Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), The Denver Post reports. Campbell's former chief of staff is accused of...

Anderson touts benefits of Cobell trust fund case
Bureau of Indian Affairs head Dave Anderson (r) leads National Congress of American Indians in cheer. NCAI vice president Joe Garcia and regional representative Leslie Lohse take part. February...

Tribal leader who asked for help locked out of office
The president of the Jicarilla Apache Nation in northern New Mexico has been locked out of her office, The Albuquerque Journal reports. resident Claudia Vigil-Muniz said she is being punished...

Study: Alaska Natives spend more time in jail
Alaska Natives spend more time in state jails than any other racial or ethnic group, and they represent a disproportionate number of felony defendants, according to a new study. The...

Man sentenced for stealing Navajo Nation artifacts
An Arizona man was given three years probation and ordered to give up his all terrain vehicle for pleading guilty to stealing artifacts from the Navajo Nation. Nickolas Greer, 62,...

Arguments set for appeal of Cayuga land claim
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments March 31 in the Cayuga land claim. A federal judge in New York awarded the tribe $247.9 million for 64,000 acres...

Students launch canoe they built for Haida Tribe
Students at an alternative high school in Washington saw a canoe they carved for the Haida Tribe take its first paddle on Tuesday. The students spent three years on a...

Heart, cancer death rates falling for Mich. Natives
Heart disease and cancer death rates among Native Americans in Michigan have dropped in the past several years, the Minority Health Partnership reported on Tuesday. Heart disease death rates dropped...

Court won't halt Skull Valley nuclear waste dump
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected attempts to stop the licensing of a nuclear waste dump on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah. The state and...

Northern Cheyenne healer explains philosophy
A Northern Cheyenne traditional healer gave a lecture about tribal philosophies to nurses, doctors, religious ministers and other caregivers in Montana. Linwood Tall Bull is head of the tribe's Dog...

Hawaii senators consider deal on recognition bill
Hawaii's two Democratic senators are considering ways to move a bill to recognize a Native Hawaiian government. The Republican leadership is seeking Hawaii's votes on the energy bill. Sen. Daniel...

Bush calls for amendment to ban same-sex marriage
President Bush on Tuesday called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ban same-sex marriages by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The White House...

Appeals court to rehear Wash. tribe's treaty case
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to rehear the Skokomish Tribe's treaty case. In June 2003, a three-judge panel of the court dismissed the tribe's $6 billion claim against...

Tribe donates $4M to UCLA to support Indian center
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is donating $4 million to the University of California-Los Angeles law school. The money will be used to support the Tribal Learning Community...

Kerry picks up more primary wins in Idaho and Utah
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts won the Democratic presidential primaries in Idaho, Utah and Hawaii on Tuesday. Kerry won all three states with more than 50 percent of the vote....

Slate Explainer: How do you get tribal enrollment?
News reports about a California tribe's growing enrollment prompted Slate, an online magazine, to explain how tribal membership works. Slate explains blood quantum and lineal descendant rules used by different...

BIA loan finances purchase of convenience store
The Santee Sioux Tribe used a Bureau of Indian Affairs loan guarantee to purchase a convenience store for about $500,000. The tribe sees the store as a way to bring...

Seminole Tribe pledges to reign in lavish spending
Leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida say they will reign in lavish spending and stop using certain casino machines. The National Indian Gaming Commission has threatened to shut down...

Controversy swells over BIA actions on Calif. tribes
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is under increased scrutiny amid allegations of conflict-of-interest over its handling a California tribe. The Department of Interior's inspector general and the General Accounting Office...

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