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March 02, 2004
BIA shows off information technology facility
  Photos Courtesy BIA. The first indication of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' attention to computer security comes before a visitor even arrives at the agency's new information technology...

Calif. tribal leaders target of recall petition
The chairman and three council members of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California are being accused of abuse of power. According to The Oakland Tribune, 27 tribal...

Kiowa leaders denounce recall election as bogus
The leaders of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma say an election to recall them was "bogus." Clifford McKenzie told The Daily Oklahoman he doesn't plan on stepping down until June,...

National homeland security response plan approved
The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced the approval of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the nation's first standardized management plan that creates a unified chain of command...

Supreme Court move benefits gaming companies
Shares of several gaming manufacturers rose on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear a case challenging the use of electronic machines at tribal casinos. Multimedia...

Tribal foes in Conn. want lobbyists out of BIA
Critics of the federal recognition process and Indian gaming said lobbyists should not be allowed at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Jeff Benedict, head of the Connecticut Alliance Against Casino...

Yellow Bird: Sound of birds heralds arrival of spring
"I turned down the heat in my apartment a couple of weeks ago, so it was chilly when the daylight woke me Monday morning. I expected to see a warm...

Two boys found dead on Flathead Reservation
Tribal and local police are investigating the deaths of two 11-year-old boys on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. The boys died over the weekend in a field near a tribal...

Lumbee Tribe accused of substandard housing
A Lumbee woman is asking a North Carolina county to withdraw its support for federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe. Elisha Dial said the tribe has provided her with substandard...

Pauma Tribe uses federal grant to build library
The Pauma Tribe of California is using a federal grant to build a library from the ground up. The tribe received $250,000 from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library...

Report says tribe experienced 'indirect' prejudice
A report being evaluated by the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights concludes the the Coast Miwok Tribe of California experienced "indirect prejudice." Tribal members submitted 38 examples, including newspaper...

Ore. tribe seeks to revive state archive center
The Burns Paiute Tribe of Oregon is hoping to turn a state archives center into a money-making venture. The center was created to store records for state agencies but has...

Don Young plays tough in name of transportation bill
Many call him a bully but Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) is used to getting his way. He faces a big test of his might this year with $375 billion transportation...

Scalia asked to step down from Cheney energy case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would let Justice Antonin Scalia decide whether to recuse himself from Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force case. In December, the...

Alaska Natives travel far and wide in name of sports
Sports teams in Alaska Native villages face unique challenges. Practicing in very cold weather is one of them. Finding competitors is another. With some villages thousands of miles apart, teams...

Census challenges help tribes win more federal funds
Tribe unsatisfied with the way the U.S. Census Bureau counts their members and other American Indians have recourse under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA). With...

Super Tuesday for Kerry and Edwards in 10 states
Democrats in 10 states will go to the polls today in what is called Super Tuesday. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the front-runner, could lock up the presidential nomination with...

Extradition hearing for Aquash murder suspect delayed
A Canadian judge granted a delay in extradition proceedings for a Canadian Native man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash. The hearing was scheduled to take...

Janklow asks for release from jail pending appeal
Former South Dakota Congressman and governor Bill Janklow (R) is asking to be released from jail as early as today pending appeal of his conviction of felony manslaughter. Janklow has...

Daschle: Missouri River plan ignores sacred sites
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday released a draft of its operations plans for Missouri River dams and reservoirs. Public comments are due between March 5 and March...

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