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March 03, 2004
Sen. Campbell won't seek re-election this year
The following is the text of a statement by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) on his decision not to seek re-election this year. March 3, 2004. After a great...

Inouye criticizes attempts to change trust relationship
Tribes should be wary of proposals that aim to redefine the federal government's trust responsibilities, a leading Indian Country advocate said last week. In a speech to the National Congress...

Pueblo governor says $1M fee to PR firm not worth it
Count Sandia Pueblo in New Mexico as one of those disappointed with the services of a public relations firm linked to big-time lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who officially resigned from the...

Agua Caliente Tribe revives Palm Springs plan
The tribal council of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians voted to revise a plan for tribal land in Palm Springs, California, The Palm Springs Desert Sun reported. The...

Kerry secures Democratic nomination on Super Tuesday
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts secured the Democratic party's presidential nomination with a sweep of nine states on Tuesday, paving the way for a heated matchup against President George W....

Mashantucket Tribe is largest taxpayer in town
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is once again the largest taxpayer in the town of Ledyard, Connecticut. The tribe's properties in Ledyard were assessed at $32.1 million. Dow Chemical was...

N.M. tribe offers technology classes at new center
Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico has turned part of its cultural center and museum into a center for new technology. The Computer Training Center offers classes in graphics, common applications...

Police say Mescalero Apache teen killed mother
Police on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico say a 17-year-old boy killed his mother before taking his own life. Christian Aldava reportedly killed his mother Agnes Aldava on...

Nuclear panel halts uranium mining at Navajo sites
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday ordered a company to stop mining at two sites on the Navajo Nation pending approval of a new financial assurance plan. Eastern Navajo...

Two boys at Flathead died of alcohol consumption
Authorities in Montana said two 11-year-old boys found dead on the Flathead Reservation had elevated blood alcohol levels. The boys were found in a field near a tribal housing development....

Navajo Code Talker recounts experience in WWII
Navajo Code Talker Wilfred Billey spoke to the San Juan Archaeological Society in New Mexico about his experiences in World War II. Billey spent 30 months in combat during his...

Okla. Senate approves buyout bill for Tar Creek site
The Oklahoma Senate voted 36-6 to approve a bill that would relocate families with young children from the Tar Creek Superfund site. According to the Associated Press, the state would...

Delaware chief opposes tobacco tax hike in Okla.
Joe Brooks is chief of the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma. But he's also the owner of a smoke shop that he says will suffer under a proposed tax hike. Gov....

N.M. county must redraw map to include Navajos
Socorro County in New Mexico has to redraw its map because two Navajo families were inadvertently forgotten. The commission drew boundaries that divided the Alamo portion of the Navajo Nation...

Calif. tribes go online with Digital Village
With the help of a three-year $5 million grant from Hewlett Packard, tribes in southern California created the Tribal Digital Village. Based in San Diego County, home to 18 reservations,...

Peltier locks up Peace and Freedom nomination
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts may have swept Super Tuesday but American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier won the California Peace & Freedom Party nomination in California yesterday. With 91.4...

Tulalip Tribes build respect with new police department
In just two years, the Tulalip Tribes of Washington has built a police department that is earning respect from reservation residents and local law enforcement. Washington is a Public Law...

Appeals court hears Oneida Nation eviction case
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the Oneida Nation's eviction case. Four families want the court to prevent the tribe from removing them and...

Narragansett Tribe seeks police agreement with town
The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island says a recent incident shows the need for a policing agreement with the town of Charlestown. The Charlestown police chief agrees. The town asked...

Grand Ronde Tribe revives naming ceremony
Members of the Grand Ronde Tribes of Oregon gathered Saturday for a traditional naming ceremony that one elder said hasn't taken place in nearly 100 years. Traditional leaders from the...

Hoopa Valley Tribe critical of DOI water offer
The Hoopa Valley Tribe of California met with Department of Interior officials on Tuesday to discuss water issues in the Klamath Basin. The tribe has treaty and fishing rights on...

Tribal college pow-wow to mark start of Lakota New Year
The Oglala Lakota College Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, will mark the Lakota New Year with a traditional pow-wow on March 6. The pow-wow will not be competitive but...

Judge denies Janklow's request for early release
A South Dakota judge on Tuesday denied former governor and Congressman Bill Janklow (R) an early release from jail for felony manslaughter. That means Janklow has 75 more days to...

S.D. tribe worried about massive fish kill
The Environmental Protection Agency sent an emergency team to South Dakota over the weekend after the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe reported a massive fish kill in the Big Sioux River....

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