Editorial: Campbell true to form -- he has none (March 4, 2004)
"[Ben Nighthorse] Campbell's strengths and attractive features have been consistent throughout all that time: his rags to riches personal story, independent nature, dedication to personal liberty, allegiance to the rights and causes of Native Americans, loyalty to the farmers and...
Jicarilla Apache president ousted by tribal council (March 4, 2004)
The president of the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico was removed by the tribal council on Wednesday, The Albuquerque Journal reports. The council voted 5-3 to remove Claudia Vigil-Muniz for alleged malfeasance and misconduct. A document accused her of...
Help sought in finding Northern Cheyenne woman (March 4, 2004)
An 18-year-old member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has been missing since February 6. Her family is seeking assistance in helping locate her. Vanessa Seminole is four months pregnant. She called her mother on February 1 and said she was...
Calif. tribe seeks input on plans for recent land purchase (March 4, 2004)
The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians is seeking input on plans for 12 acres of land the tribe wants to have placed in trust. The tribe purchased the land for $1.5 million. The parcel is located next to the reservation...
Environmental woes plague Tohono O'odham Nation (March 4, 2004)
The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is seeking solutions to environmental and health problems affecting the reservation. The 2.8 million-acre reservation has 113 open-pit dumps, elevated levels of chemicals in groundwater and at least 1,300 homes without indoor plumbing. The...
Navajo leader gives BIA a 'D' for school funding (March 4, 2004)
Half of the school's on the Bureau of Indian Affairs construction list are located on the Navajo Nation. The list determines which schools will receive funding in the federal budget. But Wallace Charley, a delegate to the Navajo Nation council,...
Summit planned on rural and indigenous economies (March 4, 2004)
The Denali Commission in Alaska is planning an international summit this summer on rural and indigenous economies. Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka, who works with the commission, is organizing the event. She hopes the summit will help Alaska...
Janklow still pushing for early release from jail (March 4, 2004)
Former South Dakota Congressman and governor Bill Janklow (R) isn't giving up his bid to get out of jail early pending an appeal of his felony manslaughter conviction. After being rebuffed by a judge, Janklow is asking the state Supreme...
Manhunt underway in Ariz. for tribal fugitive (March 4, 2004)
Tribal, state and federal officials in Arizona are searching for a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe who has been charged with felony child molestation. Ronald George, 37, escaped from detention officers on Friday while at an Indian Health...
Flathead Reservation boys had been reported missing (March 4, 2004)
Two 11-year-old boys from the Flathead Reservation in Montana were reported missing by their families before being found dead of alcohol consumption and exposure. Contrary to the county sheriff, the families filed runaway reports with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai...
Mont. teen taken into custody for beating death (March 4, 2004)
A 14-year-old boy from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana was arrested and taken into custody on Wednesday for the beating death of a man. Vince "Vinny" Whiteman appeared in tribal court before being handed to county law enforcement. He...
DOI seeks end to litigation over Klamath Basin water (March 4, 2004)
The Department of Interior announced on Wednesday a proposal to end litigation over water use in the Klamath Basin in northern California. The department wants to be able to change flows in the Trinity River on a yearly basis. The...
Wash. tribes want to cut state out of gasoline sales (March 4, 2004)
Two tribes in Washington have filed a lawsuit to protect them from state taxation. The Swinomish and Squaxin tribes were negotiating with the state for a gasoline tax compact. They want to charge their own 7-cents per gallon tax as...
Native man starts dating website for First Nations (March 4, 2004)
A member of the Alderville First Nation in Ontario, Canada, has started a website to encourage dating among status Indians. David Baker says Natives should consider their federal status when dating in order to pass it on their descendants. In...
Opposition builds to Cowlitz Tribe's land-into-trust (March 4, 2004)
The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington submitted a new land-into-trust request to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe envisions a 41,800-square-foot casino on 152 acres. An environmental assessment was submitted in order to seek public comments. Residents of Clark County...
Md. tribe pushes for bill to gain state recognition (March 4, 2004)
A Maryland State Senate committee heard testimony on a bill that would help the Piscataway Conoy Confederacy and Subtribes gain state recognition. Two state governors have denied the tribe status but those decisions were not final. The bill would send...
Seminole Tribe putting finishing touches on motocross (March 4, 2004)
Motorcross enthusiasts have a new place to show off their skills with the completion of the Seminole Tribe Motocross. The 85-acre site, located on the Big Cypress Reservation in the Florida Everglades, features multiple tracks, a drag strip for four-wheelers,...
Editorial: Serious investigation of lobbying needed (March 4, 2004)
"The quest by the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, for greater Republican clout in the lucrative world of lobbying is bearing an embarrassment of riches. Two Washington lobbyists with close ties to Mr. DeLay have harvested a cool $45 million...
Inouye 'shocked and saddened' by Campbell move (March 4, 2004)
The following is a statement by Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, on the decision by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) not to seek re-election this year. March 3, 2004. I was shocked and saddened...
Indian Country laments retirement of 'one of us' (March 4, 2004)
Tribal and Indian leaders reacted with shock and surprise on Wednesday after learning that Ben Nighthorse Campbell, the only American Indian in the U.S. Senate, will not seek re-election this year. After 22 years of political service, the Republican from...
Subway founder continues backing of Conn. tribe (March 4, 2004)
Frederick A. DeLuca, the founder of the Subway sandwich chain, said he would continue to provide financial backing for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut. DeLuca has supported the tribe since 1996. He said he spent millions on the tribe's...
Bush signs bill to take land into trust for Barona Band (March 4, 2004)
President Bush on Tuesday signed a bill that takes 85 acres of land into trust for the Barona Band of Mission Indians. The tribe will use the land to construction a pipeline to bring water to its casino and golf...
Calif. court rules tribes subject to state campaign laws (March 4, 2004)
In a 2-1 decision, California's 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday that tribes are subject to the state's campaign finance laws. The Fair Political Practices Commission brought a lawsuit against the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The...
Campbell remembered as independent politician (March 4, 2004)
Friends, colleagues and even foes say the retirement of Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) is a loss for American politics. In the Capitol, Campbell is known for his unique image. He wears a ponytail, bolo ties, cowboy boots and drove...
Editorial: Campbell never forgot his Indian roots (March 4, 2004)
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), the only American Indian in the U.S. Senate and Colorado's senior senator, "never forgot his roots or his constituents," The Denver Post says in an editorial. "He worked to improve funding for Indian education and...
Speculation turns to race as Campbell drops bid (March 4, 2004)
With Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) out of the race, the battle over which party controls the Senate is drawing speculation over who will seek the open seat. Some Democrats and Republicans say Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican might run....
Norton to appear on Ask the White House chat (March 4, 2004)
Interior Secretary Gale Norton will appear on the "Ask the White House" chat today at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Questions can be submitted to Norton now via http://www.whitehouse.gov/ask. The White House says she will talk about the environment. Norton appeared...
Campbell 'relieved' to be leaving U.S. Senate (March 4, 2004)
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) said he was "relieved" not to be seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate this year. In an interview with The Denver Post, Campbell said that stress has been affecting his health and job performance. "I...
McCain begins investigation into high tribal fees (March 4, 2004)
Through the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has begun an investigation into high lobbying and public relations fees paid by four tribes. McCain is alarmed that the tribes spent at least $45 million on a lobbyist...
Ex-Norton counsel to join firm's Indian law practice (March 4, 2004)
Michael G. Rossetti, the former counselor to Interior Secretary Gale Norton, is joining the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he will specialize in Indian law and policy matters. Rossetti played a key role in top...
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