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March 04, 2004
Editorial: Campbell true to form -- he has none
"[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...

Jicarilla Apache president ousted by tribal council
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...

Help sought in finding Northern Cheyenne woman
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...

Calif. tribe seeks input on plans for recent land purchase
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...

Environmental woes plague Tohono O'odham Nation
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...

Navajo leader gives BIA a 'D' for school funding
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....

Summit planned on rural and indigenous economies
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...

Janklow still pushing for early release from jail
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...

Manhunt underway in Ariz. for tribal fugitive
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...

Flathead Reservation boys had been reported missing
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...

Mont. teen taken into custody for beating death
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...

DOI seeks end to litigation over Klamath Basin water
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...

Wash. tribes want to cut state out of gasoline sales
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...

Native man starts dating website for First Nations
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...

Opposition builds to Cowlitz Tribe's land-into-trust
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...

Md. tribe pushes for bill to gain state recognition
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...

Seminole Tribe putting finishing touches on motocross
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...

Editorial: Serious investigation of lobbying needed
"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...

Inouye 'shocked and saddened' by Campbell move
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...

Indian Country laments retirement of 'one of us'
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...

Subway founder continues backing of Conn. tribe
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...

Bush signs bill to take land into trust for Barona Band
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...

Calif. court rules tribes subject to state campaign laws
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...

Campbell remembered as independent politician
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....

Editorial: Campbell never forgot his Indian roots
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...

Speculation turns to race as Campbell drops bid
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...

Norton to appear on Ask the White House chat
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 The White...

Campbell 'relieved' to be leaving U.S. Senate
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...

McCain begins investigation into high tribal fees
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...

Ex-Norton counsel to join firm's Indian law practice
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...

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