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March 05, 2004
Campbell's long career marked by contradictions
Throughout his 22 years of public service, Ben Nighthorse Campbell was a man of contradictions. It wasn't just because he switched parties, although that had something to do with it....

Flathead Reservation mourns loss of two boys
Two 11-year-old boys from the Flathead Reservation in Montana were buried on Thursday. A reported 350 people attended the funeral for Frankie Nicolai III and Justin Benoist. The boys were...

Campbell doesn't want to end like a Hollywood stunt
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) is glad to be getting out of politics. After 22 years, he says his colorful image as the only American Indian in the Senate may...

Missing Northern Cheyenne woman found in Mont.
An anonymous tip led police to find a missing member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana. Vanessa Seminole, 18, had not been seen for nearly a month. Family and...

Mont. teen held on $1M bond for role in beating death
A 14-year-old member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana is being held on $1 million bond for allegedly killing a man with a baseball bat and seriously injuring another....

Navajo Nation considers role as banking haven
The Navajo Nation has signed an agreement to consider establishing a bank similar to secret banks in Switzerland or in Caribbean countries, The Gallup Independent reports. The tribe is working...

Campbell's retirement called end of era for Natives
The decision by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) to end his political career has Native leaders seeking another champion to replace him. "It's the end of an era," activist Suzan...

Native couple among first for same-sex marriage
When an Oregon county announced it would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Paul Lumley and Phillipe Hillaire, who have been together for 18 years, were among those in line....

Chickasaw Nation to receive 'relationship' classes
The state of Oklahoma is tailoring a marriage and relationship preparation course for the Chickasaw Nation, The Boston Globe reports. With a budget of $2.7 million, the Prevention & Relationship...

S.D. Supreme Court justices drop out of Janklow case
All five South Dakota Supreme Court justices have recused themselves Bill Janklow's appeal of his felony manslaughter conviction. When he was governor, Janklow (R) appointed all five justices. A new...

Indian Republican surprised that party accepts him
Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has a big task this year: to convince American Indians in the state to vote Republican. Whalen says...

Actor goes from Hobbits to half-Lakota in 'Hidalgo'
Actor Viggo Mortensen has gone from helping Hobbits in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy to playing an alleged half-Lakota, half-White former U.S. Army courier in "Hidalgo." To get into...

Elected official called Calif. tribe unsophisticated
Leaders of the Santa Ynez Chumash Tribe of California are calling for the resignation of a county official who said tribal members are "not real sophisticated people" who "don't want...

Tribal foes pin recognition on Resources Committee
Critics of the federal recognition process say the House Resources Committee is stacked with Western lawmakers who support tribes. Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.), who does not sit on the committee,...

Incidents test tribe's relationship with police
Recent incidents are highlighting issues of jurisdiction, law enforcement and cooperation on the Narragansett Reservation in Rhode Island. Police in the town of Charlestown say the tribe's officers aren't being...

Can. judge rules against gun registry for Natives
First Nations leaders are praising a judge's ruling that Canada's national gun registry violates the treaty rights of Native hunters. The judge, in Ontario, said the registry violated the protected...

Lumbee members complain of mobile home problems
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has stopped work on mobile home setups in response to complaints of dissatisfied members. The tribe bought a reported 30 mobile homes for $15,800...

Native company to improve phone service in Man.
A Native-owned company in Manitoba, Canada, is working to improve phone and Internet service for First Nations in the rural north. Nations Sphere will buy extra telecommunications bandwidth from Manitoba...

University president revives Indian advisory panel
Central Michigan University president Michael Rao says a revived Indian advisory committee will help the school get its Native American Program back on the right track. The program is currently...

Chickasaw Congressman: Bush loss a win for Osama
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, is standing by statements comparing an election loss for incumbent President Bush to a win for terrorist Osama bin Laden....

Coquille Tribe awards more than $200K in grants
The Coquille Tribe of Oregon distributed $210,281 to 35 community organizations last week. Coquille Tribal Community Fund, the tribe's philanthropic arm, awarded funds for a wide variety of projects. A...

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