Seminole Nation suing former employees for theft (March 9, 2004)
The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma is suing its former development authority director and other employees for alleged theft. The tribe sued Qazi Alam and other John and John Does in tribal court for stealing. A tribal attorney said the exact...
Supreme Court weighs self-determination dispute (March 9, 2004)
The U.S. Supreme Court is again being asked to review a federal funding policy that tribes say treats them as second class citizens. Over the last 30 years, tribes have exercised greater control of their affairs by taking over programs...
Cuts run deep for tribal programs at BIA (March 9, 2004)
When White House aide Jennifer Farley spoke to tribal leaders recently, she sought to address a common complaint about the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget. "BIA was not cut to fund Indian trust reform," Farley said. The message wasn't received...
Ariz. tribe sees alarming rate of suicide attempts (March 9, 2004)
The White Mountain Apache Tribe is working to reduce a rate of suicide attempts more than 17 times the national average. In the past two years, there more than 1,100 attempts among people ages 10-22. The rate amounts to more...
Company mining sacred site in N.M. files for bankruptcy (March 9, 2004)
A mining company that is the target of a lawsuit for mining a sacred site has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports. Picuris Pueblo, in the northern part of the state, wants Oglebay Norton to...
Slade Gorton still rallying cry for Native voters (March 9, 2004)
It's been four years since Slade Gorton was voted out of office but he is still the rallying cry for the power of Native votes. "Slade Gorton really is a mobilizer; his name resonates anywhere in Indian Country," Jamestown S'Klallam...
Yellow Bird: Hard to find Indian like Martha Stewart (March 9, 2004)
"In all the isolated, poverty-stricken reservations I've been to - and I've been to many reservations in this nation - I've never met a person like Martha Stewart. In fact, it's safe to say that finding someone like her on...
Navajo woman is interim head of N.M. Indian Affairs (March 9, 2004)
A member of the Navajo Nation will serve as director of the New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs. Derrith Watchman-Moore was appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson (D), who recently signed into law the new department. She has been serving as...
Lakota man pleased with Cheney visit to support Thune (March 9, 2004)
Vice President Dick Cheney visited South Dakota on Monday to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate John Thune. One of those in attendance at the fundraiser was Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He supports Thune, whom he...
S.D. investigating death of Indian teen at school (March 9, 2004)
The South Dakota Division of Criminal is investigating the death of an Indian teenager at a school where Indians have complained of discrimination. A spokesperson for the state attorney general's office said agents do not suspect foul play. But there...
Column: If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck... (March 9, 2004)
"The Supreme Court last week refused to hear an appeal by the U.S. Justice Department that aimed to halt the spread of a new breed of slot machines. The slots are being played on tribal lands without state consent or...
GOP hopeful opposes deal with Northern Cheyenne Tribe (March 9, 2004)
A Republican candidate for Montana's state auditor post hopes to make a deal with the Northern Cheyenne a campaign issue. State Sen. Duane Grimes says the State Land Board should not have made an agreement with the tribe over the...
Women's group calls attention to missing Native women (March 9, 2004)
The Mother of Red Nations Women's Council in Winnipeg, Manitoba, says not enough attention is being paid to missing or murdered Native women. The group says the media tends to focus on non-Native women. They want the same concern paid...
Ariz. tribal fugitive to face federal abuse charges (March 9, 2004)
A member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona will face federal child molestation charges after being apprehended March 6. Ronald George, 37, had escaped from detention officers while at an Indian Health Service hospital on the Fort Apache...
Former BIA firefighter gets 10 years for starting blaze (March 9, 2004)
A federal judge sentenced a former Bureau of Indian Affairs firefighter to 10 years for starting part of Arizona's largest fire in history. Leonard Gregg, a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, received the maximum and was ordered to...
Inquiry into Native teen's death longer than expected (March 9, 2004)
An inquiry into the death of a Native teenager in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, resumed on Monday. The inquiry, called by the Saskatchewan government, started in September and has taken longer than expected. So far, it has cost $2 million, double than...
House panel to hold hearing on Osage membership (March 9, 2004)
The House Resources Committee is holding a field hearing March 15 on a bill to reaffirm the sovereign powers of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma. Based on a 1906 law, the Bureau of Indian Affairs only recognizes four members, all...
Bush's EPA slow to add sites to Superfund priority list (March 9, 2004)
The Bush administration has added fewer sites to the national Superfund priority list than the previous administration, The New York Times reports. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed adding 11 toxic waste sites to the program. In 2003, the...
Kerry barely beats Bush in Washington Post poll (March 9, 2004)
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) leads President Bush by 4 percentage points but has larger support for domestic issues, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. In a three-way match, Kerry's lead is cut by independent Ralph Nader, who draws...
BIA reorganization, IHS budget hearings this week (March 9, 2004)
The ongoing reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service (IHS) budget will get hearings before two Congressional committees tomorrow. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hear from tribal leaders who oppose the BIA restructuring and...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe hires new lobbying firm (March 9, 2004)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has hired a new lobbying firm after having ended its relationship with controversial Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The tribe hired Chesapeake Enterprises, The Hill reports. The firm was founded by Scott Reed, the campaign...
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