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March 12, 2004
Proposed boost in IHS budget rejected by Senate
The U.S. Senate voted 51 to 45 early this morning to approve a $2.4 trillion budget after rejecting an amendment to increase Indian Health Service (IHS) by $3.44 billion. Sen....

Senator Daschle on Indian Health Service
The following is the text of a floor speech by Senator Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) on an amendment to increase the budget for the Indian Health Service. March 11, 2004. Mr....

AFN considers moving annual convention to Fairbanks
The board of the Alaska Federation of Natives is voting this week to consider moving its annual convention from Anchorage to Juneau in 2005. AFN formed a committee to consider...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe plans new buildings
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is planning to build two major structures as a lawsuit over land use on tribal land makes its way through the courts. The tribe...

High school in Ore. won't get rid of Indians mascot
A high school in Oregon that is merging with another high school will keep its "Indians" name and mascot. Students and alumni at Dalles High School objected to a change....

Narragansett leader pleads not guilty to hitting officer
A council member for the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island pleaded not guilty on Thursday to assault of a non-Indian police officer. Last month, a police officer pursed Hiawatha Brown...

Judge in N.Y. hears Seneca-Cayuga land dispute
A federal judge in New York heard oral arguments on Thursday in a dispute over the rights of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. The tribe is a party to a...

Crow Reservation man gets 24 years for death
A man from the Crow Reservation in Montana was sentenced to 24 years in prison for shooting and killing his uncle and hurting his estranged girlfriend. Quinton Birdinground Jr., 24,...

Riverside beats Sequoyah in well-attended matchup
More than 8,000 fans, most of them Native American, attended an historic basketball game between two Indian schools in Oklahoma. The matchup between Riverside Indian School and Sequoyah-Tahlequah High School...

Pojoaque Pueblo to announce plans for major resort
Pojoaque Pueblo in northern New Mexico will announce plans for a major hotel resort, The Albuquerque Journal reports. The tribe is partnering with Hilton Hotels to build the complex, which...

Navajo Nation considers license plates a success
The Navajo Nation's license plate deal with the state of Arizona will be used to pay for road projects on the reservation. The tribe designed its own plate that tribal...

Woman pleads guilty to planting bones
A Michigan woman pleaded guilty on Thursday to planting bones and other false evidence at several crime scenes. Sandra Anderson admitted to planting evidence at sites in Michigan and Ohio...

Editorial: Navajo $500M bond plan may be 'Raw Deal'
"Some Navajo leaders are likening President Joe Shirley Jr.’s proposal to issue $500 million in revenue bonds to FDR’s “New Deal” plan of the 1930s. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” used government...

Indian Eddie: Tribes wasting money on lobbyists
"In 1996, the cash-strapped Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma depleted their bank account to donate $107,000 to the Democratic Party. I emphasize the word "donate." Tribal leaders were under...

School considers eliminating 'Mohawks' team name
A school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is considering removal of its Mohawks team nickname. The Morden Collegiate principal is worried the team's name and symbols are offensive. The school got rid...

Can. Supreme Court to hear landmark trust lawsuit
Canada's Supreme Court will hear oral arguments later this month in a case testing the reaches of the trust relationship. The British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled that the government...

Indian group eyes creation of charter school
The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation of Washington is looking to create a charter school to keep Native students in school. Tribal and other representatives met at the foundation's...

MSU Indian students holding pow-wow this month
The Montana State University-Billings Intertribal Indian Club is holding its pow-wow March 26 and 27. The club expects 6,000 people to attend the event at MetraPark’s Expo Center. Host drum...

Chickasaw Nation complex to include fun center, gaming
A view of the new fun center. The Ada Travel Plaza, including gaming machines, is to the far right. A closer view of the fun center. A map of...

Report: Martin bent rules to recognize Conn. tribe
Top Bureau of Indian Affairs official Aurene Martin recognized the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut knowing the tribe did not meet all mandatory criteria for federal acknowledgment, The Hartford Courant...

First Nations protest in Labrador turns violent
What started out as a takeover of the tribal offices in an Innu community in Labrador ended with a violent clash between tribal members and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police....

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