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March 16, 2004
BIA to lose 30 percent of police force in new budget
Indian Country law enforcement will be reduced by 30 percent under the Bush administration's latest budget. According to BIA law enforcement director Robert Ecoffey, 759 police positions will be lost...

Western Shoshone payout bill stalled in House
A bill to distribute a $143 million trust fund to members of the Western Shoshone Nation has been stalled in the House by Democratic leaders, Republican Jim Gibbons (R) said....

Okla. doctor to study diabetes among Indian youth
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $1.4 million grant to an Oklahoma City doctor to study type 2 diabetes among youth, particularly Indian youth. Dr. Kenneth Copeland of...

Agua Caliente Tribe holding election for council slots
Members of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California are voting today for the chairman and two council seats. According to The Palm Springs Desert Sun, chairman Richard...

Alaska village woman files suit alleging priest abuse
A woman from an Alaska Native village filed suit against a Jesuit priest whom she accuses of sexually molesting her at a young age. The woman, identified only as a...

Havasupai Tribe files $50M suit over misuse of blood
The Havasupai Tribe of Arizona has filed a $50 million suit in state court alleging misuse of tribal members' blood samples. The suit is in addition to a $25 million...

Lamberth defends special master against attack
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth on Monday rejected the Department of Interior's attempt to kick special master Alan Balaran off the trust fund case. Balaran has written a series of...

Computer shutdown applies to all DOI systems
A federal court's order shutting down the Department of Interior's Internet connection applies to all computer systems, not just those that house or have access to Indian trust data. U.S....

HUD says Lumbee Tribe fixing housing program
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is making changes to its housing program after getting rid of its former administrator. A Department of Housing and Urban Development audit this past...

Editorial: Court must exonerate Nisqually Chief Leschi
The Olympian calls on the Washington Supreme Court to exonerate Nisqually Chief Leschi, who was wrongly convicted and put to death in February 1858 for the murder of an Army...

Tribe objects to plan to help homeless farm workers
The Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe of California has objected to a proposed tent city to house thousands of homeless farm workers on the reservation. Tribal leaders said they weren't part...

Wash. tribe to sign agreement for reburial of ancestors
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington will sign an agreement with state and local officials for the excavation of remains and artifacts at a state construction site. Work on...

Chumash Tribe to turn land into housing community
The Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take 745 acres in southern California. The tribe is partnering with former actor Fess Parker,...

Report on racism against Calif. tribe delayed
A report detailing alleged instances of racism against the Coast Miwok Tribe of California was delayed on Monday. The Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights was set to vote on...

Yellow Bird: Saying goodbye, the Native way
"In Native American culture, our way is a little different - not better, but different. For example, I am accustomed to death ceremonies where we stay with the person for...

Lawmaker weighs ban on off-reservation acquisitions
A Republican Congressman says he is considering a bill to ban from tribes from seeking off-reservation land. Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.) said it is "wrongheaded public policy" to allow tribes...

Osages testify in support of tribal membership bill
The House Resources Committee held a field hearing on Monday on a bill to to reaffirm the sovereign powers of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma. According to The Native American...

DOI's Internet connection shut down for third time
The federal judge handling the Indian trust fund lawsuit ordered the Department of Interior to shut down its Internet connection on Monday, a move that plunged many of the agency's...

Officer can't recall night Native teen went missing
A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, police officer testified on Monday that he never saw a Native teenager who later turned up dead in 1990. Const. Larry Hartwig said he didn't even recall...

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