Chair of Alaska Native corporation removed (March 18, 2004)
The chairman of the Chugach Alaska Corp., an Alaska Native regional corporation, was removed by a vote on Wednesday. The vote to oust Sheri Buretta was unexpected, according to The Anchorage Daily News. Buretta, who has served as chair since...
BIA student struggles familiar ground for Anderson (March 18, 2004)
Bureau of Indian Affairs head Dave Anderson is making his first official visits to some of the schools his agency oversees this week in hopes of spreading a positive message to Native students. The visits are familiar territory for the...
Campbell letter pushed for award of $1.2M contract (March 18, 2004)
Retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) signed a letter pushing a federal drug enforcement task force to award a $1.2 million contract to a private firm but now says he didn't approve it, according to news reports. On November 21,...
Ex-Chemawa students recall holding cell experiences (March 18, 2004)
Three former students of Chemawa Indian School in Oregon say they were placed in holding cells by school staff who never checked up on them. Monica Burnell was 15 when she said she was placed in a cell for skipping...
AFN to hold annual convention to Fairbanks in 2005 (March 18, 2004)
The Alaska Federation of Natives will hold its annual convention in Fairbanks for the first time since 1988. The AFN board voted in favor of moving the convention to Fairbanks in 2005. The board will meet in May to decide...
Study shows health disparities for urban Indians (March 18, 2004)
The Seattle Indian Health Board released a study on Wednesday documenting health disparities experienced by urban Indians. Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics, the study found that urban Indians in 34...
New DOI office changes standards for appraisals (March 18, 2004)
The Department of Interior has changed the way some land appraisals are conducted. The new Appraisal Office can no longer consider the "public interest value" of lands. An official said only Congress can impose that standard. The office was created...
Northern Plains Tribal Arts festival in S.D. canceled (March 18, 2004)
The Northern Plains Tribal Arts festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, won't be held this year, to the disappointment of Native artists. American Indian Services, sponsor of the festival, decided not to hold it this year. Board members say it...
Professor's research helps Cayuga land claim (March 18, 2004)
University of Ithaca professor Jack Rossen calls himself an "activist archeologist," a label easily applied to his work with the Cayuga Nation of New York. For the past four years, Rossen has been helping the tribe with its land claim....
Editorial: Recognition of Conn. tribes without merit (March 18, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs' decisions to recognize two Connecticut tribes were influenced by "money and lobbyists," The Hartford Courant says in an editorial. The paper says the recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation...
Norton meets with Conn. AG over tribal recognition (March 18, 2004)
Interior Secretary Gale Norton met with Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday to discuss the federal recognition process and the pending status of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Blumenthal asked Norton to impose a moratorium on all federal recognition decisions...
ASU refutes claims of misuse of tribal members' blood (March 18, 2004)
An investigator hired by Arizona State University says members of the Havasupai Tribe may have given broad consent for research on their genetic material. But the tribal members and the tribe say they only gave permission for diabetes studies. Instead,...
DOI claims Internet shutdown affects BIA schools (March 18, 2004)
The Department of Interior says a federal judge's Internet shutdown order will impact Bureau of Indian Affairs schools even though BIA schools are not on the same network. But already Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas has been cut off....
Indian school students warm to Anderson's message (March 18, 2004)
Bureau of Indian Affairs head Dave Anderson spoke to students at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California, on Wednesday. Anderson spoke of his struggles with school and substance abuse. But he told of his success in becoming sober and...
Calif. tribe hopes advert dispels rumors about project (March 18, 2004)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians began running a television special on Wednesday aimed at dispelling rumors about its plans in Palm Springs, California. The 30-minute advertisement, in the form of a newsmagazine show, talks about the tribe's plans...
Discussions continue on tribal-town police plan (March 18, 2004)
The Narragansett Tribe and officials in Charlestown, Rhode Island, are still working on an agreement regarding police powers on tribal lands. Last week, the town announced that it had reached an arrangement where the tribe and the state have concurrent...
Police chief suspended for inquiry in teen's death (March 18, 2004)
The deputy police chief in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has been placed on leave pending an internal investigation into his handling of the death of a Native teen. Deputy chief Dan Wiks told the media last year that the police were not...
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