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March 22, 2004
Dear Rep. Pombo: Hold hearing on BIA 'misconduct'
"As you are aware, I am the hereditary Chief of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians and I have been working with you for more than 10 years to address...

BIA seeks Internet access for its schools
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will seek permission to reconnect its schools to the public Internet, a top official said on Sunday. Ed Parisian, director of BIA's Office of Indian...

Neb. agency denies existence of burial mound
A member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is asking for more studies at a proposed lake site that he says will destroy a burial mound. Frank LaMere is working...

Tohono O'odham Nation dealing with years of neglect
The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is reacting to years of neglect by the federal government over border protection issues. More than 1,500 immigrants use the reservation to enter the...

House leader says tribe doesn't have land claim in Ill.
A spokesperson for House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said the Prairie Band Potawotomi Nation of Kansas hasn't followed up on its claim to an ancestral reservation in Illinois. A former...

Developer won't halt work at tribal burial site
The California Native American Heritage Commission is considering legal action against a developer that refuses to stop work at a Gabrielino-Tongva burial site. The 200-year-old cemetery contains the remains of...

Denver March Powwow wraps up after big weekend
The 30th annual Denver March Powwow wraps up today after drawing tens of thousands of spectators over the weekend. More than 1,000 dancers and 60 drum groups were registered for...

Urban pow-wow draws hundreds to Quad City
The Urban Indian Tribal Organization drew representatives of 14 tribes to a pow-wow in the Quad Cities area. About 250 people attended the pow-wow, held at the Quad-City Botanical Center...

Mich. school ignoring treaty on Indian education
Indian students at Central Michigan University might find their tuition waver revoked due to inaccurate interpretation of a treaty and state law. The Washington Treaty of 1836 guaranteed education for...

Mark Trahant: A familiar story of cultural change
"The story I know starts long before the 17th century -- thousands of years before that. I suppose that if there were a Census Bureau then, it too would report...

Report into Native teen's death expected this summer
The hearing phase of an inquiry into the death of a Native teenager in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, ended last week. Neil Stonechild, 17, went missing the night police were looking for...

B.C. First Nations demand inquiry into man's death
The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs led a vigil in Vancouver on Friday to call for an inquiry into the death of Native man. First Nations leaders said...

Judge: Martin ignored law in Navajo school dispute
Top Bureau of Indian Affairs official Aurene Martin ignored the law when she authorized a takeover of a Navajo Nation school, a Department of Interior judge has ruled. In a...

Judge cites ICWA in returning drug addicted baby
A judge in Texas said he was forced to return a drug-addicted baby to its Alaska Native mother due to the Indian Child Welfare Act. The baby was taken from...

Pechanga tribal committee disenrolls 130 people
The Pechanga Band of Luiseņo Mission Indians of California has decided to remove 130 people from the tribal rolls. The tribe's enrollment committee says the group cannot show Pechanga descent....

Indian educators meet for legislative summit in DC
Indian educators from around the country are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week for the National Indian Education Association's annual legislative summit. The summit, now its in 8th year, began...

House panel holds hearing on Lumbee recognition
The House Resources Committee will hold a hearing April 1 on a bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.)...

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