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March 23, 2004
Bush budget slashes Indian education by $79M
New Bureau of Indian Affairs head Dave Anderson is making education a top priority but his agency's latest budget doesn't necessarily reflect his concern. While trust reform will see a...

Opinion: Indian businesses hurting immigrant stores
"Indian tribes have launched a multimillion-dollar campaign to convince New Yorkers that the tax law violates their 'sacred treaties.' This is a smoke screen. In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled...

Pueblo leader envisions center for all Indians
Tom Talache, governor Nambé Pueblo in Tesuque, is moving forward with plans for a United First Nations Assembly, a center that would promote tribal economic development and self-sufficiency. Talache came...

Supreme Court to resolve self-determination dispute
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a dispute over a federal funding policy that tribes say is costing them hundreds of millions of dollars. Lawsuits over contract...

SIPI distance learning affected by Internet shutdown
The distance learning program at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been affected by an Internet shutdown at the Department of Interior. The program's 12 classes...

Yellow Bird: Awakening for Native and Christian
"I set out Friday for Naytahwaush, Minn., fighting gale winds up to 30 mph to interview Rev. Michael Smith, new Episcopal Bishop of North Dakota. It was a day of...

Non-Indians oppose Idaho tribe's jurisdiction
Non-Indians in northern Idaho are opposing the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's jurisdiction over Lake Coeur d'Alene. The North Idaho Citizens Alliance says non-Indians shouldn't submit to the tribe's authority. "The United...

Indian scientist calls study of physics sacred
NASA scientists Jerry C. Elliott says the study of physics "os one of the most sacred things you can do." Elliott, an Osage and Cherokee man who grew up in...

Once outspoken, county official now mum about tribe
Santa Barbara County, California, Supervisor Gail Marshall has had a lot of opinions about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Over the years, she has fought the tribe's casino...

Ute Mountain Ute chair pleads guilty to tax fraud
Judy Knight-Frank will resign as chair of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado after pleading guilty to one count of falsifying her 1998 income tax return. Knight-Frank, 60, obtained...

Lawyer seeks removal from Aquash murder case
The public defender for the man convicted of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash wants off the case. Lawyer Tim Rensch says relations with convicted murderer Arlo Looking...

Tribe asks voters to stop landfill near reservation
The Pala Band of Mission Indians has filed a voter initiative to stop a proposed landfill near the reservation. The Gregory Canyon dump was authorized in 1994 with 66 percent...

Former Miss America contestant headed to court
A member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina who was ousted from the Miss America pageant is suing her ex-boyfriend for invasion of privacy. Rebekah Revels was forced to...

Indian educators worry about No Child Left Behind
Educators on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana worry about the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on Indian students. Darrel Kipp, a Harvard graduate, runs a private, nonprofit...

Lawyer for accused Miccosukee man disqualified
The lead attorney handling the retrial of a Miccosukee tribal member accused of murdering his two sons was disqualified on Monday. A judge in Florida disqualified the lawyer because he...

Mohawk Tribe files suit to stop icebreaking
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe asked a federal judge on Monday to stop icebreaking on the St. Lawrence River in New York. The tribe claims it was not consulted by...

Miccosukee Tribe fights state over ancestral land
The Miccosukee Tribe was in court on Monday to prevent the state of Florida from asserting eminent domain over tribally-owned land. The tribe owns 800 acres within the Everglades, the...

Chickasaw Nation land purchases quadruple
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma has been purchasing land within its 13-county ancestral territory. According to figures cited by The Daily Oklahoman, the tribe owned about 2,450 acres in 1998....

Eyre casting for film about contemporary Natives
Noted director Chris Eyre is casting for a film about contemporary Natives that will be shown at the new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. "A Thousand...

Ariz. tribe hopes to keep tourism dollars at home
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is hoping new projects will draw tourists to the reservation and keep them there. The tribe is breaking ground tomorrow on a 247-room resort and...

Bush criticized for proposed cuts at national parks
The leaders of the House Interior Appropriations subcommittee are criticizing the Bush administration for proposed cuts in hours and services at national parks. In a letter, Reps. Charles H. Taylor...

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