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March 24, 2004
Scalia sides with tribe but view carries no weight
It's not often that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia sides with tribes or environmentalists but that's exactly what happened on Tuesday. In a closely-watched case affecting environmental policy in...

Alaska Native group to address sexual abuse issues
A group of Alaska Natives has formed a group to support victims of sexual abuse to to address issues raised by comments about allegedly "loose" sexual norms in Native culture....

Tribal member running for Mont. Legislature
A member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine Tribe of Montana is hoping to become the next tribal member to join the Montana Legislature. Margarett H. Campbell is the vice president...

Memorial honors Piestewa year after death in Iraq
Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman killed in action in Iraq, was remembered at a memorial in Phoenix on Tuesday, a year after her death. Piestewa's family, including her two...

Non-Indians seek way out of water rights settlement
A group of non-Indian water users in northern New Mexico is seeking a way out of a proposed settlement in a long-running tribal water rights case. The Pojoaque Basin Water...

Pueblo leader goes from business to breakdance
It's not often you see a tribal leader do the moonwalk minutes after promoting economic opportunities in Indian Country. But that's all in a day's work for Tom Talache, governor...

Indian woman's life pieced together through bones
Anthropologists at the University of Wyoming say they are able to explain much about the life of an Indian woman who lived in the 1800s just by examining her bones....

Navajo Boys and Girls club told to offer worker benefits
The Navajo Nation Boys and Girls Club has been told to pay for at least 50 percent of benefit costs to full-time employees or lose its national charter. The Boys...

Navajo lawmakers vindicated with ruling on school
Navajo Nation council delegates say they aren't surprised an administrative law judge ruled in their favor in a dispute over a Bureau of Indian Affairs school. The council's Education Committee...

Johnson, Daschle letter on tribal justice programs
March 22, 2004 $p The Honorable Judd Gregg Chairman Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Ernest Hollings Ranking...

Indian provisions added to Senate jobs legislation
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) on Tuesday announced that provisions to increase funding for investment in Indian Country have been added to a jobs bill being considered by the U.S. Senate....

Amphitheater would be built near sacred rock
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is raising concerns about an amphitheater that would be built near a sacred rock in Minnesota. The rock, Inyan cekiya, is known as the...

Senators seek increases for tribal justice programs
Sens. Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle, both Democrats from South Dakota, are asking their colleagues to increase funding for Indian Country law enforcement programs. Citing a rising crime rate and...

Indian students in Mont. creating own village
Students at an after-school program in Helena, Montana, are creating their own mini-Indian village as they learn about traditional culture and government. Students at the Wakina Sky Learning Circle and...

DOI blames Lamberth for late royalty payments
The Department of Interior is blaming U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth for delayed royalty payments to 36 states and Indian beneficiaries. Minerals Management Service director R.M. "Johnnie" Burton wrote a...

Parties in Everglades dispute pleased with ruling
The Miccosukee Tribe, environmentalists and the state of Florida all found something positive in Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a battle over the Everglades. The tribe and environmentalists were...

Lummi Nation carver recognized for healing work
A member of the Lummi Nation who has carved totem poles to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was presented with a "Crown of Peace" award...

Coquille Tribe finalizes purchase of 50 acres
The Coquille Tribe of Oregon has finalized the purchase of a 50.5-acre site of a former sawmill. The tribe did not disclose the purchase price but the Weyerhaeuser timber company...

Tribal leaders to discuss court nominee, budget
Tribal leaders from across the country are showing their opposition today against appeals court nominee Bill Myers. Representatives of the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Gaming Association,...

Neb. tribes backing recall of county officials
Members of the Winnebago Tribe and the Omaha Tribe are circulating a petition to recall the Thurston County attorney and sheriff. Tribal leaders say Thurston County Attorney Al Maul and...

Kickapoo group continues to challenge chairman
A group called Kickapoos for Honest Government plan to challenge a ruling favoring chairman Tony Salazar. Tribal voters ousted Salazar in a December recall election. But the Kickapoo Supreme ruled...

Tribal leaders denounce BIA budget plans as reckless
Bush administration officials shocked tribal leaders on Tuesday with plans to slash the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget by nearly 6 percent in the next two years. At a meeting...

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