Scalia sides with tribe but view carries no weight (March 24, 2004)
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 the Florida Everglades, Scalia filed the sole dissent. The short,...
Alaska Native group to address sexual abuse issues (March 24, 2004)
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. The group has about 14 members, said one of its...
Tribal member running for Mont. Legislature (March 24, 2004)
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 at the Fort Peck Community College. She filed to run...
Memorial honors Piestewa year after death in Iraq (March 24, 2004)
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 young children, attended a sunrise tribute at the foot of...
Non-Indians seek way out of water rights settlement (March 24, 2004)
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 Alliance says residents haven't been properly informed of the proposed...
Pueblo leader goes from business to breakdance (March 24, 2004)
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 of Nambé Pueblo in northern New Mexico. The 35-year-old spoke...
Indian woman's life pieced together through bones (March 24, 2004)
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. The woman was discovered in a grave near an interstate....
Navajo Boys and Girls club told to offer worker benefits (March 24, 2004)
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 and Girls Clubs of America has placed the Navajo organization...
Navajo lawmakers vindicated with ruling on school (March 24, 2004)
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 transferred control of the Kayenta Community School from a school...
Johnson, Daschle letter on tribal justice programs (March 24, 2004)
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 Member Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary Committee on Appropriations...
Indian provisions added to Senate jobs legislation (March 24, 2004)
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. $P The provisions will expand tax exempt bonding authority for...
Amphitheater would be built near sacred rock (March 24, 2004)
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 Sand Creek prayer stone. Dakota people use the boulder to...
Senators seek increases for tribal justice programs (March 24, 2004)
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 proposed funding cuts by the Bush administration, the two senators...
Indian students in Mont. creating own village (March 24, 2004)
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 Center have been building for the past three months. The...
DOI blames Lamberth for late royalty payments (March 24, 2004)
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 letter to 36 governors saying that their share of federal...
Parties in Everglades dispute pleased with ruling (March 24, 2004)
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 pleased the high court rejected a Florida water district's claim...
Lummi Nation carver recognized for healing work (March 24, 2004)
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 on Monday night. Jewell Praying Wolf James was recognized as...
Coquille Tribe finalizes purchase of 50 acres (March 24, 2004)
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 was asking $6.5 million. Plans for the site, and a...
Tribal leaders to discuss court nominee, budget (March 24, 2004)
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, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, the National Tribal Environmental...
Neb. tribes backing recall of county officials (March 24, 2004)
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 County Sheriff Chuck Obermeyer are acting against the interests of...
Kickapoo group continues to challenge chairman (March 24, 2004)
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 last Friday that not enough voters participated. Salazar says he...
Tribal leaders denounce BIA budget plans as reckless (March 24, 2004)
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 with tribal leaders near Washington, D.C., new assistant secretary Dave...
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