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March 25, 2004
Senate panel debates changes to Indian gaming act
Federal officials and Indian leaders urged a Senate committee on Wednesday to change the federal law that paved the way for the $15.9 billion tribal gaming industry. Much of the...

Law school won't allow Lakota drum at graduation
The University of North Dakota law school has denied a request to have a Lakota drum ceremony at the school's May 15 graduation. Indian students protested the decision yesterday and...

Aquash murder suspect remains free on bail
A British Columbia Appeal Court Justice has ruled that a Native man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash can stay free on bail pending an extradition...

Appeals court issues stay of DOI shutdown order
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday issued a stay on the information technology preliminary injunction at the Department of Interior. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the shutdown...

First Nation in Nova Scotia rejects fishery deal
The Indian Brook First Nation of Nova Scotia has rejected a $20 million fishing deal with the Canadian government. A majority of tribal members opposed the deal, said Chief Reg...

First Nations fishermen stage protest on waters
Members of the Heiltsuk and Kitasoo First Nations of British Columbia are trying to protect waters from commercial fishing. The First Nations say herring stocks are depleted and that there...

Can. Supreme Court hearing trust relationship case
Canada's Supreme Court is hearing a landmark case on the trust relationship with First Nations in British Columbia.. Two years ago, the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled that the...

Three in Colo. plead guilty for death of tribal member
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado announced on Wednesday three guilty pleas for the murder of a Ute Mountain Ute tribal member. The three, who are also members of the...

FOX News: Wealthy tribes still get federal dollars
FOX News is running a video report questioning why "wealthy" tribes with casinos continue to receive federal "subsidies." The report uses Cheryl Schmit of Stand Up for California as a...

Column: Miccosukee Tribe's new battle over water
"The only sounds were the water lapping on the sides of the four airboats floating beside a small island deep in the Florida Everglades, the call of a heron somewhere,...

Norton to testify on Interior budget before Senate
Interior Secretary Gale Norton is scheduled to testify about her department's fiscal year 2005 budget. Norton is the only scheduled witness before the Senate Appropriations Committee. The hearing starts at...

Calif. tribes build dreams with wireless network
The Tribal Digital Village of Southern California is officially complete with the construction of a wireless network serving 18 tribal communities. The Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association launched the project...

Okla. group opposes statue's use of headdress
United Native America of Oklahoma is protesting the use of a headdress on a statue at Florida State University as culturally inaccurate. The "Integration" statue is meant to honor FSU's...

Mont. tribes courted by candidates for governor
Four candidates for Montana governor spoke at the Montana Wyoming Tribal Economic Development Summit in Billings, Montana, on Wednesday. Republican Tom Keating said he would appoint a Native Americans to...

Cobell wins praise for trust accounting battle
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund case, was the keynote speaker at the Montana Wyoming Tribal Economic Development Summit in Billings, Montana, on Wednesday. Cobell urged...

Campbell to sponsor land swap bill for Crow Tribe
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) is going to introduce a bill to authorize a land swap between the National Park Service and the Crow Tribe of Montana. Bob Krumen of...

Lumbee beauty queen trial underway in N.C. court
An e-mail that ended the beauty pageant career of a Lumbee woman is at the center of a trial underway in a North Carolina court. Rebekah Revels was only the...

Conn. AG promises long fight against tribes
Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal promised to tie up the federal status of two tribes in his state as long as possible. Blumenthal contends that the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation...

Western Shoshone group challenges mine approval
The Western Shoshone Defense Project and an environmental group are challenging the Bureau of Land Management's approval of a gold and copper mining project in northern Nevada. The groups say...

Embattled lobbyist signs deal with another firm
A Republican lobbyist who resigned from his firm after large payments he received from four tribes were made public was signed a deal with another lobby shop, The Washington Post...

BIA publishes school construction priority list
The Bureau of Indian Affairs published the updated replacement school construction priority list in the Federal Register on Wednesday. The list determines which schools will receive federal funding. Based on...

BIA approves compact for gaming on former reservation
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the Chickasaw Nation's Class III off-track betting compact, a top official said on Wednesday. George Skibine, the acting deputy assistant secretary for policy...

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