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March 31, 2004
Paper asks about sovereignty: Is it good or bad?
The Daily Oklahoman asks "Should tribal sovereignty be rolled back?" The answer is "Yes" if you are a member of One Nation and "No" if you are Neal McCaleb. Two...

Group's challenge to sacred site policy rejected
A group of non-Indians who challenged government policy aimed at protecting a sacred site in Utah saw their lawsuit thrown out by a federal appeals court last week. On March...

Hearing delayed for second Aquash murder suspect
Extradition hearings for a man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash won't begin until at least April 30. $p A Vancouver, British Columbia, judge delayed...

Tim Giago now plans to run for Senate as independent
Newspaper publisher Tim Giago has decided not to challenge Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. $p Instead, Giago plans to run for the seat as...

Indian church refuses entry to Black-Indian couple
A pastor at the Rappahannock Indian Baptist Church in Virginia has resigned after church leaders refused to allow an Indian woman and her African-American husband to join. $P The couple...

Efforts underway to revive Plains art show
Indian artists, tribal leaders and art promoters in South Dakota are hoping to keep the Northern Plains Tribal Arts show alive. $p The fest, held every September, was canceled by...

Indian lawmaker in S.D. cited for eagle feather in car
An Indian lawmaker who is trying to revise South Dakota's "dangling object" law paid a $20 fine for having an eagle feather in his vehicle. $p State Rep. Tom Van...

Yellow Bird: Indians the most misunderstood
"I would venture to guess American Indian tribes are one the most misunderstood of all ethnic groups. A simple example might be what we are called. A light bulb goes...

Miccosukee Tribe accused of racial profiling
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is being accused of selectively stopping non-Indian motorists who drive near tribal lands. $p The tribe's police erected a checkpoint near, but not on, tribal...

Norton called ignorant on federal recognition
Republican lawmakers from Connecticut met with Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the federal recognition process. $P The lawmakers said the meeting was not fruitful....

Torres-Martinez Tribe tells tent city to pack up
The Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe of California has told organizers of a proposed tent city for homeless farmworkers to remove the first part of the massive project. $p The Global...

Lakota tribal member on GOP ticket in Montana
A former National Park Service superintendent who opposed a land swap benefiting a tribe has been chosen as Montana Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat Davison's running mate. $p David Mihalic, a...

'Super Chief' Wadena nears re-election at White Earth
"Super Chief" Darrell "Chip" Wadena, a convicted felon, received the most votes in Tuesday's primary election on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota. $p Unofficial results put Wadena ahead...

Federal appeals court to hear Cayuga land claim
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments today on the Cayuga land claim. $p The Cayuga Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma have...

Stillaguamish Tribe wants animal shelter to leave
The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington has given a troubled no-kill animal shelter 90 days to leave tribal property. $p The tribe's executive director says complaints about barking dogs prompted the...

Senate committee hears tribal forest swap bill
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on Tuesday on a bill to return 63,000 acres of forest land to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and...

Chinooks dropping out of some Lewis and Clark events
The Chinook Nation of Washington has announced that it will not participate in some Lewis and Clark bicentennial events. $P The tribe is upset that organizers have allowed a rival...

Federal recognition process subject of two hearings
A House committee is jumping head first into the controversial federal recognition process this week. Filled with lawmakers from Western states with large Indian populations, the House Resources Committee has...

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