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April 01, 2004
Tribes take chances with far-away land acquisitions
When it comes to real estate, it's all about location, location, location. The same holds true in Indian Country, as dozens of tribes look for land hundreds of miles away...

Navajos see boxing club as way out for youth
A small boxing club on the Navajo Nation is providing a healthy alternative to drugs and gang violence. $p The Damon-Bahe Boxing Club in Chinle, Arizona, was founded by Cal...

Alaska to open ANWR shores to oil and gas drilling
Alaska Natives in the North Slope say they are opposed to opening the shores of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. $P Inupiat Eskimos use the...

Group organizes to oppose tribal water settlement
Several hundred northern New Mexico residents are organizing to oppose a proposed settlement to a tribal water rights lawsuit. $p The Pojoaque Basin Water Alliance says water users were kept...

Native shareholders locked out of own building
Shareholders of an Alaska Native corporation were locked out of their new office building as they demanded to know why their chairman was ousted. Chugach Alaska Corp. chair Sheri Buretta...

House panel sympathetic to tribes on recognition
Members of a Congressional committee promised on Wednesday to take a more active role in reforming the controversial federal recognition process at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Rep. Richard Pombo...

Opinion: Calif. tribes disenrolling more people
"As Indian casinos prosper, tribal members are becoming greedier. Laura Wass, a spokeswoman for the American Indian Movement, said that hundreds of California Indians have been ejected from their tribes...

Mille Lacs Band takes on more public persona
The Mille Lacs Ojibwe Tribe of Minnesota held an open house on Wednesday as part of a strategy to promote its image to the community. $P The tribe has encountered...

Police chief takes over after violence at First Nation
A new police chief for Kanesatake Mohawk First Nation in Quebec says he is concerned about possible violence on the reserve. $P David Thompson replaces the old police chief, who...

Tribes ask court for $1.7B and title to lost land
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the Cayuga land claim on Wednesday. $p The lawyer for the Cayuga Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe...

Agua Caliente Tribe announces results of election
Richard Milanovich was re-elected to a record 11th term as chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the California tribe announced. $p The tribe also announced the re-election...

House committee debating status of Lumbee Tribe
The House Resources Committee will hold a hearing today on a bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. $p Tribal members have asked for federal status since the...

Hearing used to air complaints about tribal recognition
The House Resources Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to examine the way the Bureau of Indian Affairs recognizes tribes. $p Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) accused the BIA of bowing...

GOP lawmakers still fuming over meeting with Norton
Republican lawmakers from Connecticut are still upset over a meeting they held with Interior Secretary Gale Norton on the federal recognition process. $P Participants said Norton was dismissive of their...

Pow-wows a family affair for young Montana couple
A young Montana couple who met at a pow-wow as high school students are continuing the tradition as college students and parents. $p Richard and Amber Walks Over Ice are...

Citizen Pot Tribe plans housing on land in Kansas
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation announced on Wednesday the purchase of 6 acres of land in Kansas that will be used for housing and a community center. $p The land, in...

Sac and Fox woman comes home to run tribe
It took some convincing for Kay Wallace Rhoads to run for chief of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma. A lifelong educator, she was the dean of students at...

Domenici seeks $6.5M to expand diabetes program
Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) is asking colleagues to provide $6.5 million to expand a Department of Defense diabetes project that benefits a number eight tribal and Native communities. $P The...

Judge rejects Okla. tribe's claim to land in Kansas
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma does not have a claim to a former reservation in Kansas. $p The judge said an 1854 treaty...

Native prisoner claims punishment for long hair
A Native prisoner in California filed a federal lawsuit claiming he lost privileges for refusing to cut his hair. $P Billy Soza Warsoldier, 55, won't follow a grooming policy that...

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