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April 05, 2004
Settlement elusive in 38-year-old water rights case
The Santa Fe New Mexican takes a look at the Aamodt Indian water rights case that has gone on for 38 years without a settlement. $P The suit was filed...

N.M. man sentenced for dragging Indian artist
A judge in New Mexico sentenced a man to 4 1/2 years in prison for dragging Indian artist Pressley LaFountain more than half a mile from the man's car. $P...

Some question invite-only policy for drum groups
Organizers of the 35th annual Time-Out and Wacipi Week at the University of North Dakota dropped the pow-wow's open drum policy this year and only allowed invited drum groups to...

Developer continues to remove tribal remains in Calif.
A descendant of the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe of California is trying to stop a developer from excavating remains at a 200-year-old tribal cemetery. $P Robert Dorame has been designated as "most...

Montana lawmakers reviewing Indian education
The Montana State Tribal Affairs Legislative Committee on Instruction held a hearing at the Montana Indian Education Conference on Saturday. $p The committee is conducting a study on drop-out rates...

Tribal fire crews sent to Colorado to battle blaze
Several tribes sent fire fighting crews to battle the Picnic Rock Fire in Colorado. $P At one point, more than a quarter of the estimated 400 firefighters battling the blaze...

Appeals court won't stop Oneida Nation evictions
Four Indian families face removal from their homes on the Oneida Nation in New York after a federal appeals court on Friday refused to stop the tribe's eviction orders. In...

Giago says Daschle compared him to Ralph Nader
Lakota Nation journal publisher Tim Giago says Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) called him and questioned his plans to run for U.S. Senate as an independent. $P Giago, a member of...

McCain aggressive in pursuing lobbyist records
An investigation by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) into the work of a high-paid Republican lobbyist who represented four tribes is seeing some opposition, the Associated Press reports. $p The Mississippi...

Health of N.D. tribe's bison herd questioned again
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota is again facing questions about the management of its bison herd. A report by the North Dakota Board of Animal Health...

Statue of Liberty fund raising under investigation
The Department of Interior's inspector general is investigating the National Park Service's dealings with a non-profit organization that raised funds to "reopen" the Statue of Liberty, The New York Times...

Opinion: Greed, spite, history behind disenrollment
"To any outsider looking in on California Indian politics, the apparent surge in tribal membership disputes over the last few years seems ugly in the extreme. Tribes with multimillion- dollar...

Editorial: Shield recognition from gaming money
The federal government should separate the recognition of tribes "from politics and the big money that has poured into the pipeline to promote Indian casino development," The New London Day...

Racial dispute at Indian Baptist church continues
Sunday services at the Rappahannock Indian Baptist Church in Virginia turned into a debate over race, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Recently, a tribal member and her African-American husband were allegedly...

Climbers sue over ban on climbing at sacred site
A climbers group called The Access Fund filed papers in federal court challenging the U.S. Forest Service's ban on climbing at a sacred site. The Access Fund contends the ban...

State claims right to raid trust land in Kansas
Authorities in Kansas raided the Wyandotte Nation's gaming facility in downtown Kansas City on Friday, claiming the right to enforce state laws on Indian land. $P The small parcel was...

Editorial: Lumbee recognition about fairness
The Lumbee Tribe's bid for federal recognition should not be muddied by concerns about gaming, The Fayetteville Observer says in an editorial. $p The paper says a hearing last week...

Tim Giago: 'Real' Indians don't fight over money
"Who is a tribal member and who is not? It is an ever-growing problem many of us oldtimers predicted would happen. The harbingers of disaster heralded the prospective problems surrounding...

Yellow Bird: A tribute to the warrior women
"Philomena Little Sioux, my grandmother, was a warrior woman who lived during very dangerous and trying times. She wasn't taught that, as a female, her life's role was lesser than...

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