Oneida Nation payment to city seen as 'hush money' (April 7, 2004)
The Oneida Nation of New York is giving $100,000 to the city of Oneida Common but one Republican official objected, saying the tribe isn't paying property taxes. Mayor Ted Hanifin, a Democrat, rejected claims that the donation was "hush money"...
Cayuga Nation's plans for land worry some in village (April 7, 2004)
Residents of a village in New York where the Cayuga Nation has purchased land are divided on what the tribe should be allowed to do with it. The tribe bought a former auto parts store and wants to make improvements...
Trust fund special master alleges government fraud (April 7, 2004)
A court official investigating the federal government's handling of billions of dollars of Indian trust funds has quit the case amid renewed allegations of widespread fraud. Special master Alan Balaran detailed his charges in a three-page letter made public yesterday....
Report blasts 'ethnic bashing' against Calif. tribe (April 7, 2004)
The Sonoma County, California, Commission on Human Rights issued a summary report on Tuesday on allegations of hate speech and racism against the Coast Miwok Tribe. The commission concluded that the tribe, also known as the Federated Indians of Graton...
Miccosukee Tribe criticized for lobbying tactics (April 7, 2004)
Lawmakers in Florida predicted the Miccosukee Tribe would lose support for a critical bill over "heavy-handed" lobbying tactics, The Miami Herald reports. $p At recent meetings for a bill to cede state jurisdiction over Miccosukee lands, the tribe brought along...
Appeals court revives Wind River royalty fraud case (April 7, 2004)
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday revived a false claims suit against an energy company accusing of underpaying gas royalties on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Based on research, two men believed Comstock Resources, Inc. was cheating...
Tribal member on GOP ticket probed over residency (April 7, 2004)
The Montana Political Practices Commission is investigating whether an Oglala Lakota tribal member qualifies to run for public office in the state. $p Dave Mihalic, a former National Park Service superintendent, is running as lieutenant governor. He is on the...
Interior rejects Balaran's claims on trust fund (April 7, 2004)
The Department of Interior denied placing the interests of energy companies above individual Indians amid charges of retaliation by a former court official for the trust fund lawsuit. $p Special master Alan Balaran announced his resignation from the case in...
Church group discusses tent city with tribe, county (April 7, 2004)
Representatives of a church group that wants to build a tent city for homeless farm workers met with officials from the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe and Riverside County, California, on Tuesday. The county and the tribe said the Global Church's...
Objection raised to Navajo Nation off-shore bank (April 7, 2004)
A Navajo Nation attorney won't get involved with a proposed off-shore bank on the reservation because he says it will violate federal law. $p Tribal leaders are floating a proposal to create a bank for foreign investors. They say it...
Six plead guilty in reservation meth conspiracy case (April 7, 2004)
Six people pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday in a drug conspiracy on the Northern Cheyenne in Montana. Four Mexican nationals and two women from the reservation were set to go to trial when they entered pleas. The Mexican...
Mich. university interviewing four for Native post (April 7, 2004)
Four candidates are interviewing to be the next director of Native American Programs at Central Michigan University. $p The program's director recently resigned. The school cut the program's budget nearly in half, eliminating one top position. $p Of the court...
Monument to Indian killer stirs controversy again (April 7, 2004)
Officials in Milford, Pennsylvania, have decided to resurrect a monument to a white settler who bragged about killing 99 Indian men, women and children and allegedly wished it were an even 100. $p Tom Quick and his family were among...
Ponca Tribe to join lawsuit against chemical plant (April 7, 2004)
The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma is joining a federal lawsuit against a chemical plant that is allegedly causing pollution. $p Tribal members and local residents say the Continental Carbon's plant sends black dust into the air, causing breathing problems and...
Rush Limbaugh: Giago is 'bad news' for Tom Daschle (April 7, 2004)
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Tim Giago's decision to run as an independent in the U.S. Senate race is "bad news" for Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). $p On his morning radio show, Limbaugh called Giago a member of...
Obituary: Yallup, longtime Yakama Nation leader (April 7, 2004)
Wilferd Tom Yallup, a former council chairman of the Yakama Nation of Washington, died recently at the age of 72. $p Yallup was raised in a traditional lifestyle, which he passed onto his children. He was known as an ardent...
Wyandotte Nation challenges state's raid of trust land (April 7, 2004)
The Wyandotte Nation is asking a federal judge to rule on the validity of the state of Kansas' raid of the tribe's casino in downtown Kansas City. $P The tribe contends the state had no jurisdiction to enter the land,...
Reno-Sparks Tribe reaches tax agreement with state (April 7, 2004)
The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony signed an agreement with the state of Nevada to share some tax revenues generated on the reservation. $p Under an existing agreement, in place for 12 years, the tribe received all tax revenue as long as...
Bush seeks approval for testing of 12th graders (April 7, 2004)
President Bush is seeking Congressional approval to test 12th graders at the nation's public schools. $p Mandatory testing is required of fourth- and eighth-graders who are tested in all states every other year. Some states test high school students. $p...
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