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April 07, 2004
Oneida Nation payment to city seen as 'hush money'
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,...

Cayuga Nation's plans for land worry some in village
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...

Trust fund special master alleges government fraud
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...

Report blasts 'ethnic bashing' against Calif. tribe
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...

Miccosukee Tribe criticized for lobbying tactics
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...

Appeals court revives Wind River royalty fraud case
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...

Tribal member on GOP ticket probed over residency
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...

Navajo Nation sees outbreak of AIDS and syphilis
Health officials on the Navajo Nation have declared an outbreak of AIDS and syphilis on the reservation. $p The tribe has seen a rise in AIDS and syphilis cases in...

Interior rejects Balaran's claims on trust fund
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...

Church group discusses tent city with tribe, county
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...

Objection raised to Navajo Nation off-shore bank
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...

Six plead guilty in reservation meth conspiracy case
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...

Mich. university interviewing four for Native post
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...

Monument to Indian killer stirs controversy again
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...

Ponca Tribe to join lawsuit against chemical plant
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...

Rush Limbaugh: Giago is 'bad news' for Tom Daschle
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...

Obituary: Yallup, longtime Yakama Nation leader
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...

Wyandotte Nation challenges state's raid of trust land
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...

Reno-Sparks Tribe reaches tax agreement with state
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...

Bush seeks approval for testing of 12th graders
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...

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