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April 12, 2004
Audit finds school construction problems at BIA
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has improved in its school replacement and repair program but the agency needs to be more accountable for its spending, an internal audit concluded. Since...

Inuit mothers fear they are poisoning own children
Long considered one of the most pristine places in the world, the Arctic has become a sinkhole for pollutants, scientists say. Chemicals and chemical by-products from industrial nations drift to...

Tensions still simmer over First Nation law enforcement
Attempts to resolve a law enforcement dispute on the Kanesatake Mohawk First Nation in Quebec, Canada, appear to have failed. Some tribal members are preventing a new police chief from...

Editorial: Settle 'shameful' Cobell trust fund case
"The alternately inept and malicious handling of individual Indian trust accounts by the U.S. government grows more shameful as an 8-year-old lawsuit drags out. Settle this case. Justice is long...

DOI to pay Apache man $50K for seized feathers
The Department of Interior has been ordered to pay nearly $50,000 in legal fees to an Apache man whose eagle feathers were seized by federal agents. Joseluis Saenz is a...

House panel to hold federal recognition hearing
The House Committee on Government Reform will hold a hearing May 5 on the federal recognition process. Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.), vice-chairman of the committee, is a vocal critics of...

Indian student quits college after racial attack
An Indian student from New Mexico recently quit the University of Wisconsin-Madison and returned home after a racial attack left him injured, The Wisconsin State Journal reports. Friends and school...

Judge will make BIA employee alcohol survey public
A federal judge plans to make a survey of alcohol and other problems among Bureau of Indian Affairs employees public if it is introduced as evidence in a civil trial....

Yellow Bird: Drum policy excluded local tribes
"The 35th Annual Time Out and Wacipi is completed, and getting ready for the 36th program probably is far from the thoughts of UND Indian students. After all is said...

Wireless Internet comes to Sauk-Suiattle Tribe
Members of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington now have high-speed wireless Internet access. The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians entered into an agreement with the tribe and Verizon Avenue to...

75 million tons of mine waste left in Tar Creek
The federal government has spent at least $120 million to clean up 75 million tons of mine waste in northeastern Oklahoma but there appears to have been little progress, The...

Residents of two First Nations get to return home
About 1,000 people evacuated from two First Nations in Manitoba are returning home now that flooding has subsided. The Peguis and Fisher River reserves were flooded last week. It's a...

McCain demands documents from lobbyist, PR exec
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has given Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff an April 19 deadline to turn over documents related to his work for four tribes. Public relations executive Michael Scanlon...

Coushatta treasurer accuses NIGC of lax oversight
The secretary-treasurer of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana says the National Indian Gaming Commission is failing to investigate alleged violations of federal law. The Lake Charles American Press quotes a...

Indian law conference to examine tribal role
The Federal Bar Association is holding its 29th annual Indian law conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Thursday and Friday of this week. This year's theme, "The Role of Indian...

Native law students holding spring conference
The National Native American Law Students Association is holding its annual spring conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this week. NNALSA will kick off the meeting with an awards banquet on...

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