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April 13, 2004
IGRA amendments mired in debate over revenues
A bill to reform federal oversight of the $15.9 billion Indian gaming industry stalled last week amid complaints that it could weaken ongoing negotiations to send more tribal casino revenues...

N.D. tribal council to consider status of bison herd
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation council will consider the status of the tribe's bison herd this month. Tribal employees and outsiders have accused the tribe of mismanaging the herd....

Alaska Republicans protest $100K village bulldozer
Alaska Republicans in the State Senate are rejecting a bill that authorizes the purchase of an $100,000 bulldozer for an Alaska Native village and $10 million in other capital projects....

Tribal leaders hope to counteract Bush budget cuts
Tribal leaders are meeting in the Washington, D.C., area this week to finalize their response to the Bush administration's plans to scale back the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget. The...

Native artists mix cultures to create Tekcno Pow-wow
Two Native artists who mix traditional and contemporary elements into their work will host a Tekcno Pow-wow in Montana on April 17. Bently Spang, a member of the Northern Cheyenne...

Absentee Shawnee Tribe to fund new bridge project
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma will fund a new bridge project by leveraging federal funds. The tribe will use Bureau of Indian Affairs road funds for the construction of...

Report: Delaware Nation wants to buy land in Maryland
The Delaware Nation of Oklahoma is interested in buying 481 acres in Maryland for use as a landfill, The Baltimore Sun reports. The tribe sought federal approval last October to...

Yellow Bird: Strong flower like spirit of Native people
"When I see the flower, I think of our people - the Native people. I studied the journals and listened to the stories of generations of American Indians who survived...

Program helps Native students prepare for college
A program called College Horizons helps Native students prepare for the college-admissions process. Native students participate in a five-day workshop that helps narrow down their college choices, understand financial aid...

State to pay for reburial of Klallam ancestors
The state of Washington and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe signed an agreement over the reburial of tribal ancestors discovered at a transportation construction site. The state will spend $3...

Native comedians headline show in Indian Capital of World
Navajo comedians James Junes and Ernest Tsosie III will headline a benefit show in Gallup, New Mexico, the Indian Capital of the World, on Friday. Junes and Tsosie came together...

Syphilis outbreak develops near Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation has discovered an outbreak of syphilis in the off-reservation community of Gallup, New Mexico. The tribe's Social Hygiene Branch has been screening people in Gallup after noticing...

Water rights discussion excluded Navajo Nation
The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission held a secret meeting to discuss a proposed water settlement with the Navajo Nation but excluded the tribe and tribal members. The chairman of...

Passamaquoddy chief wants Native role recognized
The chief of a Passamaquoddy First Nation in New Brunswick wants the Canadian government to recognize the role Natives played in helping the first French settlers. Hugh Akagee says the...

Family wants BIA alcohol survey made public
The family of a Nebraska couple killed by a former Bureau of Indian Affairs employee who was drinking on the job wants a study of alcohol problems by other employees...

Accident in Oregon claims five Klamath tribal members
Five members of the Klamath Tribes of Oregon died in a head-on collision on Saturday. Cleora Godowa, 60, was driving when her rear tire blew out, causing the car to...

Tohono O'odham Nation dealing with border 'crisis'
The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is using half of its federal funds for border security instead of housing, roads, education and other tribal needs, Fox News reports. The reservation's...

Trial examines Indian voting rights in South Dakota
A federal judge in South Dakota began hearing testimony in a lawsuit claiming discrimination against Indian voters. The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the state's legislative map. On behalf...

Nevada tribe to build arsenic water treatment plant
The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada has obtained enough funds to build a $1 million arsenic water treatment plant. The tribe considered running its water through the city of Fallon's...

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