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April 14, 2004
Indian housing funds face cuts in Bush budget
Indian Country is in need of at least 200,000 homes but tribes have seen their share of federal resources dry up under the Bush administration. Despite pledging to increase home...

Chickasaw astronaut ate tortillas in space
NASA astronaut John Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, visited a Bureau of Indian Affairs school on the Navajo Nation. Herrington was a member of the Space Shuttle Endeavour...

Incident involving Navajo rap group stirs UNM campus
Authorities are looking into an incident in which a performance by a Navajo hip-hop group on the University of New Mexico campus was cut short in a confrontation with a...

BIA regional official can't define safe driving record
A regional official for the Bureau of Indian Affairs testified on Tuesday that she can't define a "safe driving record" despite being responsible for ensuring that employees could operate a...

Trial into Indian voting rights in South Dakota continues
Two witnesses in a trial over Indian voting rights in South Dakota testified in favor of separate voting districts for the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. $p Currently, the reservations...

Tribes sign plan to protect Missouri River sites
A group of tribes signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect historic and cultural sites along the Missouri River. The agreement spells out how the...

Jury acquits non-Indian of assaulting tribal officer
A non-Indian farmer who rammed his tractor into a police officer on the Omaha Reservation was acquitted by a federal jury. The jury found Kim Knecht innocent of assaulting a...

Mohawk Tribe wants company to clean up river
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York says the Alcoa aluminum company must clean up dangerous chemicals it has dumped into the Grasse River. Sediments in the river contain...

Editorial: Small IHS funding boost not enough
The Senate's approval of a $282 million increase in the Indian Health Service budget is "much better than the paltry $45.5 million increase proposed by President Bush" but is still...

2,000 California Indians face disenrollment
According to the American Indian Movement, 2,000 California Indians are being threatened with disenrollment. About 130 of those are from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians whose heritage is being...

Tribal colleges form network to combat diabetes
Five tribal colleges in three states have joined the University of Minnesota to create a program to combat exploding rates of diabetes in Indian Country. The Woodlands Wisdom partnership seeks...

Tribal Leaders: Shakopee Tribe shares the wealth
"As tribal leaders, we are disappointed and disturbed to see the hostility directed at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community based on the misperception that this prosperous tribe does not "share"...

Banks finally showing interest in tribal business
Lured by the casino market, banks are finally reaching out to tribes that they once ignored. In the Pacific Northwest, tribes are using $1.2 billion in gaming revenues to develop...

Tribal member denied tenure at Iowa university
Larry Gross, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is trying to gain tenure at Iowa State University despite being denied in a recent vote. Gross, a professor...

N.D. tribal elders want to monitor bison herd
Elders of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota want to set up a committee to monitor the tribe's bison herd. The tribe is under scrutiny due to...

Tribe in Brazil sees high rate of youth suicide
The Kaiowa Tribe of Brazil is experiencing a rate of suicide rate 27 times the national average in Brazil. Last year, 54 members of the tribe took their lives. Based...

BIA decision on Nipmuc recognition expected May 1
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected to issue a final determination on the federal status of the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts, The Boston Herald reports. The tribe was given...

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