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April 15, 2004
Tribal leaders press for budget consultation policy
Expressing growing concern over the Bush administration's budget plans, tribal leaders this week called for the adoption of broad consultation policy aimed at ensuring trust and treaty obligations are being...

Police won't pursue charges for death of two boys
Authorities in Montana are unable to confirm whether two 11-year-old boys who died of alcohol poisoning on the Flathead Reservation were supplied liquor by an adult. $P The sheriff's department...

Forum held over racial incident on UNM campus
A reported 200 students, faculty members and Indian leaders attended a forum on Wednesday to address a racially-tinged incident on the University of New Mexico campus. $P UNM leaders came...

BIA safety officer testifies of 'atmosphere' of drinking
The wrongful death lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs heard from a safety officer who described an "atmosphere" of drinking within the BIA. $P Alfred Abeita, the safety chief...

Indian Country Today writer files for public office
David Melmer, a long-time writer for Indian Country Today, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the South Dakota Senate. $p Melmer is filing for the seat in District 30. He...

S.D. Indians testify of racism in voting rights trial
A trial into Indian voting rights in South Dakota heard from five Indian witnesses who testified of racism they experienced. $p The suit accuses the state of packing the Pine...

Hearings held on federal land swap with Crow Tribe
The National Park Service held public hearings on a proposed land swap with the Crow Tribe of Montana. $p The tribe will receive 340 acres of the Bighorn Canyon National...

Obituary: Cypress, founder of Seminole museum
Billy Larry Cypress, the executive director of the Seminole Tribe of Florida's museum, died on Monday after a long illness. He was 61. $P Cypress developed the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, which...

Student pow-wow at NAU considered a success
Students at Northern Arizona University held their third-annual pow-wow over the weekend. $p Organizers say the event is a recognition of Native students on campus. More than 1,000 Native Americans...

Obituary: Earth, Native American Church leader
Jonathon Wayne Earth Sr., a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, died unexpectedly April 4. He was 50. $P Earth was instrumental in the Native American Church on the...

First Nations leaders to meet with United Nations
First Nations leaders in Canada are meeting with United Nations officials to share their story. $p Piapot First Nation Chief Claude Friday says the UN needs to hear from tribes...

Lummi Nation settles lawsuit over grave disturbance
The Lummi Nation of Washington has settled a lawsuit with a firm that allowed tribal ancestors to be removed from a work site. $p Golder Associates agreed to pay the...

Snoqualmie Tribe seeks federal study of sacred falls
The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order a study of the sacred Snoqualmie Falls. $p The tribe opposes the presence of two power...

Apache tribe's forests garner well-managed rating
The White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona has received a "well managed" rating for its forests. $P The third-party Scientific Certification Systems reviewed the tribe's management based on international standards....

Group accuses Lumbee Tribe of stealing heritage
A group calling themselves the Siouan Indians says the Lumbee Tribe is stealing their heritage. $P The Lumbee Tribe claims descent from the historic Cheraw Tribe, a Siouan group. A...

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