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April 23, 2004
Chickasaw Nation campaign donation criticized
Bob Anthony, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, says his rival Kirk Humphreys should return a $4,000 donation from the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. $P Humphreys scoffed at the idea...

Bid to lower Navajo blood quantum rejected
A proposal that could have doubled the enrollment of the largest tribe in the country was rejected on Thursday by the Navajo Nation Council. Council delegate Ervin Keeswood sponsored the...

Family agrees to mediation in BIA drunk driving suit
The family of a Nebraska coupled killed in a drunk driving crash involving an ex-Bureau of Indian Affairs employee agreed to mediate the damage award. $p A federal judge said...

Navajo homeless men claim assault by white youth
Does the practice of "rolling" Indians still take place in Farmington, New Mexico? Some Navajo homeless men say it does. $p The men claim that white youth victimize them on...

S.D. court rejects Hicks defense in police chase
The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a county deputy had no right to pursue a drive accused of a traffic violation onto the Pine Ridge Reservation. $p...

ACLU rests case in Indian voting rights trial
The American Civil Liberties Union called its final witness in a case accusing the state of South Dakota of violating the voting rights of American Indians. $p Elsie Meeks, an...

Chumash Tribe's land-into-trust request opposed
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place 6.9 acres into trust. $p The California tribe plans to use the land fro...

Aquash to be reburied on home reserve in Canada
American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash will be reburied on her home reserve in Canada. $p Aquash was born on the Mi'kmaq Shubenacadie Reserve in Nova Scotia. Her...

Anti-Daschle ad ties bill to Indian unemployment
A television ad sponsored by the Coalition For The Future American Worker accuses Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) of ignoring the high unemployment rate of Native Americans in South Dakota. $P...

Narragansett Tribe adds two officers to police force
The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island installed two officers to its police force on Thursday at a ceremony attended by local police departments. $P Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas said the...

First Nations object to land development plan
A ceremony for a land development plan in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was hindered on Thursday when half of the First Nations leaders refused to sign. $p The government invited 16 First...

Student helps Peruvian tribe protect territory
A student from St. Andrews University in Scotland is helping the Nahua Tribe of Peru protect its territory. $p The tribe is fighting oil development and other encroachments. Conrad Feather...

Inspector general investigates Schaghticoke decision
The Department of Interior's Inspector General has interviewed Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal and at least one local official as part of its probe into the recognition of the Schaghticoke...

Appeals court hears Eastern Pequot recognition suit
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Thursday in the state of Connecticut's challenge to the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation's federal recognition. $p The lawsuit centers over...

Oglala Sioux Tribe develops West Nile Virus plan
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has developed a plan to fight the West Nile Virus, which killed two tribal members recently and has hit other reservations. $p The...

Review: First American Art at NMAI in New York
"Can a carved and painted Native American mask from the 19th century provide the same aesthetic frisson as, say, a 20th-century Modernist work? By the standards of Charles and Valerie...

Narragansett Tribe working on deal to pay taxes
The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island is negotiating the payment of nearly $79,000 in property taxes owed to the town of Charlestown. $p The tribe says it will pay the...

CDC warns of heart attack from secondhand smoke
In a study published in the British Medical Journal today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that secondhand smoke can significantly increase the risk of heart attack. $p...

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