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April 27, 2004
Judge won't dismiss Navajo Nation suit against Peabody
A federal judge has again refused to let the world's largest coal company off the hook for its role in the Navajo Nation's billion-dollar trust asset mismanagement claim. The tribe...

Racism still a sore subject 30 years after murders
When The Farmington Daily Times decided to run a series on the 1974 murders of three Navajo men and the effect on race relations, the paper ran into opposition from...

Yellow Bird: Native people lost advocate in Elbers
"They say when chiefs and great men die, the skies turn tumultuous and stormy. They say spirits come on high winds to honor and escort the person home. On Saturday,...

Woman looks for husband's grave at Pine Ridge
An African-American man who joined the American Indian Movement in the 1970s is believed to have been buried somewhere on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. $p Ray Robinson...

BIA doesn't want judge to rule on Shinnecock Nation
The Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn't seem to care about its federal recognition duties, a federal judge said on Monday. $p U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt said the federal government...

Group seeks to increase use of Native languages
A group of educators in South Dakota hopes to revive the use of Nakota, Dakota and Lakota languages among youth and adults. $p Dottie LeBeau headed a language advocacy committee...

Native students get tour of secretive laboratory
Seven Native students from the University of Montana and tribal colleges in Montana were given a tour of a government laboratory that performs research on the world's most infectious diseases....

South Dakota drum welcomes all to the circle
The Eagle Spirit Drum Group of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is educating the public on the drum tradition. $p The group leads sessions at a local youth center. George Eagleman,...

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation building economy
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation of Arizona is eager to create a reservation economy. $p Although attempts to lure big-time sports stadiums have not paid off, the tribe has broken...

Beacons of hope for youth of Leech Lake Reservation
After focusing on the struggles facing youth on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota, The Minneapolis Star Tribune turns its "Lost Youth" series to efforts to end the cycle of...

Tribes reluctantly take part in Lewis-Clark events
For many tribes, the Lewis and Clark expedition signaled the end of their way of life. As the United States pushed to the west, they lost their homelands. Many were...

Appeals court orders release of water for tribe
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued an order to restore flows to the Trinity River in northern California. $p The temporary order comes in litigation involving the...

Choctaw group from Louisiana seeks recognition
The Turtle Clan of Choctaw Indians is seeking recognition and a reservation from the state of Louisiana. $p The tribe claims 125 members. Chairman James Gill says the tribe has...

Tribes debate next step in Kennewick Man case
Four Pacific Northwest tribes seeking to stop scientific study of the 9,000-year-old remains known as Kennewick Man might not appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. $P The Nez Perce, Yakama,...

Nike partnership addresses Indian health issues
Nike has a unique partnership with the Indian Health Service to address health and fitness among Native Americans. $p The company signed a memorandum of understanding with IHS at last...

Coquille Tribe building new dams and reservoirs
After years of planning, the Coquille Tribe of Oregon has begun construction on a water project. $P The tribe is building two dams and two reservoirs. The purpose is to...

Alaska Native charter school to emphasize culture
A group of Native and education leaders in Fairbanks, Alaska, is asking for approval to start a charter school that will focus on Alaska Native culture. $p If approved, the...

Tribal members oppose site for cultural museum
Members of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are mobilizing against the tribe's proposed $38 million cultural museum. $p The tribe's museum board picked a site that tribal members...

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