Appeal planned in Cayuga Nation land rights case (April 30, 2004)
An appeal is planned to a judge's ruling affirming the Cayuga Nation's sovereign rights on its ancestral territory. $p Last Friday, a federal judge ruled that the tribe's former reservation has not been terminated by Congress. So any land the...
Tribes to join challenge to Haskell highway (April 30, 2004)
Several tribes are expected to join a lawsuit challenging federal approval of a highway extension through the wetlands at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas. $P Tribes, students and alumni consider the wetlands to be sacred. It is believed remains...
Campbell says agencies afraid of helping tribes (April 30, 2004)
For the second time in two weeks, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) is upset over the federal government's response to bills aimed at helping tribes. At a packed hearing on Wednesday, the retiring senator criticized the Bureau of Indian Affairs...
Court upholds off-reservation gaming provision in IGRA (April 30, 2004)
A provision in federal law that gives states the ability to limit off-reservation gaming does not violate the U.S. Constitution or the trust relationship, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. In a unanimous decision, the 7th Circuit Court of...
Senate panel holds hearing on tribal wildlife bill (April 30, 2004)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on Wednesday on a discussion bill to increase tribal participation in federal fish and wildlife programs. $P Representatives of tribes and tribal organizations testified in favor of S.2301, the Native American Fish...
Alaska Native village mail, food deliveries cut off (April 30, 2004)
The Yupi'k Eskimo village of Ekwok, Alaska, has been cut off from the world due to a soggy runway that is preventing deliveries of mail, food and other supplies. $P Planes have been unable to land at the village, population...
Navajo Boys and Girls Clubs may be forced to close (April 30, 2004)
The 14 Boys and Girls Clubs on the Navajo Nation may be forced to close due to financial problems, The Farmington Daily Times reports. $p The non-profit organization that currently runs the clubs cannot afford to pay its 46 employees....
Column: Agua Caliente Tribe's sovereignty 'scam' (April 30, 2004)
"Don’t get the wrong idea about the quaint-sounding Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. They do a whole lot more than nostalgically recite the legend of the Cahuilla Maiden while giving guided tours of two picturesque canyons on their vast...
Editorial: Rush Limbaugh guilty of 'racist bigotry' (April 30, 2004)
"Political correctness can go too far. We've all seen it. But racist bigotry still is easy to spot - as it was in a Rush Limbaugh broadcast last week. Limbaugh was commenting on Tim Giago's decision to drop out of...
Blumenthal criticized for 'all-out war' on tribes (April 30, 2004)
Black and Latino lawmakers in Connecticut are asking state attorney general Richard Blumenthal to end his "all-out war" against the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. $p The General Assembly's Black and Latino Caucus wrote a letter to Blumenthal and held a press...
Families seek help in locating missing Native teens (April 30, 2004)
Two Native teens from the same First Nations reserve in Manitoba, Canada, have gone missing in recent months. Their families are seeking help in locating them. $p Dwayne Ross, 18, was last seen in October 2003. Sunshine Wood, 16, was...
Off-reserve taxpayers won't get appeal of case (April 30, 2004)
The Supreme Court of Canada announced on Thursday that it would not hear a case testing whether an estimated 60,000 off-reserve Natives have to pay taxes. $p A judge ruled that Treaty 8 exempted off-reserve Natives from taxes but an...
Canada's Supreme Court takes Native logging cases (April 30, 2004)
The Supreme Court of Canada announced on Thursday it would hear an appeal over the logging rights of First Nations. $p The provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are challenging rulings that allow Natives to cut and sell trees...
Probe sought into Campbell's request for drug grant (April 30, 2004)
The Department of Justice is being asked to investigate why Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) sought a $1.2 million anti-drug grant for a private firm. $p Campbell's name appeared on a letter exhorting the Denver-based Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug...
EPA to delay regulations on mercury emissions (April 30, 2004)
The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying the implementation of regulations aimed at curbing toxic mercury emissions from power plants. $p The EPA said it won't issue a final rule until March 2005. Environmental groups and some Democrats complained the proposal...
Campbell refusing donations from gaming tribes (April 30, 2004)
Outgoing Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) is refusing donations from tribes that were pledged to him during the recent National Indian Gaming Association conference. $p At NIGA, Campbell said he was transferring about $800,000 in existing campaign funds to the...
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe building new complex (April 30, 2004)
The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe of Washington is building a new complex that will include a longhouse, a library, an elders center and a a career and education center. $p Construction on the ceremonial longhouse has begun. The structure, to...
Tribe's Palm Springs plan may go before voters (April 30, 2004)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians master plan for land it owns in Palm Springs, California, may go before voters. $P The tribe owns a square-mile section known as Section 14 that it plans to turn into a residential...
Senate maneuvers on energy policy legislation fail (April 30, 2004)
An attempt by Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) to attach the energy policy legislation as an amendment to an unrelated bill by Sen. Tom Daschle (D-N.M.) failed on Thursday. $p Domenici put the bill on Daschle's ethanol production, which itself was...
HUD report finds Lumbee Tribe broke housing rules (April 30, 2004)
A monitoring report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has found that the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina violated federal rules, The Fayetteville Observer reports. $P The HUD report found eight violations connected to the tribe's recent purchase...
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