Tribal paper employee charged with soliciting child (May 10, 2004)
An employee of the Pueblo Journal was arrested on Friday on charges of soliciting sex from a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. $p James Gardner Dalton, 44, was a bookkeeper for the paper, according to the paper's general manager....
BIA's Anderson backed amid calls for resignation (May 10, 2004)
What began out as a way for assistant secretary Dave Anderson to avoid controversy has evolved into his first political crisis. Last month, Anderson quietly removed himself from all federal recognition, gaming and gaming-related land acquisition matters. In a memo...
Campbell pins corruption probe on former top aide (May 10, 2004)
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) says his former top aide is solely to blame for a federal probe into alleged corruption at his office. $p Campbell disclosed on Friday that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into an...
Alaska Natives fare poorly on high school exit exam (May 10, 2004)
A disproportionate number of Alaska Native students in Alaska risk losing their high school diploma based on the latest results from the state's exit exam. $p Of the seniors who failed the reading portion of the exam, 54 percent were...
Navajo leader disinvited to Democratic convention (May 10, 2004)
No one was more surprised than Duane Chili Yazzie when New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said the Navajo leader would be going to the Democratic National Convention as an official delegate. $p But it turns out the invite was...
Tribes faced with debate over identity, blood quantum (May 10, 2004)
"Only Indians, horses and dogs have pedigrees," Paul DeMain, publisher of News From Indian Country, says. $p Pedigrees are an important factor in determining Indian identity. It determines whether one is enrolled in a tribe or not. "You don't...
Senate panel backs recognition of Virginia tribes (May 10, 2004)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee last week adopted a report supporting the federal recognition of six Virginia tribes. $p The report says the tribes "are, and always have been, Indian tribes warranting acknowledgment by the federal government." It was adopted...
Anderson rejects critic's call to resign from BIA post (May 10, 2004)
Assistant secretary Dave Anderson said on Friday that he would not resign from his post as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. $p Anderson is under fire for removing himself from all federal recognition, gaming and gaming land-into-trust matters....
Former judge awaits sentence for abusing Native girls (May 10, 2004)
A former judge in British Columbia has pleaded guilty to abusing four Native girls who had appeared before him in court. $p David William Ramsay's victims were between the ages of 12 and 16. Native leaders say he should receive...
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes spending under scrutiny (May 10, 2004)
Federal authorities are investigating how leaders of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma are spending casino profits, according to news reports. $P Members of the tribe's business committee are given access to an "emergency assistance" fund. The money is...
Robert Miller: Lewis and Clark depended on Indians (May 10, 2004)
"The Lewis and Clark Expedition undertook an exceedingly difficult, dangerous and perhaps even superhuman mission. Most Americans are well aware of its exploits and success. What is less known is the fact that Indian nations and individual Indians provided crucial...
Alaska Natives oppose subsistence restrictions (May 10, 2004)
Alaska Natives in Southwest Alaska say they are prepared to break federal and state law in protest of restrictions on their traditional subsistence rights. $P A change in federal law requires hunters over the age of 16 to purchase a...
George Benge: Identity biggest issue facing Indians (May 10, 2004)
"What's the most important issue facing American Indians today? Health care? Education? Jobs? Economic empowerment? Without doubt, these are all vital issues. But there's another issue that doesn't grab headlines and is off the radar of many people and much...
'Super Chief' Wadena alleged target of criminal probe (May 10, 2004)
Darrell "Chip" Wadena, former chairman of the White Earth Ojibwe Tribe of Minnesota, is an alleged target of a criminal probe, according to news reports. $p Wadena, a convicted felon, is being investigated as part of a title-washing scheme on...
Yellow Bird: Mothers' distant memories still strong (May 10, 2004)
"My mother, who is 87, has a path from her bedroom to a chair, which sits beside a huge table filled with papers and condiments. The table nearly fills her small living room in senior housing at White Shield, N.D....
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