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May 10, 2004
Tribal paper employee charged with soliciting child
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...

BIA's Anderson backed amid calls for resignation
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...

Campbell pins corruption probe on former top aide
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...

Alaska Natives fare poorly on high school exit exam
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...

Navajo leader disinvited to Democratic convention
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...

Tribes faced with debate over identity, blood quantum
"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...

Senate panel backs recognition of Virginia tribes
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...

Anderson rejects critic's call to resign from BIA post
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...

Former judge awaits sentence for abusing Native girls
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...

Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes spending under scrutiny
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...

Robert Miller: Lewis and Clark depended on Indians
"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...

Alaska Natives oppose subsistence restrictions
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...

George Benge: Identity biggest issue facing Indians
"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...

'Super Chief' Wadena alleged target of criminal probe
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,...

Yellow Bird: Mothers' distant memories still strong
"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...

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