Deal proposed to resolve Idaho tribe's water rights (May 17, 2004)
The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho will receive $193 million in water rights, payments and other benefits under a proposed settlement to one of the longest-running water disputes in the nation. Tribal leaders joined Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Idaho...
Te-Moak Tribe threatens to remove dozens (May 17, 2004)
Dozens of people are facing disenrollment from the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada. $p Among those facing disenrollment is former chairman Felix Ike, who said he and 31 members of his family received letters and were told...
California tribe wants OK for housing development (May 17, 2004)
The city council in Fortuna, California, will consider the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria's proposal for a housing development. $p The tribe wants to build nine single-family homes and 20 multifamily homes on 3.9 acres in the city....
Native corporation opposition prompts resignation (May 17, 2004)
Alaska's top securities official has resigned over opposition he faced from Alaska Native corporations, The Anchorage Daily News reports. $p Vince Usera, a securities examiner for the Division of Banking, Securities and Corporations, tried to revamp the regulations the corporations...
One Heritage, Two Worlds: Series on Seneca Nation (May 17, 2004)
The Buffalo News is running a series "One Heritage, Two Worlds" on the economic status of members of the Seneca Nation of New York. $p The first installment looks at the disparities in income earned by tribal members. Some, like...
Sycuan Tribe seeks approval for $30M hotel project (May 17, 2004)
The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation of California is seeking approval to build a $30 million hotel and commercial development in San Diego. $p The plan calls for a 150-room hotel, restaurants, conference facilities and retail stores on publicly-owned land...
Mark Trahant: Voice mail filled with views on Iraqi war (May 17, 2004)
""You and the rest of the media ... are condemning the troops because of a few bad apples," one particularly irate caller tells me. "You don't have a clue, you're always asking questions, probing, well, you don't know what's going...
Janklow's 100-day sentence for car accident is over (May 17, 2004)
Bill Janklow, former South Dakota governor and Congressman, is being released from jail today after serving 100 days for second-degree manslaughter and three misdemeanors. $P Janklow was found guilty in connection with an August 16, 2003, car accident that killed...
Northern Ute Tribe considers own school district (May 17, 2004)
The Northern Ute Tribe of Utah is considering creating its own public school district to focus on Indian culture. $P Tribal officials say the public school system doesn't fit the needs of Indian students. They are looking for ways to...
Davy Crockett actor under fire for working with tribe (May 17, 2004)
As Davy Crockett, actor Fess Parker was an Indian fighter. Now he's being attacked for being an Indian helper. $P Park plans to sell 745 acres to the Chumash Tribe, also known as the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians....
Indian police officer killed on duty remembered (May 17, 2004)
An Indian police officer who was killed on duty was honored in Blaine County, Montana, on Saturday. $P Joshua Rutherford, 28, a member of the Fort Belknap Assinniboine Tribe, was a sheriff's deputy for the county. He was shot and...
Makah Nation marks fifth year since first whale hunt (May 17, 2004)
On May 17, 1999, members of the Makah Nation of Washington participated in the tribe's first whaling hunt in more than 70 years. $P The hunters were successful that year and took one gray whale. But since then, the hunt...
Drum group allowed to sing at law school graduation (May 17, 2004)
The Grey Fox Drum Group was allowed to sing a Dakota honor song at the University of North Dakota's law school graduation on Saturday. $p School officials had denied the request for an honor song but relented after facing criticism...
Anderson calls tribal leaders, teachers 'dinosaurs' (May 17, 2004)
Assistant secretary Dave Anderson spoke at commencement exercises at Haskell Indian Nations University on Friday, calling on tribal leaders and teachers to "change" because they are "becoming irrelevant." $p Anderson led the crowd through his trademark cheer of "I feel...
Cherokee Nation seeking to ban same-sex marriage (May 17, 2004)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is moving to ban same-sex marriages after a marriage application was issued to a lesbian couple. $P "We believe the definition of marriage is only between a man and woman," Chief Chad Smith told The...
Campbell and staff play 'fast and loose' with rules (May 17, 2004)
Retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) and his staff have been investigated four times for alleged ethical or conflict-of-interest lapses, The Denver Post reports. $p None of the investigations have resulted in criminal charges, the paper says. But the Justice...
Washington Post lists federal employee bonuses (May 17, 2004)
A database at washingtonpost.com lists cash bonuses and other awards for federal government employees, including those at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of Special Trustee and the National Indian Gaming Commission. $P You can search by name, agency...
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