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May 17, 2004
Deal proposed to resolve Idaho tribe's water rights
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...

Parade Magazine: Future Generations Riders
Parade Magazine's May 16 edition featured a cover story on the Future Generations Ride to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. $p The ran began as a memorial to...

Te-Moak Tribe threatens to remove dozens
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...

California tribe wants OK for housing development
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...

Native corporation opposition prompts resignation
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,...

One Heritage, Two Worlds: Series on Seneca Nation
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...

Sycuan Tribe seeks approval for $30M hotel project
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...

Mark Trahant: Voice mail filled with views on Iraqi war
""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...

Janklow's 100-day sentence for car accident is over
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...

Northern Ute Tribe considers own school district
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...

Davy Crockett actor under fire for working with tribe
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,...

Indian police officer killed on duty remembered
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...

Makah Nation marks fifth year since first whale hunt
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...

Drum group allowed to sing at law school graduation
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...

Anderson calls tribal leaders, teachers 'dinosaurs'
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...

Cherokee Nation seeking to ban same-sex marriage
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...

Campbell and staff play 'fast and loose' with rules
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...

Yellow Bird: A goodbye to Friends and Frasier!
""Friends" and "Frasier" are sitcoms that I have watched off and on over the years. I can't say I always was a fan of "Friends." At first, I didn't like...

Washington Post lists federal employee bonuses
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...

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