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May 19, 2004
Rural Alaska villages hit with $5 a gallon gas
Alaska Natives in rural villages are paying up to $5 a gallon for gas, more than twice as much in Anchorage and other parts of the nation. $p "Might as...

Foster care commission seeks tribal inclusion
Tribal governments should be given direct access to millions in federal funds to ensure American Indian and Alaska Native children receive the best foster care, a report released on Tuesday...

Resolution offers apology for 'ill-conceived policies'
Tex Hall was in North Dakota last fall when he received a call on his cell phone. He was surprised to hear who was on the other end. It was...

Text of S.J.RES.37: Apology to Native peoples
The following is the text of S.J.RES.37, a bill to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and...

Brownback: 'A first step toward healing the wounds'
The following is the text of a statement by Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) to accompany S.J.RES.37, a resolution to apologize "to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States."...

Republican official visits Santa Fe Indian School
The chairman of the Republican National Committee toured Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico on Tuesday. $p Ed Gillespie credited the Bush administration with $38 million the school received...

BIA muzzles principal in Navajo school dispute
The principal of a Bureau of Indian Affairs school on the Navajo Nation has been muzzled by the agency, The Farmington Daily Times reports. $p Lake Valley Navajo Principal Craig...

Crow Tribe approves bill to increase housing
Leaders of the Crow Tribe of Montana signed a bill on Tuesday aimed at increasing homeownership rates. $p The bill allows tribal members to obtain private financing for homes. The...

Woman on mission to preserve Yowlumni language
Only a dozen elders can still speak the Yowlumni language, Christina Jaquez says. $p Jaquez, a member of the Tule River Tribe of California, is hoping to change that. She...

Few Oklahoma tribes have same-sex marriage rule
Few Oklahoma tribes have a policy affecting same-sex marriages, The Daily Oklahoman reports. $p Of several tribes the paper contacted, only the Creek Nation and the Iowa Tribe define marriage...

Alaska villages may get delay for emission rules
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue separate rules affecting diesel emission in rural Alaska villages later this year. $p The EPA has regulations to reduce emissions from on-highway...

Bald eagle being removed from threatened species list
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to have the bald eagle removed from the threatened species list by the end of the year, The New York Times reports. $p...

Jesuits settle sexual abuse suit with Alaska Native men
A settlement has been reached in an abuse case that stirred controversy when a retired Jesuit superior claimed that Alaska Natives were "loose" on sexual matters. $p The Oregon Province...

Senate panel to consider health self-governance bill
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing today on S.1696, the Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Self-Governance Amendments Act. $p The bill creates a pilot project...

Arapaho language in danger of disappearing
The Arapaho language will disappear in 15 years without a major revitalization effort, a tribal college professor said. $p Eugene Ridgely Jr., director of the bilingual education program at the...

Mohegan Tribe asks BIA to take land into trust
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take 75 acres into trust. $P The land, divided into 15 parcels, is located in the town...

Opinion: Supreme Court sets 'open season' on tribes
"Throughout the country, state and local authorities are taking a cue from recent Supreme Court decisions as license to trample on tribal sovereignty. In a 2001 decision involving Nevada game...

Judge affirms Miwok tribe's federal recognition
A federal judge in California has affirmed the federal status of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. $p U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. on Friday rejected a challenge...

Democrats continue to object to Myers nomination
Senate Democrats said they would continue objecting to the nomination of Bill Myers, the former Interior Department solicitor, to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. $p Tribes around the country...

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