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May 25, 2004
U.S. Supreme Court won't touch Indian tax ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to free the state of South Dakota from refunding gasoline taxes illegally paid by tribal members. Without comment, the court rejected the state's...

Appeals court upholds Michigan tribe's restored land
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said land taken into trust for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan can be used for any...

Opinion: Anderson undermined by BIA underlings
"He is the most powerful Native American in the most powerful city in the world, but it seems he cannot do much without the support from his agency. Dave Anderson...

Column: Vine Deloria refuses honorary degree
"Vine Deloria Jr. doesn't shrink from controversy. The retired University of Colorado-Boulder history professor and author of several books, including the bestselling "Custer Died for Your Sins," testified for the...

Mohegan Tribe in talks to purchase high school
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut has offered $35 million to purchase a high school, The New London Day reports. $p No deal has been made but the tribe is interested...

Delaware Nation wants out-of-state land in trust
The Delaware Nation of Oklahoma has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take land in Maryland into trust, The Annapolis Capital reports. $p A developer in Maryland wants to...

Brownback says reservation visit inspired apology
The first time Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) visited reservations in his state, he said he sensed a "depth of anger" among Native people. $p "I didn't have personal relationships with...

Concerns raised about new Agua Caliente museum
Some members of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians say the tribe's new museum is too big and is too close to an historic tribal village. $p The 100,000-square-foot...

Chairman of Montana tribe locked out of office
The chairman of the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana was removed from office on Monday but he vowed to continue as leader. $P Chairman John Morales has been battling with...

Alaska Native corporations generate billions
Alaska Native corporations generated billions in revenue, payroll and shareholder dividends in 2002, according to an annual report. $P The 43 regional and village corporations surveyed for the report generated...

Couple taps tribal traditions for unique wedding
David Boxley, 52, and Lorene Hanlon, 33, got married on Saturday at a day-long ceremony that blended elements of Tsimshian, Tlingit and Western culture. $p Boxley, a member of the...

Yellow Bird: Bill Cosby speaks truth about education
"Over the weekend I talked with some teachers from one of the local reservation schools. "Why do some of students who come from the reservation schools and attend UND do...

Wyoming tribe won't relinquish jurisdiction to state
A dispute over jurisdiction has halted a child protective services agreement between the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the state of Wyoming. $p The tribe and the state were negotiating a...

Winona LaDuke: 'Someone has to defeat George Bush'
Former Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke spoke to Native reporter Dorreen Yellow Bird, of the Grand Forks Herald, about politics and her environmental efforts. $p LaDuke said she...

Navajo Nation accused of 'extortion' in water deal
A lawyer for the city of Farmington, New Mexico, says the Navajo Nation is trying to get more water than it needs out of proposed water settlement. $p Lawyer Gary...

Utility district backs Pala Tribe in landfill battle
The Pala Band of Mission Indians of California gained the support of a utility district in its fight against a landfill. $p Another group, however, declined to take a position...

Convenience stores blame revenue loss on Indians
The convenience store industry says it has lost 60 percent of tobacco revenues to online merchants, including tribal- and Indian-owned businesses. $p The Alliance for the Fair Application of Cigarette...

Judge gives green light to $280B tobacco lawsuit
A federal judge has given the federal government permission to pursue a $280 billion racketeering lawsuit against big tobacco companies. $P U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler said the case...

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