U.S. Supreme Court won't touch Indian tax ruling (May 25, 2004)
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 appeal of a case involving a convenience store owner on...
Appeals court upholds Michigan tribe's restored land (May 25, 2004)
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 purpose, including gaming. $p In a unanimous decision, a three-judge...
Opinion: Anderson undermined by BIA underlings (May 25, 2004)
"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 was appointed to be the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs....
Column: Vine Deloria refuses honorary degree (May 25, 2004)
"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 defense in Russell Means' 1974 Wounded Knee trial. He stood...
Delaware Nation wants out-of-state land in trust (May 25, 2004)
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 transfer the property to the tribe at no cost. The...
Brownback says reservation visit inspired apology (May 25, 2004)
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 Native Americans," he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The bitterness caught...
Chairman of Montana tribe locked out of office (May 25, 2004)
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 the tribal council since his election last October. He refused...
Alaska Native corporations generate billions (May 25, 2004)
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 revenues of at least $2.4 billion on assets of $2.7...
Couple taps tribal traditions for unique wedding (May 25, 2004)
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 Tsimshian Tribe, and his family were responsible for most of...
Yellow Bird: Bill Cosby speaks truth about education (May 25, 2004)
"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 poorly?" I asked them. I've always heard there were poor...
Wyoming tribe won't relinquish jurisdiction to state (May 25, 2004)
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 new contract but the tribe objected to some of the...
Winona LaDuke: 'Someone has to defeat George Bush' (May 25, 2004)
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 was reluctant to run for public office but agreed to...
Navajo Nation accused of 'extortion' in water deal (May 25, 2004)
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 Horner told The Farmington Daily Times that the tribe is...
Utility district backs Pala Tribe in landfill battle (May 25, 2004)
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 on the matter. Tribal leaders said they hoped to convince...
Convenience stores blame revenue loss on Indians (May 25, 2004)
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 Taxes claims that states are losing billions of revenue due...
Judge gives green light to $280B tobacco lawsuit (May 25, 2004)
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 can proceed under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act....
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