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May 27, 2004
Indian man with long hair wins release from prison
A California Indian man who refused to cut his waist-length hair while in prison was ordered released on Wednesday. Billy Soza Warsoldier, 55, said state corrections officials punished him for...

Editorial: What about new jails for Indian Country?
"In the shadow of abuses at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, it's disheartening to see a national report on abysmal conditions at jails and prisons in Indian Country,...

Iraqi television crew to study Native Americans
A television crew from Iraq is coming to the United States to include Native American view in a documentary about sovereignty. $p The crew plans to meet with tribal leaders...

Indian Affairs head promises money will be spent
The New Mexico Legislature's Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss the Department of Indian Affairs. $p Benny Shendo Jr., the state's new Indian Affairs Secretary, said...

Sovereignty, diversity stressed at FCC media hearing
The Federal Communications Commission held a hearing on media localism in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Wednesday night. $p FCC officials heard from several tribal and Indian representatives, The Rapid...

Column: Death of Seminole leader a loss to all
"Florida has lost a valued citizen. Billy Larry Cypress, 61, died earlier this month in a South Florida hospital. Cypress was founder and executive director of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum of...

Company suspends projects affecting sacred sites
A company whose work tribes and environmentalists say will destroy sacred sites is suspending all major work on two geothermal plants at Medicine Lake in northern California. $p Calpine Corporation...

Makah Nation tells owner of troubled ferry to leave
The Makah Nation of Washington has asked the owner of a ferry with a troubled past to leave tribal waters. $P Chairman Ben Johnson said the owner of Kalakala promised...

Makah whale hunt opponents charged with terrorism
Animals-rights activist who tried to stop the Makah Nation from whale hunting were indicted on eco-terrorism charges for the actions in an unrelated case. $p Joshua Harper, Jacob Conroy and...

Leech Lake Tribe responds: 'We Are Not Lost'
The Leech Lake Ojibwe Tribe of Minnesota held a forum this week to respond to The Minneapolis Star Tribune's series on the "lost youth" of the reservation. $p The "We...

Panel asked to sanction lawyer for ratting on tribe
An investigator for disciplinary counsel is asking the Montana Commission on Practice to sanction former Blackfeet Nation lawyer Joe McKay for revealing confidential information about his client. $p McKay told...

All Native high school on track to open next year
First Nations leaders in British Columbia plan to open an all Native high school by September 2005. $p The school will place an emphasis on Native culture in hopes of...

Northern Arapaho Tribe to continue child services
The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming will continue to provide child protection services on the reservation without accepting state funding. $p The tribe and the state were negotiating a new...

Inuits in Canada vote on $156M land claim settlement
Turnout was reportedly strong among Inuits in Newfoundland and Labrador who were asked to vote on a land claim settlement with the government. $P The deal would turn over 15,000...

Fort Peck tribal offices closed in internal dispute
The offices of the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana were locked down on Wednesday and about 150 tribal and federal employees were sent home as part of an escalating internal...

BIA asked to delay land-into-trust for Cowlitz Tribe
Officials in Clark County, Washington say they need more time to comment on the Cowlitz Tribe's plan to have 152 acres placed into trust. $p The tribe, which gained federal...

Request to place man in tribal isolation rejected
A federal judge in Montana rejected the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's request to have a tribal member placed in isolation for selling marijuana to minors. $P Family wanted Gaylon Lame Woman...

FCC hears from South Dakota tribes on telecom
The Federal Communications Commission is holding a two-day workshop in South Dakota to discuss telecommunications issues in Indian Country. $p Tribal representatives said their reservations are underserved by telephone and...

White House tells agencies to make budget cuts
The White House Office of Management and Budget has told federal agencies to plan for a $2.3 billion in budget cuts, The Washington Post reports. $p Most of the cuts...

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