California tribal employment up 17 percent from 2003 (June 2, 2004)
California tribes employed 44,300 people in April 2004, up 16.6 percent from April 2003. $p The growth in tribal employment was surpassed only by two major state industries. Casinos were responsible for many of the new jobs but tribes are...
Rock the Native Vote concert set in Oklahoma (June 2, 2004)
The first ever Rock the Native Vote concert will take place this Saturday at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. $p The lineup includes national and local acts. Jana, Casper Lomayesva and the Chebon Tiger Band are among the artists on...
Fort Peck leadership dispute continues (June 2, 2004)
The suspended chairman of the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana has called a general council meeting to oust his opponents on the council, The Great Falls Tribune reports. $p John Morales was suspended last week for alleged derelict of duty....
Top BIA law enforcement official reassigned (June 2, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs' top law enforcement official has been reassigned and replaced by a deputy, USA Today reports. $P Officials would not say why Bob Ecoffey of the Office of Law Enforcement Serves was reassigned. It comes amid...
Indian voter turnout low in prelude to November election (June 2, 2004)
Ed. Note: Updated to include all precincts counted. South Dakota Democrat Stephanie Herseth narrowly defeated a Republican rival in a special U.S. House election on Tuesday that saw a high turnout except among Indian voters. With all precincts reporting, Herseth...
Campbell's role in federal contract outlined (June 2, 2004)
Retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) played a much larger and more aggressive role in a federal contracting arrangement than he has admitted, The Denver Post reports. $p Campbell has pinned the controversy, now the subject of a criminal probe,...
Yellow Bird: Bush made 'poor decisions' on Iraq war (June 2, 2004)
"I am well aware there are soldiers, and a higher number of Native American soldiers, who are in Iraq and bravely standing their ground in this war where they are not sure who the enemy is or who they liberated....
Ex-BIA employee welcomes probe of tribal jails (June 2, 2004)
A former Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement official says he hopes tribal jail conditions will improve now that attention is focused on the problem. $p Ed Naranjo said higher-ups knew the jails were in sorry shape but it wasn't...
Slain Crow student recalled as friendly, popular (June 2, 2004)
More than 900 people attended the funeral on Tuesday for Paul Dexter Morning Jr., a member of the Crow Tribe of Montana who was killed days before his graduation. $p Friends and teachers from Skyview High School in Billings recalled...
Sovereignty Symposium kicks off in Oklahoma City (June 2, 2004)
The 17th annual Sovereignty Symposium takes place today and tomorrow in Oklahoma City. $p Gov. Brad Henry (D) is set to give the keynote address at the opening ceremony today. Panels on sovereignty self-governance, consultation, tribal-state relations, the oil and...
Bill to reaffirm Osage membership advances (June 2, 2004)
A bill to reaffirm the membership rights of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma was passed by the U.S. House on Tuesday. $p The bill needs Senate approval before moving to the White House. Tribal leaders said they were hopeful President...
Jury struggling with verdict in artifact removal case (June 2, 2004)
A federal jury deliberated six hours on Tuesday without reaching a verdict in an artifact theft case in Nevada. $p Two men are accused of violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. John Ligon, 40, of Reno, and Carrol Mizell, 44,...
Non-Indians fight Tulalip Tribes jurisdiction (June 2, 2004)
Non-Indians on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington say a tribal judge's ruling supports their fight against tribal jurisdiction. $p The Tulalip Tribes are asserting more authority over tidelands within reservation boundaries. The tribes also charge a 1 percent excise tax...
Less than half of Natives voted in last election (June 2, 2004)
Less than half of eligible Natives in the Winnipeg Centre district in Winnipeg, Manitoba, voted in the last federal election, CBC News reports. $p Of the eligible voters in the district, 13 percent are Native. Activists say Native voters need...
Canadian Natives report few hate crimes to police (June 2, 2004)
Canadian Aboriginals reported seven hate crimes to police in 12 major areas, according to Statistics Canada. $p In 2001 and 2002, a total of 928 hate crimes were reported. One percent targeted Aboriginals. Jewish people made up 25 percent of...
Work at California burial site disturbs some (June 2, 2004)
About 275 human remains and many more artifacts and burial objects have so far been removed from a burial site in Los Angeles, California. $P The developers of Playa Vista, a housing community, have hired archaeologists to exhume and rebury...
Judge gets seven years for abusing Native girls (June 2, 2004)
A former judge in British Columbia, Canada, was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting young Native women. $p First Nations leaders said David Ramsay deserved a harsher sentence for his crime. A reported 300 Native representatives were...
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