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June 03, 2004
Tigua Tribe seeks trust status for 60,000 acres
The Tigua Tribe of Texas has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place 60,000 acres in trust. $p The tribe bought an old ranch in 1998 and has been...

Russell Means ready to give up on Republican Party
American Indian Movement activist Russell Means is ready to give up on the Republican Party after Tuesday's poor showing for a GOP candidate. $p Indian voters on reservations chose the...

Brewster County Judge Val Beard: Prepare for water war with Tiguas
Ed. Note: This is a copy of an opinion published in the June 3, 2004, edition of The Apline Avalance. It is reproduced here because the text at http://www.alpineavalanche.com/articles/2004/06/03/news/opinion/opinion01.txt is...

Opinion: Get ready for 'war' against Tigua Tribe
"Our neighbors are gearing up for a new Indian War, but unlike the battles of the past, this one will be fought by lobbyists, lawyers, politicians and citizens' groups. Yes,...

Questionable artifacts removed from museum exhibit
Artifacts that may have come from burial sites were removed from an exhibit at the Heard Museum in Arizona. $p The items, from the collection of Dennis and Janis Lyon,...

Art dealer indicted for selling Navajo blankets
A New Mexico art dealer has been indicted for selling Navajo blankets on consignment without paying the owner, The Albuquerque Journal reports. $p Joshua Baer faces one count of embezzlement....

Alaska Native leader succumbs to throat cancer
Sam Jackson, the president and chief executive of the Kake Tribe's corporation died of throat cancer last month at the age of 41. $p Jackson is credited with bringing Kake...

BIA: Law enforcement head offered to be reassigned
The Bureau of Indian Affairs' top law enforcement official volunteered to be reassigned, an agency spokesperson said on Wednesday. With the ongoing investigation into poor conditions and deaths at BIA...

Tribal company's mission is to get out of casinos
Ed. Note: Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, owns Indianz.Com and AllNative.Com. "The mission for Ho-Chunk Inc. is to get out of the casino...

Voting problems reported by South Dakota Indians
South Dakota state officials are investigating complaints that Indian voters were turned away from the polls on Tuesday. $P Complaints originated from the counties of Buffalo, Dewey, Shannon and Todd....

Buffett's Indian production to debut in Nebraska
"Spirit - The Seventh Fire," a Indian dance and multimedia production by Peter Buffett will debut in Nebraska next month before hitting the road. $p The show is about a...

BIA sued for rights-of-way on Ute Reservation in Utah
Three members of the Ute Tribe of Utah have filed suit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs over rights-of-way granted to irrigation companies. $p The landowners say the BIA allowed...

California tribe first to recognize Mexican IDs
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California is now accepting identification cards issued by the Mexican consulate. $p The tribe is the first in the U.S. to recognize...

Recounts underway for two Blackfeet primary races
A recount has been called for two close primary races on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. $p Voters went to the polls yesterday to narrow down a field of 58...

Fallout continues over judge who abused Native girls
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police now says it didn't follow up on allegations that a judge abused Native girls because they were based on "third and fourth-hand" rumors. $P Police...

Jury convicts men for stealing government property
A federal jury in Nevada convicted to men of stealing government property but returned not guilty verdicts for removing archaeological resources believed to be more than 1,000 years old. $P...

Dancers ready for Red Earth festival in Oklahoma
The Red Earth cultural festival will be held at the Oklahoma State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City this weekend. $P The three-day arts, powwow and music event starts on Friday...

Western Shoshone payout bill delayed in House
A controversial bill to distribute $143 million to members of the Western Shoshone Nation has been delayed in the House. $p The bill was set for a floor vote this...

Oklahoma tribes discuss environmental regulation
Environmental regulation by Oklahoma's tribes was discussed at the 2004 Sovereignty Symposium on Wednesday. A total of 13 tribes are seeking approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate water,...

Man awaits sentencing for faking Indian heritage
A New York man faces up to 10 years in prison for forging documents in an failed attempt to claim Indian ancestry. $p Claiming to be the "Sachem Golden Eagle...

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