'We're at the end of the sovereignty cycle' (June 4, 2004)
The 2004 Sovereignty Symposium that concluded on Thursday included a panel discussion on Indian gaming. $p Attorneys discussed the tribal-state gaming compact that will go before voters in November. Mike McBride, who represents several Oklahoma tribes against the compact, said...
Drunk driver blamed for hitting two Indian kids (June 4, 2004)
Authorities in New Mexico arrested a 29-year-old man with a history of drunk driving for striking two Indian children with his car, The Albuquerque Journal reports. The accident occurred at Cochiti Pueblo. A witness said Jason Lovato hit the two...
Court upholds Navajo man's murder conviction (June 4, 2004)
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday refused to overturn the murder conviction of a Navajo man who admitted killing his two young children in a drunken rage. $p Anderson Black challenged his conviction because a Navajo interpreter was...
Republican admits Indian voters decided election (June 4, 2004)
Rep. Tom Davis (R-California) says GOP candidate Larry Diedrich would have won the special U.S. House election in South Dakota on Tuesday were it not for Indian voters. $p Although reservation turnout trailed the state, Indian voters overwhelmingly chose Democrat...
Ex-sheriff, deputy admit theft from Indian ag program (June 4, 2004)
A former sheriff and his deputy in Montana have agreed to plead guilty to theft from an Indian agricultural program. $p Former Glacier County Sheriff Gary Racine resigned on Thursday in connection with the charges. Racine and deputy John Evans,...
Schaghticoke recognition to go before review board (June 4, 2004)
The Department of Interior Board of Indian Appeals has accepted a challenge to the federal recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut. $p The Bureau of Indian Affairs in late January issued a final determination in favor of the...
Saginaw Chippewa leader who paid lobbyists ousted (June 4, 2004)
The former chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan was ousted from the tribal council on Wednesday. $p Among other charges, Maynard Kahgegab was accused of trying to hinder a Senate investigation into lobbying fees. When he was chief,...
Company confident on future for plant near sacred lake (June 4, 2004)
A company seeking to build two geothermal plants near sacred Medicine Lake in northern California says opponents are running out of options. $p Calpine Corp. has put its work on hold pending resolution of two lawsuits. But a spokesperson said...
Lumbee Tribe delays decision on possible land swap (June 4, 2004)
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina delayed a decision on a land swap with the town of Pembroke in order to get more information. $p The town wants to swap 8 acres it owns for 12 the tribe owns. But...
Panel approves bill replacing Sacagawea on coin (June 4, 2004)
The House Financial Services Committee on Thursday approved a bill to replace the image of Sacagawea on the dollar coin with images of U.S. presidents. $p The measure was designed to boost sales of the coin. But Tex Hall, the...
Washoe Tribe says housing will harm important sites (June 4, 2004)
A housing development that the Washoe Tribe says will destroy cultural and environmental resources was approved on Thursday. $p The Douglas County, Nevada, commissioners voted 4-1 for the 384-home gated community over the objections of the tribe and neighboring landowners....
Campaign claims Morongo Band wants to take over (June 4, 2004)
An effort to incorporate the town of Cabazon, California, into a city is using the Morongo Band of Mission Indians as a threat. $p Cabazon County Water District board President Harvey Williamson sent a letter to area residents saying that...
High Native voter turnout tied to incentive payment (June 4, 2004)
In the last federal election, the Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba had a 100 percent voter turnout but some politicians are crying foul. $p The tribe offered up to $30 in a combination of cash and coupons to tribal...
House subcommittee boosts funding for BIA and IHS (June 4, 2004)
A House Appropriations subcommittee approved its version of the Interior Department's fiscal year 2005 spending bill on Thursday. $p The panel boosted funds for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to $2.3 billion, $81 million above the Bush administration's request. BIA...
California family blames tribe for losses in deadly fire (June 4, 2004)
A California family is blaming the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the operators of the tribe's casino for the death of their daughter in last year's Paradise Fire. $p The Roaches say the tribe and Harrah's Entertainment failed to...
Federal labor board expands jurisdiction over tribes (June 4, 2004)
Overruling 30 years of precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has concluded that tribal governments and their enterprises are subject to federal labor law. In a 3-1 decision made public yesterday, the board asserted jurisdiction in a dispute between a...
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