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June 17, 2004
Busy Indian Affairs Committee hits snag on big issues
High-profile bills to apologize to Native peoples and to make changes to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act were delayed on Wednesday over objections from members of the Senate. The Senate...

California sacred site bill slimmed down
A bill to protect sacred sites in California has been simplified in response to concerns that it would give tribes too much power. $p The new version requires builders to...

Virginia tribes press case for federal recognition
A bill to recognize six Virginia tribes is stalled in the Senate pending resolution of gaming issues, a spokesperson for Sen. George Allen (R-Virginia) said. $p But federal recognition is...

Film to expose dangers of meth on Navajo Nation
The Indian Health Service is sponsoring a film to expose the dangers of methamphetamine use on the Navajo Nation. $p Two Navajo filmmakers are producing the documentary, which includes interviews...

Sacred site provision rejected in House vote
The House voted 215-209 against a measure designed to strengthen protections for sacred sites located on federal land. $p Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia), the ranking member of the House...

Obituary: Neakok, 'mother' of Inupiaq village
Sadie Brower Neakok, considered the "mother" of the Inupiaq village of Barrow, died Sunday. She was 88. $p Neakok was known as an educator, foster parent, subsitence rights advocate and...

House Republican drop bid to open ANWR to drilling
House Republicans on Wednesday dropped a vote on a bill to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. $p Supporters said they didn't have enough votes to pass the...

University board to discuss fate of Chief Illiniwek
The University of Illinois board of trustees is meeting today to consider the future of the controversial Chief Illiniwek mascot. $p The board will take up a resolution not to...

BIA recognizes new chairman of Fort Peck Tribes
The Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes its recognition of a new chairman of the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana will calm controversy. $p But the man ousted from the position...

Editorial: Indian vote hearings won't do any good
"A group called the Four Directions Committee has said it will file a federal civil rights lawsuit and that it has statements from 15 to 20 people who were not...

Aquash to be reburied on Mi'kmaq reserve
Slain American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash will be reburied on her home reserve in Canada this Monday. $p Aquash was born on the Indian Brook Mi'kmaq Reserve...

Herseth seeks visibility on Indian issues
Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-South Dakota), whose election depended on the turnout of Indian voters, has been seated on the House Resources Committee, the panel with jurisdiction over Indian affairs. $p...

Nipmuc tribes cautiously await answer on recognition
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is set to issue a decision on the federal status of two Nipmuc tribes from Massachusetts. $p On the last day of the Clinton administration...

Problems with Metis election lead to funding threat
The Metis Nation of Saskatchewan could lose up to $700,000 in provincial and federal funds over problems with a recent election. $p Saskatchewan's original Affairs Minister Maynard Sonntag said his...

Complaints prompt probe into BIA education
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) announced on Wednesday that he has requested an investigation into allegations that the Bureau of Indian Affairs reorganization is hurting the education of Indian children....

Fraudulent former chief's group claims tax immunity
The Western Mohegan Tribe of New York is trying to avoid paying taxes on a 203-acre resort property it owns. $p The group doesn't have state or federal recognition. Its...

British Columbia First Nations thwart move of orca
Members of two First Nations in British Columbia thwarted the move of a orca they believe is the spiritual embodiment of a late tribal chief. $p Scientists set up a...

Mashantucket Tribe donates to Republican convention
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is among the major donors to the Republican National Convention, according to The New York Times. $p The paper said the New York...

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