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June 21, 2004
Johnson promises 'meaningful' investigation of OST
A wide-ranging investigation of the Office of Special Trustee is moving forward, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said last week. Johnson asked the General Accounting Office (GAO) to look into...

Democrats turn to Indians to help draft platform
The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee met at the Santa Fe Indian School on Friday to discuss the party's platform. $p Tribal leaders told the committee of funding shortfalls under the...

Editorial: Governor was right to reject tribes
"Last week, Gov. Bill Owens rejected the so-called "settlement proposal" by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, which basically sought his OK for expanded casino gambling in Colorado. Even...

Pataki plans to settle with Seneca-Cayuga Tribe
New York Gov. George Pataki (R) is close to a deal with the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, The Albany Times-Union reports. $p The tribe would be allowed to open a...

Indian Country jails subject of Senate hearing
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on tribal detention facilities on Wednesday. $p Justice Department reports have shown that Indian Country jails are overcrowded and understaffed....

Mark Trahant: The big five-oh a good time to reflect
"A friend of mine turned 50 recently. There were the usual congratulations tossed her way, followed by friendly advice about the meaning of the big five-oh. But I heard something...

Police won't face charges for dumping Native man
Police officers in Vancouver, British Columbia, won't face charges in the death of Native man whom they dumped in an alley. $p Frank Paul, 47, was a member of the...

Colorado governor rejects Cheyenne-Arapaho bid
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens (R) said he won't support the land/casino settlement proposed by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. $P The tribes filed a claim for 27 million...

Pueblo dancers mark longest day at Chaco Canyon
The longest day of the year was marked at Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico by a drum and dance group from San Juan Pueblo. $p Andy Garcia...

Fire on Apache reservation nearly contained
A fire on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona was 95 percent contained as of Sunday night. $P Authorities had ordered the evacuation of three tribal communities. But the order...

Opinion: South Dakota Indians turned away at polls
"When Edna Weddell, a Yankton Sioux tribal elder who gets around with a walker, tried to vote in South Dakota this month, a poll worker stopped her. She had to...

Nipmuc Nation vows appeal of recognition decision
The Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts said it would appeal the Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to deny the tribe federal recognition. $P In a final determination, the BIA said the...

Book Review: Amazing story of 'one dedicated Ojibwe'
"Everyone hopes for a biographer as tenacious and open-hearted as Jane Pejsa. Emily Peake, "one dedicated Ojibwe" indeed, got her, and a great life in the history of Minnesota...

Book Review: 'Ojibwa Warrior' by Dennis Banks
"I asked the 19-year-old waitress if she had ever heard of Dennis Banks. No. Of the American Indian Movement? No. Of Wounded Knee? Maybe a book her mother once read?...

Scientists delay capture of orca for First Nation
Canadian scientists have delayed the attempted capture of an orca out of respect for the Mowachaht-Muchalaht of British Columbia. $P Tribal members believe Tsux'iit, whom scientists call Luna, is the...

Aquash reburial on hold due to legal challenge
The family of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash has put the American Indian Movement activist's funeral on hold in response to a legal challenge from one of her accused murderers. $P...

Opinion: Indecent and cavalier treatment of remains
"Since last fall, archeologists employed by Playa Vista, the huge luxury housing development near Marina del Rey, have excavated more than 300 skeletons of Gabrielino-Tongva Indians, the indigenous people of...

Yellow Bird: Program brings students to nature
"I went with students from the Dakota Science Center to the prairie west of Grand Forks. The program is for students from rural and reservation areas, and they are at...

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