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June 25, 2004
Western Shoshone payout bill clears Congress
A controversial bill to distribute more than $145 million to members of the Western Shoshone Nation is headed to President Bush for his signature. By unanimous consent, the Senate approved...

Tribal money secretly funneled to GOP strategist
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana hired ex-Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed to lobby against another tribe but kept his involvement secret by funneling his payments through associates being investigated by...

Blackfeet vice chair arrested in domestic dispute
The vice chairman of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana was arrested on domestic abuse and child endangerment charges, The Great Falls Tribune reports. $p James "Jimmy" St. Goddard was arrested...

Rep. J.D. Hayworth: I told you so! On tribal labor
"Over four years ago I warned that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was dangerously close to imposing its jurisdiction on Indian tribal governments. A few weeks ago, the NLRB...

First Nation wants official fired over orca move
The Mowachaat-Muchalaat First Nation of British Columbia is calling on the Canadian government to fire an official over the botched move of an orca revered as the spiritual embodiment of...

Impeachment of Keetoowah Band officials delayed
Attempts to impeach two officials of the United Keetoowah Band of Oklahoma have been delayed. $P Not enough tribal council members showed up to a special meeting called to impeach...

Alaska Native subsidiary awarded NASA contract
A subsidiary of an Alaska Native village corporation has been awarded a five-year, $3 million contract to provide information technology services to the federal government. $p Eyak Technology LLC, a...

Northern Cheyenne riders head for Little Bighorn
Riders from the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana are headed to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument to participate in the 128th anniversary of the historic June 25, 1876, Battle...

Opinion: Dave Anderson should 'immediately resign'
"The top American Indian at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Dave Anderson, must immediately resign from his post. Anderson has neglected a major part of his job, and he seems...

Charges pending for murders on Crow Reservation
The FBI is still investigating the brutal beating deaths of two women on the Crow Reservation in Montana. $p Koren Diebert, 26, and LaFonda Big Leggins, 23, were found dead...

Bill would add money to two tribes' trust funds
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing last week on a bill to add money to the trust funds of two South Dakota tribes. $p The Tribal Parity Act...

Navajo police dog credited with $1M marijuana bust
A Navajo police dog named Tarpez is being credited with a $1 million marijuana bust in Arizona. $p Tarpez came to the aid of the Arizona Highway Patrol, who became...

Dave Anderson to speak at tribal youth conference
Assistant secretary Dave Anderson will speak at the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference today. Anderson will be the first speaker to address youth attending UNITY's annual conference, which...

Camp connects Chippewa-Cree kids to tribal culture
Youth on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana are wrapping up a week-long stay at the Chippewa Cree Tribe's Pah-Nah-To Park. The kids, ages 11 to 14, took part in...

State claims pressure tactics on BIA are working
Opponents of the way tribes are federally recognized say their lobbying of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is working. $p Politicians and anti-casino advocates in Connecticut claim the BIA is...

Signatures on Pala Tribe's petition validated
The Pala Band of Mission Indians cleared one hurdle on Thursday with the validation of signatures on the tribe's petition against a landfill. $p But attorneys in San Diego County...

Michigan land claim bills get tough hearing in House
The House Resources Committee held a hearing on Thursday on two bills that would settle the land claims of two Michigan tribes. $p The bills are controversial because they would...

Utah buys ranch containing thousands of sites
The state of Utah is announcing its recent purchase of a ranch containing thousands of previously undisclosed and undisturbed Indian sites. $p With funds from the federal government, the state...

High court won't force Cheney to reveal information
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to force Vice President Dick Cheney to reveal the contacts his energy task force had with the industry. $p By a 7-2 vote, the...

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