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June 29, 2004
Supreme Court to hear dispute over Oneida Nation land
Ignoring the advice of the Bush administration, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether the Oneida Nation of New York must pay property taxes on ancestral territory....

No criminal charges for death of BIA school student
No criminal charges will be filed in the death of an Indian teenager at the Chemawa Indian School in Oregon. Cindy Gilbert Sohappy, 16, died in a holding cell at...

Alaska Native subsidiary wins defense contract
A subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp., an Alaska Native regional corporation, was awarded a $19.7 million sole-source defense contract. $p Arctic Slope Compliance Technologies will continue work on a...

Wadena files another challenge to White Earth election
Darrell "Chip" Wadena has filed another challenge to the election he lost on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota. $P Wadena lost to Erma Vizenor by a margin...

Yellow Bird: Off-reservation casino deserves chance
"Tribes need to think far ahead to a time when state populations come to that realization. They need to take the income from the casinos today and turn those "marbles"...

Column: All Native basketball team a 'cool' idea
"If you've ever visited or spent any time on the Navajo reservation, you know how much the people there love basketball. Seems like every home has a backboard and rim...

Seminole Freedmen rebuffed by Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow the Seminole Freedmen to sue the federal government without the Seminole Nation's involvement. $p The Freedmen are trying to gain access...

Pueblo governor died of heart attack on trip to Mexico
Jacob Viarrial, the longtime governor of Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico, died of a heart attack during a trip to Mexico. He was 58. $p Viarrial died in Ciudad Juarez....

Griles met with lobbyist for Goshute nuclear site
Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles met with a lobbyist for a nuclear waste storage facility after prodding from the White House, the Associated Press reports. $p Records show that...

Navajo Nation seeks $900M for water settlement
Representatives of the Navajo Nation met with Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) on Monday. $p Navajo leaders pressed Bingaman for help in securing $900 million in federal funds to implement...

Pictographs in New Mexico vandalized by shooters
Indian pictographs dating back 300 to 400 years have been damaged by vandals in New Mexico. $p The Bureau of Land Management says shooters caused irreparable damage to the site,...

Indian voter complaints referred to authorities
Federal authorities in South Dakota have been asked to investigate reports that Indian voters were turned away from the polls during a recent election. $P The Four Directions Committee says...

400-year-old Powhatan village uncovered at Navy site
Archaeologists say they have uncovered the "long-lost" Powhatan village of Kiskiak at the U.S. Navy's Weapons Station in Yorktown, Virginia. $P Archaeologists say two bits of copper found in a...

Oglala Sioux Tribe latest to file trust accounting lawsuit
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking an historical accounting of its trust assets. $p The tribe is asking for an accounting...

Statue of Mandan Chief Sheheke dedicated
A 12-foot statue of Mandan Chief Sheheke, who helped explorers Lewis and Clark, was dedicated in Washburn, North Dakota, on Sunday. $p Sheheke welcomed the Lewis and Clark expedition through...

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