Tim Giago: Casinos create culture of 'us' and 'them' (June 30, 2004)
"The euphoria of Indian casinos has begun to diminish after nearly 17 years. The problems encountered were not those projected by the naysayers. Organized crime did not gain a foothold in Indian country as was predicted by state governments, nor...
Alaska village clinics told not to serve non-Natives (June 30, 2004)
Health clinics in 22 rural Alaska villages have been told not to provide care to non-Natives. $p The Tanana Chiefs Conference says it is only enforcing existing federal policy. TCC, which represents 44 tribes in interior Alaska, faces financial liability...
Governor of Pojoaque Pueblo remembered at funeral (June 30, 2004)
Hundreds attended a funeral on Tuesday for Jacob Viarrial, governor of Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico. $p Viarrial was remembered for bringing his tribe into financial prosperity, with a casino, hotel and other development. He served as governor of the...
Increasing voter turnout a hot topic at NCAI (June 30, 2004)
Getting more American Indians and Alaska Natives to the polls this November is a top priority of tribes around the nation. $p Charles F. Bunnell, the chief of staff for external and governmental affairs for the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut,...
Editorial: The never ending Indian wars in California (June 30, 2004)
"The Indian wars in the Santa Ynez Valley just seem to go on and on, with no end in sight. Another battle was engaged recently when the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to add stronger language to a...
Massive fire threatening Alaska village of Venetie (June 30, 2004)
Residents of the Alaska Native village of Venetie are being told to wait out the massive Pingo Fire because there's nowhere else to go. $p The fire is less than three miles away from the village of 300. But evacuating...
BIA official promises policy on off-reservation gaming (June 30, 2004)
As more and more tribes seek to establish gaming operations far away from their existing reservations, the Bush administration continues to struggle with the political and legal realities of the controversial practice. At least a dozen tribes have off-reservation casino...
IHS competitive epidemiology grant applications (June 30, 2004)
The Indian Health Service is accepting competitive cooperative agreement applications for the Epidemiology Grant Program for American Indians/Alaska Natives and Urban Indian communities. $p The purpose of the program is to develop tribal epidemiology centers. There are currently six centers...
Campbell-linked firm lost contract in Louisiana (June 30, 2004)
A firm linked to retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) lost a $1.5 million contract in Louisiana after facing ethical questions there, The Denver Post reports. $P Thinkstream Inc. was accused of improper lobbying in its attempt to get a...
Oneida Nation unveils new license plate designs (June 30, 2004)
The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will have two new license plates for tribal members. $p The first plate (top of picture) uses purple to symbolize rare Quahog shells used to make wampum belts. A half-circle resembles the moon, the Oneida's...
Alaska Natives awarded grants for various projects (June 30, 2004)
Alaska Native tribes and non-profit organizations are sharing in $5.3 million in grants from the Rasmuson Foundation. $p Cook Inlet Tribal Council of Alaska will use a $2 million grant to help build a new services center for Alaska Natives...
Janklow stopped 16 times by police, never ticketed (June 30, 2004)
A six-month old report released to The Sioux Falls Argus Leader shows that former South Dakota governor Bill Janklow (R) was stopped 16 times by state police but was never ticketed. Janklow's speeding habits were well known in the state....
Alliance seeks to keep Dakota, Ojibwe languages alive (June 30, 2004)
The Dakota Ojibwe Language Revitalization Alliance met last Friday to discuss ways to increase the usage of Dakota and Ojibwe. The group says less than 30 people in Minnesota speak Dakota. Another survey found just 418 fluent speakers of Ojibwe...
Mascot issue still a divisive one despite changes (June 30, 2004)
Hundreds of schools and universities across the nation have dropped their Indian-themed mascots, logos and nicknames, but activists are still battling some of the big ones. The Chief Illiniwek mascot at the University of Illinois and the Fighting Sioux nickname...
Column: Some don't want Indians getting more (June 30, 2004)
"The Minnesota Historical Society, its state appropriation slashed by $4.3 million, worked out a deal turning over the museum and its 242-acre site to the Lower Sioux tribe. The tribe donated $85,000 to keeping it open last year and agreed...
Supreme Court blocks Internet pornography law again (June 30, 2004)
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Tuesday to extend an injunction against the Child Online Protection Act. $P The law is designed to keep minors away from pornographic material. But the majority of the court questioned whether its goes...
Republicans can't agree on federal budget blueprint (June 30, 2004)
A dispute within the Republican party has left House and Senate leaders unable to agree on a budget resolution for the upcoming fiscal year. $p Conservative Republicans want to continue President Bush's tax cuts despite a deficit in the budget....
City opposing Cowlitz Tribe now wants to negotiate (June 30, 2004)
The city of La Center, Washington, now wants to negotiate with the Cowlitz Tribe after opposing the tribe's land-into-trust request. $P The tribe wants to have 152 acres placed in trust for an initial reservation. The tribe, recognized in 2000,...
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