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July 09, 2004
Comanche Nation officials charged with obstruction
Two Comanche Nation officials pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing justice in a child abuse case, The Daily Oklahoman reports. Tribal administrator Michael Francis Burgess and Elizabeth Marie Woodard,...

Settlement to help Zuni Tribe protect its 'Heaven'
Leaders of Zuni Tribe of New Mexico join Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Assistant Secretary Dave Anderson for signing of water rights settlement. A water rights settlement finalized on...

Coushatta Tribe's elections official fired over recall
An elections official who accepted three recall petitions against three leaders of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana has been fired. Anna Thompson accepted petitions against chairman Lovelin Poncho and two...

Lease reached for Indian center in Milwaukee
Two Indian organizations will lease park land in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, for an Indian center. HONOR and Loonsfoot Inc. will lease the land for $1 a year for 30 years,...

Tribes to work out custody issue of baby boy
An 18-month-old Indian boy whom police say was abducted by his father is staying on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation while custody issues are worked out. Marshall Fox, 25, took...

Metis in Ontario sign hunting and fishing rights deal
Members of the Metis Nation of Ontario will be able to hunt and fish freely under a deal signed with the provincial government. The government will recognize the Metis Nation's...

Five-year-old Native girl in Canada missing
Police in Saskatchewan are searching for a five-year-old Native girl who was last seen at her home in Regina on Monday night. Tamara Jewel Keepness was reported missing after her...

Northern Cheyenne Tribe plans work near Bear Butte
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana plans to build a road on property it owns near sacred Bear Butte in South Dakota. The tribe owns 160 acres near the site....

Column: Salish totem pole 'carved by a killer'
"They say every totem pole has stories to tell. You cannot understand the stories unless you know a pole's history where the tree grew, who carved it, what the...

Editorial: BIA jails suffer from 'deplorable conditions'
"Six deaths, including four suicides, plus 30 suicide attempts and 12 escapes occurred at just 14 jails on Indian reservations in the West in the past three years. Most of...

Chairman once ousted regains Blackfeet Nation post
William "Allen" Talks About has regained the chairmanship of the Blackfeet Nation's tribal council. Talks About had been removed from the post in January 2003. He said he was...

Tribes to travel to Scotland to make case for fish
Representatives of the Yurok, Hoopa, Karuk and Klamath tribes will travel to Scotland this month to pressure a Scottish company to help fish preservation efforts in California. Scottish Power is...

Blackfeet Reservation doctor, nurse win top awards
An Indian Health Service (IHS) doctor and nurse who work on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana have won top awards. Dr. Randy Rottenbiller won the U.S. Public Health Service's clinical...

Massachusetts group wants anti-Indian law repealed
A Massachusetts-based group is calling for the repeal of a 329-year-old law that calls for the arrest of all Indians entering Boston. The Muhheconnew National Confederacy wants the Indian Imprisonment...

Norton defends funding for National Park Service
Interior Secretary Gale Norton released a report on Thursday defending the National Park Service's spending. NPS has come under fire from conservation groups and some members of Congress who question...

Grand Ronde Tribes to rebury 300-year-old skull
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will rebury a human skull dating back to the 1600s. The skull was returned to the tribes after researchers said it was an ancestor....

Rincon Band busy with lawsuits, inner disputes
The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians has been in the headlines a lot lately and not all tribal members are happy with it. The tribe filed a high-profile lawsuit to...

Mashantucket Tribe fires workers who complained
Two workers who complained about sexual assaults at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation's safehouse have been fired, The Westerly Sun reports. The tribe fired Gloria Hazard and Mary-Yvette D. Fannings,...

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