Comanche Nation officials charged with obstruction (July 9, 2004)
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, the tribe's child welfare director, were charged in a Bureau...
Settlement to help Zuni Tribe protect its 'Heaven' (July 9, 2004)
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 Thursday gives Zuni Tribe the ability to protect one of...
Coushatta Tribe's elections official fired over recall (July 9, 2004)
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 council members, William Worfel and Leonard Battise. Poncho fired her...
Tribes to work out custody issue of baby boy (July 9, 2004)
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 Evan and fled from their home on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation...
Metis in Ontario sign hunting and fishing rights deal (July 9, 2004)
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 right to regulate its own hunting and fishing. Metis will...
Five-year-old Native girl in Canada missing (July 9, 2004)
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 family couldn't find her on Tuesday morning. Police searched the...
Northern Cheyenne Tribe plans work near Bear Butte (July 9, 2004)
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. The road will be used to improve access to Bear...
Column: Salish totem pole 'carved by a killer' (July 9, 2004)
"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 stacked symbols were meant to honor, memorialize, or ridicule. Which...
Editorial: BIA jails suffer from 'deplorable conditions' (July 9, 2004)
"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 those incidents were never reported to the Bureau of Indian...
Chairman once ousted regains Blackfeet Nation post (July 9, 2004)
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 ousted because he was investigating corruption within the tribe. Patrick...
Tribes to travel to Scotland to make case for fish (July 9, 2004)
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 the parent company of PacifiCorp, which operates dams in the...
Blackfeet Reservation doctor, nurse win top awards (July 9, 2004)
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 physician of the year award, the agency's top honor. He...
Massachusetts group wants anti-Indian law repealed (July 9, 2004)
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 Act taken off the books by the end of the...
Norton defends funding for National Park Service (July 9, 2004)
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 why they has received record increases in funding but is...
Grand Ronde Tribes to rebury 300-year-old skull (July 9, 2004)
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. It will be buried in the tribal cemetery. A homeowner...
Rincon Band busy with lawsuits, inner disputes (July 9, 2004)
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 block Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new gaming compacts but some members...
Mashantucket Tribe fires workers who complained (July 9, 2004)
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, who raised allegations of abuse at the Mashantucket Pequot Child...
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