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July 13, 2004
House committee to consider off-reservation gaming
The debate over off-reservation gaming heads to Congress today where lawmakers in the House will hold a hearing on the controversial and growing practice. Although the subject has come up...

Northern Cheyenne students show gains on test
Public school students on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana have shown a 14 percent improvement in proficiency. Based on results from the spring standardized tests, 47 percent of first-...

Blackfeet Reservation school keeping language alive
A privately-run elementary school on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana is keeping the Blackfeet language alive for a new generation. The school is part of the Piegan Institute's goal to...

South Dakota Indians sue churches over abuse
South Dakota Indians who attended boarding schools ran by the Roman Catholic Church are filing lawsuits over alleged sexual, physical and other abuse. The suit seeks damages from the Catholic...

Indian candidate seeks to appeal to broad base
Mary Ann Andreas hopes to be the first tribal member elected to the California Assembly but she doesn't want to be pigeonholed as the "Indian candidate." "My concerns are the...

Narragansett Tribe to mark anniversary of raid
The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island will mark the one-year anniversary of the state's raid of its reservation today. State troopers stormed tribal land on July 14, 2003, in order...

Anti-Pequot group promotes labor union at casino
A group critical of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and its members is promoting unionization at the tribe's casino. Tribalnation.com said it wants to provide information to tribal employees on...

Obituary: Franklin Firesteel, language teacher
Franklin Firesteel, an instructor in the Dakota language, died of liver failure on June 30. He was 51. Firesteel's Dakota name was Isna Hoksina, or Lone Boy. He was committed...

British Columbia court upholds Native-only fishery
The British Columbia Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a Native-only fishery created by the Canadian government is legal. Non-Native fishermen say they will appeal. Their challenge led to...

Nevada tribe seeks protections for sacred sites
The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe is seeking greater protections for sacred sites located on federal land. The tribe asked the Bureau of Land Management wants 22,477 acres surrounding the Grimes Point...

'Coon,' 'Jew' and 'Squaw' place names targeted
A new law in Florida requires the state, counties and cities to come up with a list of "offensive or derogatory" place names that could be removed. Places like Jew...

Soboba Band chairman won't resign as planned
The chairman of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians of California said he will not resign as originally planned. Robert Salgado said he would step down during a tribal meeting...

Peace and Dignity runners halfway to goal
Runners on the Peace and Dignity Journey have completed 3,200 miles of their 5,000-mile run across North and Central America. On May 1, about 25 runners left the Alaska Native...

Bush administration to drop roadless forest rule
The Bush administration announced on Monday it was dropping a controversial Clinton-are regulation banning new roads on already roadless areas of national forests. The Department of Agriculture said it would...

Bad Eagle: Indian Country needs its own bank
"Indian casino income should not be differentiated from treaty money. Casino money is still money that comes to Indians because we’re Indians. Casino money exists by virtue of historical Indian...

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