House committee to consider off-reservation gaming (July 13, 2004)
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 before, the House Resources Committee is holding its first-ever hearing...
Northern Cheyenne students show gains on test (July 13, 2004)
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- through 11th-grade students were proficient. This was up from 33...
Blackfeet Reservation school keeping language alive (July 13, 2004)
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 preserve a language that is falling out of use. Started...
South Dakota Indians sue churches over abuse (July 13, 2004)
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 Diocese of Sioux Falls, the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City...
Indian candidate seeks to appeal to broad base (July 13, 2004)
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 same as every other citizen in the state," Andreas tells...
Narragansett Tribe to mark anniversary of raid (July 13, 2004)
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 to shut down a tax-free smoke shop. Several tribal members,...
Anti-Pequot group promotes labor union at casino (July 13, 2004)
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 how to start a union. The group's founder says labor...
Obituary: Franklin Firesteel, language teacher (July 13, 2004)
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 to preserving Dakota language, culture and history, which he taught...
British Columbia court upholds Native-only fishery (July 13, 2004)
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 the cancellation of the Native-only program. About 140 non-Natives face...
Nevada tribe seeks protections for sacred sites (July 13, 2004)
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 Archaeological Area and nearly all of the Stillwater Mountain range...
'Coon,' 'Jew' and 'Squaw' place names targeted (July 13, 2004)
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 Point, Redskin Hammock, Negro Jim Hammock Bridge and Squaw Pond...
Soboba Band chairman won't resign as planned (July 13, 2004)
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 on Saturday, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. "The easiest thing to...
Peace and Dignity runners halfway to goal (July 13, 2004)
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 village of Chickaloon. They arrived in southern California on Monday....
Bush administration to drop roadless forest rule (July 13, 2004)
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 leave it up to states to seek protections on nearly...
Bad Eagle: Indian Country needs its own bank (July 13, 2004)
"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 treaties. Why declassify casino money as something other than treaty...
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