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July 14, 2004
BIA caught in debate over off-reservation gaming
The Bush administration won't adopt a "blanket" policy on off-reservation gaming, a top Bureau of Indian Affairs official said on Tuesday. In testimony before the House Resources Committee, principal deputy...

Editorial: Campbell, vote no on marriage amendment
"Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell says he isn't sure what to think, and so for now he is carefully weighing the nuances of Senate debate. That makes his an especially valuable...

Klallam village in Washington called significant find
A 22-acre site that was once home to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is being called one of the most significant finds in Washington. Archaeologists working with the tribe and...

More San Pasqual families to get new homes
Within several months, families on the San Pasqual Reservation in California will be able to move into new homes being constructed to replaces the ones they lost in last year's...

Janklow won't have to pay for role in traffic death
American taxpayers will foot the bill in a civil lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was killed by former South Dakota governor Bill Janklow (R). The family...

New England tribes debate route to recognition
Three New England tribes who have been denied federal recognition are considering their next moves. The Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe of Connecticut hasn't filed a challenge to the Bureau of...

ITMA hosting trust reform sessions in Montana
The Intertribal Monitoring Association on Indian Trust Funds (ITMA) is holding listening sessions in Billings, Montana, this week. The two-day conference starts tomorrow. The goal is to solicit information on...

Shakopee Tribe working with city on trust land deal
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is working on a deal with the city of Prior Lake, Minnesota, to have 186 acres placed into trust. The tribe wants to use the...

New Fond du Lac Band chairman sets priorities
The Fond du Land Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota swore in a new chairman on Tuesday. Peter Defoe is the tribe's first new chairman in 16 years. He has previously...

Vizenor finally sworn in as White Earth Band chair
The White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota swore in its first female chair on Tuesday. Erma Vizenor said her top priority was reforming the tribal constitution. She also plans...

Hundreds of dead birds raise concern in village
Residents of the Alaska Native village of False Pass are being advised not to eat marine mammals due to concern over the deaths of as many 200 birds of several...

Inquiry opens into police shooting of Native man
The government of Ontario, Canada, opened a public inquiry on Tuesday into the death of a Native man who was shot by police during a Native rights protest. Members of...

Villages given chance to make aboriginal rights case
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said five Alaska Native villages should be given the chance to show whether they have aboriginal rights on federal waters. In a...

Appeals court restores flows to Trinity River
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a Clinton-era decision to restore flows to the Trinity River in order to fulfill treaty and trust responsibilities to northern California...

Wampanoag man arrested in lobster catch incident
A member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts was arrested and faces several charges stemming from a lobster-catch incident. Under a 1999 state court ruling, tribal members have aboriginal...

Police call off search for missing Native girl
Police in Saskatchewan have called off a search for a missing five-year-old Native girl, saying there is little likelihood that Tamra Jewel Keepness is still safe. Regina police are offering...

Tule River Tribe completing purchase of 855 acres
The Tule River Tribe of California is completing the purchase of an 855-acre ranch. The tribe plans to use the additional land for housing. Currently, 175 families are waiting for...

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