Repatriation process criticized at Senate hearing (July 15, 2004)
The federal government has done a poor job of repatriating the remains of Native people, a Senate committee was told on Wednesday. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was passed in 1990 to ensure that tribal ancestors...
Editorial: Campbell did right thing on marriage vote (July 15, 2004)
"Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell felt the squeeze from constituents and powerful Republican leaders this week. But in the end, he spoke his conscience, and voted it, too. Campbell was one of six Republicans who bucked Wayne Allard and the party...
Navajo Nation bill would ban same-sex marriages (July 15, 2004)
A Navajo Nation council committee is taking up legislation that would ban same-sex marriages. Currently, the tribe's code recognized marriages from other jurisdictions. But delegate Larry Anderson Sr. wants to change that because the "Navajo way" doesn't allow same-sex marriages....
Inupiat village loses fire department to fire (July 15, 2004)
The Alaska Native village of Kaktovik lost its entire fire department to a fire on Tuesday night. The blaze apparently started within the fire building. All the equipment was destroyed except for an ambulance. The fire threatened to spread to...
Judge dismisses Wyandotte Nation's claim in Kansas (July 15, 2004)
A federal judge in Kansas dismissed the Wyandotte Nation's lawsuit claiming 1,920 acres in downtown Kansas City. According to The Kansas City Star, U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia said the tribe filed the suit too late. The tribe should have...
Foundation donates $500K for urban Indian health (July 15, 2004)
The Aetna Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Aetna health care and insurance company, will donate $50,000 to urban Indian health programs in California. Of the donation, the Oakland-based Native American Health Center will use $40,000 for a dental program...
Appeals court rejects challenge to bison hazing (July 15, 2004)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected an attempt to stop the hazing of bison that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. A three-judge panel unanimously dismissed claims made by opponents of hazing. The court said federal agencies...
Hualapai Tribe awarded $2M in federal grants (July 15, 2004)
The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona has received $2 million in federal grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Agriculture's rural utilities program. The tribe will use the money to build a solar energy project at its airport....
Training focuses on helping traumatized children (July 15, 2004)
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is wrapping up a training session on helping Indian children who are victims of abuse and neglect. More than 100 representatives from 12 tribes across the nation attended the two-day session, held in Rapid...
Editorial: Indian artists among 'greatest assets' (July 15, 2004)
"Strong efforts by Sinte Gleska University and local partners have filled a major gap in the Sioux Falls arts scene. Sinte Gleska will sponsor the Northern Plains Indian Market Sept. 23-26, replacing Northern Plains Tribal Arts, which had been held...
South Dakota site believed to be 500 years old (July 15, 2004)
South Dakota officials have notified nine tribes in the state and others as far away as Montana after the inadvertent discovery of an ancestral burial site. Heavy rain on July 8 exposed human remains and other artifacts. The items were...
Tribal authorities find no trace of missing Rosebud man (July 15, 2004)
Authorities on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota have exhausted their search for a tribal member who went missing on July 2. Todd Lunderman, 35, was last seen on the reservation, where he lives. Since he was carrying a...
GOP strategist denies secretly taking tribal money (July 15, 2004)
A Republican strategist for President Bush is denying allegations that he secretly received money from a gaming tribe. Ralph Reed, former director of the Christian Coalition, is opposed to gaming. But The Nation, a left-leaning publication, reported last month that...
Buffett Indian production kicks off tour in Nebraska (July 15, 2004)
"Spirit - The Seventh Fire," a Indian dance and multimedia production about a businessman struggling to connect with his past kicked off its run in Omaha, Nebraska, this week. Produced by Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the...
Police suspicious of family in case of missing girl (July 15, 2004)
Police in Saskatchewan, Canada, are focusing on the family of a missing five-year-old Native girl now that they have called off the search. Tamra Jewel Keepness disappeared from her bedroom on July 5. Police Chief Cal Johnston said there were...
Narragansett Tribe marks one year after state raid (July 15, 2004)
The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island held a Day of Remembrance on Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the state's violent raid of the reservation. "What happened last July 14 was horrible," Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas was quoted as...
Suquamish Tribe breaks ground on housing project (July 15, 2004)
The Suquamish Tribe of Washington broke ground last week on a housing development that will provide homes for needy families The 14-acre project will include up to 24 homes. Six families will be able to move in by December. The...
Disenrolled tribal members call for more oversight (July 15, 2004)
A group of California Indians who have been ousted from their tribes want the state and federal government to take a more active role in membership issues. California Indians for Justice went to the state capitol yesterday to seek signatures...
Eastern Cherokee resort plan gains recommendation (July 15, 2004)
The Eastern Cherokee Band's proposal for a $49 million resort on Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) land has received a favorable recommendation. The tribe's Sequoyah Lodge and Resort would include cabins, a hotel, conference center, retail shops, restaurants, a marina, a...
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