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July 16, 2004
BIA recognition decision database now online
For months, Bureau of Indian Affairs officials have been touting a CD-ROM containing documents related to the federal recognition process. Thanks to Indianz.Com, you can now access them online! The...

Battle for top Pechanga post heats up before vote
The two candidates for chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians are decrying "smear" tactics that have characterized the campaign. Anonymous letters circulated among tribal members criticized chairman Mark...

ITMA session focuses on 'complicated' system
The Intertribal Monitoring Association on Indian Trust Funds (ITMA) kicked off the first day of its listening session in Billings, Montana. Indian beneficiaries, tribal leaders and government officials spoke of...

Bill includes suicide prevention funds for tribes
The Senate passed a bill to provide $82 million to tribes, states, colleges and universities to develop youth suicide prevention and intervention programs. The bill will help tribes combat high...

Oregon tribe gives to candidate seeking Campbell's seat
The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe in Oregon has donated a maximum of $4,000 to the campaign of the man seeking to replace Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado). The...

Non-Indians press for access at sacred Bear Butte
More and more non-Indians are seeking access to sacred Bear Butte, causing clashes with tribal members who practice their religion at the South Dakota site. Sonny Richards, a tribal member...

Panel holds hearing on South Dakota voter ID law
The South Dakota Legislature's State-Tribal Relations Committee held a hearing on Thursday to discuss the state's voter identification law. Tribal leaders and advocates said the law has disenfranchised Indian voters....

Lumbee Tribe awaits approval for rest of housing funds
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is still holding back some of the funds it previously awarded to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. HUD officials withheld the money...

Festival to promote talents of Montana Native artists
The first-annual Gathering of Artists will be held on the Flathead Reservation in Montana this weekend. The event is designed to promote Native artists in the state. Dyani Bingham, coordinator...

Mdewakanton site in Minnesota dates back 2,000 years
Archaeologists in Minnesota have uncovered more than 2,000 artifacts at a Mdewakanton Dakota site on the west short of Lake Mille Lacs. The items are being removed from the site...

Program helps Pascua Yaquis become homeowners
Members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona are realizing the dream of homeownership with the help of the YouthBuild USA program. The program helps people establish or repair their...

Arizona Indians remember voting rights ruling
On July 15, 1948, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that American Indians had the right to vote. Tribal leaders and Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) remembered the occasion by kicking off...

British Columbia First Nation blocks rail in protest
The Seton Lake First Nation of British Columbia temporarily blocked a railway on Thursday in protest of the $1 billion deal that tribal leaders say undermines their rights. The First...

Search continues for missing five-year-old Native girl
Volunteers in Saskatchewan, Canada, are continuing the search for Tamra Keepness, a five-year-old Native girl last seen at her family's home on July 5. Police in Regina dropped their official...

Japanese-Americans want 'Jap Road' in Texas changed
Japanese-Americans are leading an effort to rename "Jap Road" in Beaumont, Texas, but residents there say their street is not racist and may even have been named in honor of...

Coquille Tribe's youth golf clinic sees triple turnout
The Coquille Tribe of Oregon held its second annual youth golf clinic this past Friday, drawing triple the turnout of last year. Nearly 125 youth turned out for the event,...

Medicare to allow some treatments for obesity
The Department of Health and Human Services has dropped language in its Medicare policy that excluded obesity as an disease. The removal of the phrase "obesity itself cannot be considered...

Hearing on high lobbying fees expected in September
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is expected to hold a hearing on high tribal lobbying fees this September, The Washington Post reports. The committee also set a deadline of this...

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