Kennewick Man remains slated for scientific study (July 19, 2004)
Four Pacific Northwest tribes who claim Kennewick Man as an ancestor won't ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, effectively ending the eight-year-old battle over the remains. Although the Department of Justice has until today to file an...
California tribes endorse gaming initiative (July 19, 2004)
After months of staying silent on the issue, California's largest inter-tribal organization has stepped into the debate over the "fair share" their casinos should, or should not, contribute to the state. The California Nations Indian Gaming Association, which represents 64...
Cherokee Nation awaits approval of constitution (July 19, 2004)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is waiting federal approval of changes to the tribal constitution that were adopted in 2003. The tribe voted to remove a provision that requires the Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve every changes to the...
Klamath Basin tribes head to Scotland to fight for fish (July 19, 2004)
Representatives of the Karuk, Yurok, Hoopa and Klamath tribes are in Scotland to make their case for salmon they have depended on for centuries. The tribes are located in the Klamath Basin of northern California and southern Oregon. They say...
BIA publishes final rule for reservation roads (July 19, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is publishing a final rule for the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program. The rule sets out the policies and procedures for the program. It also sets out how federal funds will be distributed for road...
Health care reauthorization hearing this week (July 19, 2004)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday will hold an oversight hearing on the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado), chairman of the committee, introduced S.556 last year. Along with the House Resources...
Pombo took $5K from tribe with bill before committee (July 19, 2004)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California) accepted $5,000 from the Osage Nation of Oklahoma shortly before and after his committee held a hearing on a bill the tribe requested. The tribe gave Pombo's re-election committee $2,500 on March 10, five days before...
State aims to take recognition fight to Supreme Court (July 19, 2004)
Despite his losing record, Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal says he won't give up his fight against tribes in the state and is willing to take the battle all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Blumenthal is challenging the...
Brief filed in Indian taxation case in Connecticut (July 19, 2004)
The Connecticut Supreme Court is due to take up a tribal member's refusal to pay about $150,000 in state income taxes. Jo-Ann Dark-Eyes says she is exempt because she earned the income as an employee of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal...
Warm Springs Tribes suspends 11 police officers (July 19, 2004)
The Confederated Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon suspended 11 police officers pending an investigation into an alleged walkout. Two lieutenants, five sergeants, the criminal investigations supervisor and the police chief were put on leave two weeks ago. The 11 officers...
Sports Column: Navajo runner overcomes adversity (July 19, 2004)
"It is an old and depressingly familiar American Indian story: kid leaves "the Res" for college, something better. Comes back one day, begins hanging with friends. Starts drinking heavily, passing out on his mother's couch. And wakes up one day...
Pyramid Lake chairwoman escapes recall attempt (July 19, 2004)
Members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada say they will continue to try and remove chairwoman Bonnie Akaka-Smith from office. Accused of ignoring tribal laws and stifling dissent, Akaka-Smith narrowly escaped a recall petition last week. The tribal...
State to return 31 acres to Alaska Native village (July 19, 2004)
The Alaska Native village of Minto is set to reclaim its old village on Tuesday. The villagers left Old Minto in 1969 due to constant flooding. The state ended up seizing the 31-acre site, saying it was abandoned. The village...
Former Navajo cop honored for close call 20 years ago (July 19, 2004)
Delphina Collins-Apodaca, a former Navajo Nation police officer, is finally being recognized for her handling of an incident 20 years ago that nearly killed her. On April 6, 1980, Collins-Apodaca responded to a call from a man who was threatening...
Medicine man opens Sun Dance to non-Natives (July 19, 2004)
Leonard Crow Dog, a Lakota medicine man, says the Sun Dance and other Lakota ceremonies should be shared with non-Natives. Crow Dog, a former American Indian Movement activist, allows non-Natives to take part in Sun Dances he holds. He criticizes...
Deaths of four boys forces tribe to look inward (July 19, 2004)
Four boys under the age of 16 died of alcohol-related causes over a six-month period on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. The youngest were two 11-year-olds. Frankie Sonneah Nicolai and Justin Benoist were found dead in a field in February....
Ceremony to mark passage of Lakota warrior Thin Milk (July 19, 2004)
More than 100 years after his death, a Lakota warrior named Thin Milk will finally receive a proper burial. Thin Milk was raiding a ranch on the Pine Ridge Reservation sometime after the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. He was...
Pechanga Band votes to retain Macarro as chairman (July 19, 2004)
With 69 percent of the vote, Mark Macarro retained his chairmanship of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians on Sunday. Macarro, 40, defeated Norman Pico Sr., 64, in a race that drew 83 percent of tribal voters, the highest turnout...
Indians in Bolivia seek self-determination (July 19, 2004)
Even though they make up 61 percent of the population, Indians in Bolivia have long been relegated at the bottom of society. But in recent years, indigenous leaders have begun to exercise political power. Last year, they were behind the...
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