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July 20, 2004
Senate vote set on Bush appeal court nominee
Update: The Senate voted 53-44 this afternoon, seven votes short of the 60 needed to end debate. The nomination was blocked. A controversial federal court nominee whom tribes say will...

Kerry's sister campaigns on Montana reservations
The sister of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry (Massachusetts) campaigned on two Montana reservations on Monday. Diana Kerry met with tribal leaders and members on the Crow Reservation and...

Report to downplay race as factor in justice system
A forthcoming report on disparities in South Dakota's justice system will link different treatment of Indians to poverty not race. The report by Richard Braunstein, a University of South Dakota...

HHS Secretary pledges more funds for Navajo Nation
Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson told Navajo Nation leaders on Monday that he would seek more funds to improve health care on the reservation. Thompson addressed the...

Father of missing Native girl charged with assault
The stepfather of a five-year-old Native girl who has been missing since July 5 appeared in court on Monday to face assault charges. According to news reports, the alleged assault...

USDA denies money in Black farmers' bias suit
A study shows that 90 percent of African-American farmers who sought money through a discrimination lawsuit were denied by the Department of Agriculture. USDA settled the $3 billion case five...

Tribes to seek restrictions on Kennewick Man study
Four Pacific Northwest tribes who claim Kennewick Man as an ancestor plan to seek restrictions on scientific study of the remains, a tribal lawyer said. Study of the 9,000-year-old man...

House panel holds hearing on Endangered Species Act
A House subcommittee's field hearing on the Endangered Species Act drew about tribes, environmentalists, farmers and fishers to Klamath Falls, Oregon, on Saturday. About 100 tribal members and their supporters...

Study finds Tulalip Tribes wetlands healthy
The Tulalip Tribe of Washington is conducting a baseline study of wetlands on the reservation. Focusing on four wetlands, tribal biologists have found a wide number of species, including some...

Confusion still marks Western Shoshone payout law
A July 31 meeting to discuss the new law requiring the distribution of a $145 million trust fund to members of the Western Shoshone Nation is drawing controversy. A steering...

Teen shot by tribal police on Paiute reservation
A 17-year-old teen was shot to death by tribal police on the Walker River Paiute Reservation in Nevada. Norman Boney Jr. allegedly charged an officer who responded to a domestic...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe mourns death of revered elder
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho is mourning the loss of Lawrence G. Nicodemus, a tribal elder who worked to preserve the Snchitsu'umshtsn language. Nicodemus died Saturday at the age...

Anderson sued by former business partners
Bureau of Indian Affairs head Dave Anderson is being sued by former business partners over a new restaurant he helped open. Patricia and Timothy Buffham say Anderson owes them $1.3...

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