Group faults Park Service for leaving out tribes (July 30, 2004)
Tribes should play a greater role in the presentation of their history at Fort Laramie, an Army fort where two major treaties were signed, a conservation group said on Thursday. The National Parks Conservation Association stops short of calling for...
Crow tribal activists continue to challenge BIA (July 30, 2004)
Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana are continuing to challenge the Bureau of Indian Affairs' approval of a recent constitution. Tribal activists say the current leadership is illegal and have formed their own government. They are operating under an...
Connecticut towns want to join case over taxation (July 30, 2004)
Three Connecticut towns that are fighting tribes on federal recognition and land-into-trust want to join an Indian taxation case. The towns of Ledyard, Preston and North Stonington want permission to file a brief in the case of Jo-Ann Dark Eyes,...
State assures Alaska Natives that food is safe (July 30, 2004)
The state of Alaska is refuting a report that says Alaska Natives who live near the world's largest zinc mine are at risk of eating contaminated subsistence foods. Last month, the Alaska Community Action on Toxics released a report citing...
Oregon tribes helping members with housing needs (July 30, 2004)
Four Oregon tribes are working together to help tribal members buy or rent housing. The Grand Ronde, Siletz, Warm Springs and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw are hosting the Native American Housing Fair tomorrow. The first...
Barona Band resurveys reservation after fire (July 30, 2004)
The Barona Band of Mission Indians in southern California was one of the hardest hit by last year's deadly fire but the tribe's effort to protect the reservation is stirring controversy. After resurveying the reservation boundaries, the tribe found several...
Tourism a growing field for tribes, tribal members (July 30, 2004)
Gaming isn't the only way to generate revenues in Indian Country. Tourism is becoming an option for tribes and tribal members. Take John Fendenheim, a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. Through tribal financing, he has been able...
Seminole Tribe completes work on treatment plant (July 30, 2004)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida celebrated the completion of an $8.5 million wastewater treatment plant that will serve tribal members and the tribe's casino. The plant will bring clean and safe water to 75 homes on the Immokalee Reservation. Families...
Indian doctor dedicates life to combating diabetes (July 30, 2004)
Sara K. Dye, a Sac and Fox and Shawnee woman from Oklahoma, overcame adversity to become one of the first Indian women doctors. Dye has dedicated her life to combating diabetes. She is currently the chief medical officer for Indian...
Criminals on Navajo Nation sometimes set free (July 30, 2004)
The Navajo Nation arrests, tries and convicts people for violent crimes. Only the tribe sometimes has nowhere to put them. Such is the case in Shiprock, New Mexico. The jail facility there has been shut down since June 10 due...
Tekakwitha Conference being held in El Paso (July 30, 2004)
The 65th annual Tekakwitha Conference for Catholic Native Americans began on Thursday in El Paso, Texas. A reported 1,000 people are attending the event, named after Tekakwitha, a 16th-century Mohawk woman who is a candidate for sainthood. Catholic Indians have...
Family of missing Native girl pray for safe return (July 30, 2004)
The family of a five-year-old Native girl who has been missing for more than three weeks are praying for her safe return as police say their investigation has been going slow. Tamra Keepness was last seen at her home in...
First Nations in Saskatchewan want indigenous games (July 30, 2004)
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is lobbying to bring the 2008 North American Indigenous Games to Regina. The site selection was in Regina this week. Saskatchewan has a 14 percent Native population. The games, held every few years...
LaMere: 'Damn, there’s a lot of Indian people here' (July 30, 2004)
Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and a long-time Democratic activist, says Indian participation in the national party will only go up. LaMere is one of four Indians on the Democratic National Committee. That's a step...
Indian delegates at DNC bunk in college dorm (July 30, 2004)
Some of the Indian delegates to the Democratic National Convention didn't exactly live it up in Boston this week. Take some of those from Montana. Carol Juneau, a state lawmaker, and her husband, Stan, stayed at a college dorm for...
Russell Means not welcome as Republican either (July 30, 2004)
A month after saying he was ready to give up on the Republican Party, American Indian Movement activist Russell Means says the party has given up on him. Means claims Senate candidate John Thune has not responded to his offers...
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