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August 03, 2004
Report shows home loans to Natives dropping
Lending rates to American Indians and Alaska Natives fell nearly 5 percent last year even as loans to other racial and ethnic groups increased, according to newly released data. Financial...

Alaska Supreme Court rejects protection for belugas
The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition to list Cook Inlet beluga whales as endangered under state law. Alaska Natives and environmentalists asked the state to protect the...

Post office in Colorado would be named after Campbell
A post office in Durango, Colorado, would be named after the retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell under new legislation. Campbell, the only American Indian in the Senate, is retiring in...

Hundreds of artifacts seized from New Mexico home
Federal authorities seized more than 430 artifacts from a home in New Mexico in what started out as a burglary investigation. Police found the artifacts while executing a search warrant...

Paper chronicles Navajo girl's journey into womanhood
The Farmington Daily Times publishes the last installment of its series on a young Navajo girl's journey into womanhood. The Kinaalda is a four-day ceremony that celebrates the changes a...

Navajo water settlement discussed at public meeting
A public meeting was held Monday night on a proposed settlement of the Navajo Nation's water rights on the San Juan River. Navajo Vice President Frank Dayish Jr. said the...

Tribal college graduates first horseshoeing class
Crownpoint Institute of Technology, a tribal college on the Navajo Nation, has graduated its first ever horseshoeing class. Ten students completed the program. Their final test included successfully shoeing 15...

High school curriculum to help Alaska Native students
The Sealaska Heritage Institute is developing a high school curriculum to help Alaska Natives pass the state's high school exit exam and get ready for college. The curriculum will have...

Chippewa Cree Tribe to unveil anti-smoking campaign
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana has developed a new campaign aimed at curbing tobacco use while emphasizing its sacred uses. The "Keeping Tobacco Sacred" campaign will be unveiled at...

Yellow Bird: Indians becoming a force at the polls
"A governor once told me that he wasn't concerned about the reservation vote. Why? Because they (Indian people from the reservation) don't vote, he told me. Unfortunately, he was right...

One Nation, Two Worlds: Series on Narragansett Tribe
The Providence Journal is running a series "One Nation, Two World" on the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island. Part 1 looked at Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas. A college dropout and...

Columbia River tribes consider tapping salmon market
The Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission is considering the possibility of building a $6.8 million fish-processing and retail center to tap the wild salmon market. Tribal fishermen have long sold their...

Tribal commissioned symphony to debut at pow-wow
A symphony composed for the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska will debut August 24 at the tribe's pow-wow. "Huthuga" was commissioned by the tribe, the Lied Center for the Performing Arts...

Oregon tribes voice concerns in meeting with Smith
Leaders of Oregon's tribes met with Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) on Monday. According to the Associated Press, tribal leaders raised concerns about health care, gaming, law enforcement and the environment....

Peace and Freedom Party picks Peltier over Nader
California's Peace and Freedom Party nominated imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier for president instead of independent Ralph Nader. Nader, who ran on the Green Party ticket in 2000...

Remains not linked to case of missing Native girl
Police in Saskatchewan say remains discovered on the Pasqua First Nation are not linked to Tamra Keepness, the five-year-old Native girl who has been missing for nearly a month. Acting...

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