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August 05, 2004
Trust land decision for New Mexico Pueblos upheld
A Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to take off-reservation land into trust for New Mexico's 19 Pueblos was upheld by a federal appeals court on Wednesday. A group of non-Indians...

Native artists criticize hospital's sales practices
The Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage came under fire at a meeting on Monday for the way its gift shop sells Native arts and crafts. Native artists said the...

State breaks off talks to settle Cayuga land claim
The state of New York has ended negotiations to settle the Cayuga land claim. Gov. George Pataki (R) and Cayuga Nation representative Timothy Twoguns had agreed to settle the dispute...

Court blocks state laws against nuclear waste dump
A federal appeals court on Wednesday dealt another blow to the state of Utah's attempts to block a tiny tribe from hosting a big nuclear waste dump. In a unanimous...

FBI still investigating Ione Band of Miwok Indians
The FBI is still looking investigating the Ione Band of Miwok Indians but will not confirm details of the probe, The Amador Ledger-Dispatch reports. The tribe has been under scrutiny...

Obituary: James Williams, Eastern Pequot chief
James Lloyd Williams, the grand chief sachem of the Eastern Pequots of Connecticut, died on Saturday. He was 85. Williams, also known as Silver Star, is credited with unifying the...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe finishing juvenile facility
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is finishing work on the reservation's first juvenile detention center. The tribe broke ground on the $8.5 million, 51,646-square-foot facility in 2002. It...

Kerry, Powell to address minority journalists
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (Massachusetts) and Secretary of State Colin Powell will address the UNITY 2004 convention in Washington, D.C., today. Kerry is scheduled at 9 a.m. Powell...

Missing Native girl, siblings had been taken from family
A five-year-old Native girl who has been missing for a month had been taken away from her family by the Saskatchewan government, a tribal leader said. Guy Lonechild, a vice-chief...

Federal grant to address at-risk youth on reservation
The Department of Labor awarded a $3.1 million grant to help at-risk youth on the Sisseton Wahpeton Reservation in South Dakota. The money will be used to make the Sisseton...

Mashantucket Tribe moving into new office center
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is moving some of its employees to a new $19 million office and retail center in Norwich, Connecticut. The tribe has leased about half of...

Tribal tax-exempt bond bill pushed in California
A bill in California would make it easier for tribes to issue tax-exempt bonds just like other governments. The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians is backing the bill. The tribe...

Passamaquoddy Tribe puts gas terminal to vote
Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine will be voting on a proposed natural gas terminal on the tribe's Pleasant Point Reservation. In June, the tribe signed a deal to...

First Nation compensated $19M for hydro projects
The Fox Lake Cree Nation of Manitoba will receive $19 million in compensation for damages caused by hydro dams on the Nelson River. The tribe's traditional hunting land was destroyed...

Kerry to focus on Indian issues during Southwest trip
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (Massachusetts) will attend the Gallup Ceremonial and meet with tribal leaders during a jaunt through New Mexico and Arizona. Kerry is scheduled to attend...

Series: Dream eludes Narragansett Tribe
After nearly two decades of fighting, the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island is closer to realizing its dream of opening a casino. The debate started in the 1980s after the...

Blackfeet man named Disney 'Conservation Hero'
Ira New Breast, the former fish and wildlife director for the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, has been named "Conservation Hero" by the Walt Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. New Breast was...

Senator Shelby leaked intelligence messages
Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Alabama) leaked classified intelligence messages to the press but will not be prosecuted, The Washington Post reports. According to the paper, Shelby told at least one...

Opinion: Federal recognition cases should be public
"Sadly, at the same time that historic attempts are being made to breathe the spirit of openness and transparency into the actions of Native American tribal governments, an effort is...

Unity Ride and Run makes stop on Oneida Nation
The Unity Ride and Run 2004 made a stop on the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Ride and Run started in June in Manitoba, Canada. Since then, riders...

Federal judge to take on banishment dispute
A federal judge in California has agreed to determine whether two women who were banished from their tribe had their civil rights violated. Charlotte Berna and Roselind Quair were kicked...

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