Audio: Bush explains meaning of tribal sovereignty (August 6, 2004)
Laughter greeted President George W. Bush today when he explained the meaning of tribal sovereignty at the UNITY 2004 minority journalists convention. Mark Trahant, the editorial page editor of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Nation of...
Oneida Nation denies derailing Cayuga land deal (August 6, 2004)
The Oneida Nation of New York rejected accusations that it derailed settlement of the Cayuga land claim. A county lawmaker said the tribe objected to the settlement because it would allowed the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma to re-establish rights in...
Alaska Native educators focus on achievement (August 6, 2004)
The 11th annual Association of Interior Native Educators conference is meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Educators are focusing on ways to improve achievement levels among Alaska Native students. Proficiency among Natives trails the rest of the state, according to statistics. Some...
Kerry White House will 'respect' sovereignty (August 6, 2004)
Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry pledged to support tribal sovereignty and appoint Native Americans to top positions if elected this November. Kerry, the senator from Massachusetts, received a spirited welcome at the nation's largest gathering of minority journalists in Washington,...
Alaska Native executive to resign from CIRI (August 6, 2004)
The chief executive officer of Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native regional corporation, will step down at the end of the year. Carl Marrs became the target of criticism for his handling of the corporation, which saw record profits...
Housing funds restored for Navajo Nation project (August 6, 2004)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has restored $11.9 million in federal funds to the Navajo Nation for the completion of 102 housing units. The money was suspended because the Navajo Housing Authority failed to publish an environmental assessment...
Tribal colleges awarded millions in federal grants (August 6, 2004)
Tribal colleges across the United States have been awarded millions in grants by the Department of Education. "President Bush and I believe the nation's tribal colleges and universities play an important role in the rich traditions of the Indian people,"...
BIA investigating suicide at Yakama Nation jail (August 6, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is investigating a suicide at a jail on the Yakama Nation in Washington. The inmate, Ricky Owens Sampson, hanged himself in a cell. According to The Seattle Times, he had been left there for at...
Bush to speak at minority journalists conference (August 6, 2004)
President Bush will address the UNITY 2004 convention of minority journalists this morning. Live coverage on C-SPAN is scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. Bush will take questions from a panel of journalists following his remarks. Strict security measures are...
Democrats, Republicans make showing at pow-wow (August 6, 2004)
The 19th annual Oglala Lakota Nation Powwow and Rodeo is attracting the Democrat and Republican parties. Democrats are helping to pay for the seven meals that will be served throughout the pow-wow. Ramon Bear Runner, meal coordinator, said the Fall...
IHS removes administrator of Rapid City hospital (August 6, 2004)
The administrator of the Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, has been removed from the position. Michelle Leach says she doesn't know why she was removed. She had been administrator of Sioux San Hospital for eight...
Prized Allan Houser statue to be installed at NMAI (August 6, 2004)
A 6-foot, 3,500-pound white marble sculpture created by renowned Apache artist Allan Houser is headed to the new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. "Comrade in Mourning" will be part of a 160-piece exhibit of Houser's that...
Oglala Sioux Tribe opposes more stores in Whiteclay (August 6, 2004)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe opposes any new liquor establishments in the border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. Currently, only three stores are operating because one store recently lost its license. But that store is appealing and another one wants a license...
Use of pipestone at new NMAI prompts complaints (August 6, 2004)
The new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., has removed four stones of pipestone from a floor installation in response to complaints that the display was disrespectful. Travis Erickson, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe of...
Mother denies Tamra, siblings taken from family (August 6, 2004)
The mother of a missing five-year-old Native girl is denying claims that her children had been taken away from the family. Lorena Keepness says Tamra and her other children have always been in her custody or with their father. She...
Bill to ban 'Redskins' in California fails (August 6, 2004)
A bill to ban public schools from using the name "Redskins" failed by a 17-12 vote on Thursday. The measure fell four votes short of the majority needed for passage. Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg (D), its sponsor, said she was confident...
Navajo Nation short on law enforcement staff (August 6, 2004)
The Navajo Nation is having trouble finding qualified people to fill positions within its Department of Criminal Investigations. Acting director Harry Sombrero said the department only have five captains. They are being shuffled around the reservation to fill other open...
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