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August 12, 2004
BLM notifies tribes of remains at new Utah site
The Bureau of Land Management has told 14 tribes that it won't remove remains found at a new site in Utah. The BLM sent notification to tribes in Utah, Arizona,...

Passamaquoddy Tribe to vote on natural gas terminal
Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine will go to the polls August 17 to decide on a $300 million liquid natural gas terminal on tribal land. Tribal leaders say...

Navajo president says sovereignty is wealth
The Navajo Nation will be truly sovereign when the tribe is independent, President Joe Shirley Jr. says. Shirley says Navajos are already wealthy because they have sovereignty. But in hopes...

Farmington Inter-tribal dedicates new hogan
The Farmington Inter-tribal Indian Organization in New Mexico dedicated a new hogan on Wednesday. Work on the hogan began in December. But it couldn't be used until it was completely...

Arizona opposing tribe's trust land acquisition
The state of Arizona has filed two challenges to the Yavapai-Apache Nation's request to have 1,169 acres placed in trust. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the application in June....

Miccosukee Tribe to cooperate with state police
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida has agreed to cooperate with state law enforcement in the case of Kirk Douglas Billie, a tribal member accused of killing his two young sons....

UND's Indian nursing program receives federal grant
The Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing program at the University of North Dakota has received a $567,000 federal grant to further its goals. The three-year grant from...

Crow warrior returns home to emotional ceremony
Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana welcomed Army Sgt. 1st Class Mitchelene Big Man back from her tour in Iraq. Big Man, 38, received an honoring and cleansing ceremony...

Pala Band to help clean up illegal trash dump
The Pala Band of Mission Indians of California is joining forces with state and county officials to clean up a rural trash dump that people fear could pollute the San...

Two First Nations want to find out cause of sickness
The Grassy Narrows First Nation and the Wabauskang First Nation of Ontario are undertaking a study to find out why people on the reserves are getting sick. A preliminary study...

Omaha Tribe re-enacts Lewis and Clark exchange
Members of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska re-enacted a visit to the gravesite of Omaha Chief Blackbird that took place 200 years ago with the Lewis and Clark expedition. Blackbird...

Father of missing Native girl charged with assault
The father of Tamra Keepness, a five-year-old Native girl who has been missing for more than a month, was charged with assault on Wednesday. Troy Keepness is accused of trying...

Indian professor sues after being denied tenure
A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe is suing Iowa State University for denying him tenure. Lawrence Gross, a professor in American Indian studies, said he was denied...

Bush says housing program he's cutting is 'working'
At a campaign rally in New Mexico that brought out an Indian couple, President Bush on Wednesday promoted an Indian housing program that his administration has cut. Telling Arnold and...

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