Senate panel to hold briefing on Cheyenne-Arapaho bid (August 13, 2004)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a briefing September 8 on the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes land claim and casino proposal. The tribes are claiming 27 million acres in Colorado. They say they will settle 500 acres and gaming rights in...
Court bars state from imposing gas tax on tribe (August 13, 2004)
In a victory for tribes seeking to establish and expand their economies, a federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that state taxation does not outweigh the right of tribes to raise revenue. For several years, the state of Kansas has...
Pueblo man didn't know Bush cutting housing funds (August 13, 2004)
Arnold Reano of Santo Domingo Pueblo didn't know that President Bush is asking Congress to reduce funds for an Indian loan program that allowed his family to become homeowners. Reano and his wife Debra appeared at a campaign rally for...
Elderly Navajos asked to sign away land rights (August 13, 2004)
The Navajo Nation is asking tribal members to sign over their land rights to make way for a $2 billion power plant and coal mine operation, The Farmington Daily Times reports. The tribe's Diné Power Authority has already obtained consent...
Alaska Native executive to get $890,000 payout (August 13, 2004)
The outgoing chief executive officer of Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native regional corporation, will receive $890,000 in severance pay, The Anchorage Daily News reports. Carl Marrs will be paid a portion of his base salary of $355,000, his...
Eagle Staff Runners began 300-mile journey to Idaho (August 13, 2004)
The Eagle Staff Runners began their 300-mile journey from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming to the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho on Thursday. About 60 runners, ranging in age from 7 to 18, are taking part. They are expected...
Washington returns state park to Suquamish Tribe (August 13, 2004)
In a unanimous decision, the Washington parks and recreation commission agreed on Thursday to return a state park that was once home to Chief Sealth to the Suquamish Tribe. The 1-acre Old Man House State Park was part of a...
Ron Allen, Republican tribal leader, opposing Bush (August 13, 2004)
Ron Allen, chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington, is one Indian Republican who is opposing President Bush. Allen has criticized the Bush administration for failing to consult with tribal nations on matters like the Bureau of Indian Affairs...
Soboba Band close to settling water rights dispute (August 13, 2004)
The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is nearing a water rights settlement, chairman Robert Salgado said. The settlement would provide the tribe with more than 1.3 billion gallons of water, $28 million and $127 acres, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported....
Minneapolis Native Academy gets $1M federal grant (August 13, 2004)
The organization that runs the Native Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has received a three-year $1 million grant from the Department of Education. Migizi Communications will use the grant to promote math, science, technology and engineering for Indian high school students....
Chippewa Cree Tribe brings 4-H Club back to life (August 13, 2004)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe's decision to restart the reservation's 4-H club has paid off. The Mi-Wah-Si-N 4-H Club was idle for more than 20 years. Tribal leaders brought it back to life in 2002. The program currently has enrolled 65...
Water project helps Blackfeet Nation communities (August 13, 2004)
A $12.5 million tribal, state and federal project will bring clean water to two communities on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. The project will deliver water to more than 6,000 residents and business owners and will enable the tribe to...
Case of police who abandoned Native man reopened (August 13, 2004)
Two former police officers who abandoned a Native man in the freezing cold will have their case reopened by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The officers admitted leaving Darryl Night on the outskirts of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. But they said Night...
Non-Native companies benefit from Native contracting (August 13, 2004)
Two Alaska Native corporations have won sole-source defense contracts worth up to $500 million but only after partnering with large non-Native companies that would have had to otherwise compete for the work. The Alutiiq Native corporation and Wackenhut Services received...
Report concludes Bush's tax cuts favor wealthy (August 13, 2004)
A report being released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office today concludes that President Bush's tax cuts have largely benefited the most wealthy Americans. According to The New York Times, the report says that one-third of the cuts have gone...
Swimmer urges tribes to ask Congress to fix trust (August 13, 2004)
Special Trustee Ross Swimmer urged tribes to go to Congress to reform the Indian trust. Swimmer spoke at a listening conference sponsored by the Intertribal Monitoring Association. According to The Green Bay Press-Gazette, he said current system is "broken." "We...
Nez Perce Tribe calls for protection of salmon (August 13, 2004)
The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho and two conservation groups released a study on Thursday to back greater protections for salmon on the Snake River. The economic analysis concludes that it would cost Idaho Power Co. about $12 million to...
Top-level aides in BIA Washington office removed (August 13, 2004)
A shakeup at the top levels of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has resulted in the resignation or removal of several aides whose loyalty to assistant secretary Dave Anderson had been questioned. Aurene Martin, the agency's second-in-command, submitted her resignation...
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