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August 13, 2004
Senate panel to hold briefing on Cheyenne-Arapaho bid
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...

Court bars state from imposing gas tax on tribe
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...

Pueblo man didn't know Bush cutting housing funds
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...

Elderly Navajos asked to sign away land rights
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...

Alaska Native executive to get $890,000 payout
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...

Respect urged at Bear Butte during high season
Bear Butte State Park in South Dakota says visitors need to respect the religious practices of Native Americans who come to the sacred area to worship. The park is seeing...

Eagle Staff Runners began 300-mile journey to Idaho
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...

Washington returns state park to Suquamish Tribe
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...

Ron Allen, Republican tribal leader, opposing Bush
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...

Soboba Band close to settling water rights dispute
The Soboba Band of Luiseņo 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...

Minneapolis Native Academy gets $1M federal grant
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...

Chippewa Cree Tribe brings 4-H Club back to life
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...

Water project helps Blackfeet Nation communities
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...

Case of police who abandoned Native man reopened
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...

Non-Native companies benefit from Native contracting
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...

Report concludes Bush's tax cuts favor wealthy
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,...

Swimmer urges tribes to ask Congress to fix trust
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...

Nez Perce Tribe calls for protection of salmon
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...

Top-level aides in BIA Washington office removed
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...

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