Ted Stevens says tribes thought of consolidation (August 18, 2004)
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) spoke at a special session of the Tanana Chiefs Conference on Tuesday. TCC, which represents Interior tribes, called the meeting to address the regionalization or consolidation of federal and state services. Tribal leaders are opposed...
Ketchikan Tribe opposes logging of forest (August 18, 2004)
The Ketchikan Indian Community of Alaska says the U.S. Forest Service ignored the public by approving a major logging project in a roadless area of the Tongass National Forest. The logging will take place on Gravina Island, which was in...
Metis association celebrates blending of cultures (August 18, 2004)
Métis descendants in Michigan have started a new organization to preserve their culture and educate others about it. Val Cochran-Toops is the founder of the American Métis Aboriginal Association Lodge. She says she wants to pay respect to her Indian...
Navajo student ready for challenge of MIT (August 18, 2004)
Kyle Yazzie, 18, says he couldn't pass up a chance to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Yazzie, a graduate of Kirtland Central High School in New Mexico, was accepted by Yale. But he said he wanted to...
Jury finds man not guilty for reservation accident (August 18, 2004)
A federal jury acquitted a man from the Crow Reservation of Montana of killing his uncle in a drunk-driving accident. Sean Three Irons, 34, had been charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was accused of killing his uncle, Dean Three Irons,...
Tribal leaders question changes in BIA leadership (August 18, 2004)
PROMOTION: Mike Olsen, the incoming principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. A non-Indian attorney who arrived at the Bureau of Indian Affairs a little over a year ago has been promoted to the agency's highest position in charge...
Anderson denies 'shakeup' at BIA central office (August 18, 2004)
Bureau of Indian Affairs head Dave Anderson says recent leadership changes in the Washington, D.C., office are not a "shakeup." "It appears like it's a shakeup, but it's not," Anderson told the Associated Press. "I think the scuttlebutt comes from,...
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux hosting annual wacipi (August 18, 2004)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota is hosting its annual wacipi this weekend from August 20-22. More than 10,000 people attended last year's pow-wow. This year's event is expected to draw more than 500 dancers. Drums are coming from...
First Nation leaders return from trip to Israel (August 18, 2004)
First Nation leaders from Manitoba returned from a trip to Israel meant to build bridges between the Native and Jewish communities. Thirty leaders representing 10 First Nations in Manitoba went on the trip, sponsored by the Assembly of First Nations...
Program to help bring homes to Crow Reservation (August 18, 2004)
The Crow Tribe of Montana and the Fannie Mae mortgage association signed a deal on Tuesday to help tribal members become homeowners. As part of the agreement, Fannie Mae will obtain conventional financing for tribal members. Shawn Real Bird, the...
Federal artifact amnesty program coming to end (August 18, 2004)
A federal law enforcement program promising amnesty to anyone who turns over tribal artifacts is ending today. Authorities in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado said they recovered several significant artifacts belonging to tribes. People in all four states turned...
Northwest Indian College gets $1.2M federal grant (August 18, 2004)
The Northwest Indian College in Washington has received a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Education. The college will use the money to expand the campus on the Lummi Reservation. The Center for Student Success, the school's student services...
Passamaquoddy Tribe votes for natural gas terminal (August 18, 2004)
Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine voted 193-132 to move forward with a $300 million liquefied natural gas terminal on tribal land. More than half of the tribe's 600 eligible voters turned out for the referendum. Supporters said they...
Ione Band tells Pomos to 'go to where they were from' (August 18, 2004)
The Ione Band of Miwok Indians is warning another tribe not to try to acquire land in Contra Costa County, California. The Ione Band says the Guidiville Band of Pomos have no right to seek land in the county. "We...
Interior to reduce approval of drilling projects (August 18, 2004)
The Bureau of Land Management has been told to slow down the approval process for drilling projects on 262 million acres of land. Interior Department officials said BLM can delay oil and gas projects as they rewrite their management plans....
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