IHS officials say Indians shortchanged billions (August 25, 2004)

The Indian Health Service budget is shortchanged by at least $2 billion a year, agency officials said on Tuesday. Michael O'Grady, an assistant secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, said Congress may never fully fund the IHS....

Yellow Bird: Family-run restaurants real jewels (August 25, 2004)

"Sometimes, when I'm rolling along the highway on a back road in the middle of the state or up near the Canada border, hunger pangs pull me into the closest eatery. These family restaurants with their homemade pies and real...

State promises to consult tribes on major site (August 25, 2004)

Officials in Utah say they will consult tribes in advance of any decisions affecting a major archaeological site but tribal leaders are frustrated with the process. The state's Native American Remains Review Committee met yesterday to discuss the subject. Tribal...

'Rezologist' offers inspiration to Native youth (August 25, 2004)

Chance Rush grew up poor on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, experienced the suicide of his aunt at a young age and didn't learn how to read until he was a sophomore in college. But he says he never...

Top Veterans Affairs official visits Navajo Nation (August 25, 2004)

A top Veterans Affairs official promised to help the Navajo Nation build a veteran's clinic and cemetery during a visit to the reservation on Tuesday. Gordon Mansfield, the deputy secretary for Veterans Affairs, said Navajo veterans shouldn't have to travel...

Navajo soldier meets with pen pals from New Mexico (August 25, 2004)

U.S. Marine Sgt. Cornelius Tolth, a member of the Navajo Nation, got to meet his pen pals during a visit to New Mexico on Tuesday. Tolth, 32, served in Iraq in the spring of 2003. A group of 15 fifth-graders...

Obituary: Frank Sanache, last Meskwaki Code Talker (August 25, 2004)

Frank Sanache, the last living Meskwaki Code Talker, died Saturday. He was 86. Sanache was one of eight Meskwakis who were trained to use the code during World War II. He served in the Pacific and in North Africa, where...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe discusses possible land claim deal (August 25, 2004)

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma met privately with attorneys for New York Gov. George Pataki (R) to discuss a settlement of the Cayuga land claim. According to news reports, the tribe would drop its claim in exchange for a casino...

Stockbridge-Munsee Band sues Oneida Nation for land (August 25, 2004)

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans of Wisconsin has filed a land claim against the Oneida Nation of New York. The Stockbridge-Munsees say the Oneida Nation bought 3,500 acres that rightfully belongs to them. But a spokesperson for the Oneidas said...

Hearing held in suit over recognition backers (August 25, 2004)

A judge in Connecticut held a hearing on Monday in a lawsuit involving financial backers of the newly recognized Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation. According to news reports, more than a dozen interests are involved in the case. It was brought...

White Lady: Natives offended by Bush comments (August 25, 2004)

"Gay Story Hamilton, chairman of the Mohegan tribal nation's council of elders, was both appalled and delighted when she heard that President George W. Bush displayed a limited grasp of tribal sovereignty before a recent conference of minority journalists. I...

Programs aim to keep Native students in school (August 25, 2004)

The Skykomish Valley Indian Education program is one of 65 programs in Washington state that aim to keep Native students in school while promoting tribal culture. The Skykomish program began at one public school but has grown to cover two...

HUD warns Tulalip Tribes about misuse of housing funds (August 25, 2004)

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington shut down its housing authority last week after the Department of Housing and Urban Development threatened to impose sanctions on the tribe. The decision leaves the tribe without the ability to manage millions in federal...

EPA acknowledges most fish tainted by mercury (August 25, 2004)

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said that nearly every state has fish are contaminated with mercury. In its annual summary, the EPA said all but two states -- Wyoming and Alaska -- issued warnings about mercury contamination. This is...

Report details oil and gas leasing on federal land (August 25, 2004)

An online report by the Environmental Working Group outlines the leasing of federal land to oil and gas companies. The study, based on records from the Bureau of Land Management, shows that 229 million acres have been leased since 1982....