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August 25, 2004
IHS officials say Indians shortchanged billions
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...

Yellow Bird: Family-run restaurants real jewels
"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...

State promises to consult tribes on major site
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...

'Rezologist' offers inspiration to Native youth
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...

Top Veterans Affairs official visits Navajo Nation
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...

Navajo soldier meets with pen pals from New Mexico
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...

Obituary: Frank Sanache, last Meskwaki Code Talker
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....

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe discusses possible land claim deal
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...

Stockbridge-Munsee Band sues Oneida Nation for land
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...

Hearing held in suit over recognition backers
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...

White Lady: Natives offended by Bush comments
"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...

Programs aim to keep Native students in school
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...

HUD warns Tulalip Tribes about misuse of housing funds
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...

EPA acknowledges most fish tainted by mercury
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...

Report details oil and gas leasing on federal land
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,...

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