Jodi Rave Lee: Indians, Iraqis have much in common (August 30, 2004)
"A popular T-shirt in Indian Country these days shows Geronimo and his band brandishing rifles, looking mean and tough. The heading over the picture reads: "Homeland Security." The slogan under the photo: "Fighting Terrorism Since 1492." It's an obvious play...
Report calls on U.S. to honor health care commitment (August 30, 2004)
A draft report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (CCR) calls health problems and lack of adequate health care the "enemy" of Indian Country. "Broken Promises: Evaluating the Native American Health Care System" is a follow-up to last year's...
Duwamish Tribe raising funds for cultural center (August 30, 2004)
The Duwamish Tribe of Washington is hoping to raise $79,000 to build a cultural center and longhouse. The tribe is getting some help from local churches. A fundraiser organized by churches whose founders were welcomed to the area by the...
Man running marathon in honor of Lakota people (August 30, 2004)
A South Dakota lawyer says his work on behalf of Lakota people on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations prompted him to enter a marathon. Greg Erlandson will participate in the 29th Annual Marine Corps Marathon on October 31 in...
Tribal judge orders arrest of disgraced developer (August 30, 2004)
A businessman at the center of a $8.5 million failed housing deal was ordered arrested by a judge on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North and South Dakota. Gary Minard is accused of defrauding the tribe over the remodeling...
Federal officials allow ceremonies at Shasta Dam (August 30, 2004)
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California has been given a special permit to hold ceremonies at the Shasta Dam. Federal officials initially balked at the request because the tribe wanted to start the ceremonies on the day before September 11....
Minnesota tribe seeks halt of work at burial site (August 30, 2004)
Members of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe were joined by American Indian Movement activists on Friday to stop development at a Dakota burial site. The remains of at least one person have been removed at the site in the Twin...
City to consider school plan on tribal burial ground (August 30, 2004)
A leader of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians of California says a lawsuit is possible over a Catholic school's plans to build athletic fields and a performing arts center on tribal burial grounds. Some members of the unrecognized tribe,...
Colorado governor to attend land claim briefing (August 30, 2004)
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens (R) said he will attend a Senate Indian Affairs Committee briefing next month to make his opposition to a land claim and proposed tribal casino known. The Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma filed a 27 million-acre land...
Navajo attorney general survives ouster attempt (August 30, 2004)
A bid to fire Navajo Nation Attorney General Louis Denetsosie was defeated on Friday. Denetsosie was accused of ignoring directives from the Navajo Nation council. Wallace Charley, a council delegate, cited the handling of a nepotism controversy involving the wives...
Alaska Native justice panel still hasn't begun work (August 30, 2004)
A tribal-federal-state commission created to examine justice, jurisdiction and sovereignty issues in rural Alaska still hasn't begun its work. The Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission was the product of Sen. Ten Stevens (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee....
Washington bank seeks to tap growing tribal market (August 30, 2004)
The KeyBank in Washington state has appointed a national executive of its Native American Financial Services initiative. Mike Lettig, a 27-year veteran of the bank, says the effort will focus on tribes across the nation. He says the market is...
Editorial: Anderson 'sinking' without quick action (August 30, 2004)
"The BIA hasn't exactly been the most effective federal agency during the past 100 years or so. But [Dave] Anderson has a problem. He never should have recused himself from all gaming issues in the first place. But if he...
Editorial: U.S. failing to provide Indian health care (August 30, 2004)
"Health care for many Native Americans in this country sinks to Third World levels. According to a draft report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, deaths from alcoholism are 770 percent more likely among Native Americans than the general...
Yellow Bird: Students breathe life into community (August 30, 2004)
"Try to cross University Avenue in Grand Forks at 5 p.m. and you'll see real and teeming evidence of the increased enrollment at UND this fall. The increasing enrollment at UND can be dollar signs in the eyes of apartment...
Bush-GOP strategist admits taking tribal money (August 30, 2004)
A Republican strategist for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign admitting taking more than $1 million from two Washington lobbyists being investigated for high fees they took from tribes with casinos. Ralph Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition,...
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