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September 08, 2004
Lakota soldier turned to Army to fund education
Sheldon Hawk Eagle, a descendant of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, became a soldier to further his education. Hawk Eagle, whose Indian name was Wanbli Ohitika, or Brave Eagle, was...

Navajo Nation's agribusiness reports $3.3M profit
The Navajo Nation's agribusiness reported a $3.3 million profit for the fiscal year ending May 2004. The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry has seen three years of profitability. Last year, profits...

Udall also says Navajo water settlement too costly
Rep. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) said he agrees that cost estimates of the Navajo Nation's water settlement are way too high. The current price tag for the deal is put...

South Dakota state fair hopes to attract more Indians
Organizers of the South Dakota State Fair now underway in Huron hope to attract more Indian visitors to the annual event. Historically, Indian turnout has been low. Organizers aren't sure...

Healing ceremony at Utah massacre site begins
A healing ceremony at the site of a massacre blamed on Indians began in Utah on Tuesday. More than 120 settlers were killed in the Mountain Meadows Massacre in a...

Gaming tribes donated big money for new NMAI
The new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., cost more than $200 million, a significant portion of which came from tribes with casinos. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal...

Native vote campaign targets Indians in Minnesota
Organizers of the Get Out The Native Vote campaign say they hope to turn out 33,000 Native voters in Minnesota. Judy Hanks, of the Mille Lacs Band, is the statewide...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe to buy lakeside camp for $1.4M
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho will buy a lakeside camp from Washington State University for $1.4 million. The Camp Roger Larson on Lake Coeur d'Alene has been shuttered since...

Leader of tiny California tribe mum amid speculation
A woman claming to be the leader of a tiny California tribe isn't talking amid questions over her legitimacy. Silvia Burley joined the California Valley Miwok Tribe in 1998. She...

Police resume search for missing Native girl
Police in Regina, Saskatchewan, have resumed their search for Tamra Keepness, a five-year-old Native girl who has been missing for more than two months. Police returned to the Muscowpetung First...

Montana tribe to manage some duties at bison range
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana will take on some duties at the National Bison Range under a proposed self-determination agreement. The activities cover five areas: management; biological...

Column: Supreme Court 'hates' tribal sovereignty
"Tribal sovereign immunity is the doctrine that states a tribe cannot be sued unless Congress acts or the tribe itself consents. The United States Supreme Court hates tribal sovereign immunity,...

California tribe featured in opening NMAI exhibit
The Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians of California is one of 24 tribes featured in the opening exhibit of the new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C....

Pala Band fights to keep anti-landfill measure on ballot
A group led by the Pala Band of Mission Indians appealed a decision that would remove the tribe's anti-landfill initiative from the November ballot. The tribe says the Gregory Canyon...

National park's excess bison to go to another tribe
Excess bison from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota will be rounded up and given to a tribe. Normally, the animals would go to the Mandan, Hidatsa and...

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