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September 09, 2004
Another Navajo tribal member killed serving in Iraq
Ed. Note: Quinn A. Keith is the third, not the second, Navajo soldier to die in Iraq. A member of the Navajo Nation who was set to return from Iraq...

Top court hears Wampanoag sovereignty case
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's sovereignty case. The tribe is asserting control over land within its settlement reservation. But the...

Navajos want outside review of water settlement
The Din Bitzill Navajo Strength coalition of Navajo grassroots activists is calling for an independent review of the tribe's proposed water settlement. The group says tribal members have been kept...

Code Talker statue unveiled at Navajo Nation Fair
A bronze statue of a Navajo Code Talker was unveiled at the start of the 58th annual Navajo Nation Fair on Wednesday. Navajo Code Talkers who served in World War...

Alaska Native village lauded for recycling program
The Alaska Native village of Fort Yukon started its recycling program eight years ago and is considered a success. Among other efforts, the tribal government banned plastic grocery bags. Residents...

Agua Caliente Band seeks support for development
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is running a television campaign in hopes of persuading voters to support the tribe's development plan in Palm Springs, California. The city council...

Alaska wants to reduce tribal powers in child welfare
Alaska attorney general Gregg Renkes said the state will release new guidelines covering the handling of child welfare cases in tribal courts. According to The Anchorage Press, the state is...

Passamaquoddy woman fights natural gas terminal
A member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine is fighting a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on the reservation. Stephanie Bailey says a vote in favor of the terminal doesn't...

DOI attorney says tribes already paid for land
A Department of Interior attorney has told the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma that they were already paid $15 million for 27 million acres in Colorado, The Denver Post...

Minnesota tribe's protest at burial site continues
Members of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe of Minnesota have continued their occupation of a burial ground slated for development. The remains of at least one person have been discovered...

Retired BIA agent still wanted to stay on the job
Bob Pease didn't want to go. When told he had to retire from his job as a special agent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, he had other ideas. No....

Police investigate van in missing Native girl case
The search for Tamra Keepness, a five-year-old Native girl who has been missing for more than two months, continued as police renewed attention on a stolen van. The van was...

Colorado governor rejects casino for out-of-state tribes
The state of Colorado will not negotiate a casino deal with two Oklahoma tribes that have laid claim to 27 million acres of ancestral land, Gov. Bill Owens (R) said...

Panel tackles issues affecting Tar Creek buyout
A panel handling the buyout of residents in the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma held a meeting on Wednesday. The Tar Creek site is considered the worst in...

Navajo ethnobotanist part of NMAI design team
When visitors come to the new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., they will see the work of Donna House, a member of the Navajo Nation. Not...

State officials want 'fix' to recognition process
Officials from Connecticut say Congress must step in to fix the "broken" federal recognition process. Gov. Jodi Rell (R) urged the state's delegation to act after an internal investigation concluded...

Michigan county backs tribe's bid for recognition
Muskegon County, Michigan, commissioners voted on Tuesday to support the Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians' bid for federal recognition. The city of Muskegon is expected to do the same....

Oregon tribe says Bush not listening on health care
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon says cuts in the federal budget are threatening health care services for tribal members. In a letter, chairwoman Delores Pigsley told tribal...

Lack of access to health care called major problem
News from the United Tribes Technical College. BISMARCK, North Dakota - The number one health care problem in American Indian communities is not a particular disease. Its not diabetes, alcohol...

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