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September 29, 2004
Kerry campaign promises Indian health care boost
Charging that the Bush administration has ignored Indian Country, presidential candidate John Kerry unveiled a health care policy on Tuesday that aides said would pour billions into programs for Native...

Alaska Native woman recipient of 'Genius' award
An Alaska Native woman has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 "Genius" grant for her work in improving the health care of Alaska Natives. Katherine Gottlieb, president of Southcentral Foundation, is...

Pine Ridge absentee voter plan up for consideration
Voters on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota would be able to cast absentee ballots without having to leave the reservation under a plan up for consideration today. Shannon...

Editorial: Send lobbyist hogs to the slaughterhouse
"Hire me and I will solve your problem -- after I get somebody in Congress to make it worse for you. This is not what James Madison had in mind...

Government contracts help Indian business expand
Thanks to federal contracting programs for minority-owned companies, John Gilbert has seen been able to expand his small, family-run business. Gilbert, a member of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of...

Editorial: Dialogue needed between tribes, officials
"Last Saturday's summit meeting between South Dakota tribal leaders and the state's congressional delegation is a good start on opening a dialogue among the state's federal and tribal representatives. So...

Morongo Band negotiates law enforcement compact
The Morongo Band of Missions Indians is negotiating a police services agreement with Riverside County, California. The compact is considered a first in the Public Law 280 state. It would...

Bank providing tribal services to open third branch
A bank partially owned by a California tribe is expanding with a third branch. Canyon National Bank provides services to tribes and tribal members. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla...

Teen charged with murdering father on First Nation
A 15-year-old girl from the Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing her father. Authorities won't release the name of the victim...

Agua Caliente Band charges premium for health care
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California says the rising cost of health care is forcing the tribe, for the first time, to assess a premium on tribal...

Tim Giago: I'm not a racist and I haven't seen NMAI yet
"An email to me by a member of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York State conveyed a sense of pride and an admonishment to me for questioning the tribe...

North Dakota high court won't enforce tribal order
A tribal court order against a disgraced developer accused of defrauding the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been rejected by the North Dakota Supreme Court. A tribal judge ordered developer...

Search continues for Crow man missing on reservation
A member of the Crow Tribe of Montana who went on a hunting expedition on the reservation has been missing for more than a week. Robert "Bugsy" Springfield, 49, was...

Opinion: Indian museum shows us 'who we destroyed'
"There are those who will say that the new museum—with its pavilions full of vendors, and a copy of [Allan] Houser’s “Reflections” available on the first floor for $55,000—is the...

Tribes host fundraising events for favored candidates
The opening week of the National Museum of the American Indian saw tribes and tribal organizations host fundraisers for several candidates. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut hosted a...

Editorial: Indian museum needed in the West too
"Native Americans have waited a long time to see a museum dedicated to their culture, so it's great to see members of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe attend the opening of...

NARF lawyer assured of victory in trust fund case
Keith Harper, a Native American Rights Fund lawyer, spoke to Individual Indian Money (IIM) beneficiaries in Oklahoma on Monday. Harper said he was confident the plaintiffs will prevail in the...

Comanche chairman charged with obstructing justice
Wallace Coffey, chairman of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, has been charged with one felony count of obstruction of justice. According to authorities, Coffey admitted to intervening in a child...

Highway, appropriations bills may be delayed
Legislation to reauthorize the national transportation program and to fund government agencies may be delayed until next year, The Washington Post reports. Congressional Republicans are considering delaying the $300 billion...

Washington lobbyists called before Senate panel
Two Washington lobbyists who took at least $50 million from tribes have been called to testify before a Senate committee today. But news reports suggest the Senate Indian Affairs Committee...

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