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September 30, 2004
Winnebago Tribe creating village for members
The first families are moving into Ho-Chunk Village, a new development of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The tribe began diversifying its economy but noticed that tribal members were leaving...

Oneida Nation eviction case heads to Supreme Court
Members of the Oneida Nation who are facing eviction from their New York reservation are taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The families had asked the 2nd Circuit...

More hearings slated in tribal lobbyist scandal
SILENT: Jack Abramoff confers with attorney Abbe Lowell before refusing to answer questions. Photo © NSM. ANGRY: Richard Milanovich, chairman of Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, listens to...

Contempt against Rocky Boy's activist dismissed
A member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana has been freed of a criminal contempt charge in his fight against the tribe's constitution. Russell Standing Rock is opposing amendments...

Kerry-Edwards Navajo office next to GOP office
The John Kerry-John Edwards campaign has a new office on the Navajo Nation that is next door to the Republican Party's Navajo office. The Northern Navajo Democratic Party opened the...

Abramoff mum at hearing while Scanlon a no-show
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on Wednesday on the lobbying activities involving six tribes that gave at least $66 million to two Washington insiders who peddled their...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe might put up toll booths
Leaders of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York are considering putting up toll booths on the reservation as a means of generating revenue. Tribal leaders said the need...

Pine Ridge absentee voter plan approved by county
Voters on the Pine Ridge Reservation will be able to cast absentee ballots without leaving the reservation under a plan approved on Wednesday. The Shannon County Commission voted to open...

Book chronicles story of North Dakota Indian lawyer
A new book tells the story of Raymond Cross, one of the first Indian lawyers who helped his North Dakota tribe win a landmark claim. Cross, a member of...

Native students in Nebraska meet for conference
The first-ever Native American Student Leadership Conference was held in Nebraska on Wednesday. A reported 100 Native students attended the conference, held at Southeast Community College. They listened to motivational...

Program brings healthy snacks to Indian students
A new program starting on two Arizona reservations tomorrow will supply Indian students with healthy snacks. The Department of Agriculture is paying for fruits and vegetables at schools on the...

Summit focuses on restoring indigenous diet
The Native Food Summit was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently to focus on restoring the foods that were once part of the indigenous diet. The summit was sponsored by the...

Herseth the choice of Indians contacted for poll
Only 16 Indian voters were contacted for a new South Dakota poll but almost all of them say they will vote for incumbent Rep. Stephanie Herseth, a Democrat. Of the...

University adds museum track to Native program
The Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at University of Kansas has added an Indigenous Museum Studies to its program. Students got some real-world experience in the subject by attending the...

Lamberth orders DOI to inform beneficiaries of rights
The federal judge handling the Indian trust fund ordered the Interior Department on Tuesday to keep beneficiaries informed of their rights regarding the sale or exchange of trust land. U.S....

Column: Lobbyists lurked in 'cesspool of greed'
"Today, Senator Byron Dorgan told the [Senate Indian Affairs] committee [Jack] Abramoff and Scanlon lurked in a “cesspool of greed.” A Washington grand jury, the FBI and a task force...

Group claims tribe's recognition will hurt community
A new group that claims a growing membership says federal recognition for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation will hurt the community. Town Action to Save Kent (TASK) says recognition will lead...

Manitoba's smoking ban won't apply to First Nation
The Roseau River First Nation of Manitoba is taking advantage of its exemption from the province's new ban on smoking in public places. The band is building a new casino...

COPS program hands out last of police hiring grants
The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program that has helped tribes with law enforcement handed out its last set of police hiring grants this month. The Bush administration has eliminated...

Paugussett Tribe challenges recognition denial
The Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe of Connecticut has appealed the Bureau of Indian Affairs' denial of federal recognition. The tribe claims the decision was not about the facts but about...

Mashantucket Tribe reaches water service deal
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has reached a water services agreement with the town of North Stonington, Connecticut. The final draft is still being prepared but represents progress, a town...

Editorial: Sioux summit should have been open to all
"It is certainly true that Indian issues do not get the attention they deserve, so any conference at which tribal leaders can voice their concerns to elected officials is -...

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