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October 01, 2004
Two-word change to NAGPRA pending in Senate
A Senate panel on Wednesday approved a two-word addition to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) designed to make it easier for tribes to reclaim ancient remains....

Pueblo leader says lobbyists' high fees not worth it
Sandia Pueblo Gov. Stuwart Paisano won't disclose how much his tribe gave to lobbyist Jack Abramoff and public relations consultant Michael Scanlon but told The Albuquerque Journal the high...

Schwarzenegger vetoes tribal tax-free bond bill
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have treated tribes on the same footing as other governments when it comes to tax-free bonds. Schwarzenegger called the bill "premature"...

Texas AG asked to investigate Abramoff, Scanlon
Texas attorney general Greg Abbott is being asked to investigate the activities of two Washington lobbyists who took $4.2 million from the Tigua Tribe. Lobbyist Jack Abramoff and public relations...

Crowd protests Agua Caliente Band's health care
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians was the target of a protest on Thursday over the tribe's decision to impose a health-care premium on employees. A crowd of employees,...

Kickapoo women get trespass charges dismissed
Three Kickapoo women who occupied the tribe's headquarters during a Christmas-New Year's protest had trespass charges against them dismissed. Auchee Wahpepah, Valentina Jimenez and Glenda Deer were set to go...

Soboba Band holds re-election but not recall
The Soboba Band of Luiseņo Indians held another election on Saturday but tribal officials said it wasn't a recall. Nevertheless, two council members who had been elected in March were...

Morongo Band to close reservation roads
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians of California plans to close the roads leading into the reservation. Chairman Maurice Lyons said outside traffic has caused problems on the reservation. Illegal...

Pollster says Indian vote is critical in South Dakota
Indian voters in South Dakota are likely to decide who wins the upcoming U.S. Senate race, a leading pollster says. John Zogby of Zogby International says the race between incumbent...

Editorial: Reservation voting offices a good idea
"Voting and counting on both Pine Ridge and the Rosebud reservations present problems because neither Shannon County nor Todd County (Rosebud) has a county seat. Services such as voting are...

Swedish museum returns remains to Aborigines
A delegation of Australian Aborigines traveled to Sweden to accept the remains of tribal ancestors that were stolen from their graves. The remains of at least 15 Aborigines were smuggled...

Opinion: Cherokees learned bigotry from Baptists
"Why is [same-sex marriage] such a hot-button issue for the Cherokees, as it would be for any other Native American tribe? When our son came out, one of the first...

Rehberg can't make debate sponsored by tribe
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Montana) has canceled his appearance at debate being hosted by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The debate was to occur Monday but Rehberg said he can't...

Nisga'a Nation protests sale of old mining town
The Nisga'a Nation of British Columbia says the sale of an old mining town can't go forward unless it is involved with negotiations. The community of Kitsault put the town...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe eyes new mode of development
The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma says it will restart a ferry operation in Rochester on one condition: a casino. Tribal leaders are interested in the Fast Ferry. The vessel has...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe wants to know impact of dam
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho is seeking a study of the effects of a dam on the Spokane River. The tribe wants to know how much usable land was...

Maine designates Penobscot Nation as drug importer
The state of Maine has designated the Penobscot Nation as a drug importer in a unique partnership aimed at generating revenue for the tribe while providing low-cost prescription drugs to...

NMAI not the only place to enjoy Native art in DC
The Washington Post has compiled a list of ongoing exhibitions of Native art and Native-related art in Washington, D.C., The National Museum of Women in the Arts is showing a...

Report urges fight against childhood obesity
The National Academy of Sciences released a report on Thursday recommending a nationwide campaign to fight the growing problem of childhood obesity, which contributes to diabetes and other health problems....

DeLay rebuked for trading influence on House floor
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who said this week that Washington lobbyists who billed tribal clients $66 million should stop trading on his name, has been rebuked for trading...

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