Mohawk tribes close to land claim settlement (October 6, 2004)
Leaders of Mohawk tribes in New York and Canada are due to announce a land claim settlement with Gov. George Pataki (R) today. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne...
FBI agents seize Choctaw housing agency records (October 6, 2004)
Agents from the FBI and the Department of Housing and Urban Development seized records from the Choctaw Nation's housing authority, The Daily Oklahoman reports. The agents showed up to the authority's headquarters on Friday with a search warrant. They spent...
Bush administration said to ignore trust fund (October 6, 2004)
The Bush administration has failed to bring justice to Individual Indian Money (IIM) beneficiaries, a top New Mexico official said. Benny Shendo, Secretary of Indian Affairs, said Native Americans should vote George W. Bush out of office. He made his...
Tribal police chiefs seek access to state databases (October 6, 2004)
The California Tribal Police Chiefs Association's lawsuit against the state has been transferred to a different court. The lawsuit seeks access to the state's law enforcement databases. It was filed in Riverside County, where the associated in based. But the...
Warm Springs Tribes to choose new name for creek (October 6, 2004)
The Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon are being asked to consider a new name for Squaw Creek. The creek runs through the tribe's ceded lands. New names suggested are “why-chus,” a Tenino and Sahaptin word meaning “a place to cross...
Shadow Wolves training border guards overseas (October 6, 2004)
The Shadow Wolves, an all-Native group of U.S. Customs officers, are training border guards in the former Soviet state of Moldova. The Shadow Wolves, who operate on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona, spent a week in Moldova. They helped...
Rosebud Sioux Tribe's diabetes program honored (October 6, 2004)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has received an award for its diabetes program. The program received the Indian Health Service Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Award for Excellence. The award recognized the program's promotion of health and fitness. The tribe...
County won't allow Indians to use tribal ID to register (October 6, 2004)
Despite being home to one of the largest urban Indian populations, Hennepin County in Minnesota won't allow the use of tribal identification cards to register to vote. Nearly 20,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives live in the county, according to...
New Lakota Times to serve Pine Ridge, Rosebud (October 6, 2004)
A new version of the Lakota Times will serve the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The publisher and editor of the paper is Amanda Takes War Bonnet. She worked for the original Lakota Times...
Native gravesite not considered cemetery (October 6, 2004)
A centuries-old skull of a Native man uncovered near Toronto, Ontario, is not protected under Canadian law because it is not considered a "cemetery." The Cemeteries Act prohibits the disturbance of gravesites. But an archaeologist said the law doesn't apply...
Nipmucs perform ceremony for government officials (October 6, 2004)
The Nipmuc of Massachusetts aren't recognized by the federal government but some officials are hoping to work with the tribe on fish restoration. Tribal members held a ceremony on the Connecticut River for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The...
Speech from the Throne seeks to include Natives (October 6, 2004)
Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin delivered the Liberal party's Speech Throne on Tuesday, promising to improve the health and well-being of Native communities. The speech cited health, education and economic disparities affecting First Nations. "These are the intolerable consequences of...
Lenapes in Pennsylvania want court to remove chief (October 6, 2004)
The Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania has asked a state court to remove chief Wayne Posten from office. The lawsuit claims Posten was elected fraudulently. Tribal members say he sent ballots only to people he knew would vote for him. Posten,...
Mattaponi Tribe appeals treaty case to high court (October 6, 2004)
The Mattaponi Tribe of Virginia has asked the state Supreme Court to review rulings denying the tribe's treaty rights on the Mattaponi River. The tribe is opposing the creation of the 12.2 billion-gallon King William Reservoir. The tribe says it...
Passamaquoddy Tribe asked to stop development (October 6, 2004)
The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine is running into opposition for plans to host a liquefied natural gas facility on its Pleasant Point Reservation. Tribal members voted in favor of the $300 million facility. It would generate revenues and jobs, supporters...
Tribes opening reservations to retail, office space (October 6, 2004)
Developers looking for retail, office or hotel space are finding reservations increasingly attractive due to low tax rates and limited regulation. With options limited in urban areas, developers turned to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community near Scottsdale, Arizona, for...
Sport hunters convince Bush not to drill in Rockies (October 6, 2004)
The Bush administration has backed off plans to drill for gas in an environmentally sensitive area of Montana. Environmental groups fought development in the Rocky Mountain Front, home to dozens of big game species. But it was sport hunters --...
Bush rescinds protections for wildlife in forests (October 6, 2004)
The Bush administration last week rescinded regulations aimed at protecting endangered or threatened species on federal forest land. The U.S. Forest Service is now allowed to approve road-building, logging or other proposals without conducting a population count of species. Instead,...
IHS barred non-partisan voter registration drive (October 6, 2004)
The Indian Health Service barred employees from organizing a non-partisan voter registration drive in New Mexico, The Washington Post reports. Employees wanted to register colleagues, patients and family members. But they were told by Ronald C. Wood of the Navajo...
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