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October 06, 2004
Mohawk tribes close to land claim settlement
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...

FBI agents seize Choctaw housing agency records
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...

Bush administration said to ignore trust fund
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...

Tribal police chiefs seek access to state databases
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...

Warm Springs Tribes to choose new name for creek
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,”...

Shadow Wolves training border guards overseas
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...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe's diabetes program honored
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...

County won't allow Indians to use tribal ID to register
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...

New Lakota Times to serve Pine Ridge, Rosebud
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...

Native gravesite not considered cemetery
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...

Nipmucs perform ceremony for government officials
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...

Speech from the Throne seeks to include Natives
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...

Lenapes in Pennsylvania want court to remove chief
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...

Mattaponi Tribe appeals treaty case to high court
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...

Passamquoddy Tribe asked to stop development
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...

Tribes opening reservations to retail, office space
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...

Sport hunters convince Bush not to drill in Rockies
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...

Bush rescinds protections for wildlife in forests
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...

IHS barred non-partisan voter registration drive
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...

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