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October 11, 2004
First Nations Day recognized North Dakota tribes
The second annual First Nations Day in North Dakota was held on Friday. The day was created by the State Legislature to recognize the sovereignty and contributions of tribes in...

Alaska tribes oppose decision to allow timber sale
Three tribes in southeast Alaska are opposing the U.S. Forest Service's decision to allow a timber sale on Gravina Island. The tribes say they weren't adequately consulted. They say the...

Some Native voters don't care for Kerry or Bush
Getting more Native Americans to the polls is only part of the battle. Getting them to support a particular candidate is just as difficult. Kee Ben Begay, a Navajo chapter...

Rally opposes nuclear waste dump on reservation
Members of the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah were joined by environmentalists to oppose a proposed nuclear waste dump on the reservation. The small tribe, which has less than...

Navajo president calls for ouster of George Bush
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. called on Navajo voters to oust President George W. Bush over the administration's handling of the trust fund. Shirley joined the plaintiffs in the...

IHS to allow voter registration at facilities
The Indian Health Service has reversed course and will now allow non-partisan voter registration drives at its facilities. However, the decision comes to late for organizers in New Mexico. The...

Haskell to double student fees, cut student meals
Students at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas will pay double the amount of fees and receive fewer meals under changes adopted by the board of regents. Students who live...

Winnebago tribal executive to consult for BIA
Lance Morgan, the head of the Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation, has accepted a consulting position with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Morgan, chief executive of Ho-Chunk Inc., will help...

Teresa Heinz Kerry to speak at NCAI conference
Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), will speak to the National Congress of American Indians this afternoon. NCAI had invited Kerry and President George...

Column: Columbus ignored as Natives persevere
"Christopher Columbus won't be celebrated today at the newly opened National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall. But there won't be a Columbus Day protest, either. Instead, the...

Utah tribe to investigate placement of children
The Northern Ute Tribe in Utah says it will investigate the placement of three children who were allegedly abused by their grandmother. Jose Rodriguez, 4, was beaten so badly that...

Indian vote in South Dakota still a hot item
The power of the Indian vote continues to resonate in South Dakota as the crucial November 2 election approaches. Indian voters will play a key role in determining who wins...

Mark Trahant: Election changing as we speak
"Folks are interested in this election. And, I would guess, most of these voters are registering enthusiastically because they've already decided how they want to vote. They know they can...

Opinion: NMAI a testament to power of Natives
"That Indians now have their own museum on America's front lawn measures how much has changed in recent decades. Long presumed a vanishing race, Indians have not only survived but...

10,000 new Indian voters registered in New Mexico
A get out the vote campaign has registered 10,000 new American Indian and Alaska Native voters in New Mexico, The Albuquerque Journal reports. National, regional and local groups worked to...

Yellow Bird: Discovering the ancestral spirits
"It was a balmy 80 degrees when I followed the Corps of Discovery's North Dakota journey up the Missouri River. Wasps, with legs dangling and stingers ready, hovered over me...

Russell Means helps open GOP office at Pine Ridge
American Indian Movement activist Russell Means helped the Republican Party open an office on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Means was on the outs with the GOP and...

GOP challenge to Native candidate rejected
The Hawaii Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a Native man who doesn't have U.S. citizenship papers can run for state office. Cort Gallup is Cree from Canada. He cited...

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