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October 20, 2004
Bill treating tribe as state signed into law
A bill to designate the Southern Ute Tribe as a state under the Clean Air Act was signed by President Bush on Tuesday. The tribe sought the designation for years...

Indian County support grows for Kerry campaign
The council of the nation's largest tribe voted on Tuesday to endorse Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) for president, citing the Democratic nominee's commitment to Indian issues. By a vote of...

Navajo Nation council nearly endorses Renzi rival
After endorsing Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) for re-election, the Navajo Nation council nearly endorsed his rival, Democrat Paul Babbitt. The vote for Renzi was 60 to 0. But 35 of...

Navajo community worried about meth trafficking
Two recent drug busts have the Navajo community of Tuba City, Arizona, worried that they are becoming a trafficking corridor for methamphetamine. In the past few weeks, Navajo police seized...

Navajo soldier says U.S. 'fighting for nothing'
A Navajo solider who served in Afghanistan and Iraq before being injured in a car-bomb attack said the U.S. is "fighting for nothing" in Iraq. U.S. Army Sgt. Terrell Dawes...

Trial into Kickapoo spending begins in Texas
A trial into alleged misspending of the Kickapoo Tribe of Texas opened in federal court on Tuesday. Maricela Mendoza, 48, is accused of stealing almost $260,000 from the tribe's health...

Seven California tribes on top 20 campaign donor list
Seven of the top 20 tribal donors to political campaigns are from California, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. Five of the seven tribes are in the top 10, based on data...

Montana governor to fight tribe's riverbed rights
Montana Gov. Judy Martz (R) has decided to join a fight challenging the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's ownership of half a riverbed even though she is nearly out of office. Martz...

Union fighting Agua Caliente Band's zoning plan
The union behind a challenge to tribal sovereignty has poured nearly $100,000 into a campaign opposing the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' zoning plan in Palm Springs, California. Donations...

San Pasqual families to get replacement homes
Eight families on the San Pasqual Reservation in California will get keys to new homes to replace the ones they lost in last year's devastating Paradise Fire. The keys will...

Stillaguamish Tribe to open new health clinic
The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington will open a new health clinic in January 2005. The 3,000-square-foot facility will mix traditional and alternative treatments for mental health and chemical dependency. The...

Indian lawmaker challenged over tribal support
Washington state Rep. John McCoy (D), the only Indian in the Legislature, is being criticized by his opponent for supporting tribal issues. McCoy introduce several bills to help tribes, including...

BIA to hold public hearing on tribe's oil refinery
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public hearing November 9 on a proposed oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara...

Pueblo designer takes pottery, fashion to new heights
Works by Virgil Ortiz, an artist from Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico, are on display in a new exhibit at the Heard Museum in Arizona. Ortiz grew up in a...

Chief defends natural gas drilling agreement
The chief of Carry the Kettle First Nation in Saskatchewan acknowledges a natural gas agreement he signed will not generate as much revenues but is good in the long run....

First Nation school reopens with elders teaching
The school on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan reopened its doors on Tuesday with elders teaching the classes. The school was shut down last week by parents who were...

Study shows tribe not receiving benefits from state
The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has lost out on nearly $81 million in state services since 1979 due to the state's taxation system, according to a new study. The...

Indian students upset over tepee defacement
Indian students at Montana State University-Bozeman are upset that a tepee has been defaced with the F-word. The tepee was outside the door of the American Indian Council Resource Center....

Obesity blamed for rising health care costs
Treating obesity is a major cause for the rising cost of health care, according to a study by researchers at Emory University. From 1987 to 2001, medical bills for obese...

Online Chat: Abramoff 'close friend' of DeLay
Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff is a "close friend" of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), the authors of a new book said on a Washington Post chat yesterday. Lou Dubose...

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