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October 21, 2004
Feds seek evidence in non-Indian peyote case
Federal prosecutors in Utah have issued grand jury subpoenas for evidence in a case involving non-Indian use of peyote. The U.S. Attorney's office is investigating Nicholas Stark and James "Flaming...

Center to improve education of Indian students
The National American Indian, Alaskan & Hawaiian Educational Development Center opened in Sheridan, Wyoming, on Wednesday with the goal of improving educational levels of Native children throughout the country. The...

County to decide on appeal of Native voting case
A conservative legal group that has challenged protections for sacred sites is urging a Montana county to take a Native voting rights case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mountain States...

Kickapoo Tribe refiles charges against elderly women
The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma has refiled criminal charges against three elderly women who staged a takeover of the tribal headquarters. New charges were filed against two women. Auchee Wahpepah,...

Tribe's college faces uncertain financial future
Two years after being purchased by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Si Tanka University in South Dakota is undergoing financial troubles again. The school, most recently known as Huron University,...

Navajo council makes second endorsement in same race
Leaders of the nation's largest tribe reversed position on Wednesday and endorsed Democrat Paul Babbitt for U.S. House after doing the same for incumbent Republican Rick Renzi. The Navajo Nation...

State bars second absentee vote on reservation
The state of South Dakota won't allow a second day of absentee voting on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation because it would occur on the same day as an event...

Woman finds calling in helping Native elders
Lynn Powers is Ojibwe but doesn't look it. With blond hair and light skin, she found herself an outcast among Indians and Whites. But now Powers has found her place...

Chairman: Thune 'not very productive' on Indians
Despite spending six years in Congress, Republican John Thune was "not very productive" on Indian issues, the chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota tells the NewsHour...

Pine Ridge Election: Profile of Cecilia Fire Thunder
KOTA Territory News is profiling both candidates for president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. First up is Cecilia Fire Thunder. Fire Thunder, a former nurse, would be...

Authorities investigate death at Eastern Cherokee
The FBI and the Eastern Band of Cherokee police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a tribal member. Barry Swordfish, 32, died Monday night, an FBI agent said. The FBI...

Judge tosses lawsuit over BIA role in tribal finances
A federal judge in Utah has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the Bureau of Indian Affairs of failing to supervise the Northern Ute Tribe's finances. The suit blamed the BIA of...

Native center in Saskatchewan damaged by fire
A community center in Regina, Saskatchewan, that provided services to Natives was heavily damaged in a fire on Tuesday night. Police do not yet know what caused the fire at...

Crow horses helped NMAI and Secret Service in DC
Crow horses from Montana played a role in the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian last month. Two Crow police officers led the Native Nations Procession on...

Indian students hold cleansing ceremony for tepee
Indian students at Montana State University in Bozeman held a cleansing ceremony for a tepee that was defaced with the F-word. MSU president Geoff Gamble attended the ceremony. "You need...

Governor calls tribe's offer 'a kind of blackmail'
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal (R) accused the Northern Arapaho Tribe of "a kind of blackmail" for seeking support for a bill that would generate revenues for the tribe. The tribe...

Group wants to preserve Florida burial ground
Residents of Hutchinson Island in Florida want to ensure an Indian burial ground uncovered by the recent hurricanes is protected but the decision will be left up to the state....

Alaska Native vote called crucial in Senate race
Alaska Native voters will play a key role in determining the outcome of the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Lisa Murkowski (R) and challenger Tony Knowles (D). Alaska Natives made...

Issue: Students debate Mt. Graham telescope site
Student columnists at the University of Arizona, the lead institution for the Large Binocular Telescope on Mt. Graham, debate the issue in this week's Arizona Daily Wildcat. Every columnist, including...

Apache tribe continues to fight telescope site
The San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona says it will continue to fight a telescope observatory being built on sacred Mount Graham. The mountain is a central part of Apache...

Bush used IHS money for anti-terrorism, Iraq
The Bush administration has taken money from the Indian Health Service and used it for homeland security and the Iraq war, according to The Washington Post. The administration says it...

Study shows women with excess mercury levels
A study sponsored by Greenpeace shows that 21 percent of women of childbearing age have mercury levels in their hair that exceed federal health standards. The study is ongoing but...

Two more lawyers linked to lobbyist scandal
Two more lawyers at the Greenberg Traurig firm have been linked to the scandal involving Washington insiders Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. Kevin Ring left the firm after it was...

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