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October 25, 2004
Lamberth critical of Norton's 'bad faith' on trust fund
Blasting the Interior Department's "sordid history of mismanagement and neglect," a federal judge on Friday ordered the government to inform Indian beneficiaries of their rights in the long-running trust fund...

Montana county to appeal Native voting case
Over the objections of tribal members and the lone Indian on the commission, Blaine County, Montana, voted 2-1 to appeal a Native voting rights case to the U.S. Supreme Court....

Navajos see hope in a Kerry administration
Navajos who live on the Navajo Reservation say it's time for a change in the White House. They are voting for Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) for president. One major reason...

Norton given Paugussett recognition case
The Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe's federal recognition appeal has been given to Interior Secretary Gale Norton. The tribe was denied recognition in a final decision by the Bureau of Indian...

Domenici: Navajos 'out of touch' for Dem support
Navajo Nation leaders "are out of touch with reality" for supporting Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) said on Saturday. "They don't know that this...

Alaska Natives: Vote for your children and the future
"We as Alaska Natives are Alaska's first people, and we have a voice we must use. Only 80 years have passed since American Indians have had the right to vote....

Rural economic development tops AFN agenda
The Alaska Federation of Natives holds its annual conference in Anchorage this week with a focus on creating jobs in rural villages. "Strengthening our Economies" is this year's theme. Panels...

Making every vote count in Indian Country
Tribal leaders, political activists and the Democrat and Republican parties have made an unprecedented effort to increase the Native vote this year. The National Congress of American Indians hopes to...

Indian candidates take the next step in politics
As political awareness in Indian Country grows, Natives are taking the next step and running for political office at the local or state level. "You need to run for every...

White House wonders why Indians not receptive
The White House and the Bush administration don't think Indian Country likes them, a prominent tribal leader and Republican tells Native reporter Jodi Rave Lee. "I've heard over the last...

Bruce Whalen: Interview with an Indian Republican
Dorreen Yellow Bird, a Native reporter for The Grand Forks Herald, interviews Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, on his affiliation with the Republican Party. Whalen attended...

Poll: Herseth still leads Diedrich but gap narrowing
Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-South Dakota) still leads Republican Larry Diedrich by 48 percent to 44 percent but the gap between the two candidates has narrowed in recent months, according to...

Indian law will be added to Washington bar exam
The Washington State Bar Association's board voted unanimously on Friday to add an Indian law section to the state bar exam. The summer 2007 exam will be the first to...

Russell Means arrested for missing court date
Activist/actor Russell Means says there is "no excuse" for failing to appear in federal court on some misdemeanor traffic charges. Means says he missed the date because he is "just...

Search continues for five-year-old Native girl
Police in Regina, Saskatchewan, say they are continuing to search for Tamra Keepness, a five-year-old Native girl who has been missing since July. The investigation is the largest in the...

Nebraska panel chooses 'Great Plains Indian Highway'
The Nebraska Highway Commission on Friday recommended to name a 87-mile stretch of a highway the "Great Plains Indian Highway" to pay tribute to tribes in the state. The stretch...

Official tells Chickasaw land-into-trust tactics
The Chickasaw Nation intended to "mislead" the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the tribe's land-into-trust requests, a former top official says. David Brown, the tribe's lieutenant governor from 1991 to...

Tribal jury issues $2.5M verdict against oil company
A jury of the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Court recently handed down a $2.5 million verdict against an oil company in a workplace injury case. Corey Johnston, an employee of...

Video game features fans in 'Chippewa' dress
The maker of a video game featuring fans in stereotypical Indian dress says it will remove the images from upcoming versions. Officials with the Central Michigan University and the Saginaw...

Duwamish chairwoman keeps fighting for recognition
Cecile Hansen, chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe of Washington for 29 years, was honored for her efforts to gain federal recognition. Hansen received one of five "Spirit of America Awards"...

Russian Natives, Makah Nation share culture, whales
The Makah Nation of Washington and Chukchi Natives of Russia will meet today to share dances and songs related to one of their most important traditions: whaling. The Makahs resumed...

Mark Trahant: Vote early and avoid campaign sleaze
"I am vaccinated. I am no longer vulnerable to sleazy political advertising, last-minute campaign pitches or urgent pleas to vote this or that way. I already have voted; I am...

Yellow Bird: Cell phones now a part of rez life
"If you're driving along -- whistling or humming, I suspect, because you're glad you're now on the reservation -- you might see a relative or neighbor on some high hill,...

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