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October 26, 2004
Editorial: Let tribes control their own destinies
"Float a proposal that would truly give tribes a bit more control over their own destinies and the special interests and bureaucrats that rule in Washington suddenly turn paternalistic, and...

Tribal rights recognized in domestic violence bill
Tribes would gain jurisdiction over non-Indians and have the ability to increase punishments in domestic violence cases under a bill to be introduced in the coming month. Statistics show that...

Alaska Native woman makes bid for Legislature
Carole Ann Newcomer is an Alaska Native single mother who is running for state office because she says politicians forget the little people. Newcomer is an Athabascan who works for...

Cherokee group approves use of 'warrior' mascot
A group calling itself the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee Indians has approved the use of a Cherokee "warrior" as a mascot. "Mighty" is the name of the mascot for...

Viejas Band to become sole owner of bank
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians will become the sole owner of the Borrego Springs Bank, which specializes in services for tribes and individual Indians. The tribe's offer to buy...

Alaska Native executive returned to power
An Alaska Native corporation executive who had been removed by secret ballot earlier this year has been returned to power by the shareholders. Sheri Buretta was elected chair of Chugach...

Navajo woman hopes run for office signals change
Glojean Todacheene, a member of the Navajo Nation, said she is running for public office to bring about change. Todacheene said she will bring new ideas to the San Juan...

Russell Means endorses Ralph Nader for president
Activist and actor Russell Means is endorsing independent candidate Ralph Nader for president, saying Democrat Sen. John Kerry and Republican President George W. Bush are essentially the same. "I do...

McCaleb calls Chickasaws savvy, not deceptive
Former assistant secretary Neal McCaleb admitted the Chickasaw Nation is gaming on land acquired for non-gaming purposes but that it's not "something to be ashamed of," News 9 of Oklahoma...

Herseth, Diedrich won't back return of Black Hills
Both candidates for U.S. House in South Dakota say the return of the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation is not possible. Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D) and Republican Larry Diedrich...

Tribes give to Free, Campbell, Kennedy, Daschle
The top recipients of tribal and "gaming" donations in this election cycle were Kalyn Free, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado), Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode...

Three Oklahoma tribes big donors to campaigns
Three of the largest Oklahoma tribes have made big donations to two questions on the November 2 ballot, The Daily Oklahoman reports. The Chickasaw Nation, the Cherokee Nation and the...

Mohegan Tribe creates workers comp system
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut has joined the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in creating its own workers compensation system for employees. The tribe acted after state attorney general Richard Blumenthal...

Town wants say in tribe's natural gas terminal
Residents in the town of Perry, Maine, say they should have input into the Passamaquoddy Tribe's plan to host a natural gas terminal on tribal land. Residents point to an...

Two Oklahoma tribal leaders endorse Coburn
The leaders of two Oklahoma tribes said they are personally endorsing Republican Tom Coburn for U.S. Senate against Democrat Rep. Brad Carson, a member of the Cherokee Nation. Jeff Houser,...

Ron Allen: Why this Republican supports Kerry
"I am an American Indian, I am a Republican and I'm supporting John Kerry for president. This was not an easy decision for me. However, after a great deal of...

Most New Mexico tribes back Kerry-Edwards
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry will make a campaign appearance in New Mexico today to thank tribal leaders in the state for their support. The Navajo Nation and the...

Former executive pleads guilty to stealing from tribe
A former executive for the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes of Montana pleaded guilty to stealing more than $97,000 through an unauthorized debit card. Gregory Morris Powderface, 36, is a...

Reservation trailer parks ordered to test water
The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the owners of four trailer parks on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California to test the water supply to make sure it...

Tribal judge allows amendment against convicts
A judge for Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa has ruled that a proposed amendment barring convicts from holding office is valid but cannot be applied retroactively. Ron Peltier, a candidate...

Rider waives NAGPRA, sacred site protections
House Republicans have inserted a rider into an intelligence bill that would waive the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the sacred site executive memorandum in connection...

Ralph Reed paid $4.1M to oppose tribes
Conservative Christian activist Ralph Reed was paid $4.1 million in tribal funds to oppose tribes, Mother Jones reports. Ralph Reed, former director of the Christian Coalition, received the money in...

Bush to seek $70B more for Iraq, Afghanistan
The Bush administration will seek an additional $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Washington Post reports. The request will be in addition to the $25 billion...

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