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October 27, 2004
Four Oklahoma tribes endorse Carson for Senate
The leaders of Oklahoma's four largest endorsed Rep. Brad Carson (D-Oklahoma) for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Cherokee Nation Chad Smith, Choctaw Nation Chief Greg Pyle, Muscogee Chief A.D. Ellis and...

Nez Perce Tribe's water deal killed in Senate
A bill to settle the water rights of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho has been killed, Sens. Larry Craig (R) and Mike Crapo (R) said. Craig and Crapo said...

Cobell endorses Republican Renzi in Arizona
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, on Tuesday announced her endorsement of Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) for re-election. Cobell said Renzi, a first-time Congressman, has...

Senate panel asks Coushatta Tribe for tapes
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has asked the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to turn over tapes of council meetings during which two Washington insiders under investigation may have appeared. The...

Inquiry links Native teen's death to police officers
An inquiry into the death of a Native teen blasted police on Tuesday for a "superficial and totally inadequate" investigation but officials said not enough evidence existed to bring charges...

Bush, Kerry campaigns spar in New Mexico
The presidential race took to New Mexico on Tuesday with the campaigns sparring over which candidate is better for Indian Country. Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) thanked tribal leaders in the...

New Mexico Democrats hold rally on Navajo Nation
The Four Corners area of New Mexico is considered Republican country but Democrats held a rally on Saturday to show that it's Indian Country too. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson...

San Pasqual families grateful for new homes
Eight families on the San Pasqual Reservation in California moved into their new homes on Tuesday, a year after being hit by a devastating fire. The eight homes were built...

Appeal of Nipmuc Nation recognition accepted
The Department of the Interior's Board of Indian Appeals has accepted the Nipmuc Nation's recognition case. The Bureau of Indian Affairs denied the tribe recognition in a final decision. The...

Herseth to wrap up campaign with reservation visits
Freshman Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-South Dakota) will spend the last days of her campaign with visits to several reservations. On Sunday, Herseth will hold rallies on the Crow Creek Sioux...

Daschle, Thune in virtual tie in final stretch
The race between Sen. Tom Daschle and Republican John Thune is being called too close to call as the campaign enters the final stretch. A poll shows Daschle with a...

Viejas Band spreads donations to Nevada GOP
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is based in California but is spreading its money to campaigns across the nation. The tribe gave an unspecified amount of money to the...

Canada asks court to end First Nation school protest
The Canadian government is asking a court to end a protest that has shuttered a school on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan. Members of the community shut down the...

Schwarzenegger takes on Agua Caliente development
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is taking his fight against the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians further than the tribe's gaming initiative. Schwarzenegger traveled to Palm Springs to express...

Agua Caliente Chair: Union wrong to fight tribe
"Unfortunately, some local community activists have become involved in the nefarious tactics of certain labor union organizations. Pandering to their concerns for the community, H.E.R.E, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant...

Makah Nation celebrates with Russian Natives
A celebration on the Makah Reservation in Washington brought together two distinct but related cultures. The Makah Nation welcomed a group of Natives from Chukotka, Russia. The Makahs thanked the...

Campbell bill drops rancheria casino provision
A technical corrections bill has been stricken of a provision that would have helped a California tribe obtain land for a casino, The Marysville-Yuba City Appeal-Democrat reports. The original bill...

Utah tribe's company lands contract worth $100M
A company owned by the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation has been awarded a federal contract worth up to $100 million. As a preferred source with the Department of...

Intertribal Bison Cooperative to help park with bison
The Intertribal Bison Cooperative will help Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota distribute excess bison. The park is rounding up bison this week. ITBC has agreed to send the...

Chippewa Cree man seeks re-election to Legislature
Jonathan Windy Boy, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, is seeking re-election to the Montana Legislature. Democrat Windy Boy faces Republican Jeffrey Pattison. The race is unusual because both...

Montana tribe blasts county for voting rights appeal
The Fort Belknap Indian Community of Montana says a county's appeal of a Native voting rights case proves there is continued racism against Indians. Members of the Assiniboine and Gros...

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