Court says state rights trump tribal sovereignty (October 28, 2004)
California tribes must abide by the state's campaign finance laws, a divided state court ruled on Wednesday, holding that state rights trump sovereignty. In a 2-1 decision, the 3rd District Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling that favored...
Idaho tribes report increase in voter registration (October 28, 2004)
Two Idaho tribes are reporting an increase in first-time voter registrations. The Nez Perce Tribe registered 200 new voters while the Coeur d'Alene Tribe registered 150. The tribes took part in the national Native Vote 2004 campaign. The tribes hope...
Column: Navajo registration increases in Utah (October 28, 2004)
"Even in San Juan County - the state's largest county in area but with only 14,000 residents, one of the least populated - registration numbers are historically high. In 2000, there were 8,500 registered voters. This year there are 9,125....
Tohono O'odham Nation to build cultural center (October 28, 2004)
The Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona will break ground on a $7.1 million cultural center and museum on Friday. The facility will feature exhibits, classrooms, a library and an area to house artifacts being repatriated from institutions nationwide. Most of...
Yaqui Chair: Vote no on anti-immigration initiative (October 28, 2004)
"America was the place to be, a giant melting pot of immigrants forging a new frontier. Yet Native Americans were not to become citizens of the United States for another 38 years (1924) when the Indian Citizenship Act was passed....
Clinton to meet with tribal leaders in New Mexico (October 28, 2004)
Former president Bill Clinton will meet with tribal leaders in New Mexico this weekend, The Albuquerque Journal reports. Clinton is campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry. He will spend time in Santa Fe on Saturday and in Albuquerque...
Bush puts signature to probate reform legislation (October 28, 2004)
President Bush signed the American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 into law on Wednesday. S.1721 seeks to stem the growing fractionation of Indian lands by establishing a uniform probate code for all of Indian Country. Currently, probates are decided...
Native students to help call presidential election (October 28, 2004)
Native students at a high school in New Mexico will be helping a polling company forecast the winner of the presidential election on November 2. Jonathan Yazzie, Kimberly Miller and Latonya Claw will monitor voting at two schools and a...
Former Miss Navajo Nation tells of domestic violence (October 28, 2004)
Radmilla Cody, former Miss Navajo Nation, says she was beaten, humiliated and threatened with weapons by a former boyfriend. But she kept going back to him even after friends questioned the abusive relationship. "It's easier said then done," Cody said...
New BIA building in New Mexico named for Domenici (October 28, 2004)
A new Bureau of Indian Affairs building in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was dedicated on Wednesday. The Pete V. Domenici Indian Affairs Building is located on land held in trust for the 19 Pueblos. The tribes, through an economic development arm,...
Report targets illegal dumping on reservations (October 28, 2004)
A new report from the University of California, Los Angeles gives a barely passing grade of "C" to the condition of reservations in southern California. The UCLA Institute of the Environment said illegal dumping is a growing problem facing tribes....
Indian voters least likely to have identification (October 28, 2004)
Indian voters in South Dakota are the least likely to have photo identification required for the polls, Secretary of State Chris Nelson says. Statewide, only 2 percent of voters in the spring election didn't have photo ID. But on reservations,...
Domenici tells Navajo Nation president to 'wake up' (October 28, 2004)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. "better wake up," Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) says. Domenici blasted Shirley, who has endorsed Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) for president, in an interview with the Associated Press. "The truth of the matter is...
Researchers find new species of small humans (October 28, 2004)
Researchers have discovered a new species of small humans that lived on an island 18,000 years ago. Researchers found the nearly complete remains of a woman and other remains in a cave on the island of Flores. The island, part...
Norton proposal to cut tribes out of dam appeals (October 28, 2004)
The Interior Department is proposing to cut tribes out of the appeals process for the licensing and operation of dams. The department has proposed and is asking for public comment on a rule to limit appeals to the hydropower industry....
Alaska Native village ponders costly relocation (October 28, 2004)
The Alaska Native village of Newtok is contemplating a massive and costly relocation to prevent being erased by a growing river. The village has chosen a site and obtained land for the move. Their problem? They don't know where the...
Poll: Voters trust Bush on Supreme Court picks (October 28, 2004)
A new Washington Post poll shows that likely voters favor incumbent President George W. Bush to pick new U.S. Supreme Court justices over Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry. The poll says that 49 percent trust Bush's potential choices compared to...
NCAI seeks $12M for Washington building (October 28, 2004)
The National Congress of American Indians is seeking to raise $12 million to purchase its own building to establish a presence for tribes in Washington, D.C. Tex Hall, NCAI president, said the idea came about during the opening of...
Ex-Kickapoo official found guilty of stealing (October 28, 2004)
A former director for the Kickapoo Tribe of Texas was found guilty of embezzling money and laundering checks on Wednesday. Maricela Mendoza was accused of stealing almost $260,000 from the tribe's health care program. The jury deliberated for three hours...
Author: Abramoff, Scanlon likely to be indicted (October 28, 2004)
Washington insiders Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon are probably going to be indicted, an author of a book about House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) says. Lou Dubose, one of the authors of The Hammer: God, Money, and the the...
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