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October 29, 2004
Harjo: Pine Ridge election about character
"The 2004 election for the Oglala Sioux Tribe's president will turn on character and gender, meaning the kind of man Russell Means is and the fact that Cecelia Fire Thunder...

Stevens shifts stance on Alaska Native regionalization
Cheers greeted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on Thursday as he told the Alaska Federation of Natives that "we don't need regionalization." Stevens angered tribal leaders a year ago with a...

Bad Eagle: Blonde Brad Carson not really Indian
"Ironically, the very young, very blonde, blue-eyed [Rep. Brad] Carson claims to be Cherokee Indian. In fact, hes counting on the Indian vote in Oklahoma to win him a U.S....

Washington tribal members seek hunting access
Members of Washington tribes said the state's timber industry needs to work out agreements to ensure hunting on private forestlands protected by treaty rights. One company has a hunting access...

Oklahoma tribes pour $551K into state question
Four Oklahoma tribes have spent $551,000 on a state question that would create a state lottery, The Oklahoman reports. The Chickasaw Nation gave $251,000 to Oklahoma Kids Coalition, a pro-lottery...

Agua Caliente Band 'stunned' by Schwarzenegger
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians said it was "stunned" by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign against the tribe's development initiative. The tribe is seeking local support for a plan...

Campaigns make final push for New Mexico Natives
The Democrats and Republicans are making a final push this weekend to appeal to Native voters in New Mexico. Former President Bill Clinton and Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Sen....

Tribal leader praises Bush administration
John Gonzales, past governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo and former president of the National Congress of American Indians, praised President Bush at a campaign rally in New Mexico. Gonzales appeared...

Editorial: Tribe's college should stay open
"Si Tanka and South Dakota's Native American community have every reason to keep the school open, because the dream of turning this into an international Native American school is wonderful....

Crow chairman, challenger face off in election
Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana will go to the polls twice next week, with November 6 being the tribal election. Chairman Carl Venne is running for re-election. He...

Early voting high on Yankton Sioux Reservation
Absentee voters from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota have turned out in record numbers, according to the county auditor. Charles Mix County auditor Norman Cihak said two vans...

Rapid City Journal: John Thune for U.S. Senate
"Those footsteps Sen. Tom Daschle is hearing are from his own record catching up with him. For the first time since he was elected to Congress in 1978, Daschle is...

Dakota descendants win round in trust fund case
A federal judge on Tuesday held that the federal government breached its trust responsibility to Dakota descendants in Minnesota by cutting them out of their land. About 250 descendants say...

Hearing set in Minnesota tribal voter ID case
A federal judge will hold a hearing today in a suit that seeks to allow the use of tribal identification cards on election day. The Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, the...

University corrects Indian tuition waiver policy
The president of Central Michigan University has ordered a correction to the school's tuition waiver policy that cut some Indian students out of their treaty right to an education. The...

Northern Cheyenne Tribe targets child abuse
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana has started a new program aimed at reducing child abuse on the reservation. The tribe has partnered with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to...

Man blames ex-Crow chairman for kickback scheme
A former finance director for the Crow Tribe of Montana pleaded guilty to additional charges in a kickback scheme that cost the tribe an estimated $64,000. Kelly Dee Passes, 37,...

Crow man to appeal verdict in discrimination case
A member of the Crow Tribe of Montana who lost a discrimination suit against a bank says he will appeal. Burton Pretty On Top Sr. sued First Interstate Bank for...

Police officer in Native teen's death faces firing
A police officer linked to the death of 17-year-old Cree Native teen is likely to be fired, the officer's lawyer said. Const. Brad Senger of the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, police force...

Court orders removal of First Nation protesters
A court in Saskatchewan has ordered the removal of protesters at a school on the Piapot First Nation. Parents shut down the school earlier this month in protest of a...

Art Review: Native jewelry at New York museum
"We are not left to our own devices in "Totems to Turquoise: Native North American Jewelry Arts of the Northwest and Southwest," the always illuminating, sometimes beautiful, but also excessively...

Tribe's landfill battle rests on election day
Voters in San Diego County, California, are being asked to overturn approval of a landfill opposed by the Pala Band of Mission Indians. The tribe and its allies are backing...

Yucca Mountain a campaign issue in Nevada
Opposition to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump could help Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry carry the state of Nevada, some observers say. Most Nevadans oppose the site. Kerry...

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