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November 02, 2004
Supreme Court takes action on Indian law cases
The U.S. Supreme Court refused another Indian law case on Monday, this one dealing with the diminishment of the Mille Lacs Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota. Without comment, the justices...

Appeals court leaves Hawaiian recognition to Congress
A federal appeals court last week ruled that recognition of Native Hawaiians belongs to Congress. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Interior Department has a "rational basis"...

Remains discovered on private land in Utah
Officials in Utah are examining the remains of at least five Indians discovered on private land. The Bureau of Land Management was called in because the site is located near...

Two Apache leaders fight removal attempts
The chairmen of two Apache tribes in Oklahoma are trying to prevent their removal from office. Alonzo Chalepah of the Apache Tribe is accused of spending $1,193 in tribal funds...

UKB treasurer suspended over handling of funds
The treasurer for the United Keetowah Band of Oklahoma says her suspension by the tribal council was illegal. The council voted 7-2 to suspend Julie Moss without pay. Council members...

Violent crime on the rise on Navajo Nation
Violent crime on the Navajo Nation is on the rise, according to a report from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona. The tribe referred 253 cases for federal prosecution from...

Deal struck over Navajo Boys and Girls Clubs
A deal struck between the Navajo Nation and the non-profit Navajo Boys and Girls Clubs will allow the clubs to reopen tomorrow, The Farmington Daily Times reports. Navajo Nation President...

Strip club using Crazy Horse name won't change
A strip club in France using the name of Chief Crazy Horse doesn't plan on changing despite protests from the Sioux warrior's descendants. Alfred Red Cloud went to Paris to...

Turtle Mountain Chippewa judge allows election
A judge for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota ruled on Monday that the tribal election will be held today as planned. Chairman Leon Morin, who is...

Bike trail makes debut on reservation in Maine
The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine will open a bike trail on the Pleasant Point Reservation today. The 1.7-mile Sipayik Trail cost $329,000. The state awarded the tribe a $248,000 grant...

South Dakota seeks delay in Native voting case
The state of South Dakota is seeking a delay in a case where Native voting rights were violated. On September 15, U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier found that the state...

Extradition hearing set in Aquash murder case
A lengthy extradition hearing has been scheduled in British Columbia, Canada, for a man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. John Graham, a Native man...

Recount possible in close Daschle-Thune race
A recount is possible in the extremely close race between Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) and Republican John Thune. A statewide candidate has a right to request a recount if...

BIA cop in South Dakota charged with assault
A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer in South Dakota has been charged with assault in a domestic violence incident. Patrick W. Swallow of Rapid City allegedly threatened to kill himself...

GOP worker accused of vote buying at Rosebud
A Republican poll watcher has been accused of vote buying on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The Tripp County auditor said she heard a Paul Brenner, Washington, D.C.,...

Judge bars GOP from watching Yankton Sioux voters
A federal judge has barred the Republican Party from watching voters from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. A Republican testified that he was writing down the license plate...

Bad Eagle: Casino Indians ruining everything
"Casino Indians are turning Americans against Indians, and the Indian cry of “racism” is an empty echo in this circumstance, not because racism doesn’t exist, but because here the accusation...

Warm Springs Tribes suggest new names for creek
The Confederated Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon have approved a list of 42 names as possible replacements for Squaw Creek. A group of elders chose the names for the creek,...

Colville Tribes settle dispute over land use
The Confederated Colville Tribes of Washington has settled a dispute over the use of tribal land near Wells Dam. The tribe claimed $950 million in compensation for fishing grounds flooded...

Native community in Manitoba hit by rash of suicides
A predominantly Native community in northern Manitoba has suffered from a rash of suicides of young people. Four young people have taken their lives since May and two more have...

Review of Metis Nation election finds problems
A review of the recent Metis Nation of Saskatchewan election has found numerous irregularities, including ballots cast by dead people, more ballots cast than voters and false voter addresses. The...

Chief Justice Rehnquist delays return to court
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist did not return to work on Monday, stating he was recovering from a cancer-related surgery. Rehnquist announced that he had been diagnosed...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe denies interest in ferry
The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma says its not interested in restarting a ferry service in Rochester, New York. The tribe's developer had sent a letter to the mayor regarding the...

Tim Giago: Indian reformists stamped out tribes
"After the Civil War the eyes of the victors turned west. As often happens in wartime, the thousands of deaths on the battlefield were more than offset by an extremely...

Yellow Bird: Are the Pequots really a tribe?
"The influence of Indian gaming probably is the reason I am seeing a new kind of Indian. For example, the tribal chairman from the Mashantucket Pequot, whom I saw at...

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