Thune gains support of more reservation voters (November 4, 2004)
In the 2002 U.S. Senate race, Republican John Thune lost the Indian vote by wide margins to Democrat Tim Johnson. The lack of support cost him the election by just 524 votes. But on Tuesday, Thune registered gains on reservations...
Turtle Mountain Chippewa Band elects chairman (November 4, 2004)
Voters of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota have elected a new chairman who is not a convict. Ken Davis beat Ron Peltier with 1,919 votes to 1,819 votes. Peltier's candidacy had been the subject of dispute...
South Dakota Indian voter turnout a record high (November 4, 2004)
Voters on South Dakota reservations went to the polls in record force on Tuesday, surpassing the turnout in recent elections. Based on final figures from the Secretary of State, the turnout in eight counties with significant Indian populations was a...
Apache leader returns to work sans paycheck (November 4, 2004)
The leader of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma returned to work on Wednesday after beating an ouster attempt. Jeff Houser obtained a court order reinstating his position. But he said the tribal council refused to sign his paycheck....
Fire Thunder calls election at Pine Ridge symbolic (November 4, 2004)
Cecelia Fire Thunder is celebrating her victory in the Oglala Sioux Tribe's election while activist/actor Russell Means says defeat spells the end of his political aspirations. Not all the votes are in but Fire Thunder was leading with 56 percent...
New Mexico tribal leader not sorry for closing polls (November 4, 2004)
The leader of a New Mexico tribe doesn't feel bad about closing the polls on Election Day. Santo Domingo Pueblo Gov. Sisto Quintana kept voters away and told election officials to leave the reservation because the tribe was celebrating All...
Man dies, another injured, in 'sweat lodge' incident (November 4, 2004)
Authorities in Australia are investigating after a man died and another was injured in a "sweat lodge" ceremony. Rowan Cooke, 37, died at the scene. Participants in the sweat lodge tried to get help after it appeared he was suffering...
Navajo Nation president congratulates Bush (November 4, 2004)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. congratulated President Bush on his re-election victory but said tribes still need to a seat at the table. Shirley said the Bush administration has ignored tribes over the past four years. "Hopefully, [Bush] has...
Navajo Boys and Girls Clubs finally reopen (November 4, 2004)
The non-profit Navajo Boys and Girls Clubs reopened the doors to its clubs on Wednesday after a deal was struck with Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. The non-profit agreed to subcontract to the president's office for six months. The...
Vote close on Agua Caliente development plan (November 4, 2004)
Voters in Palm Springs, California, narrowly passed the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' development plan but the tribe is waiting until all the ballots are in before declaring victory. Measure U passed by just 119 votes, The Palm Springs...
Murkowski claims victory over Knowles in Alaska (November 4, 2004)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) claimed victory on Wednesday after Democrat Tony Knowles conceded the U.S. Senate race. Not all the votes are counted but Murkowski maintains a four-point lead over Knowles. The latest tally shows 121,027, or 49 percent, for...
Blackfeet man wins heated race for local seat (November 4, 2004)
A member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana has been elected to the Glacier County commission. Democrat Michael DesRosier ousted Republican incumbent William Icenoggle in Tuesday's vote. DesRosier received 59 percent of the vote. He hopes to develop a positive...
Cherokee Nation vows to work with Senator Coburn (November 4, 2004)
The Cherokee Nation plans to work with Republican Coburn despite opposing his successful bid for U.S. Senate, a spokesperson says. Tribal leaders criticized Coburn for remarks he made about Cherokees. Coburn said they weren't "real" Indians. Cherokee Nation spokesperson Mike...
Oglala Lakota woman elected to State Legislature (November 4, 2004)
Theresa "Huck" Two Bulls, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was elected to the South Dakota Legislature on Tuesday. Two Bulls is a former secretary and vice president of the tribe. She beat incumbent Republican Sen. Michael LaPointe by...
Citizen Potawatomi vice-chair shares success story (November 4, 2004)
Linda Capps, vice-chair of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma, credits her family with her success in helping run one of the largest tribes in the country. Capps has been serving as vice-chair since 1990. She says her husband, children...
Tally shows defeat for tribe's anti-landfill measure (November 4, 2004)
Voters in San Diego County, California, on Tuesday rejected a tribe's costly bid to stop construction of a landfill near sacred sites. The Pala Band of Mission Indians poured nearly $3 million into Measure B. The tribe said the landfill...
Bush administration prepares for second term (November 4, 2004)
The Bush administration began preparing for a second term with Republicans squarely in control of Congress. President Bush will meet with his Cabinet today for the first time since August. Some, like Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Transportation...
Bush blocking endorsement of global warming plan (November 4, 2004)
The Bush administration is trying to prevent a international and inter-tribal group from endorsing a plan to reduce global warming, The Washington Post reports. The Arctic Council is due to release an assessment of climate change on Monday. Members of...
Harry Reid eyes Democratic leadership position (November 4, 2004)
The defeat of Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) on Tuesday means the Democrats will choose a new leader in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) announced his bid to become the minority leader. He currently serves as minority whip,...
Jodi Rave Lee: Protecting rights of Native voters (November 4, 2004)
"They lost a Native voter. "He's large. He's really dark. And he has a really booming voice,'' said Ruth Quequesah, a volunteer vote coordinator on the Flathead Indian Reservation who has worked for months to register voters and get them...
Small loses re-election bid at Northern Cheyenne (November 4, 2004)
Geri Small, the first woman president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, lost her bid for re-election on Tuesday. Small lost by 200 votes to Eugene Littlecoyote, The Billings Gazette reported. Voters chose Rick Wolfname for vice president over...
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