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November 09, 2004
Washington court to consider felon voting rights
A Native American man who has been denied the right to vote because he is a convicted felon will get his case heard due to an action by the U.S....

Self-determination case goes before U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a case that will determine whether tribes should receive full funding for carrying out the goal of self-determination. As...

Forest Service issues plan to protect sacred site
The U.S. Forest Service has released a management plan that seeks to protect a sacred site of the Nor-Rel-Muk Tribe of California. Kok-Chee-Chup-Chee, also known as Natural Bridge, is a...

Lumbee officials order another district election
Officials with the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina ordered another election for a tribal council district after numerous problems were reported. Councilman Montford Dial had won re-election last week over...

Yellow Bird: Remembering my brother, a Vietnam vet
"My brother, "Cookie," fought in the jungles of Vietnam. From the little he told us, we knew it was bad. He told me only a little of the war. What...

Tim Giago: GOP moral values will hurt Indian Country
"And so the crux of Election 2004 turned on the whims of moral values? How frightening! Whose morals and values? If God created man in his own image, which image...

Daschle to end Indian voter intimidation suit
Outgoing Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) will ask a federal judge to dismiss an Indian voter intimidation lawsuit against Republican John Thune, the winner of last week's election. The judge...

Assessment finds Arctic warming more rapidly
The Arctic is warming more rapidly, leading to environmental impacts throughout the world, according to a comprehensive international and inter-tribal assessment released on Monday, The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment is...

Judge won't dismiss tribe's pollution lawsuit
A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit the Colville Confederated Tribes' lawsuit against a Canadian mining company accused of polluting the Columbia River. But the judge said...

Native kids sent back to dilapidated school
Kids on the Pikangikum First Nation in Ontario have been sent back to school in a dilapidated building that is in desperate need of replacement. Officials closed the school last...

Program seeks to help Natives adjust to urban life
A new program seeks to help Natives from rural reserves in Manitoba adjust to urban life in the city of Winnipeg. Ka Ni Kanichihk, a Native-run organization in the city,...

Rival groups now occupying First Nation school
Two rival groups are now occupying a school on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan. The new group is made of parents and teachers. They say they will stay until...

Wyoming tribes seek formal state-tribal policy
Leaders of Wyoming's two tribes urged lawmakers on Monday to develop a formal state-tribal policy. The State Legislature created a tribal liaison to work with the Northern Arapaho Tribe and...

Indian center in Salt Lake City fight youth obesity
Obesity rates are rising among Indian youth, increasing the risk for diabetes and other health problems. The Indian Walk-in Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, is trying to reverse the...

Drug cartels offer $500K to kill Shadow Wolves
Drug cartels have put a bounty of $500,000 on members of the Shadow Wolves, an elite all-Native force of border patrol officers. There is also a price being put on...

Jodi Rave: Indian issues need more than a month
"It's November, National American Indian Heritage Month. And it's time for Americans to step back and reflect on the lives of indigenous people. Some might take a cue from President...

Gila River Indian Community struggles with diabetes
With more than half of Pima adults diagnosed with diabetes, the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona is waging a battle against the deadly disease. Last week, the tribe opened...

Oklahoma's Native languages slowly disappearing
The 25 Native language spoken in Oklahoma are slowly disappearing due to the lack of new fluent speakers. According to the Intertribal Wordpath Society, 10 of the languages have less...

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