Study finds high infant mortality rate among Natives (November 10, 2004)
Native infants in British Columbia are more than three times as likely to die after birth than non-Native infants, according to data released on Tuesday. Statistics Canada, the equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau, discovered a high risk facing Native...
Lakota man sues WalMart for discrimination (November 10, 2004)
A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is suing the WalMart Corporation for $25 million, alleging he was the victim of racial discrimination as an employee. Greg Clements worked at a WalMart in Chadron, Nebraska, about 50 miles south of...
Tribal contracts pose conflict for U.S. Supreme Court (November 10, 2004)
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a tribal self-determination case that one justice called a "competition between two bureaucracies." During a one-hour hearing, members of the top court struggled with the question at the core of...
BIA evicting Navajo police officers and families (November 10, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued eviction notices to 24 Navajo Nation police officers and their families, The Gallup Independent reports. The families are living in a BIA housing unit in Chinle, Arizona. But due to a health concern...
Oil company accused of not promoting Natives (November 10, 2004)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a claim against an oil company accused not promoting Alaska Natives and other minorities. Alyeska Pipeline Services Co., a conglomerate of five oil companies, employees 247 minorities. The complaint says they were...
Navajo Republican office plans victory celebration (November 10, 2004)
The Republican Party office on the Navajo Reservation is planning a victory party for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. The office, located in Shiprock, New Mexico, will hold a day of events at the Shiprock Chapter...
Cobell team predicts victory on accounting, reform (November 10, 2004)
An attorney for the Cobell v. Norton trust fund lawsuit said an appeals court ruling in their favor is expected by the end of the year. Keith Harper of the Native American Rights Fund predicted that the D.C. Circuit Court...
Natives changing perspective on 'Indian' holidays (November 10, 2004)
Columbus Day and Thanksgiving are two holidays often associated with Indians but that doesn't necessarily mean they are embraced by Indians. In some states, Columbus Day has been changed. In South Dakota, residents celebrate Native American Day. In North Dakota,...
DOI says probate bill doesn't solve fractionation (November 10, 2004)
A new probate reform bill recently signed into law doesn't solve the problem of fractionation, an Interior Department spokesperson said. President Bush signed the American Indian Probate Reform Act late last month. Among other provisions, it gives landowners greater flexibility...
Oregon exhibit honors Indian WWII veterans (November 10, 2004)
An exhibit at the Oregon State Capitol Galleria pays tribute to the Indian veterans who served in World War II. The exhibit features portraits and stories of WWII vets from all parts of the country. Photographer Jeff Mitchell worked with...
Election troubles continue for Lumbee Tribe (November 10, 2004)
Officials for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina have thrown out the results for two races in last week's election. The elections board said the votes for two tribal council districts were tainted with irregularities. They scheduled new votes for...
New Catawba leaders hope infighting will end (November 10, 2004)
Two new council members for the Catawba Nation of South Carolina are hopeful that a new era of cooperation will rid the tribe of infighting that has festered for nearly a decade. The tribe gained federal recognition through an act...
Non-Natives to challenge First Nation fishery (November 10, 2004)
A court in British Columbia has given non-Native fisherman permission to challenge a First Nation fishery. The non-Natives contend the Native-only fishery on the Fraser River is illegal. But the B.C. Supreme Court in July ruled that it wasn't discriminatory....
Rival protests keep First Nation school shuttered (November 10, 2004)
Canada's Department of Indian and Northern Affairs is meeting with two rival groups who are occupying a school on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan. But it is unclear whether an agreement can be reached to reopen the school. Students...
Incoming Montana governor reaches out to tribes (November 10, 2004)
Incoming Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is planning to put representatives of Montana's eight tribes on his 20-member transition team. Schweitzer said he would put eight tribal members on the team and asked tribes to submit candidates for top state...
Michigan seizes two tons of fish from Indian men (November 10, 2004)
The state of Michigan has seized nearly two tons of fish that officials say were illegally taken by two Indian fishermen. The state says the two men caught the fish Lake Michigan using a commercial fishing boat and huge trap...
Hispanic lawyer likely successor to Ashcroft (November 10, 2004)
Alberto Gonzales, a Hispanic lawyer who has been mentioned as a possible U.S. Supreme Court justice, is likely to be nominated as Attorney General, according to news reports. Gonzales currently serves as White House counsel to President Bush. Of Mexican...
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