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November 12, 2004
Vitter 'conned' by group opposing tribe
Rep. David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana who has been elected as senator, is suggesting that he was conned by a group opposing the Jena Choctaw Band. Vitter joined forces...

Former BIA law enforcement chief tapped for post
An Indian man with 30 years of law enforcement experience is being tapped as the next U.S. Marshal for Nevada. Ted Quasula, a member of the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona,...

Court sides with tribe in law enforcement dispute
In a victory for tribal law enforcement, a federal appeals court last week barred a county sheriff from imposing state law on a tribe's police force even when those officers...

Washington tribe buys land around sacred site
The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington has purchased 66 acres next to Tamanowas Rock, a sacred site. The tribe is working with other groups to preserve Tamanowas Rock as a...

Hearing set for Oneida Nation treaty rights case
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on January 11, 2005, in the Oneida Nation's treaty rights case. The court is being asked to determine whether the tribe's reservation, as...

Native veterans honored in Arizona ceremony
Native veterans from various tribes took part in an honoring ceremony at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The veterans participated in a gourd dance, a tradition dating back...

Pataki expected to veto Indian tax legislation
New York Gov. George Pataki (R) is expected to veto legislation that would force state sales tax on reservation businesses. The state Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly passed the bills. If...

Indian inmates in Nebraska settle lawsuit
Indian inmates in Nebraska will get to hold two pow-wows a year, have more time for religious ceremonies and be able to use traditional foods as part of a settlement...

Thune sees potential in reservation vote
South Dakota Republican John Thune didn't get a significant portion of the reservation vote on November 2 but his numbers improved from two years earlier. On the Pine Ridge Reservation,...

Dakota Commemorative March traces painful journey
Descendants of 1,700 Dakota Indians who were forced to walk 150 miles in the winter of 1862 are retracing the painful journey in hopes of furthering healing and understanding. The...

Rival protest groups leave First Nation school
Students on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan could be returning to school soon now that a month-long protest has ended. The protest started when a group of parents shut...

Officers linked to Native teen's death face action
Two police officers linked to the death of a Cree Native teen are facing action by the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, force. A decision on Bradley Senger and Lawrence Hartwig is expected...

Award-winning puppet show presents Makah tales
The Northwest Puppet Center is presenting its award-winning puppet show of several Makah Nation legends. The center worked with Makah elders to produce "Q'we-ti: Tales of the Makah Tribe." The...

Trip to Peru opens new world for U.S. Natives
A group of Native and non-Native educators say their recent trip to Peru was an eye-opening experience. Wayne Stein, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and a...

Navajo man shot to death by police in New Mexico
A Navajo man whose estranged wife was convicted of murdering three of their children was shot to death by police in New Mexico. Tommy Charley, 44, was involved in a...

Lummi Nation football team has stellar record
The Lummi Nation of Washington is feeling revitalized thanks to its high school football team, whose 9-1 record and coach have become a source of pride. The Lummi Nation Blackhawks...

Senate leader says GOP won't tolerate filibusters
Now that Republicans have increased their majority, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) says they won't allow Democrats to filibuster President Bush's judicial nominees. Republicans have 55 seats in the...

BIA seeks comments on Cowlitz land-into-trust
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding a public meeting next month on the Cowlitz Tribe's request to have 152 acres placed in trust. The BIA will take comments on...

Ex-Marine tapped for tribe's youth coordinator post
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has hired a former U.S. Marine to head up its youth activities program. Lynn Burnett, a tribal member, spent eight years in...

HHS institutes tobacco-free policy at buildings
The Department of Health and Human Services is banning the use of tobacco at its buildings, The Washington Post reports. The policy is meant to curb smoking among HHS' 66,000...

Opinion: Mascot names perpetrate racism
"November is American Indian Heritage Month, and while many activities are planned across the nation to honor our heritage, the continued use of racial imagery in the form of Indian...

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