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November 17, 2004
'Fight the Cherokee Nation until hell freezes over'
Responding to a court's revocation of his tribe's federal recognition, the chief of the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma said he "will fight the chief of the Cherokee Nation until hell...

Senate committee holds hearing on climate change
The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on climate change on Tuesday with the incoming and outgoing chairmen disagreeing on the cause. Incoming chairman Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) acknowledged the...

University of New Mexico seeks Indian students
The University of New Mexico has enrolled 1,500 Indian students and is trying to recruit more. The school's American Indian Student Services recently held American Indian Student Day. About 800...

Ghana's ambassador to U.S. visits Navajo Nation
Fritz K. Poku, Ghana's Ambassador to the United States, visited the Navajo Nation to learn how the tribe is using technology to improve its way of life. Poku and other...

Indian lawmakers in Montana set priorities
State-tribal relations, education and economic development are some of the priorities set by Montana's Indian legislators. Eight Native Americans are serving in the Montana Legislature. Voters re-elected seven Native incumbents...

Lawyer in $25B abuse case to file claim with BIA
The lawyer in the $25 billion Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school abuse case plans to file a claim with the agency now that a court has dismissed the lawsuit....

Janklow asks court to clear manslaughter charge
Former South Dakota governor and congressman Bill Janklow (R) asked the state Supreme Court to clear him of felony manslaughter or grant him a new trial. Janklow was convicted of...

LaDuke urges students to do more than vote
Activist and author Winona LaDuke spoke to students at North Carolina State University on Tuesday. LaDuke, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, challenged students to make their...

Editorial: Indian center needs to restore credibility
"It's up to the FBI to investigate the allegations of embezzlement or other possible wrongdoing at the Mid-America All-Indian Center. It's up to Indian Center leaders, having already gotten the...

Indian women in Wisconsin earn less than most
Native American women in Wisconsin earn just 60.7 cents for every dollar a white man earns, according to a report released on Tuesday. Native women also earn less than white...

Police union blames First Nations for firing
The police union in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is blaming First Nations for the firing of two officers linked to the death of a Cree Native teen. The union says the police...

First Nation says every home contaminated by mold
The Dakota Plains First Nation of Manitoba has filed suit against the Canadian government, saying every home on the reserve is contaminated by mold and other toxins. The suit says...

Soboba Band diversifies with purchase of golf club
The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians is finalizing the purchase of a 165-acre golf club located off the reservation. Chairman Robert Salgado would not disclose the price for the...

Oklahoma honors achivements of state's Natives
The state of Oklahoma recognized the achievements of Natives and non-Natives at the official Native American Heritage Celebration on Monday. Cinda Hughes, a member of the Kiowa Tribe, was honored...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe hopes DOI won't block deal
Now that it has come to a settlement with the state of New York, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma hopes the Interior Department won't stand in its way. Scott Wood,...

Court rejects federal recognition for Delaware Tribe
The federal government's decision to recognize the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma as a distinct political entity was "unlawful," an appeals court ruled on Tuesday. In a 30-page decision, the 10th...

Campbell defends two-word change to NAGPRA
Outgoing Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) says a bill that would change the definition of Native American does not mean four Pacific Northwest tribes will be able to claim the...

Coushatta Tribe sues ex-lobbyists for $32M
The Coushatta Tribe filed a lawsuit in Louisiana court on Tuesday against ex-lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. The tribe gave $32 million to Abramoff, formerly of the Greenberg Traurig...

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