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November 18, 2004
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe, state seek delay in lawsuit
The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and the state of New York have agreed to seek a delay in the state's case against the tribe's bingo hall. The tribe and state...

Bill to speed up Alaska Native land transfers
The House on Wednesday joined the Senate in approving a bill aimed at speeding up the transfer of land to Alaska Natives and the state. The Alaska Land Transfer Acceleration...

Alaska state trooper charged with assaulting women
An Alaska state trooper has been charged with 11 felonies for the rape, kidnap and assault of four women from Native villages in western Alaska. Daniel L. Scott, 44, was...

Construction at tribal burial site still in dispute
The Federal Highway Administration is finalizing a decision on a burial site in Washington that the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is trying to protect. The tribe has been overseeing an...

South Dakota school wants more Indian students
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is hoping to attract more Indian students with the creation of multicultural committee. The committee is made of people from every division...

Mashantucket Tribe and town at odds over water
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and a Connecticut town have been unable to come to a water services agreement after months of negotiations. The tribe and North Stonington are trying...

Sam Billison, Navajo Code Talker, passes on
Samuel Billison, one of the most prominent Navajo Code Talkers, died on Wednesday of heart complications. He was around 78 or 79. Billison enlisted in the U.S. Marines at a...

High-priced lobbyist scam linked to lawmakers
Public relations consultant Michael Scanlon refuses to answer questions at Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing. Photo © NSM. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) talks with Albert Alvidrez and Carlos...

Tigua Tribe tells of lobbying horror story
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held its second hearing on Wednesday into the lobbying activities of two Washington insiders accused of bilking tribes of $66 million. The hearing focused on...

Judge allows another Whiteclay liquor license
A judge in Nebraska has overturned the state's denial of a liquor license for a man who wants to open another beer establishment in Whiteclay. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission...

Yankton Sioux treaty document acquired by museum
A copy of an 1858 treaty signed by the Yankton Sioux Nation and the U.S. has been acquired by the Minnesota Historical Society for $40,000. The copy is considered rare...

AFN calls for $10K payment for every abuse victim
The Assembly of First Nations offered a plan on Wednesday that would resolve all outstanding residential school abuse claims by 2010. AFN says each victim should receive a minimum cash...

Canada's Supreme Court to issue key rulings
Canada's Supreme Court will issue two key rulings today that will affect the trust relationship with First Nations. In one case, the Haida Nation of British Columbia opposed logging on...

South Carolina site dates to 55,000 years ago
Archaeologists in South Carolina say they have uncovered evidence that shows humans lived in North America at least 50,000 years ago, much earlier than the date accepted by other archaeologists....

Bush nominates another White House adviser
President Bush on Wednesday nominated Margaret Spellings, a White House adviser, as Secretary of Education. Spellings, 46, came to the White House four years ago from Texas. She serves as...

Turtle Mountain Band open for business opportunities
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota is hoping to attract more business to the reservation. Business owners from Detroit, Michigan, are spending two days on the...

California tribe completes wetlands restoration
The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in California has restored a 2,000-acre wetlands that will be open to hunting and provide revenue for the tribe. Two years ago, the tribe...

Tribal water rights bill ready for Bush signature
A bill to settle the water rights of two Arizona tribes is ready for President Bush's signature. The Tohono O'odham Nation near Tucson and the Gila River Indian Community near...

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