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November 19, 2004
Diverse views aired at Indian gaming discussion
"Indian Casino Gaming: Friend or Foe to the Community?" was the title of a panel presented by the Library of Congress on Thursday but debate appeared to tip more towards...

Campbell threatens to derail omnibus over rider
Retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) is threatening to derail the massive omnibus appropriations bill if it contains a rider allowing a tribal casino in Colorado. Campbell and others from...

Pueblo man sentenced for mudering mother
A man from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico was sentenced to 6 1/2 years for murdering his 71-year-old mother. Louis P. Romero admitted to killing his mother, Maria Sophia Romero,...

Congress extends housing loans for Native vets
A measure that will extend a home loan program for Native veterans has been cleared by both chambers of Congress. H.R.5153, the Native American Veterans Home Loan Act of 2004,...

Canada's Supreme Court sides with First Nations
Governments have a legal obligation to consult with First Nations about the use of traditional territory even if aboriginal title hasn't been proven, Canada's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The...

Gila River woman last of traditional potters
Dorothea Sunn-Avery, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, is one of the last traditional potters of the Maricopa, or Pee Posh, people. Sunn-Avery learned how to make pottery...

Air Force base honors Indian military tradition
Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota held a ceremony on Thursday to recognize the achievements of Indians in the military. The base has 18 Indian airmen. Nationally, Indians are...

South Dakota tribe's college on shaky ground
The university owned by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is having more financial problems. Si Tanka University was unable to make its payroll and is in foreclosure...

Diedrich seeks nomination as Agriculture Secretary
South Dakota Republican Larry Diedrich didn't win the U.S. House election on November 2 but he could be headed to Washington, D.C., anyway. Diedrich has put himself in the running...

Fight over Montana tribal riverbed continues
Outgoing Montana Gov. Judy Martz (R) says she will defend her decision to drag the state into a lawsuit disputing the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's ownership of a riverbed. Martz joined...

Effort seeks to reduce smoking among Natives
An anti-smoking campaign in California is seeking to reduce high rates of smoking among Natives in the state. According to a 2001 survey, 30 percent of California Natives use tobacco....

Former Ney chief of staff worked with Abramoff
A former staffer for Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), a player in a $4.2 million scheme to help the Tigua Tribe of Texas reopen its casino, worked with lobbyist Jack Abramoff,...

Bill for North Dakota tribe's clinic sent to Bush
A bill to fulfill a 50-year-old promise to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota has been sent to President Bush for his signature. S.1146, the Three Affiliated...

IHS selects director for Oklahoma City area
John Daugherty Jr., a member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, has been selected as the director for the Oklahoma City Area of the Indian Health Service. IHS director...

Cayuga Nation settles land claim with New York
The Cayuga Nation of New York and Gov. George Pataki (R) announced a settlement to the tribe's land claim that will allow a casino in the Catskills. The deal means...

Bill could help settle water rights in North Dakota
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians is promoting a bill that could help settle water rights of tribes in North Dakota. The bill is still being drafted but would...

Fossil called common ancestor of apes and humans
Research published in today's issue of the journal Science reports of a fossil in Spain that paleontologists believe may be the last common ancestor of great apes and humans. The...

Tribal water rights bill has benefits for cities
A bill to settle the water rights of two Arizona tribe also benefits other fast-growing communities in the greater Phoenix area. Phoenix and other cities are already making plans to...

Specter backed as chairman of Judiciary panel
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) was backed as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday after he drafted a statement promising to use a "litmus test" to block anti-abortion court...

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