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November 22, 2004
Congress puts focus on Indian Country crime
With the passage of a massive $388 billion spending bill, Congress has required the federal government to provide regular updates on the alarmingly high rates of crime in Indian Country....

Editorial: Maine tribes need more attention
"It's been more than a year since the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission has met. Without participation from the tribes, long-vacant seats and the resignation next month of its chairman,...

Congress restores Bush's cuts to Indian programs
A $388 billion spending package that contains $2.3 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $232 million for the Office of Special Trustee and $3.0 billion for the Indian Health...

Column: Wal-Mart destroying Native ruins in Arizona
"Nobody predicted the Casa Grande Ruins could go down like this, that after hundreds of years of surviving the elements, standing as testament to a civilization that thrived in the...

Swimmer says Cobell lawsuit not about reform
Special Trustee Ross Swimmer says the Cobell Indian trust fund lawsuit is not about past mismanagement. Swimmer and other Bush administration officials contend the case is about accounting of the...

Native college students upset with professor
Native students at Fort Lewis College in Colorado are upset over a journal article written by a professor that criticizes them as being too "quiet." The students say Professor Andrew...

New Washington judge called son of Slade Gorton
Jim Johnson, a former legal aide to Slade Gorton, was elected to the Washington Supreme Court this month, much to the dismay of tribes in the state. Tribal leaders...

Memorial held for Lakota soldier killed in Iraq
Hundreds attended a weekend memorial for Army Pfc. Sheldon Hawk Eagle, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who was killed in action in Iraq. Hawk Eagle, 21, was...

Skull Valley Goshute Tribe's election called off
An election scheduled by the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah was called off on Saturday by disputed chairman Leon Bear. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Bear called off...

Oneida Nation criticizes Seneca-Cayuga deal
The Oneida Nation of New York says a land claim settlement with an out-of-state tribe sets a bad precedent. "Gov. Pataki just hung a 'For sale sign' on New York...

Reservation rancher wants prairie dog controlled
An Indian rancher on the Pine Ridge Reservation says his efforts to control the prairie dog population are being hindered. Scott Cuny says the tribe isn't doing enough to address...

Oglala Lakota College turns to wind energy
Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is undertaking a one-year study on wind energy. The school will collect data on wind speed and direction using...

Tribes eager to bring business to reservations
As more and more tribes diversify their economies, they are seeking to attract more business to the reservation. Craig Nolte, a community affairs adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank, suggest...

University considers holding mascot 'teach-in'
Ottawa University might host a "teach-in" to discuss the school's use of an Indian mascot. Local American Indian Movement activists say the school's "Giego" mascot is offensive. Giego is said...

Arizona tribe celebrates defeat of relocation plan
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation of Arizona held a celebration over the weekend to mark the defeat of a government plan to relocate the tribe and build a dam. Creation...

Mural of revered Native veteran vandalized
A mural depicting Tommy Prince, Canada's most decorated Native veteran, has been vandalized. Vandals appear to have singled out the painting of Sgt. Tommy Prince in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Other murals...

Officers linked to Native teen's death challenge firing
Two officers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who were fired after being linked to the death of a Cree Native teen have filed appeals. Bradley Senger and Larry Hartwig say they are...

Nez Perce water rights deal revived in onmibus
A $193 million water rights settlement for the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho was passed by Congress over the weekend after being slipped into the omnibus appropriations. The deal had...

Osage Nation citizenship bill clears Congress
A bill to ensure the Osage Nation of Oklahoma can define its citizenship has been cleared for the White House. H.R. 2919 passed the Senate on Friday by unanimous consent....

Bad Eagle: Time to take the Indian out of BIA
"Indians do seem reluctant to cut the cord. Indians are the most traditional “romantic” folk in American society. We cling to the past, we find our strength in our past,...

NAMMY ceremony pushed back to February 2005
The seventh annual Native American Music Awards will be held in February 2005, later than usual but during the same month as the Grammys. The location of the ceremony has...

Mississippi Choctaw lawyer referred Abramoff
A lawyer for the Mississippi Band of Choctaws referred lobbyist Jack Abramoff to the Tigua Tribe of Texas and said Abramoff could help the Tiguas keep their casino open. According...

Mark Trahant: Mainstream media doesn't matter
"This conservative, Republican alliance virtually controls all three branches of the U.S. government and has for the past four years. More important, the nation has been drifting more or less...

Yellow Bird: Boarding schools forced assimilation
"My father intensely disliked his years at Chemewa Indian Mission School in Salem, Ore. They made the students wear uniforms that cut into their necks and carry wooden guns, he...

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