Sam Billison, Navajo Code Talker, laid to rest (November 23, 2004)
Family, friends and fellow U.S. Marines attended the funeral service for Sam Billison, one of the most prominent Navajo Code Talkers. Billison was remembered for his dedication to education. He was the first Navajo to graduate from the University of...
FCC fines company over tribal phone programs (November 23, 2004)
A telecommunications company that serves a large number of reservations in the West has agreed to pay a $250,000 fine and develop a tribal outreach program under a settlement with federal regulators. Qwest Communications of Denver, Colorado, was being investigated...
Man drops bid for Whiteclay liquor license (November 23, 2004)
A Nebraska man has withdrawn his application for a liquor license in Whiteclay. The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners was due to vote on the application this week. Thomas Bernard asked to open a fourth store in the town because...
Column: Why is Campbell messing with NAPGRA? (November 23, 2004)
"On September 23, Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado), head of the Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced bill S.2843, a laundry list of editorial fixes to various laws affecting Native American tribes around the country. Tacked on at the very end...
Native issues not a concern for most Canadians (November 23, 2004)
Most Canadians do not consider improving the quality of life of Natives to be a high priority for the federal government, according to a new survey from the Centre for Research and Information on Canada. Among more than 3,000...
Cherokee group in Alabama claims tax exemption (November 23, 2004)
An Alabama group called the Cherokee River Indian Community plans to appeal a ruling denying it a sales tax exemption. The group applied for an exemption through the state Revenue Department. But the department said the group lacked federal recognition....
Ancient remains discovered at site in Wyoming (November 23, 2004)
Officials in Wyoming are planning to contact tribes about a nearly intact human skill uncovered at a construction site. The skull hasn't been dated yet but archaeologists say it belonged to an Indian person. The teeth were worn down, a...
Native enrollment at Utah universities increases (November 23, 2004)
The Utah System of Higher Education has reported a rise in the Native American student population. According to the data, a total of 1,616 Native students are enrolled at nine institutions this year. This figure represents 1.1 percent of the...
Brazil's tribes compete in Indigenous Games (November 23, 2004)
More than 1,000 athletes representing 40 tribes are competing in Brazil's Indigenous Peoples' Games VII this week. The event features traditional games of various tribes. There's Xikunahity, a type of soccer where players can only use their heads. And tihimore,...
Seminole Tribe readies for opening of museum (November 23, 2004)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is opening a new museum and cultural village today. The Seminole Okalee Indian Village & Museum is located near the tribe's casino. It will feature exhibits on Seminole culture, alligator wrestling, wildlife, a petting zoo...
Suicide rates explode among Colombia's Natives (November 23, 2004)
Exploding rates of suicide among tribes in Colombia have indigenous leaders and outsiders worried. More and more young people, often girls, are committing suicide, a once unheard of practice among Colombia's Natives. Among four related tribes, there have been 15...
Utah celebrates Indigenous People's Day (November 23, 2004)
Utah's Native Americans were celebrated and honored on Monday for Indigenous People's Day. Utah Gov. Olene Walker (R) spoke at the event in Salt Lake City. Speakers called for more accurate portrayals of Native people and for unity among all...
Man pleads guilty for failing to stop child abuse (November 23, 2004)
A non-Indian man in Utah has pleaded guilty for failing to stop the abuse of two grandsons by their Indian grandmother. Michael Angel Deherrera, 48, agreed to testify against Charlissa Sireech, 45. Sireech, a member of the Northern Ute Tribe,...
Northern Cheyenne Tribe battles state on river (November 23, 2004)
The newly inducted president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana says a legal dispute over the Tongue River is the tribe's most pressing issue. The tribe and the federal government contend the tribe owns at least half of the...
Oneida Nation reaches two service agreements (November 23, 2004)
The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin has reached service agreements with two villages. The tribe will pay the village of Hobart for fire protection, road maintenance, first-responder and mutual aid with backup police services and other emergency services. The tribe will...
NMAI on track to see 4.2M visitors in first year (November 23, 2004)
The National Museum of the American Indian had 275,400 visitors in its first full month, The Washington Post reports. The figure shows the museum is on track to have about 4.2 million visitors in its first full year, as officials...
Istook denies asking for tax return provision (November 23, 2004)
Rep. Ernest J. Istook (R-Oklahoma) denied on Monday that he was responsible for a controversial provision in the omnibus appropriations that critics said would allow Congressional staff to look at anyone's tax return. Both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee)...
Jodi Rave Lee: It feels good to be a grandmother (November 23, 2004)
"I love my baby. Even when she cries, she's sweet, so adorable. She stares at me through chokecherry eyes. And then she makes those irresistible newborn noises, wee little sounds squeaking through infant lungs, little peeps accompanied by long, expressive,...
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