New Chippewa Cree chairman promises reform (December 3, 2004)
John "Chance" Houle, the new chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana, is making changes he hopes will bring more accountability. Since taking office in November, Houle has laid off five staff members to save money, reprimanded or suspended...
Few families apply for Tar Creek buyout plan (December 3, 2004)
Only 34 of the 100 families eligible for the Tar Creek, Oklahoma, relocation plan have applied for a buyout, the Associated Press reports. The plan provides money to families with young children from the Tar Creek Superfund site in the...
Oklahoma tribe loses bid for out-of-state land (December 3, 2004)
An Oklahoma tribe who filed an out-of-state land claim in hopes of settling for gaming rights suffered a setback on Wednesday when a judge dismissed the case. The Delaware Nation sued the state of Pennsylvania over 315 acres that were...
BIA condemns 38-year-old school on Navajo Nation (December 3, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has condemned a 38-year-old school on the Navajo Nation. The Sanostee Day School suffered major damage due to a cracked foundation, The Farmington Daily Times reported. Students have been forced to attend classes in portable...
Director of urban Indian center in Nebraska resigns (December 3, 2004)
For the second time in two years, the director of the Lincoln Indian Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, has resigned. Mona Bearskin, a member of the Winnebago Tribe, joined the center in April 2003. She replaced Kay Bursheim, who left in...
Editorial: Let tribe complete work on village (December 3, 2004)
"Members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe are justifiably concerned that without thorough exploration of the site some of their ancestors' remains will be lost forever. The site's history is already dark enough. It was once a large community called...
O'odham group preserves weaving tradition (December 3, 2004)
The Tohono O'odham Community Action is working to protect and preserve the traditional cultural practice of basket weaving. Terrol Johnson, a tribal member, learned to weave from elders. He turned it into a career but ran into difficulties selling his...
Rincon Band donates land to protect arroyo toad (December 3, 2004)
The Rincon Band of Mission Indians has donated 83 acres to San Diego County to help protect the arroyo toad, an endangered species. The tribe bought two parcels of land for a total of $1.5 million. The purchase was meant...
Urban Natives promote development plan (December 3, 2004)
Urban Native groups in Winnipeg, Manitoba released a development plan aimed at rejuvenating a neighborhood with a large Native population. The groups are targeting Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg's North End. The area has been plagued by violence and crime. Poverty...
LA Times: Explosion of wealth changes Chumash Tribe (December 3, 2004)
The Los Angeles Times runs a front-page story on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and how the tribe has been affected by the success of its casino. Tribal members lived in poor conditions for much of the past...
Editorial: Maine must repair relationship with tribes (December 3, 2004)
"There is also another important leftover matter stemming from a failed referendum initiative that cannot be allowed simply to drift into the shadow of seemingly more immediate problems in Augusta. This governor and this Legislature need to make a serious...
Federal agency to investigate bridge accident (December 3, 2004)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a bridge construction accident that killed a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota and injured three others. Levi Grant, 21, died on Tuesday while working on the...
Delaware Nation plans appeal of land claim lawsuit (December 3, 2004)
The Delaware Nation of Oklahoma plans to appeal a federal judge's dismissal of its land claim lawsuit in Pennsylvania, an attorney said. The tribe claimed 315 acres that were deeded to a Delaware ancestor in 1733. But the tribe says...
Washoe Tribe gets rebate for using solar power (December 3, 2004)
The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California has received a $33,185 rebate check for using solar power, the first recipient of a program in Nevada that promotes renewable energy. The tribe installed solar panels on the roof of a 2,800...
Coyote Valley chairwoman ousted in primary vote (December 3, 2004)
Priscilla Hunter, the chairwoman of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians from California, was ousted in the tribe's primary election on Tuesday. Hunter came in last among four candidates running for chair, The Ukiah Daily Journal reported. John Feliz...
Trump willing to drop Eastern Pequot suit for $500M (December 3, 2004)
Real estate/casino mogul Donald Trump says he will drop his lawsuit against the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut for $500 million. A faction of the tribe was working with Trump on a development deal. But when the factions were...
Russell Means sues after losing Pine Ridge election (December 3, 2004)
Activist/actor Russell Means has filed a lawsuit in federal court aimed at stopping Cecelia Fire Thunder from being sworn in as president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Means ran for president but lost to Fire Thunder, who...
Reservation homes plagued by mold problems (December 3, 2004)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Native American Programs held a two-day session in South Dakota to discuss mold problems in reservation homes. Ric Palmier, superintendent of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Housing Authority, said 73 percent of...
Editorial: BIA schools need more funds, resources (December 3, 2004)
"A new report card is out for Bureau of Indian Affairs schools, and the results are no surprise. Of the 21 BIA-funded schools in South Dakota, only four have made adequate progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act....
Bush taps ex-NYPD official for Homeland Security (December 3, 2004)
A high school dropout who rose in rank to become New York City's police commissioner will be announced as the next Homeland Security Secretary today, according to news reports. Bernard B. Kerik, 49, will appear at a news conference with...
House aide takes blame for tax return provision (December 3, 2004)
A 19-year veteran staff member of the House Appropriations Committee took the blame for a controversial appropriations rider that would have allowed staffers to look at anyone's tax return but said he was "dumbfounded" by the uproar it generated. Richard...
Editorial: Ney not exactly a victim in Tigua case (December 3, 2004)
"When his name surfaced in connection with the Senate Indian Affairs Committee investigation of lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon, Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) presented himself as another victim of the rapacious duo, who collected $66 million from casino-operating...
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