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December 03, 2004
New Chippewa Cree chairman promises reform
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...

Few families apply for Tar Creek buyout plan
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...

Oklahoma tribe loses bid for out-of-state land
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...

BIA condemns 38-year-old school on Navajo Nation
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...

Director of urban Indian center in Nebraska resigns
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...

Editorial: Let tribe complete work on village
"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...

O'odham group preserves weaving tradition
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...

Rincon Band donates land to protect arroyo toad
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...

Urban Natives promote development plan
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....

LA Times: Explosion of wealth changes Chumash Tribe
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...

Editorial: Maine must repair relationship with tribes
"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....

Indian woman from Maine a 'Survivor' on TV show
A Maliseet Indian woman who was adopted at a young age is a contestant on the popular CBS television show "Survivor." Julie Berry, 23, was born in Maine and still...

Federal agency to investigate bridge accident
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....

Delaware Nation plans appeal of land claim lawsuit
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...

Washoe Tribe gets rebate for using solar power
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...

Coyote Valley chairwoman ousted in primary vote
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...

Trump willing to drop Eastern Pequot suit for $500M
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...

Russell Means sues after losing Pine Ridge election
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....

Reservation homes plagued by mold problems
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...

Editorial: BIA schools need more funds, resources
"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...

Bush taps ex-NYPD official for Homeland Security
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...

House aide takes blame for tax return provision
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...

Editorial: Ney not exactly a victim in Tigua case
"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...

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