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December 10, 2004
Nipmuc Nation loses backer of recognition bid
The Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts has fallen on hard times since losing the financial support of a gaming company that was backing the tribe's bid for federal recognition. Lakes Gaming...

Norton to remain on job for second Bush term
Interior Secretary Gale Norton will remain on the job for a second term, the Bush administration announced on Thursday. President Bush asked Norton to stay and she agreed, White House...

South Dakota tribe's college still in limbo
The college owned by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is hoping to get its financial problems straightened out. Si Tanka University missed payroll last month and is...

Fond du Lac Band beefing up police presence
The Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe is on its way to becoming the primary police force on its Minnesota reservation. The tribe's police department has grown from five to...

University considers return of 'Warriors' nickname
Marquette University in Illinois is considering whether to bring back its old "Warriors" nickname. The school changed to the Golden Eagles in 1994 after 40 years of using the...

Congressman questioned during lobbyist probe
An Ohio Congressman who tried to help a Texas tribe reopen its casino said he was questioned by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee for his involvement in a Washington lobbying...

Lawmakers ask Norton to block tribe's recognition
Three Connecticut lawmakers asked Interior Secretary Gale Norton to revoke the recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation because the Bureau of Indian Affairs made a mistake in the case. Reps....

Resurrection of 'Redskins' mascot stirs debate
A school district in Pennsylvania that still uses a "Redskins" mascot is debating whether the name is appropriate. The Neshaminy district's sports teams began using the name 50 years ago....

Indian woman from Maine voted off 'Survivor'
A member of the Maliseet Tribe of Maine was kicked off the popular television show "Survivor" after making it through 13 episodes. Julie Berry, 23, lost a chance at a...

Six indicted for stealing from Kickapoo Tribe
Six people, including a state lawmaker, were indicted on Thursday for stealing more than $900,000 from the Kickapoo Tribe of Texas. Authorities said state Rep. Timoteo Garza (D), former tribal...

Three tribes diversify holdings with new hotel
Three tribes say a new $53 million hotel in California's state capitol is an important step in the diversification of their economies. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the...

San Manuel Band moves to develop prime parcel
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is hoping to finalize plans to develop a prime piece of real estate located near two highways. Chairman Deron Marquez said the development...

International court awards $7.9M for massacre
The Interamerican Court of Human Rights has ordered the government of Guatemala to pay $7.9 million (US) to the survivors of massacre of a Mayan Indian village. In 1982, government...

South Carolina tribe suffers major setbacks
South Carolina's only federally recognized tribe is in the middle of a major crisis. In the past year alone, the tribe lost its federal funding, saw the indictment of a...

Civil rights pick opposes affirmative action
President Bush's pick for the new chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission is a conservative African-American lawyer who opposes affirmative action. Gerald A. Reynolds, a former assistant secretary for...

Federal judge who was blocked by Senate retires
A controversial federal judge who was placed on an appeals court only after Senate Democrats blocked his nomination retired on Thursday. Charles W. Pickering Sr. said he retired so President...

Intelligence reform bill expands police powers
An intelligence reform bill that President Bush is expected to sign loosens the standards for FBI surveillance warrants and allows the government to detain terrorist suspects without bail. The provisions...

Wampanoag Tribe to appeal sovereignty case
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts plans to take its sovereignty case to a federal appeals court, incoming chairman Donald Widdiss said. Widdiss said he wasn't surprised by the decision...

Massachusetts court deals blow to tribe's sovereignty
Click for larger map of Martha's Vineyard. Massachusetts' only federally recognized tribe waived its sovereign immunity by agreeing to state jurisdiction on the reservation, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court...

Tribal college to add three more online courses
News from the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota. United Tribes Technical College has received accreditation to offer three additional associate degree programs online, expanding the college online...

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