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December 14, 2004
Congress sees more changes under Republican control
There are many changes in store for Indian Country when Congress convenes for its 109th session next year. The most significant is the loss of two major champions. Sen. Ben...

School hasn't taken action on prof who violated law
A Fort Lewis College professor who has sparked an outcry among Indian students violated federal law, Indian Country Today reports. Andrew Gulliford, director of the Center of Southwest Studies, violated...

U.S. Supreme Court decides cases without Rehnquist
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, whose two-decade career on the bench has been marked by the erosion of tribal sovereignty, will not participate in every case...

New York municipalities pony up for court brief
Several cities and towns in Madison County, New York, are being asked to pay for an amicus brief in Oneida Nation's U.S. Supreme Court case. The brief cost $26,896, according...

Native students learn value of community service
A unique program offered by the Tanana Chiefs Conference of Alaska opens Native students to the world of community service. The Tribal Civilian Community Corps recently traveled to Florida to...

More and more tribes turning to charter schools
More and more tribes and Indian organizations are looking to establish charter schools that emphasize tribal culture. According to the Center for Education Reform, there are 30 Indian charter schools...

Pueblo kids raise money for needy families
First-grade students at Laguna Elementary in Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, are raising money to buy food for needy families. The students have been busy making 800 noodle necklaces. They plan...

Navajo Nation council to vote on water settlement
The Navajo Nation Council is set to vote on a costly water settlement that would settle the tribe's claims on the San Juan River. According to The Farmington Daily Times,...

Daughter's disappearance destroys Native family
A Native family in Manitoba says it is devastated by the disappearance of their daughter. Sunshine Wood was 16 when she went missing in February 2004. She had left the...

Manitoba launches First Nation midwife program
The province of Manitoba has announced a $1.6 million (Canadian) program to train more Natives as midwives. The program is aimed at rural First Nations where expectant mothers have to...

Navajo race car driver upset over tribe's silence
Navajo race car driver Cory Witherill is upset that the Navajo Nation hasn't responded to his request to educate Navajo youth about diabetes. Witherill has taken his Team Diabetes project...

State to transfer hatchery to Yakama Nation
The state of Washington plans to transfer a fish hatchery to the Yakama Nation in the first agreement of its kind. The tribe will take over management of the Klickitat...

Former Kickapoo business manager free on bond
The non-Indian former business manager of the Kickapoo Tribe of Texas was freed on bond on Monday. Isidro Garza is one of six people charged with stealing more than $900,000...

Bush picks Leavitt for Health and Human Services
President Bush nominated Mike Leavitt, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency and former governor of Utah, as the next head of the Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed,...

Meeting scheduled on future of Klallam tribal village
Tribal, state and federal officials are scheduled to meet this week over the Lower Elwha Tribe's request to stop construction at a tribal village in Washington. Gov. Gary Locke (D)...

Editorial: Work at Klallam tribal village should stop
"The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is right to ask the state Department of Transportation to end excavation and construction work at the proposed graving dock there. The Hood Canal Bridge...

Morongo Band's donation pays for transfer of bison
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians donated $75,000 to transfer nearly 100 bison from Catalina Island in California to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The move will begin...

Western Shoshones oppose gold mine exploration
Members of the Western Shoshone Nation are opposing the Bureau of Land Managementís decision to approve an exploration project for a gold mine in northern Nevada. The Western Shoshone Defense...

Chickee huts still a Seminole tradition in Florida
The Seminole tradition of chickee huts is alive and well in South Florida. The state tried to regulate the craft but dropped the idea after running into obstacles. For one,...

Seminole Tribe represented in international show
JoJo Dakota Osceola represented the Seminole Tribe of Florida at her high school's International Night. Osceola, 17, is a full-blooded Seminole who is proud of her traditions. She recently appeared...

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