Tennessee burial ground slated for development (December 16, 2004)
Native activists in Tennessee are mounting a campaign to protect the Two Rivers Mounds, a site dating back 1,000 years. The Two Rivers Mounds Coalition is worried that development will harm the site, located in Sevierville. The property, largely undisturbed,...
Tribal refuge agreement hailed as positive step (December 16, 2004)
A self-determination agreement to share management of a wildlife refuge was hailed on Wednesday as a new era in federal-tribal relations. Officials of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana were in Washington, D.C., to fulfill a dream that...
Chicago-area PTA accepts Ho-Chunk Nation donation (December 16, 2004)
A Chicago-area PTA accepted a $20,000 donation from the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. Parents in Lynwood took the money after it was reportedly refused by the local school board. But the board president said the tribe never raised the issue....
Pombo took on controversial topics in 108th Congress (December 16, 2004)
The 108th Congress was a busy one for Rep. Richard Pombo, chairman of the House Resources Committee. The California Republican was a virtual unknown in Indian Country when he took over the panel in January 2003 after an election that...
Publisher wants entire Thune meeting open to public (December 16, 2004)
The publisher and owner of The Native Voice, an independent newspaper, is trying to get a meeting of tribal leaders and Sen.-elect John Thune (R) open to the public. As it stands, only the opening and closing remarks of today's...
Troubled Native housing corp given more time (December 16, 2004)
A Native housing authority in Manitoba has been given more time to develop a plan to resolve allegations of mismanagement and nepotism. An audit found that the Aiyawin Corporation paid board members who were supposed to be volunteers and paid...
Editorial: Stop delaying Native voting rights case (December 16, 2004)
"Native Americans seeking fair legislative representation have asked the judge in their suit to draw new districts herself - and then to order new elections for next November, a year earlier than normal. "The plaintiffs have waited long enough for...
Peltier says sentence for 1975 murders illegal (December 16, 2004)
Imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier is challenging his sentence for the murders of two FBI agents in 1975. Peltier's lawyers say the federal judge that sentenced him had no jurisdiction. The crime took place on the Pine Ridge...
First Nation leaders vote against smoking ban (December 16, 2004)
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has voted not to accept the province's new smoking ban. The ban goes into effect on January 1. It bans smoking in virtually all public places, including gaming facilities. First Nation chiefs agree smoking...
First Nation wants dangerous gas well shut down (December 16, 2004)
The chief of the Enoch Cree First Nation in Alberta wants to shut down a 52-year-old gas well whose leak forced the evacuation of the reserve. The leak was discovered on Sunday, leading to the evacuation of 800 residents. Then...
Nevada tribe to open arsenic treatment plant (December 16, 2004)
The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada is wrapping up work on an arsenic treatment plant. The $2 million facility is scheduled to begin operation on February 1. It will be able to handle 500,000 gallons a day. The plant will...
Wisconsin board pulls back sale of land to tribe (December 16, 2004)
For the second time this year, the Wisconsin Building Commission has delayed the sale of 1,487 acres of farmland to the Oneida Nation. The tribe wants to buy the land for $8.18 million. The tribe would then lease about 1,300...
Washington officials won't oppose tribe on village (December 16, 2004)
A majority of Washington state transportation commissioners won't oppose the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe's request to stop work at an historic village, The Peninsula Daily News reports. The commissioners toured the Tse-whit-zen village yesterday. They plan to talk with the...
Cayuga Nation leaders say land claim deal invalid (December 16, 2004)
Leaders of the Cayuga Nation said a land claim deal with the state of New York is invalid. Cayuga clan mothers and other traditionals said the person who signed the agreement, Clint Halftown, didn't have the authority to do so....
Ney to meet with ethics panel over Abramoff ties (December 16, 2004)
Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) said he has been asked to meet with the House ethics panel over his involvement with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Ney said he hasn't been notified of a formal investigation or asked to turn over documents....
Some Oneida members oppose land claim settlement (December 16, 2004)
Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin overwhelmingly approved a land claim settlement with the state of New York but some aren't happy with the deal. The tribe is part of a claim to 250,000 acres of ancestral territory in...
BIA critic calls on Bush to fire Dave Anderson (December 16, 2004)
Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal, a critic of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is asking President Bush to fire assistant secretary Dave Anderson. Blumenthal said the BIA is a "dysfunctional" agency, citing a recent recognition case which was decided before...
Gila River Tribe expected to purchase cowboy town (December 16, 2004)
The Gila River Indian Community is expected to announce its purchase of the 33-year-old Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse, according to news reports. The cowboy town, its restaurant and other buildings were put up for sale. The tribe was one...
Wyoming governor hopes for fresh start with tribes (December 16, 2004)
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal (R) met with leaders of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe on Wednesday. Relations between the state and the tribes have been strained in recent months. Freudenthal said he hopes the meeting, which...
Island's bison herd finally returns home to Plains (December 16, 2004)
Eighty years after their ancestors were rounded up and shipped to California's Catalina Island, a herd of bison began the journey home to the Plains on Wednesday. A ceremony marked the transfer of about 100 animals to the Rosebud Sioux...
Senate Republicans optimistic on ANWR drilling (December 16, 2004)
Senate Republicans believe they have enough votes to approve drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The GOP controls the Senate by 55 to 45. While not all Republicans support development in ANWR, drilling advocates have at least 51 votes,...
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