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December 16, 2004
Tennessee burial ground slated for development
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...

Tribal refuge agreement hailed as positive step
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...

Chicago-area PTA accepts Ho-Chunk Nation donation
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...

Pombo took on controversial topics in 108th Congress
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...

Commentary: The Pala Band's Trail of Tears
"When you're soaking in those hot waters the last thing you want to think about is what happened in Warner Springs just over 100 years ago. I learned about this...

Publisher wants entire Thune meeting open to public
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...

Troubled Native housing corp given more time
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...

Editorial: Stop delaying Native voting rights case
"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...

Peltier says sentence for 1975 murders illegal
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...

First Nation leaders vote against smoking ban
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...

First Nation wants dangerous gas well shut down
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...

Nevada tribe to open arsenic treatment plant
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...

Wisconsin board pulls back sale of land to tribe
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...

Washington officials won't oppose tribe on village
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...

Cayuga Nation leaders say land claim deal invalid
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...

Ney to meet with ethics panel over Abramoff ties
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...

Some Oneida members oppose land claim settlement
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...

BIA critic calls on Bush to fire Dave Anderson
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"...

New Zealand to return lakes to Maori tribe
The government of New Zealand will return 13 lakes to a Maori tribe under a settlement being signed this weekend. The deal settles a dispute that began nearly 100 years...

Gila River Tribe expected to purchase cowboy town
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...

Wyoming governor hopes for fresh start with tribes
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...

Island's bison herd finally returns home to Plains
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...

Senate Republicans optimistic on ANWR drilling
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...

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