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December 17, 2004
States not willing to credit tribes for sharing
Across the nation, more and more states are counting on tribes to bail them out of their budget crises. From California to New York, governors are telling tribes to pay...

Suzan Harjo: The 'good' Indians versus the 'hostiles'
"In order for the ''good Indians'' to keep on track, here's a checklist: * Give up tribal sovereignty, jurisdiction, land and water, because you got a great deal on a...

Tribal leaders air concerns in meeting with Thune
Leaders of South Dakota's nine tribes met with Sen.-elect John Thune on Thursday to urge the Republican to advocate for their issues in Washington. At a meeting arranged by The...

Southern Cherokees issue car tags, game licenses
A group calling itself the Southern Cherokee Nation is issuing car tags and hunting and fishing licenses. The tribe sold tags and licenses to tribal members. The car tags were...

Editorial: Court was right to exonerate Chief Leschi
"Chief Leschi has been exonerated. That ruling from a specially convened Historical Court of Inquiry and Justice holds no sway in law. But it does comfort members of the Nisqually...

Campbell awarded $242K in raises to staffers
Retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) gave staff members more than $242,000 in raises since announcing his retirement in March, The Denver Post reports. A spokesperson said the raises were...

Students compete in Lakota Invitational events
The 28th Lakota Nation Invitational kicked off in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Wednesday with student language and art competitions. The Tiospaye Topa School on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation...

Tribal member wounded in Iraq returns to Montana
A member of the Fort Peck Tribe of Montana who was wounded in Iraq returned home on Thursday. Army Pfc. Joseph Yellow Hammer, 20, suffered injuries when his unit was...

Crow tribal member sentenced for eagle's death
A member of the Crow Tribe of Montana who said he killed an eagle for religious purposes was sentenced to three years probation by a federal judge. Protection Act. Duane...

Gila River Tribe to relocate famed Western town
The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona has purchased the Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse and will relocate the popular tourist attraction to the reservation. The purchase price of the...

South Dakota tribe's university hopes to pay off debts
The university owned by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is hoping to restructure its debts in order to keep the school up and running. Si Tanka University...

Thune meeting with tribes opened to the public
A meeting on Thursday between leaders of South Dakota's nine tribes and Sen.-elect John Thune (R) was opened to the public. Originally, only the opening and closing remarks were to...

'Lost' Cherokee group wants federal recognition
The Lost Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri is hoping federal recognition will lead to more economic opportunities. The group organized in April 1999. Its members say they are descendants of...

First Nation families still can't return home
Six families from the Enoch Cree First Nation in Alberta haven't been allowed to return home due to a dangerous gas well whose leak forced an evacuation of the reserve....

Another First Nation sues over inadequate housing
Another First Nation in Manitoba has sued the federal government over inadequate housing on the reserve. The Red Sucker Lake First Nation says the Canadian constitution ensures "essential public service"...

Top official set to abandon work at Klallam village
Washington's secretary of transportation says the state will probably abandon work at a tribal village site. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe wants work stopped at the Tse-whit-zen village. Hundreds of...

Canadian court upholds Native sentencing circle
Newfoundland's highest court has upheld a sentence handed down by a traditional Native sentencing circle. In 2003, an Innu sentencing circle sentenced Jerome Jack to two years of house arrest...

Utah archaeologists to study Indian remains
State and federal archaeologists in Utah will study the remains of nine Indians uncovered near the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The remains were found on private land in Kanab. The...

Native actors share movie-making experiences
Brothers Michael Spears and Eddie Spears, members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, shared their acting experiences with students at Montana State University last Thursday. Michael was...

Southern Ute Tribe elects two women to council
Members of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado elected two women to the council on Wednesday. Incumbent Joycelyn Dutchie and Ramona Y. Eagle, a newcomer, were sworn in to three-year...

Navajo Nation Council fails to vote on water deal
The Navajo Nation Council failed to vote on a proposed water settlement with the state of New Mexico and the federal government. The vote was to take place on Wednesday...

Mendota Mdewakanton Tribe expands operation
The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community of Minnesota is expanding its operation in hopes of raising more money. The tribe's office has grown from 1,000 square feet to 3,000 square feet....

Kickapoo Tribe's money funneled to judge
Former leaders of the Kickapoo Tribe of Texas funneled tribal money to a state judge, The San Antonio Express-News reports. The indictment charging six people with stealing more than $900,000...

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