States not willing to credit tribes for sharing (December 17, 2004)
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 their "fair share." But it's nearly impossible to find evidence...
Suzan Harjo: The 'good' Indians versus the 'hostiles' (December 17, 2004)
"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 casino and even on some of its profits. * Give...
Tribal leaders air concerns in meeting with Thune (December 17, 2004)
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 Native Voice, an independent, Indian-owned newspaper, tribal leaders were open...
Southern Cherokees issue car tags, game licenses (December 17, 2004)
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 meant to be vanity plates but some are using them...
Editorial: Court was right to exonerate Chief Leschi (December 17, 2004)
"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 Indian tribe who have lived under a cloud of suspicion...
Campbell awarded $242K in raises to staffers (December 17, 2004)
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 made because the staff members will be losing their jobs...
Students compete in Lakota Invitational events (December 17, 2004)
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 won the he first round in the Woiye Akiciyapi, or...
Tribal member wounded in Iraq returns to Montana (December 17, 2004)
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 ambushed in the city of Ramadi. A machine gun bullet...
Crow tribal member sentenced for eagle's death (December 17, 2004)
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 Neil Costa pleaded guilty to possession of a bald eagle...
Gila River Tribe to relocate famed Western town (December 17, 2004)
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 cowboy town was not disclosed. But former Rawhide owner Jerry...
South Dakota tribe's university hopes to pay off debts (December 17, 2004)
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 obtained a loan to pay employees for two missed pay...
Thune meeting with tribes opened to the public (December 17, 2004)
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 be open. The middle session between with Thune and Gov....
'Lost' Cherokee group wants federal recognition (December 17, 2004)
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 Cherokees who refused to follow the Trail of Tears to...
First Nation families still can't return home (December 17, 2004)
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. The 52-year-old well is owned by Acclaim Energy. The company...
Another First Nation sues over inadequate housing (December 17, 2004)
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" for all citizens. But a tribal lawyer says the government...
Top official set to abandon work at Klallam village (December 17, 2004)
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 remains and thousands of artifacts have been discovered at the...
Canadian court upholds Native sentencing circle (December 17, 2004)
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 for the sexual assault of a woman. The victim participated...
Utah archaeologists to study Indian remains (December 17, 2004)
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 Bureau of Land Management was called into help excavate the...
Native actors share movie-making experiences (December 17, 2004)
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 10 when he landed a role in "Dances with Wolves."...
Southern Ute Tribe elects two women to council (December 17, 2004)
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 terms yesterday. The seven-member council now has three women on...
Navajo Nation Council fails to vote on water deal (December 17, 2004)
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 but after hours of debate, delegates walked out as the...
Mendota Mdewakanton Tribe expands operation (December 17, 2004)
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. The extra space will be used for a trading post,...
Kickapoo Tribe's money funneled to judge (December 17, 2004)
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 from the tribe lists two cash payments given to a...
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