Jodi Rave Lee: Trail tells story of Nez Perce (October 12, 2004)
"A trail, and its story, snakes through thousands of ponderosa and lodgepole pines high in the Bitterroot Mountains. While most may never get near it, there are those who can still see the Nez Perce women and children who walked...
Navajo bill clarifies use of peyote on reservation (October 12, 2004)
Peyote use will be limited to card-carrying members of the Native American Church under bill pending in the Navajo Nation Council. According to the bill, tribal members need to be registered with the Azee' Bee Nahagha of Diné Nation in...
Montana county could appeal voting rights case (October 12, 2004)
Officials in Blaine County, Montana, are considering asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a voting rights case decided in favor of Indian voters. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the county's at-large system violated the voting rights...
Native students don't celebrate Columbus Day (October 12, 2004)
Native students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Michigan State University didn't celebrate Columbus Day on Monday. The University of Nebraska Intertribal Exchange hosted a panel discussion and presentations to give another view of the man credited with "discovering"...
Early voting starts on Pine Ridge Reservation (October 12, 2004)
Residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota can cast absentee ballots starting today. The early voting offices allow people to cast ballots without having to leave the reservation. Previously, tribal members had to go to another county. Early...
South Dakota celebrates Native American Day (October 12, 2004)
South Dakota celebrated its 15th annual Native American Day on Monday to recognize the state's Native people. In Sioux Falls, the day was marked by a pow-wow that drew an estimated 850. Tribal members said they were proud to celebrate...
South Dakota GOP under voter fraud investigation (October 12, 2004)
Allegations of voter fraud in South Dakota have again resurfaced, this time centering on the state Republican party's efforts to register college students. The state launched a criminal probe after learning that absentee ballots were notarized in an unusual fashion....
Virginia tribes fight for federal recognition (October 12, 2004)
Virginia tribes were among the first to greet European settlers to what is now the United States but still lack federal recognition. The tribes negotiated treaties with the British government and had reservations set aside in the 1600s. But they...
Tigua Tribe mum on Washington lobbyists (October 12, 2004)
The Tigua Tribe of Texas isn't commenting, for now, on investigations into two Washington lobbyists who played both sides of the fence on the tribe's casino closure. The tribe paid $4.2 million to lobbyist Jack Abramoff and public relations consultant...
Senate passes Arizona tribal water rights deal (October 12, 2004)
The Senate passed a bill aimed at resolving the water rights of two Arizona tribes and other parties. S.437 would settle the amount Arizona owes the federal government for the construction of the Central Arizona Project. The 336-mile CAP canal...
Massive transportation bill remains in limbo (October 12, 2004)
A massive bill to provide up to $2 billion for reservation roads is up in the air with the adjournment of Congress for the election. The bill would reauthorize highway programs for years. The Senate version provides $318 billion while...
Health summit focuses on cancer among Indians (October 12, 2004)
The first ever Northern Plains American Indian Cancer Summit starts in Rapid City, South Dakota, today. Organized by the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman Health Board, the summit seeks to raise awareness about cancer among Native Americans. Representatives of 18 tribes...
Yellow Bird: Let's settle dispute over Sakakawea (October 12, 2004)
"There is a dispute about Sakakawea's tribe: Was she Hidatsa or Shoshone? And Sakakawea herself is said to be buried in at least three places. If Lewis and Clark had documented their guide with more than a passing mention, the...
Bad Eagle: Columbus would be surprised today (October 12, 2004)
American Indian leaders today often brag about the spirituality of Indian people. They point out that this spirituality was one of the first things Christopher Columbus noticed when he initially encountered Indian people. But what would Columbus think today, if...
First Nation blocks road to commercial traffi (October 12, 2004)
The Ehattesaht First Nation in British Columbia has blocked a road to commercial traffic in protest of a logging company. The band says Western Forest Products hasn't considered the impacts of using the road. Chief Ernie Smith also says the...
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