Friday, March 07, 2003

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The world's largest coal company this week said it would use the outcome of the Navajo Nation's Supreme Court ruling in a separate lawsuit alleging the tribe lost $600 million for a unfavorable mining lease. The 6-3 decision struck down the tribe's breach of trust claim against the federal government for approving the agreement....

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Indian Health Service (IHS) programs are among the highest rated in the federal government, agency officials said this week. In formulating the Bush administration's new budget, Dr....

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White Mountain Apache Tribe - Very few rallied to your side as two of the most important cases went to the Supreme Court....


Nebraska tribes are making their moves in case state voters approves Class III gaming. The Santee Sioux Tribe says it will quickly expand its existing facility....


The New Mexico House unanimously approved a bill to rename a highway in honor of a Navajo Code Talker who serves in the state Senate. The bill changes U.S....


A group calling itself the Southern Cherokee Nation has been told to move a riverboat that it wants to use as casino. The 214-foot boat landed at Webber Falls in Oklahoma....


The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington was unable to meet with a local mayor on Thursday because the mayor didn't show up to discuss a possible casino. Marysville Mayor Dave Weiser said he decided not to attend because of media attention....


The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut takes safety of patrons of its 7,400-seat arena seriously, The New London Day reports. The tribe's public safety department is taking extra steps in light of the recent concert tragedy in nearby Rhode Island that killed 96....


Four tribes broke ground on their $43 million hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians of California, the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe of Wisconsin and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin are opening the 233-room hotel....


The Tachi Yokut Tribe of California was in court on Thursday to explain why it should not be forced to comply with the state's campaign finance laws. According to the state Fair Political Practices Commission, the tribe failed to report $525,000 in contributions over a four-year period....


Water users in northern New Mexico are working to finalize an agreement to buy water from the Jicarilla Apache Nation. The San Juan Water Commission has an emergency water supply agreement with the tribe....


South Dakota lawmakers are trying to hammer out a bill that would allow counties to place inmates in Indian Country jails. The bill passed the House and Senate but with a key difference....


Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina are voting on Saturday to consider a change to their constitution that will define the tribe's territory. Currently, the constitution identifies the entire state....


Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are drafting a new bill that would put a time-limit on new tribal casino compacts. Gov....


The Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico is thinning forest lands and setting proscribed burns in hopes of preventing forest fires. The reservation was hit by a spate of arson fires over the past year....


Senate Republicans lost an attempt on Thursday to stop a Democrat filibuster of an appeals court nominee....


The Havasupai Tribe of Arizona won't be opening a casino in its home in the Grand Canyon any time soon but that doesn't mean the remote and small tribe won't benefit from gaming. The tribe sold its 475 slot machine rights to two urban tribes with successful casinos....


Are basketball referees in Montana biased against Indian teams? Many in Indian Country, including a coach from the Crow Reservation, say yes, citing examples of what they consider unfair treatment on the court. But others say no, like Squee Guardipee, an athletic director on the Blackfeet Reservation....


Nearly 200 bison from Yellowstone National Park have been sent to slaughter this week, according to news accounts. Montana livestock officials are allowed to kill the animals when they wander out of the park....


Several residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota have accused a hospital of racial discrimination. The residents say they were treated poorly during a visit to a patient last week....


The Navajo Nation has not lost hope on a conspiracy lawsuit it has filed against the world's largest coal company. The contentious case is being fought in federal court in Washington, D.C., at the same time the tribe was pursuing its breach of trust claim against the federal government....


Senator Pete Domenici today asked Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez whether there is enough cost-benefit advantage for Congress to increase funding for a federal program specifically tailored to meet the housing needs of American Indian tribes. Domenici today submitted the inquiry to Martinez, who today appeared before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to testify on the recommended FY2004 HUD budget request. Specifically, Domenici asked whether providing $700 million for the HUD Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) program is enough to begin offsetting a growing housing backlog on the reservations....


With Congress expected to rewrite a major bill that funds all federal highway spending, U.S....


The San Xavier district of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona holds its annual pow-wow tomorrow. The Wa:k pow-wow includes tradition O'odham competitions like team dancing and hoop dancing....