LaDuke: U.S. is a country of energy junkies (January 12, 2004)

"The U.S. is the wealthiest and most dominant country in the world, and we canít keep the lights on in New York City nor can we provide continuous power in a "liberated" Baghdad. Centralized power production based on fossil fuel...

Plans for shooting range near sacred site scrapped (January 12, 2004)

Lakota activists in South Dakota celebrated over the weekend after learning that plans for a shooting range near sacred Bear Butte have been dropped. Charmaine White Face, coordinator for the Defenders of the Black Hills, said prayers and good work...

Tribal official says host hurts Republican Party (January 12, 2004)

An official with the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota says allegations of Indian voter fraud by political commentator Robert Novak hurt the Republican Party. Novak defended his remarks and said he wasn't biased against American Indians But Eileen Janis,...

CNN host in 'uproar' over Indian voter fraud claims (January 12, 2004)

A conservative political commentator who accused American Indians in South Dakota of "stuffing ballot boxes" denied on Saturday that his comments were racially biased. Robert Novak, a syndicated columnist and CNN host, defended himself from a storm of criticism that...

BIA waiting to certify results of Rocky Boy's election (January 12, 2004)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is in the process of certifying the results of last week's election on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana. Tribal members were asked to consider five changes to the tribe's constitution. According to unofficial results...

Something happening on land sparks fear of tribe (January 12, 2004)

"Something" is happening on land that some believe is owned by the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts. The land, near the Connecticut/Massachusetts state line, was cleared in recent weeks. A local town leader speculated the action means the tribe expects to...

Yellow Bird: Tribe has made incredible journey (January 12, 2004)

"The Dakota - the Spirit Lake people - had the misfortune to be in front of the first European settlers in what now is Minnesota. The U.S. government soon realized that when it appropriated 'Indian' lands for itself, the Native...

Dean only one to mention Natives during debate (January 12, 2004)

On Sunday, Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean was the only candidate to mention Native Americans at a debate meant to highlight issues of race. Much of the talk at the "Black and Brown Forum" was was about African-Americans and Hispanics....

New Creek Nation chief making jobs a priority (January 12, 2004)

On Saturday, A.D. Ellis was sworn in for a second term as chief of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma. Ellis, a retired farmer and union worker, said he will make economic development a priority. The tribe will be opening...

Goshute faction pleads innocent to bank fraud (January 12, 2004)

Three members of the Skull Valley Tribe of Utah pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of bank fraud. A lawyer who worked with the group also pleaded not guilty. Marlinda Moon, Sammy Blackbear and Miranda Wash are accused of...

HIV/AIDS called 'time bomb' on reservations (January 12, 2004)

HIV/AIDS infection rates of American Indians are among the highest in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The infection rate for Natives is 11.2 per 100,000, nearly one and one-half times the rate for whites...

Miccosukee Tribe gets day before Supreme Court (January 12, 2004)

The Miccosukee Tribe will ask the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to prevent its homelands from being polluted by water managers in Florida. The South Florida Water Management District owns and operates a pumping station that pumps dirty water into...

Police faulted for investigation into teen's death (January 12, 2004)

The police department in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was faulted for failing to investigate fully the death of a Native teenager in 1990. Deputy chief Dan Wiks testified in the inquiry into Neil Stonechild's death. He said police didn't interview key witnesses,...

First Nation sues Canada for $20B in lost revenues (January 12, 2004)

The Stoney First Nation of Alberta has sued the Canadian government for $20 billion in revenues derived from the use of land the tribe ceded in an 1877 treaty. The band claims it is entitled to the money because tribal...

Ariz. priest going on trial in Navajo man's death (January 12, 2004)

A Catholic priest accused of a hit and run accident that killed a Navajo man is set to go on trial in Arizona today. Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien will admit he was driving the car that struck Jim Reed last...

Giago seeks Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate (January 12, 2004)

Tim Giago, the owner and publisher of the Lakota Nation Journal, is running against Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Giago, an Oglala Lakota, said he is running because the Indian vote is taken for...

Navajo social service division under investigation (January 12, 2004)

The Navajo Nation's Division of Social Services is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Farmington Daily Times reports. The FBI is looking into alleged misuse of federal funds. The nature of...

Probes clear ex-DOI lawyer seeking judgeship (January 12, 2004)

Government investigators have cleared Bill Myers, the Department of Interior's former top lawyer, of alleged ethical lapses, the Associated Press reports. The AP said it obtained documents related to two separate investigations of Bill Myers. One was conducted by the...

Kucinich pledges to heal Indian Country's wounds (January 12, 2004)

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich met with Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe, on Sunday. If elected president, Kucinich said he would try to mend the relationship between the U.S. and Native Americans....

Mescalero Apache Nation swears in new president (January 12, 2004)

Mark Chino was sworn in as president of the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico on Friday. Chino defeated incumbent Sara Misquez this past November. He faced her two times, winning once but losing in a revote. Chino is the...