Jemez Pueblo group, Black Eagle, wins GRAMMY (February 9, 2004)
Black Eagle (http://www.blackeagle1989.com), a drum group froM Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico, won the GRAMMY for Best Native American Music Album last night. The award for "Flying Free" was presented in a pre-televised ceremony. The Native music award was only...
Blackfeet offered at off-reservation school (February 9, 2004)
Students at a high school in Montana say they are excited about learning Blackfeet language and culture. Great Falls High is the only off-reservation high school in the state to offer a Native language class. This semester, 34 students are...
CDC calls attention to health disparities in U.S. (February 9, 2004)
Federal health officials on Friday outlined a long list of health problems that affect American Indians and Alaska Natives at higher rates than other racial or ethnic groups in the nation. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
IHS holding back information on boarding school death (February 9, 2004)
Two Oregon lawmakers are seeking more information about the death of a 16-year-old girl at the Chemawa Indian School. Cindy Gilbert Sohappy, a member of the Warms Springs Tribes, died in a holding cell typically used for intoxicated students. An...
Chairman of Coushatta Tribe disputes own resignation (February 9, 2004)
Members of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana say chairman Lovelin Poncho resigned on Saturday But Poncho told the local paper, "Hell no," he didn't resign. Attendees of a meeting said they definitely heard Poncho and council member William Worfel step...
N.M. lawmakers want to delay Navajo water settlement (February 9, 2004)
Two New Mexico lawmakers have introduced memorials to delay the Navajo Nation's water settlement with the state and federal government. The lawmakers say more time is needed to review the deal. The memorial seeks six more months of public comment....
NCAI's Hall stresses importance of going to polls (February 9, 2004)
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Tex Hall says getting out the Indian vote is a top priority for the year. Hall said several key states in this year's presidential election have significant Indian populations. he wants to mobilize...
Alaska tribes angry over letter questioning authority (February 9, 2004)
Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski (R) says Alaska tribes are confused about a letter he sent to the Environmental Protection Agency. But the letter is pretty clear in the eyes of tribal leaders. Murkowski questioned why the EPA is awarding capacity...
GAO asked to investigate Schaghticoke recognition (February 9, 2004)
Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) has asked the General Accounting Office to investigate the Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to recognize the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Johnson wrote a letter to the GAO seeking answers to three questions. She wants to know...
Column: Tribes seeking recognition only for 'big wampum' (February 9, 2004)
"Let's see. The last full-blooded Schaghticoke was buried on the reservation in Kent in 1913. By 1926, the state was referring to the tribe as a "remnant." There are huge, decades-long gaps in the tribe's leadership and continuity as a...
Opinion: Mainstream media ignoring Indian voters (February 9, 2004)
"Journalists who cover politics can miss key angles, but there was a hole in the coverage of last week's primaries and caucuses that was saddening. What's more, the hole occurred in our coverage -- "our" as in parent Knight Ridder's...
Norton touts tribal participation in forest initiative (February 9, 2004)
Interior Secretary Gale Norton visited Nevada on Friday to promote the Bush administrations $760 million Healthy Forests Initiative. Norton appeared with Arlen Melendez, chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, to announce a project to treat trees and thin brush on...
Trust reform funded at expense of Indian programs (February 9, 2004)
Most of the increase in the Department of Interior's new budget is going to fund trust reform while money for other Indian programs is being cut, the Associated Press reports. The Bush administration is seeking $11 billion for the department,...
Republican Indians form coalition to re-elect Bush (February 9, 2004)
A group of Republican Indians have formed the Native American Coalition to Re-elect Bush. According to The Helena Independent Record, the group is a month old. The chairman is David Barnett, a council member for the Cowlitz Tribe in Washington....
Ethics charges dog former Navajo Nation president (February 9, 2004)
When Albert Hale was appointed to the Arizona Senate, the press release he sent out said he was an attorney. But most remember him as the Navajo Nation president who resigned after being accused of misusing tribal funds and accepting...
Navajos 'hopeless' as oil companies drill land (February 9, 2004)
Navajo landowners in the Four Corners of the Southwest say they are fed up with the Department of Interior's failure to account for use of their land. Oil and gas pipelines cross their property but royalty and right-of-way checks are...
Jeff Benedict: BIA out of control on tribal recognition (February 9, 2004)
"Out of control! There's no better description for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its decision last week to reverse itself and grant federal recognition to the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. "This decision is based on a determination that your tribe...
Kerry takes three states as rivals pledge to fight on (February 9, 2004)
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts easily won the Democratic presidential caucuses in Michigan, Washington and Maine over the weekend. Kerry won 52 percent of the vote in Michigan. Former Vermont governor Howard Dean trailed with 17 percent. Sen. John Edwards...
Looking Cloud guilty for Anna Mae Aquash's murder (February 9, 2004)
A federal jury in South Dakota found Arlo Looking Cloud guilty of the 1975 murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash. The jury deliberated seven hours Friday before delivering the verdict. Looking Cloud will be sentenced April 23...
Opinion: Pueblo man isn't proper choice for Capitol (February 9, 2004)
"Watching The Barbarians on the History Channel on cable, I saw that there are some cultures and individuals referred to as barbaric. All are considered agents of social and political change. The graphic depictions on television showing the killing of...
Calif. tribe hit hard by fire rebuilding reservation (February 9, 2004)
The San Pasqual Tribe of California has been clearing the reservation of rubble left over from last October's wildfire. The Paradise Fire destroyed 78 homes and more than 100 cars and trucks. Most of the 1,380-acre reservation was burned. With...
Yellow Bird: 'Fighting Sioux' is poor sportsmanship (February 9, 2004)
"When UND President Charles Kupchella asked students to clean up their acts at sports events, the editor of the Dakota Student newspaper, Brenden Timpe, noted that poor sportsmanship "seems to be something that happens everywhere." So, President Kupchella's call for...
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