Oglala Sioux council rejects alcohol referendum (February 18, 2004)
The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council voted 10-2 on Tuesday against a proposed referendum to legalize the sale of alcohol. Tribal members turned out in large numbers as the vote was taking place. Two different gatherings drew more than 750 people...
Winnebago Tribe expects tax case to go to high court (February 18, 2004)
Both sides of a dispute over inter-tribal commerce expect the case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. The state of Kansas is suing the Winnebago Tribe for allegedly failing to pay $2.5 million in gas distribution taxes. But a federal...
Tohono O'odham Nation in line for border security funds (February 18, 2004)
The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona would receive $1.4 million in federal funds under the Bush administration's new budget. The tribe has been lobbying for funds to respond to increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border. The reservation's law enforcement department...
Bill to clear Nisqually chief gets hearing in Wash. (February 18, 2004)
A bill that seeks to exonerate Nisqually Chief Leschi's conviction for murder is getting a hearing in Washington today. Chief Leschi was executed in public for the murder of a soldier. Although Leschi was involved in skirmishes in defense of...
Mass. towns join suit challenging tribal immunity (February 18, 2004)
Two towns in Massachusetts have joined a lawsuit challenging the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's sovereign immunity. Local communities say the tribe gave up its immunity by agreeing to a land settlement. But a state judge said Congress did not abrogate the...
New England tribes meet for environmental conference (February 18, 2004)
Tribes in New England are meeting in Connecticut for the New England Tribal Environmental Training Conference. The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts are co-hosting the event. Tribes, scientists, engineers and government representatives are sharing...
BIA superintendent recalled as tribal advocate (February 18, 2004)
Tribal leaders, colleagues and family remember William Arthur "Qual-Lee'-Lah" Black Sr. as a passionate advocate for Indian rights. Black, a member of the Confederated Confederated Tribes, died last week after a long battle with rheumatoid lung disease. He would have...
BIA head Anderson speaks to tribal youth (February 18, 2004)
The new head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking his message of positivity and empowerment to the next generation of tribal leaders. As founder of the Lifeskills Center for Leadership, Dave Anderson is used to working with Native...
Calif. judge waits on Pechanga enrollment dispute (February 18, 2004)
A judge in California said Tuesday he won't stop the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians from disenrolling 130 people. But superior court Judge Charles D. Field left open the possibility that he may consider the dispute in the future. He...
McKosato: Pueblos need to add voice to radio airwaves (February 18, 2004)
"In this age of digital satellite downlinks, online streaming and high-tech communications systems, Indian Country is making the most of one of the older, more traditional modes of communications — radio. Since the early ’70s, tribally owned radio stations, as...
Non-Indians wary of settlement to water rights case (February 18, 2004)
Some non-Indians in northern New Mexico are wary of a proposed settlement to the long-running water rights case. Under the settlement, non-Indians would have to give up their wells and tribes would transfer their water rights to a centralized authority....
Pueblo leaders forming suicide support group (February 18, 2004)
Tribes in northern New Mexico are reaching out to the community after a rash of suicides, including one tribal member. Leaders from San Ildefonso, Tesuque, Nambé and Pojoaque pueblos want to make more resources available to the general public. A...
Tribe to use old IHS hospital for alcohol treatment (February 18, 2004)
The Navajo Nation is converting an old Indian Health Service hospital to an alcohol residential treatment center. The tribe plans to house male and female clients, as well as family members, in the old hospital. The center will incorporate traditional...
Tribal members protest snowmaking in sacred peaks (February 18, 2004)
Members of several tribes in the Southwest have formed a group to protest approval of snowmaking in the sacred San Francisco Peaks. The Save the Peaks Coalition held a protest in Flagstaff last Friday. Representatives of the Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai,...
Ex-FBI official sentenced for sexual abuse of minors (February 18, 2004)
The former top watchdog for the FBI was sentenced to 12 years in prison for admitting the sexual abuse of a minor and a history of sexual abuse. John H. Conditt Jr., 53, ran a unit that investigated FBI wrongdoing....
N.M. investigators looking into Navajo teen's death (February 18, 2004)
Investigators in New Mexico are trying to figure out how a 16-year-old Navajo boy died. Lionel Tom Jacquez was found in Lions Wilderness Park in Farmington on Saturday. An autopsy of did not determine the cause of death so investigators...
Alaska tribes to get contract for wildlife refuge (February 18, 2004)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing to award a $59,000, one-year contract to the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments. If awarded, the contract would be a first for Alaska tribes under the indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act....
Environmental groups sue to stop drilling in Alaska (February 18, 2004)
Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management to stop drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The groups say BLM failed to consider the impact of drilling on migratory birds and other wildlife. They want to...
Native village seeks first whale hunt in 70 years (February 18, 2004)
The Alaska Native village of Point Lay is seeking to revive its bowhead whale hunt. The village wants approval from the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission to hunt one whale every spring. Elder say the last time they remember a hunt...
Arctic Slope shareholders seek accountability (February 18, 2004)
A petition seeking greater accountability is circulating among the 9,000 shareholders of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. ASRC reports more than $1 billion in revenues a year and is one of the state's most wealthy corporations. But some shareholders question how...
Dean drops out of race after losing in Wisconsin (February 18, 2004)
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean dropped out of the presidential race today but said he would continue to help Democrats defeat President George Bush. Dean came in third in yesterday's Democratic primary in Wisconsin. With 100 percent of the precincts...
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