Editorial: Attention due for Indian Heritage Month (February 19, 2004)
"A little more than halfway through Black History Month and just a couple of weeks away from Women's History Month, we thought we'd make a quick pitch for a third commemorative look back: Indian History Month. The Montana Constitution, in...
Navajos want apology from guilty Catholic bishop (February 19, 2004)
Relatives of Jim Reed, a Navajo man killed in a hit and run accident involving a Catholic bishop, want the maximum punishment for their loss. Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien faces 45 months for leaving the scene of a crime. He...
Man indicted for drive-by shootings at Red Lake (February 19, 2004)
A federal grand jury indicted a 19-year-old man for his involvement in a series of drive-by shootings on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. Charles Hegstrom Jr. was charged with four counts of assault with intent to commit murder, four...
Apache president asks Cheney for help with police (February 19, 2004)
The president of the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico is asking Vice President Dick Cheney for help in battling "corruption" within the tribe The Albuquerque Journal reports. President Claudia Vigil-Muniz said federal intervention is needed to take control of...
Tribes lobby for more funds in transportation bill (February 19, 2004)
Tribes throughout the nation are seeking more federal funds to repair roads and bridges that are hazardous to tribal members and inhibit economic development. The Indian Reservation Roads program was created by Congress to improve road conditions in Indian Country....
N.M. bill affecting Navajo water rights approved (February 19, 2004)
A memorial affecting the Navajo Nation's water rights settlement with New Mexico and the federal government passed on Wednesday after a section seeking a six-month delay was removed. The tribe opposed any delay to the deal. The memorial, passed in...
Okla. Senate approves tribal gaming bill (February 19, 2004)
A bill aimed at expanding Indian gaming while saving the failing racetrack industry gained support in the Oklahoma Legislature on Wednesday amid a big push by tribal leaders and Gov. Brad Henry (D). The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation...
Two judges for Chippewa Cree Tribe's court resign (February 19, 2004)
The chief judge and an associate judge of the Chippewa Cree Tribe's court have resigned. Chief judge Gilbert Belgarde said he accepted a buyout offer from the tribal council. Associate judge Ken Gardipee also accepted the buyout, The Havre Daily...
Calif. Indians reach out to another after fire (February 19, 2004)
A recent fire destroyed homes and land on 14 reservations in southern California but not the resolve of tribal members. In the aftermath of the Paradise Fire, tribes opened their doors and pocketbooks to those hit. The Pechanga Band of...
Anti-gaming group questions Anderson as head of BIA (February 19, 2004)
The National Coalition Against Gambling Expansion is questioning Dave Anderson's credentials as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The group raised Anderson's past involvement in gaming, according to The Boston Herald. Anderson once ran a firm that managed casinos...
College chooses interns for tribal historian program (February 19, 2004)
The Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies has chosen four interns nationwide for a training program in archiving. Interns will receive instruction in collection development, records management, preservation, arrangement and description, reference service, access, outreach, career development and computer...
Panel to investigate tribe's hate crimes complaints (February 19, 2004)
The Coast Miwok Tribe of California convinced a county panel to investigate complaints of hate speech and racism against Indians. The Sonoma County Human Rights Commission held a meeting on Tuesday to consider the issue. The panel agreed to investigate...
BIA taking comments on Utah Tribe's garbage dump (February 19, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking public comments through March 29 on a proposed garbage dump on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah. The BIA held two public meetings last October. Last Friday, the BIA began circulating an...
Navajo scholarship requires knowledge of language (February 19, 2004)
Students applying for the Navajo Nation's Chief Manuelito Scholarship must take a 10-week course in the Navajo language and another course in tribal government. The requirements help Navajo students who didn't grow up on the reservation learn more about the...
Protests don't stop approval of Cowlitz Tribe deal (February 19, 2004)
The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington won approval of a land-use agreement with Clark County on Tuesday. Residents protested the agreement and tried to stop the county board from voting. A reported 150 people attended to show their opposition. The agreement...
S.D. judge won't allow new trial for Bill Janklow (February 19, 2004)
A South Dakota judge refused to grant former governor and Congressman Bill Janklow (R) a new trial. Janklow is serving 100 days in jail for a felony conviction. He was speeding when his car hit and killed motorcyclist Scott Reed...
Editorial: Wise move to keep Pine Ridge alcohol ban (February 19, 2004)
The Oglala Sioux tribal council acted "responsibly" in rejecting a proposed referendum that would have legalized alcohol on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, The Madison Daily Leader says in an editorial. The paper says legitimizing the sale of...
S.C. group plans to rebuild 'Dream Catcher' shop (February 19, 2004)
A group called the Croatan Indian Tribe says it will rebuild an arts and crafts store destroyed by fire. The Dream Catcher shop in Orangeburg, South Carolina, burned on February 13. Authorities do not suspect arson. The tribe, alternatively known...
Tribe accuses another of invading territory (February 19, 2004)
The Colusa Indian Community has passed a resolution opposing a land-into-trust request by the Original Enterprise Rancheria. The resolution accuses the Enterprise of encroaching on the Colusa Tribe's territory in Yuba County. The Enterprise, based in Butte County, wants 40...
Australian Aboriginals hold memorial for dead teen (February 19, 2004)
Residents of an Aboriginal community in Melbourne, Australia, held a memorial on Thursday for a 17-year-old teen whose death prompted a riot. Thomas "TJ" Hickey died on Sunday while riding his bike. His family believes he was being chased by...
Calif. court to rule on tribal political donations (February 19, 2004)
A California appeals court will determine whether tribes are subject to the state's campaign finance laws. The Fair Political Practices Commission, a state agency, has sued two tribes. The agency won one case against the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla...
Nez Perce Tribe vows to stop housing near cemetery (February 19, 2004)
The Nez Perce Tribe denounced a decision last week that allows a housing development near an historical tribal cemetery in Oregon. The tribe said Wallowa County commissioners ignored the law and public interest in protecting Old Chief Joseph's gravesite. The...
Nisqually chief's execution called 'black mark' (February 19, 2004)
Supporters of a bill that seeks to exonerate Nisqually Chief Leschi testified at a hearing before the Washington Legislatures on Wednesday. Tribal leaders, state lawmakers and local officials support the bill. They say Leschi was wrongfully convicted and executed 146...
Daschle to visit Pine Ridge to push for IHS increase (February 19, 2004)
The following is a press release from Senator Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota). Senator Tom Daschle will kick off an effort to push for a dramatic increase in funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS) with visits this Friday, February 20...
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