Campbell's long career marked by contradictions (March 5, 2004)
Throughout his 22 years of public service, Ben Nighthorse Campbell was a man of contradictions. It wasn't just because he switched parties, although that had something to do with it. A lot of Campbell's contradictions arose because, for a long...
Flathead Reservation mourns loss of two boys (March 5, 2004)
Two 11-year-old boys from the Flathead Reservation in Montana were buried on Thursday. A reported 350 people attended the funeral for Frankie Nicolai III and Justin Benoist. The boys were found dead of alcohol consumption and exposure earlier this week....
Campbell doesn't want to end like a Hollywood stunt (March 5, 2004)
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) is glad to be getting out of politics. After 22 years, he says his colorful image as the only American Indian in the Senate may have gotten in the way of his message. "I'd be...
Mont. teen held on $1M bond for role in beating death (March 5, 2004)
A 14-year-old member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana is being held on $1 million bond for allegedly killing a man with a baseball bat and seriously injuring another. Prosecutors will seek to try Vincent "Vinny" Whiteman as an...
Navajo Nation considers role as banking haven (March 5, 2004)
The Navajo Nation has signed an agreement to consider establishing a bank similar to secret banks in Switzerland or in Caribbean countries, The Gallup Independent reports. The tribe is working with North Cove Management, a Nevada trust. The agreement calls...
Campbell's retirement called end of era for Natives (March 5, 2004)
The decision by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) to end his political career has Native leaders seeking another champion to replace him. "It's the end of an era," activist Suzan Shown Harjo told The Lincoln Journal Star. She said Campbell's...
Native couple among first for same-sex marriage (March 5, 2004)
When an Oregon county announced it would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Paul Lumley and Phillipe Hillaire, who have been together for 18 years, were among those in line. Lumley is a member of the Yakama Nation. Hillaire is...
Chickasaw Nation to receive 'relationship' classes (March 5, 2004)
The state of Oklahoma is tailoring a marriage and relationship preparation course for the Chickasaw Nation, The Boston Globe reports. With a budget of $2.7 million, the Prevention & Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) is part of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative....
S.D. Supreme Court justices drop out of Janklow case (March 5, 2004)
All five South Dakota Supreme Court justices have recused themselves Bill Janklow's appeal of his felony manslaughter conviction. When he was governor, Janklow (R) appointed all five justices. A new set of judges has been appointed to replace them. Janklow...
Indian Republican surprised that party accepts him (March 5, 2004)
Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has a big task this year: to convince American Indians in the state to vote Republican. Whalen says the Republican Party is aligned with the Lakota ideals of...
Actor goes from Hobbits to half-Lakota in 'Hidalgo' (March 5, 2004)
Actor Viggo Mortensen has gone from helping Hobbits in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy to playing an alleged half-Lakota, half-White former U.S. Army courier in "Hidalgo." To get into the role of Frank T. Hopkins, Mortensen went to the...
Elected official called Calif. tribe unsophisticated (March 5, 2004)
Leaders of the Santa Ynez Chumash Tribe of California are calling for the resignation of a county official who said tribal members are "not real sophisticated people" who "don't want to be educated" in a recently published book. Santa Barbara...
Tribal foes pin recognition on Resources Committee (March 5, 2004)
Critics of the federal recognition process say the House Resources Committee is stacked with Western lawmakers who support tribes. Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.), who does not sit on the committee, spoke at an anti-casino meeting, The Connecticut Post reported. He...
Incidents test tribe's relationship with police (March 5, 2004)
Recent incidents are highlighting issues of jurisdiction, law enforcement and cooperation on the Narragansett Reservation in Rhode Island. Police in the town of Charlestown say the tribe's officers aren't being cooperative with the investigation into a stolen all-terrain vehicle that...
Can. judge rules against gun registry for Natives (March 5, 2004)
First Nations leaders are praising a judge's ruling that Canada's national gun registry violates the treaty rights of Native hunters. The judge, in Ontario, said the registry violated the protected rights of Natives and that Natives should not have to...
Lumbee members complain of mobile home problems (March 5, 2004)
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has stopped work on mobile home setups in response to complaints of dissatisfied members. The tribe bought a reported 30 mobile homes for $15,800 each. They were meant as replacement homes for tribal members...
Native company to improve phone service in Man. (March 5, 2004)
A Native-owned company in Manitoba, Canada, is working to improve phone and Internet service for First Nations in the rural north. Nations Sphere will buy extra telecommunications bandwidth from Manitoba Hydro and then sell it to remote communities. Residents on...
University president revives Indian advisory panel (March 5, 2004)
Central Michigan University president Michael Rao says a revived Indian advisory committee will help the school get its Native American Program back on the right track. The program is currently defunct due to the recent resignation of its director. A...
Chickasaw Congressman: Bush loss a win for Osama (March 5, 2004)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, is standing by statements comparing an election loss for incumbent President Bush to a win for terrorist Osama bin Laden. In remarks to a group of Republicans in Oklahoma last...
Coquille Tribe awards more than $200K in grants (March 5, 2004)
The Coquille Tribe of Oregon distributed $210,281 to 35 community organizations last week. Coquille Tribal Community Fund, the tribe's philanthropic arm, awarded funds for a wide variety of projects. A children's legal-advocacy group received $20,000. A library foundation was given...
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