Group's challenge to sacred site policy rejected (March 31, 2004)
A group of non-Indians who challenged government policy aimed at protecting a sacred site in Utah saw their lawsuit thrown out by a federal appeals court last week. On March 23, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that non-Indian...
Hearing delayed for second Aquash murder suspect (March 31, 2004)
Extradition hearings for a man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash won't begin until at least April 30. $p A Vancouver, British Columbia, judge delayed the start of the process for John Graham, a Canadian...
Tim Giago now plans to run for Senate as independent (March 31, 2004)
Newspaper publisher Tim Giago has decided not to challenge Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. $p Instead, Giago plans to run for the seat as an independent. He believes this will give a greater voice...
Indian church refuses entry to Black-Indian couple (March 31, 2004)
A pastor at the Rappahannock Indian Baptist Church in Virginia has resigned after church leaders refused to allow an Indian woman and her African-American husband to join. $P The couple showed up at services but were told to leave. According...
Efforts underway to revive Plains art show (March 31, 2004)
Indian artists, tribal leaders and art promoters in South Dakota are hoping to keep the Northern Plains Tribal Arts show alive. $p The fest, held every September, was canceled by its sponsor, American Indian Services. The group says the show...
Indian lawmaker in S.D. cited for eagle feather in car (March 31, 2004)
An Indian lawmaker who is trying to revise South Dakota's "dangling object" law paid a $20 fine for having an eagle feather in his vehicle. $p State Rep. Tom Van Norman said he argued with a police officer over the...
Miccosukee Tribe accused of racial profiling (March 31, 2004)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is being accused of selectively stopping non-Indian motorists who drive near tribal lands. $p The tribe's police erected a checkpoint near, but not on, tribal land. Miccosukee chairman Billy Cypress said it is needed to...
Norton called ignorant on federal recognition (March 31, 2004)
Republican lawmakers from Connecticut met with Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the federal recognition process. $P The lawmakers said the meeting was not fruitful. Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) said Norton isn't paying attention to...
Torres-Martinez Tribe tells tent city to pack up (March 31, 2004)
The Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe of California has told organizers of a proposed tent city for homeless farmworkers to remove the first part of the massive project. $p The Global Church, a religious group, erected a 10,000-square-foot tent as the...
Lakota tribal member on GOP ticket in Montana (March 31, 2004)
A former National Park Service superintendent who opposed a land swap benefiting a tribe has been chosen as Montana Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat Davison's running mate. $p David Mihalic, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, quit his job in...
'Super Chief' Wadena nears re-election at White Earth (March 31, 2004)
"Super Chief" Darrell "Chip" Wadena, a convicted felon, received the most votes in Tuesday's primary election on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota. $p Unofficial results put Wadena ahead of challenger Erma Vizenor. The two will face each other...
Federal appeals court to hear Cayuga land claim (March 31, 2004)
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments today on the Cayuga land claim. $p The Cayuga Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma have won a $247.9 judgment for 63,000 acres of stolen land....
Stillaguamish Tribe wants animal shelter to leave (March 31, 2004)
The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington has given a troubled no-kill animal shelter 90 days to leave tribal property. $p The tribe's executive director says complaints about barking dogs prompted the action. One neighbor described the shelter as "chaos." The shelter...
Senate committee hears tribal forest swap bill (March 31, 2004)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on Tuesday on a bill to return 63,000 acres of forest land to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon. $p The tribes were terminated in...
Chinooks dropping out of some Lewis and Clark events (March 31, 2004)
The Chinook Nation of Washington has announced that it will not participate in some Lewis and Clark bicentennial events. $P The tribe is upset that organizers have allowed a rival group to take part in the commemoration. The Clatsop and...
Federal recognition process subject of two hearings (March 31, 2004)
A House committee is jumping head first into the controversial federal recognition process this week. Filled with lawmakers from Western states with large Indian populations, the House Resources Committee has largely stayed away from the high-stakes debate. In the past...
Important Indianz.Com Service Note for next week (March 31, 2004)
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