Trust land decision for New Mexico Pueblos upheld (August 5, 2004)
A Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to take off-reservation land into trust for New Mexico's 19 Pueblos was upheld by a federal appeals court on Wednesday. A group of non-Indians called Neighbors for Rational Development sought to block the trust...
Native artists criticize hospital's sales practices (August 5, 2004)
The Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage came under fire at a meeting on Monday for the way its gift shop sells Native arts and crafts. Native artists said the non-profit shop sells art for too little. They said the...
State breaks off talks to settle Cayuga land claim (August 5, 2004)
The state of New York has ended negotiations to settle the Cayuga land claim. Gov. George Pataki (R) and Cayuga Nation representative Timothy Twoguns had agreed to settle the dispute over 64,000 acres. But both sides are now blaming the...
Court blocks state laws against nuclear waste dump (August 5, 2004)
A federal appeals court on Wednesday dealt another blow to the state of Utah's attempts to block a tiny tribe from hosting a big nuclear waste dump. In a unanimous decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal...
FBI still investigating Ione Band of Miwok Indians (August 5, 2004)
The FBI is still looking investigating the Ione Band of Miwok Indians but will not confirm details of the probe, The Amador Ledger-Dispatch reports. The tribe has been under scrutiny over its plans to open a casino. One faction was...
Obituary: James Williams, Eastern Pequot chief (August 5, 2004)
James Lloyd Williams, the grand chief sachem of the Eastern Pequots of Connecticut, died on Saturday. He was 85. Williams, also known as Silver Star, is credited with unifying the tribe, which had been divided into two factions. The groups...
Rosebud Sioux Tribe finishing juvenile facility (August 5, 2004)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is finishing work on the reservation's first juvenile detention center. The tribe broke ground on the $8.5 million, 51,646-square-foot facility in 2002. It will have space to serve 76 juvenile offenders, both male...
Kerry, Powell to address minority journalists (August 5, 2004)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (Massachusetts) and Secretary of State Colin Powell will address the UNITY 2004 convention in Washington, D.C., today. Kerry is scheduled at 9 a.m. Powell is scheduled at 12 p.m. Both speeches will be broadcast...
Missing Native girl, siblings had been taken from family (August 5, 2004)
A five-year-old Native girl who has been missing for a month had been taken away from her family by the Saskatchewan government, a tribal leader said. Guy Lonechild, a vice-chief with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, said he learned...
Federal grant to address at-risk youth on reservation (August 5, 2004)
The Department of Labor awarded a $3.1 million grant to help at-risk youth on the Sisseton Wahpeton Reservation in South Dakota. The money will be used to make the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Youth Corps into a permanent program. The corps...
Mashantucket Tribe moving into new office center (August 5, 2004)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is moving some of its employees to a new $19 million office and retail center in Norwich, Connecticut. The tribe has leased about half of the office space in the building. Other tenants are expected...
Tribal tax-exempt bond bill pushed in California (August 5, 2004)
A bill in California would make it easier for tribes to issue tax-exempt bonds just like other governments. The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians is backing the bill. The tribe was the first in the state to finance tax-exempt bonds...
Passamaquoddy Tribe puts gas terminal to vote (August 5, 2004)
Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine will be voting on a proposed natural gas terminal on the tribe's Pleasant Point Reservation. In June, the tribe signed a deal to build a $300 million terminal on 42 acres of tribal...
First Nation compensated $19M for hydro projects (August 5, 2004)
The Fox Lake Cree Nation of Manitoba will receive $19 million in compensation for damages caused by hydro dams on the Nelson River. The tribe's traditional hunting land was destroyed by the dams. The government of Manitoba will pay for...
Kerry to focus on Indian issues during Southwest trip (August 5, 2004)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (Massachusetts) will attend the Gallup Ceremonial and meet with tribal leaders during a jaunt through New Mexico and Arizona. Kerry is scheduled to attend the 83rd-annual ceremonial in Gallup, New Mexico, on Sunday. He...
Series: Dream eludes Narragansett Tribe (August 5, 2004)
After nearly two decades of fighting, the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island is closer to realizing its dream of opening a casino. The debate started in the 1980s after the tribe won federal recognition. Traditional tribal members supported a casino...
Blackfeet man named Disney 'Conservation Hero' (August 5, 2004)
Ira New Breast, the former fish and wildlife director for the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, has been named "Conservation Hero" by the Walt Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. New Breast was recognized for his efforts to restore the swift fox population...
Senator Shelby leaked intelligence messages (August 5, 2004)
Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Alabama) leaked classified intelligence messages to the press but will not be prosecuted, The Washington Post reports. According to the paper, Shelby told at least one reporter that the National Security Agency intercepted messages on the...
Opinion: Federal recognition cases should be public (August 5, 2004)
"Sadly, at the same time that historic attempts are being made to breathe the spirit of openness and transparency into the actions of Native American tribal governments, an effort is under way to curtail access to information in the federal...
Unity Ride and Run makes stop on Oneida Nation (August 5, 2004)
The Unity Ride and Run 2004 made a stop on the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Ride and Run started in June in Manitoba, Canada. Since then, riders and runners have made their way through Manitoba, North Dakota,...
Federal judge to take on banishment dispute (August 5, 2004)
A federal judge in California has agreed to determine whether two women who were banished from their tribe had their civil rights violated. Charlotte Berna and Roselind Quair were kicked out of the Tachi-Yokut Tribe in June 2000. They were...
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