Indian highway death rate still surpasses nation (August 11, 2004)
Federal officials on Tuesday announced that motor vehicle deaths have dropped for the first time in six years but the rate among American Indians and Alaska Natives still tops the rest of the nation. According to the National Highway Safety...
Mohawk police chief resigns over lack of support (August 11, 2004)
The recently installed police chief on the Kanesatake Mohawk First Nation has quit, citing lack of support. Ed Thompson was brought in to help restore order on the reserve. Residents opposing Grand Chief James Gabriel had chased out an all-Native...
Ceremony for massacre wrongly blamed on tribe (August 11, 2004)
A ceremony is planned in Mountain Meadows, Utah, for a massacre wrongly blamed on the Paiute Tribe. About 120 Arkansas settlers were attacked and killed while passing through the state on September, 11 1857. Historians now believe Mormons were responsible...
Chickasaw Nation buys community newspapers (August 11, 2004)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma has purchased two community newspapers for an undisclosed price. The tribe bought the Newcastle Pacer, a weekly with a circulation of 1,075, and the Early Bird Express, a free shopper, from the owner of the...
Nebraska commission denies Whiteclay liquor license (August 11, 2004)
The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission on Tuesday denied a license application for a new beer store in Whiteclay. The Oglala Sioux Tribe and Nebraskans for Peace opposed the license. They say the state is not doing enough to enforce liquors...
Editorial: Indian issues should be part of campaign (August 11, 2004)
"Accompanied by Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, who bought [Sen. John] Kerry a cowboy hat in Albuquerque's Old Town - a black one, at that - Kerry raised the bar of expectations for President George W. Bush's visit to Albuquerque on...
National Indian Health Board holds conference (August 11, 2004)
The National Indian Health Board is wrapping up its 21st annual consumer conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, today. The conference focused on a variety of health issues affecting Native Americans. Tribal and federal officials spoke about prevention, funding, Medicare/Medicaid, welfare...
Russell Means to speak about Brando at movie fest (August 11, 2004)
American Indian Movement activist Russell Means will speak about the late actor Marlon Brando at a motorcycle movie fest in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Means was a long-time friend of Brando, who was a prominent supporter of tribal treaty rights...
Jourdain sworn in as new Red Lake Nation chairman (August 11, 2004)
Floyd “Buck” Jourdain was sworn in as chairman of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota on Tuesday. Jourdain promised to uphold Anishinabe traditions and culture. He intends to tackle unemployment, housing and substance abuse as head of the Red Lake...
Indians in Chile fight exploitation of forests (August 11, 2004)
Frustrated with the lack of recognition of their rights, Indians in Chile are taking on the government and international timber companies in their quest to protect forest lands that once belonged to them. Most Indians in Chile are members of...
Washington tribes rally against Bush's roadless plan (August 11, 2004)
Leaders of Washington tribes took part in a rally against the Bush administration's proposed rollback of the roadless forest rule on Tuesday. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer did not say which tribes joined the protest. But the Skokomish, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Jamestown...
Study shows high level of toxics in farmed salmon (August 11, 2004)
A study published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal on Tuesday shows that farmed salmon retain higher levels of chemical flame retardants than wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Levels in farmed salmon ranged between 1 and 4 parts...
Kerry opposes Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site (August 11, 2004)
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry said he would veto the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada despite having supported it in Senate votes in the past. Running mate Sen. John Edwards previously voted for it as well. Kerry...
Editorial: Return state park to Suquamish Tribe (August 11, 2004)
"Tomorrow presents the seven members of the State Parks and Recreation Commission a rare and valuable opportunity to right a 100-year-old wrong. One hundred years ago, the U.S. War Department commandeered from the Suquamish tribe -- with compensation but without...
Ponca Tribe offered to host radioactive waste dump (August 11, 2004)
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska offered to host a proposed low-level radioactive waste site as a way of resolving the state's liability in a long-running dispute with other states. The tribe would have acquired trust land for the project and...
Coors, Salazar to battle for Campbell's seat (August 11, 2004)
Colorado attorney general Ken Salazar won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. He will face Republican Pete Coors, of the Coors Brewing Company, who won his party's primary yesterday. The two candidates will battle for the seat being...
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