Anderson urged to take greater control of BIA (August 16, 2004)
The exit of several top Bureau of Indian Affairs aides gives assistant secretary Dave Anderson an opportunity to make positive changes at the troubled agency, observers say. Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) supported Anderson during his confirmation and welcomed his...
Standing Rock members go homeless over dispute (August 16, 2004)
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are going homeless as a result of a multi-million dollar dispute over a failed housing development. Bear Soldier West was built in the 1960s and was slated for demolition. But a businessman named...
Alaska Native village bans alcohol after death (August 16, 2004)
The alcohol-related death of a 21-year-old prompted the Alaska Native village of Beaver to ban alcohol. Arvin Petruska died after a night of drinking last December. Residents of the tiny village, population 80, were deeply affected. This past June, they...
Opinion: Bush the right choice for Indian Country (August 16, 2004)
"American Indians should vote for President Bush because we are a conservative people and he is the conservative choice. Political affiliation notwithstanding, traditionally, American Indians are conservative. The things that are important to us include family, community standards, conservation, small...
Police frustrated over missing five-year-old Native girl (August 16, 2004)
Police in Regina, Saskatchewan, say they are having trouble getting reliable information about a five-year-old Native girl who has been missing for more than a month. Tamra Keepness was last seen at her home on the night of July 5....
NAGPRA board asked to review Bush-Geronimo claims (August 16, 2004)
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act review board has been asked to investigate allegations that President George W. Bush's grandfather stole the skull of Apache leader Geronimo. Prescott Bush allegedly took the skull from Geronimo's grave in Fort...
Oklahoma tribes lead pack in out-of-state land claims (August 16, 2004)
At least seven Oklahoma tribes are asserting claims to land in other states in hopes of opening casinos. The Miami Nation, the Wyandotte Nation, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe, the Delaware Nation, the Delaware Tribe, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe and the Cheyenne-Arapaho...
Oklahoma tribes look to gas tax ruling for guidance (August 16, 2004)
Oklahoma tribes say an appeals court ruling striking down state taxation will have an affect on their businesses. Many Oklahoma tribes have gas and cigarette tax compacts with the state. They share a portion of revenues with the state. But...
Utah tribes seek inclusion in future of major site (August 16, 2004)
Tribes in Utah say the state and federal governments need to do a better job at keeping them involved in plans for a major archaeological site. Using $2.5 million in federal funds, the state bought the Range Creek ranch containing...
Artifact amnesty program deemed a success (August 16, 2004)
A 90-day amnesty program in four states has resulted in the return of remains and artifacts. Federal authorities in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado allowed people to return artifacts with no questions asked. Tribes supported the effort and sought...
Richardson pushes Norton to protect trust fund (August 16, 2004)
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) is asking Interior Secretary Gale Norton to ensure that billions of dollars in Indian trust funds are protected. A letter Richardson is drafting urges Norton to ensure that computer systems are not vulnerable to...
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe sues former chairman (August 16, 2004)
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Michigan has filed a lawsuit in state court against former chairman Bernard Bouschor and seven of his former associates. The tribe's acting general counsel said Bouschor illegally gave the associates $2.6 million in severance...
Bush campaign claims housing cuts won't affect tribes (August 16, 2004)
Cuts to an Indian housing program that George W. Bush praised won't affect Indian Country because the money isn't being used, the president's re-election campaign says. Bush touted the Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program at a campaign stop last week...
BIA called 'riderless horse' on eve of election (August 16, 2004)
A recent shakeup at the top levels of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has turned the agency into "a riderless horse that is galloping out of control in the wrong direction," a critic says. Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal said...
Non-Indian peyote case could head to Supreme Court (August 16, 2004)
The state of Utah is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of non-Indians who claim the right to use peyote. In June, the Utah Supreme Court said the state couldn't bar non-Indians from using the...
Mark Trahant: Short but sweet, getting to the news (August 16, 2004)
"A dozen years ago, I overheard a reporter complaining about a story on a newspaper's front page. So much of the story, she said with a sigh, was trimmed because it was too long. Then, in a matter-of-fact, knowing tone,...
Yellow Bird: John Kerry's hands tell different story (August 16, 2004)
"I don't claim to be a expert in politics. But I do think there is something presidential candidate John Kerry could learn from my Arikara grandmother. That something is "hand talking," a talent at which she was expert. I attended...
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