Indian housing funds face cuts in Bush budget (April 14, 2004)
Indian Country is in need of at least 200,000 homes but tribes have seen their share of federal resources dry up under the Bush administration. Despite pledging to increase home ownership rates for all Americans, President Bush has slashed housing...
Chickasaw astronaut ate tortillas in space (April 14, 2004)
NASA astronaut John Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, visited a Bureau of Indian Affairs school on the Navajo Nation. Herrington was a member of the Space Shuttle Endeavour mission to the International Space Station. He told elementary students...
Incident involving Navajo rap group stirs UNM campus (April 14, 2004)
Authorities are looking into an incident in which a performance by a Navajo hip-hop group on the University of New Mexico campus was cut short in a confrontation with a non-Indian student. Tribe 2 had permission to perform during the...
BIA regional official can't define safe driving record (April 14, 2004)
A regional official for the Bureau of Indian Affairs testified on Tuesday that she can't define a "safe driving record" despite being responsible for ensuring that employees could operate a vehicle safely. Elouise Chicharello, the director of the BIA's Navajo...
Trial into Indian voting rights in South Dakota continues (April 14, 2004)
Two witnesses in a trial over Indian voting rights in South Dakota testified in favor of separate voting districts for the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. $p Currently, the reservations are grouped into one large district. The American Civil Liberties...
Tribes sign plan to protect Missouri River sites (April 14, 2004)
A group of tribes signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect historic and cultural sites along the Missouri River. The agreement spells out how the Corps will work with the tribes to address cultural preservation...
Jury acquits non-Indian of assaulting tribal officer (April 14, 2004)
A non-Indian farmer who rammed his tractor into a police officer on the Omaha Reservation was acquitted by a federal jury. The jury found Kim Knecht innocent of assaulting a federal officer and assault with a dangerous weapon. Knecht was...
Mohawk Tribe wants company to clean up river (April 14, 2004)
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York says the Alcoa aluminum company must clean up dangerous chemicals it has dumped into the Grasse River. Sediments in the river contain cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The tribe says the toxins...
Editorial: Small IHS funding boost not enough (April 14, 2004)
The Senate's approval of a $282 million increase in the Indian Health Service budget is "much better than the paltry $45.5 million increase proposed by President Bush" but is still not enough to meet the needs of Indian Country, The...
2,000 California Indians face disenrollment (April 14, 2004)
According to the American Indian Movement, 2,000 California Indians are being threatened with disenrollment. About 130 of those are from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians whose heritage is being questioned because on of their ancestors allegedly cut her tribal...
Tribal colleges form network to combat diabetes (April 14, 2004)
Five tribal colleges in three states have joined the University of Minnesota to create a program to combat exploding rates of diabetes in Indian Country. The Woodlands Wisdom partnership seeks to address chronic health problems by combining traditional knowledge with...
Tribal Leaders: Shakopee Tribe shares the wealth (April 14, 2004)
"As tribal leaders, we are disappointed and disturbed to see the hostility directed at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community based on the misperception that this prosperous tribe does not "share" its resources with other less fortunate tribes. Nothing could be...
Banks finally showing interest in tribal business (April 14, 2004)
Lured by the casino market, banks are finally reaching out to tribes that they once ignored. In the Pacific Northwest, tribes are using $1.2 billion in gaming revenues to develop other businesses. Banks see the developing market as an opportunity...
Tribal member denied tenure at Iowa university (April 14, 2004)
Larry Gross, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is trying to gain tenure at Iowa State University despite being denied in a recent vote. Gross, a professor in American Indian studies and religious studies, says he was...
N.D. tribal elders want to monitor bison herd (April 14, 2004)
Elders of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota want to set up a committee to monitor the tribe's bison herd. The tribe is under scrutiny due to allegations of mismanagement of the herd. The tribal council will...
Tribe in Brazil sees high rate of youth suicide (April 14, 2004)
The Kaiowa Tribe of Brazil is experiencing a rate of suicide rate 27 times the national average in Brazil. Last year, 54 members of the tribe took their lives. Based on a membership of 30,000, that corresponds to a suicide...
BIA decision on Nipmuc recognition expected May 1 (April 14, 2004)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected to issue a final determination on the federal status of the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts, The Boston Herald reports. The tribe was given a negative proposed finding by former assistant secretary Neal McCaleb....
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