BIA critical of main components of recognition bill (April 22, 2004)
The chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday said he wasn't happy with the Bush administration's response to his bill to reform the controversial federal recognition process. For several years, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) has tried to...
Report finds disparity in Native women's salaries (April 22, 2004)
American Indian and Alaska Native women earn just 58 cents for every dollar earned by a White male, according to a report released this week. Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Native women who worked full-time earned an...
Anderson inspires students at BIA school in Oklahoma (April 22, 2004)
Bureau of Indian Affairs head Dave Anderson regaled students at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on Wednesday with talk of commodities, personal success and hope. $p Anderson, who took over the BIA in February, said he was embarrassed that...
Panel blasts media coverage of California tribes (April 22, 2004)
The University of California-Los Angeles played host to the "American Indian Issues and the California Press" symposium on Wednesday. $p Tribal leaders and members at a panel discussion said tribal views are often misrepresented in the media. They said the...
Seneca Nation drops lawsuit over Internet tobacco (April 22, 2004)
The Seneca Nation of New York has dropped its lawsuit against the state's ban on Internet tobacco sales, the Associated Press reports. $p President Ricky Armstrong said the tribe will challenge the ban in another way but didn't explain. $p...
Judge finds BIA partly to blame for drunk driving deaths (April 22, 2004)
A federal judge on Wednesday found the Bureau of Indian Affairs negligent for allowing an ex-employee with alcohol problems to operate a government vehicle. $p But U.S. District Judge William "Chip" Johnson also said Lloyd Larson, the ex-employee, was responsible...
Navajos recall discrimination by local businesses (April 22, 2004)
The 1974 murders of three Navajo men spurred protests by Navajos who demanded better treatment by businesses in Farmington, New Mexico. $p Navajos said they were mistreated when they frequented restaurants and other businesses. Some said they would be refused...
Campbell not confident on future of recognition bill (April 22, 2004)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday took testimony on S.297, a bill to change the federal recognition process. $p Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) said the bill probably won't get to the floor due to opposition to key provisions....
GOP operative admits hatchet job on Wayne Smith (April 22, 2004)
Update: Roger Stone this morning criticized The Village Voice for its "reckless inaccuracy" and put up a web site http://www.thetruthaboutstone.com seeking to refute the article. A Republican operative who helped Neal McCaleb and Aurene Martin get their jobs at the...
First Nation touting plans for private MRI clinic (April 22, 2004)
The Muskeg Lake Cree Nation of Saskatchewan plans to build a private, for-profit MRI clinic despite opposition from provincial leaders. $p Saskatchewan law forbids privatized health care. But the tribe says it is exempt as a sovereign nation. The debate...
Tribal member ousted from EPA calls for oversight (April 22, 2004)
Robert Martin, a member of the Makah Nation of Washington, says the Environmental Protection Agency needs an independent ombudsman to keep the government in line. $p Martin quit two years ago because he said a reorganization of his office would...
Navajo president wants public vote on blood quantum (April 22, 2004)
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. says a proposal to lower the tribe's blood quantum standard should not be left to the Navajo Nation council alone. $p Shirley says tribal members should be allowed to vote on the issue in...
Tribal member falsely accused of abuse is released (April 22, 2004)
A California Indian man falsely accused of sexual abuse of two young boys was finally released from state custody after serving 13 years in prison and 5 more years in a hospital for the criminally insane. $P James Rodriguez always...
Brazilian Indians kill 29 diamond prospectors (April 22, 2004)
The chief of the Cinta Larga Tribe of Brazil said 29 diamond prospectors were killed because they trespassed on the reservation. $p Chief Pio Cinta Larga said he did not order the attack. But he said tribal members will resort...
Tribe from Ecuador seeks to halt oil drilling plans (April 22, 2004)
The chief of the Shuar Tribe of Ecuador spoke at a Burlington Resources shareholder meeting on Wednesday to oppose the company's plans to drill for oil in the Amazon rain forest. $p Chief Pablo Tsere said members of three tribes...
Tribes testify in support of forest thinning bill (April 22, 2004)
Representatives of three California tribes testified in support of H.R.3846, the Tribal Forest Protection Act, at a hearing on Wednesday. $P The bill would authorize tribes to enter into contacts to thin and treat federal forest lands. It is designed...
House committee hears bill to return land to tribe (April 22, 2004)
The House Resources Committee took testimony on Wednesday on a bill to return 16,000 acres to the Colorado River Indian Tribes. $p The land, on the California-Arizona border, was apparently removed from the reservation in the early 1900s. The tribe...
Two men claim control of small California tribe (April 22, 2004)
Who is the rightful leader of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California? That depends on who you ask. $p Matthew Franklin says he was elected by tribal members in Aprl 2003 after a lengthy reorganization process that included...
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