Arrest in mid-70s slaying stirs Indian community (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Denver police have arrested a man in a 27-year-old murder case that is a dominant symbol of the chaotic violence that swept the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after the 1973 American Indian Movement takeover at Wounded Knee.
Tribal sovereignty on line in U.S. Supreme Court(CALIFORNIA) -- The U.S. Supreme Court soon will take up a California case that could affect every American Indian tribe in the United States. At issue is how far the reach of county and state law enforcement can extend onto reservations.
A history of critics getting our story wrong -- Mainstream press had a bumper crop of anti-Indian articles last year. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, told delegates at a Feb. 24 Washington meeting of the National Congress of American Indians. "Youve done well, youve stood tall youve succeeded." But success has come with a "whole legion of critics" he said. "Dont let the critics tell your story."
Indian Movement faces dissidents (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Thirty-five years after its founding, and 30 years after occupying Wounded Knee in its most famous event, the American Indian Movement is still tending a spiritual and cultural rebirth among Native Americans.
New bill defends Indian sovereignty Inouye receives standing ovation (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Sen. Daniel Inouye, D - Hawaii, said Monday he plans to introduce a bill this week that would overturn Nevada vs. Hicks, a two - year - old Supreme Court ruling that Indian tribes say has diminished their sovereignty
Pechanga Indian dispute comes to a head TRIBE: Some 400 members are trying to stop an effort to remove them from the group. (CALIFORNIA) -- A bitter clash within one of the state's most powerful and affluent tribes is escalating this weekend as some 400 members try to halt a campaign to get them kicked out.
Casino hiring from Puerto Rico, Poland (CONNECTICUT) -- The Mohegan Sun has been recruiting experienced casino workers from Puerto Rico and Poland after having trouble attracting enough workers from casino communities in the United States.
Absentee Shawnee Tribe donates $97,200 to pay teacher salaries (OKLAHOMA) -- The Absentee Shawnee Tribe used casino revenue to donate the equivalent of four teacher salaries to the Save the Teachers Program
Journey from Dances With Wolves to Soaks In Javex (CALIFORNIA) -- Such is the life of a Canadian actor. You get nominated for an award but can't afford to fly to Los Angeles to pick it up.
Swimmer criticized as choice for Indian trustee (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Ross Swimmer, a Tulsan nominated to oversee the management of American Indian trust accounts, told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday he's confident he could exercise his own judgment and speak his mind independently at the Interior Department.
Ex-Nooksack official saw casino to fruition (WASHINGTON) -- It's been two decades since the Nooksack Indian Tribe elected Hubert Williams to its council, sending him to the tiny office building on what was then the country's tiniest reservation.
The States Take the Bet (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Maryland Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who wants to legalize slot machines at racetracks to help close the state's projected $1.2 billion deficit, isn't the only governor or legislator willing to turn to gambling -- again.
Open Door To Drugs & Terror (NEW YORK) -- Thursday night, about a half-hour after dark, three small boats left the shore of Cornwall Island, Canada, laden with contraband.
Lakota man credits traditional diet for diabetes control (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Robert Chasing Hawk is in touch with his triglycerides. "When my triglycerides goes up, my back of my head hurts," he explained, touching his head for emphasis.
Seminoles rev up campaign to fight diabetes (FLORIDA) -- Elsie Bowers recalls a childhood on a rural Florida Seminole reservation where walking was the only way to get around. She helped grow beans and corn, and boys helped hunt wild hog and deer. It's not the same for kids, today, she said.
Governor pardons Means Activist guilty of felony in '75 (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Gov. Bill Janklow has pardoned Native American activist Russell Means for a felony committed 27 years ago in a Sioux Falls courtroom.
Navajos Walking Their Way Toward Better Health (ARIZONA) -- With poor physical fitness a chief concern for high rates of obesity and diabetes on the Navajo Nation, researchers are turning to the roots of traditional exercise regimes, hoping to bring back to the Reservation the Navajo traditions of balance, wellness and good health.
Traditional foods will combat diabetes in Native Americans (ARIZONA) -- The Arizona Republic is to be commended for its fine series on Indian health care, particularly for its attention to adult-onset diabetes, a nutrition-related disease that tragically affects all of us who live in Arizona, directly or indirectly.
For Time Magazine, Diné Rejection Of Casinos A Cultural Choice (ARIZONA) -- The TIME Magazine "Special Report Indian Casinos" may be most objectionable for its omissions. In its Dec. 23 installment, it several times compares the finances of the Navajo and Hopi Nations, with no money at all from casinos, to the "lucky few" with casinos.
For Time Magazine, Sovereignty 101 (NEW YORK) -- Although Indian Country takes different approaches to gaming, it shows near unanimity in support of the political and legal structure that makes Indian gaming possible.
Editorial: Reshuffle, recut, redeal Davis gets second chance on casino compacts (CALIFORNIA) -- Every governor makes mistakes in the early days of his administration, and for the past three years California has been paying for one of Gov. Gray Davis': the rules governing Indian casinos.
Law firm finds piles of cash for Native American ventures (CALIFORNIA) -- The Sacramento office of a national law firm has quietly pulled together more than $1 billion for Native American tribal ventures in the past two years.
It's a tribal gamble, win or lose 'Time' probe of casino gaming ignores positives (ARIZONA) -- In an extraordinary two-part series on the multibillion-dollar tribal gaming industry, Time magazine has exposed a lot of warts. But there are warts evident in the Time investigation as well.
Indians, Engler reach tax pact (MICHIGAN) -- A landmark tax agreement between Indian tribes and Michigan that Gov. John Engler called a national model was signed Friday afternoon.
Seneca tribe takes N.Y. land off tax rolls (NEW YORK) -- The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma says land it recently purchased in the Finger Lakes region is now sovereign Indian territory and no more property or sales taxes will be paid on it.
TIME keeps strafing Indian country (NEW YORK) -- The tone is fast and breathy, like someone who is making discoveries and is amazed by revelation. Look what we are finding out, they exclaim. There is this; then there is that. And we discovered it. We discovered it.
TIME MAGAZINE: Playing the Political Slots PART TWO: How Indian casino interests have learned the art of buying influence in Washington (CALIFORNIA) -- If it were a public company, the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians would be the envy of corporate America. With a return on revenue of 41%, the tribe's Silver Star Resort & Casino would top the Fortune 500 profitability list, dwarfing even money spinners like Microsoft, whose 29% return last year seems modest by comparison.
Interior gets congressional approval for overhaul of American Indian departments (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton said Thursday that her department has received congressional approval to shake-up its American Indian functions in an effort to fix long standing problems managing Indian land royalties.
Political Tide Turns Against Indian Groups Resistance Has Grown Since Mashantuckets, Mohegans Succeeded (CONNECTICUT) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes overcame major obstacles to obtain federal recognition, but in one way they had it easy.
Diabetes researchers rely on Pima Indians (ARIZONA) -- Researchers working to isolate the genes that cause Type II diabetes say the help of an Arizona tribe could lead to new and better treatments or even genetic intervention for the disease.
NM tribes receive funding for diabetes programs (NEW MEXICO) -- New Mexico tribes will share more than $6.3 million in federal money for diabetes prevention and treatment programs.
Response to Time Magazine special investigation from The National Indian Gaming Association (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Dear Editor: On behalf of the 184 Tribes of the National Indian Gaming Association, I would like to express my disgust with your December 16, 2002 special report, “Indian Casinos: Wheel of Misfortune.” The story begins with the word “imagine…” That is the appropriate beginning for a story twisted to the point of a fairy tale. Your reporters use isolated circumstances to write what amounts to a gossip column.
Wheel of Misfortune: A TIME special investigation -- Indian casinos have fallen far short of benefiting the wider Native American population.
Casino training school graduates 315 (NEW YORK) -- Before the Seneca Niagara Casino announced it was looking for dealers, 23-year-old Joe Rutkowski worked painting houses.
Mohegan Sun recruiting casino dealers in Poland (CONNECTICUT) -- In need of a few hundred gaming dealers, Mohegan Sun casino has taken its search to fill these positions overseas for the first time.
Banks in Arizona find tribes either too rich or too poor (ARIZONA) -- Arizona tribal experiences with commercial banks have ranged widely, from being redlined at Gila River to growing too big for bank loan limits at Salt River, officials of the Federal Reserve Board heard at a Scottsdale symposium.
These Are Not Indians (CONNECTICUT) -- Delphine Red Shirt of Guilford is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, an adjunct professor of American studies at Yale University and author of "Turtle Lung Woman's Granddaughter" (University of Nebraska Press, 2002). -- What I don't like is Connecticut's definition of "Indian." When I see them, whether they are Pequot, Mohegan, Paugussett, Paucatuck or Schaghticoke, I want to say, "These are not Indians." But I've kept quiet. I can't stay quiet any longer. These are not Indians.
Leaving Las Vegas? Not exactly, but Indian gaming is making a hit (CALIFORNIA) -- It's not a question of whether the fast-expanding world of California Indian gaming is hurting Nevada's $9.3 billion-a-year casino industry, it's how big is the hurt.
Diabetics fight hidden enemy (ARIZONA) -- The Pima Indians on the Gila River Reservation south of Phoenix have the highest rates of diabetes in the world.
Schaghticokes Denied Federal Recognition (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs today denied the Schaghticoke Indians’ bid for federal recognition, dealing the tribe a potentially fatal setback in its effort to open a gambling casino in western Connecticut.
Lawmakers ask Interior to be strict on recognition Federal BIA due to rule on Schaghticoke Tribe petition (WASHINGTON, DC) -- On the eve of a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision on the federal recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribe, Connecticut's Congressional delegation implored Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton to strictly apply the criteria for acknowledgment of American Indian tribes.
Mission Delores in San Francisco hosts healing ceremony (CALIFORNIA) -- Sound familiar? A group of American Indians and religious whites gather together for a peaceful autumn festival of celebration followed by a large feast. It could be Plymouth Colony in 1620, but the event actually just took place late November in San Francisco.
Chickasaw Astronaut Returns from Space (OKLAHOMA) -- Astronaut John Bennett Herrington (Commander, USN), who is a member of the Chickasaw Nation, successfully landed the Space Shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, December 7.
John Herrington prepares return to Mother Earth -- The space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station on Monday, ending a successful week of space station assembly tasks and crew exchange activities.
First American Indian astronaut was awe-struck and intimidated during his spacewalks (FLORIDA) -- After completing three spacewalks in five days, astronaut John Herrington got a chance to relax Sunday and reflect on what it was like to hurtle around Earth at 17,500 mph, outside his spaceship.
Oldest American skull found:Researchers said it may be the oldest skull ever found in the Americas: an elongated-faced woman who died about 13,000 years ago.
Mormon Graduate Student May Be Excommunicated For Writings (UTAH) -- A graduate student at the University of Washington with deep Mormon family roots says he likely will be excommunicated next week for articles he has written questioning the validity of the Book of Mormon.
Educators Renew Dedication to Indian Students (UTAH) -- Elliott and Leona Eyetoo 's 14-year-old daughter was written up so many times for infractions at Blanding's Albert R. Lyman Middle School, they feared she would drop out.
John Herrington's second spacewalk and the 'big swing' (SPACE) -- For millions of Americans Thursday was Thanksgiving. But for the astronauts in space and the mission control team on the ground Thursday was EVA2 --- the second spacewalk for the STS-113 shuttle mission.
Indian Astronaut 'Humbled' by Space (FLORIDA) -- The first American Indian astronaut said Wednesday he is inspired and humbled to be flying - and walking - in space.
Coast Indian film festival highlights banner year ‘Fast Runner’ is big winner (CALIFORNIA) -- Capping a banner year for Native film-making, the American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) presented its biggest, and according to some participants, its best annual film festival Nov. 7 - 14.
Tribes, scientists fight to save sacred sites (CALIFORNIA) -- Orange County's two native Indian tribes have watched for decades as one sacred site after another was destroyed to make way for housing tracts, roads and strip malls.
OPINION EDITORIAL: Right to be treated as a tribal nation Our position is: The Indiana Miami have been wrongly denied status enjoyed by others. (INDIANA) -- Indiana is "land of the Indians." And for a good part of three centuries, it was. Before and after the arrival of the white man to the Northwest Territory, the region now called Indiana was home to one of the most powerful tribes on the continent: the Miami Nation.
Oklahoma tribe tries to claim Seneca land (NEW YORK) -- An Indian tribe based in Oklahoma, which has already floated ideas of developing its own Niagara Falls casino, is trying to claim land that is part of Seneca Nation of Indians territory in Western New York, setting the scene for a confrontation between the two tribes.
McCaleb Statement on Decision to Retire from Public Service (WASHINGTON, DC) - Interior Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Neal A. McCaleb, 67, today announced his decision to retire from public service, informing President George W. Bush and Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton of his plans to leave his current post on December 31, 2002. McCaleb released the following statement on his decision this afternoon:
Indian Casinos on a Roll The number and quality of the California establishments is way up since Prop. 1A passed. They will cut Nevada's profits, experts say. (CALIFORNIA) -- Cinder-block shacks, bad lighting and bottom-shelf booze. Lounge lizards with long ashes clinging to the tips of their cigarettes, placing nickel-and-dime bets on one-armed bandits and one-eyed jacks.
Bill protecting Pechanga land passes Senate (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A bill to protect Pechanga Indian ancestral lands from condemnation by a utility hoping to run a power line across the property passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
Navajo 'Code Talker' Recalls War Service (CALIFORNIA) -- A 79-year-old Navajo who stumped the Japanese during World War II with his tribe's indecipherable language recounted Wednesday his service as a Marine "code talker."
His Detective Joe Leaphorn Is Different For TV (NEW MEXICO) -- The Navajo police lieutenant from 14 Tony Hillerman novels has been altered for television. But his creator is pleased with what he sees.
Means loses bid for tribal president (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellow Bird Steele has survived a challenge from prominent American Indian activist Russell Means in Tuesday's tribal election, according to unofficial results.
Seeking to Lead Sioux, Means Hasn't Mellowed (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Russell Means is all about the revolution. He was a leader in the 1973 armed takeover for American Indian rights at Wounded Knee, site of the U.S. Army's 1890 massacre of Indian men, women and children.
Lakota Vote Defeats Enemies (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Organizing efforts throughout the past year paid off for the Indian community in The City of Martin, in Bennett County, South Dakota on election night. Charlie Cummings, an Indian, was elected Sheriff of Bennett County, replacing Rus Waterbury, a white sheriff who has been at the center of controversy that included allegations of racial profiling, illegal searches, threats and intimidation.
MacDonald gains seat on Navajo Nation Council (ARIZONA) -- Her campaign slogan reveals her feelings for her hometown of To’nanees’dizi. “Hope for Tuba City” is Hope MacDonald, daughter of former Navajo Tribal Chairman Peter MacDonald.
Senate approves payments to tribe in land dispute Fate of legislation uncertain because House version of bill is stalled (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that gives Western Shoshone Indians about $20,000 apiece for historical treaty violations by the U.S. government.
Indians must 'stand as one,' tribal leaders told National Congress convenes at hotel in Mission Valley (CALIFORNIA) -- American Indians see themselves at a crucial point in history – emboldened by the gains they've made, yet beleaguered on many fronts.
Stand Up For California! Symposium, Achieving Balance Between Local Government And Tribal Government (CALIFORNIA) -- Stand Up For California announces today the first Statewide Local Government Symposium on achieving balance between local government and tribal governments concerning the impacts associated with tribal casinos.
Perspective:Why the Democrats lost the Congress - Marketing fear to Americans doesn't sell. As dismal as the Bush Administrations performance on Indian affairs has been, I cant honestly say that a Democratic Congress would make things much better right now. The reason I cant say is that the Democrats never told us what their vision for Indian country is. Instead, they told us only that things will be really bad if the Republicans control the Congress.
Tribe bets on future with new homes Rumsey Band soon will leave federally subsidized housing for its own gated community. (LOS ANGELES) -- The luxurious stucco homes rise from the floor of the Capay Valley not far from the bright lights of the Cache Creek Indian casino.
Perspective: Why a Republican
federal government is good for Indians (WASHINGTON, DC)
-- The Republican’s victory on November 5, 2002 is not only historic,
but also poses some interesting propositions for the way Indian country
sees its participation on the national political stage
Mainstream media lack native voice, panel says (OKLAHOMA) -- Native Americans are woefully underrepresented both in coverage and employment by mainstream media, experts in the field said Thursday during a symposium at the University of Oklahoma.
THE POWER OF THE INDIAN VOTE: Democrat Johnson narrowly wins Senate seat in South Dakota (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson won a second term by a mere 527 votes Wednesday, defeating Rep. John Thune in a race widely seen as a proxy fight between President Bush and Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle.
WHITE HOUSE: National American Indian Heritage Month, 2002 (WASHINGTON, DC) -- During American Indian Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich cultural traditions and proud ancestry of American Indians and Alaska Natives, and we recognize the vital contributions these groups have made to the strength and diversity of our society.
Female director is among firsts at Gila River hospital (ARIZONA) -- Viola Morago Johnson fills an unusual niche in Indian Country. Not only is she the first chief executive officer of her tribe's Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital and the first woman at its helm, she spearheaded the hospital's move to become the first and only independent Indian hospital in Arizona.
A look back at Indians' occupation of Alcatraz PBS documentary shows impact on U.S. policy (CALIFORNIA) -- It was well after midnight when the boat finally docked at Alcatraz and a group of American Indians walked onto the island.
Indian gaming law draws ASU students (ARIZONA) -- Deciphering gaming Propositions 200, 201 and 202 on Tuesday's ballot is difficult enough, but try interpreting Indian gaming law.
Washington tribes invest casino proceeds by sending members to college (WASHINGTON) -- Having never made it past the eighth grade, Cathleen Schultz wanted more for her daughter.
Tribes, police seek solutions (CALIFORNIA) -- For 50 years, California law enforcement agencies and American Indian tribes chafed under a federal statute that blurred their legal responsibilities.
Means attempts another takeover: by ballot box (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Nearly 30 years after his leading role in the American Indian Movement's armed takeover at Wounded Knee, Russell Means has come home to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to run for president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
American Indians emerge as new force in politics (MINNESOTA) -- Standing under portraits of chiefs one night a few weeks ago, state Rep. Sondra Erickson told the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe that she believes their reservation no longer exists.
Mystery still surrounds life of Sacagawea (VIRGINIA) -- Twenty-three statues around the country honor Sacagawea. School children learn about her travels with Lewis and Clark. She's on the golden dollar coin, and lakes, mountains, rivers and schools have been named after her.
Tiguas urged to defend mesa (TEXAS) -- Sandra Edwards traveled from the Yukon to Southern New Mexico last week to encourage the Tigua Indians to help protect the culture and nature at Otero Mesa.
An Indian country election scorecard -- Indians have a lot to watch for in the 2002 mid-term elections, even in the absence of high-intensity campaigns like the drive against U. S. Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., in 2000 and the two California Indian gaming propositions.
Russell Means a Contrast in Tribal Election (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- West on U.S. Highway 18, as snow-mottled hills change to Shannon County from Bennett County, professionally printed election signs are joined by hand-lettered ones.
Registration Drives in Oklahoma bring in 17,000 new voters (OKLAHOMA) -- Two high profile voter registration drives in Oklahoma tribes have registered nearly 17,000 new voters in time to be heard in the upcoming general election.
American Indian Vote Being Courted (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Ignored in elections for generations, American Indians are being courted this year in close races in South Dakota and Southwestern states.
To Johnson-Thune, Add Bush-Daschle S.D. Race Has National Implications (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Officially, the pitched battle here between Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson and Republican challenger Rep. John Thune is not a competition between President Bush and South Dakota's own Thomas A. Daschle, the Senate majority leader.
Native Americans test voting power in S.D. Registration drive by Democratic Party could tip key races (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Tom Poor Bear is a 46-year-old Oglala Sioux who has never cast a ballot in a state or national election. But that should change Tuesday when he says he intends to vote the straight Democratic ticket.
Supporters of New Turtle Mountain Constitution Not Giving Up (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Supporters of a new constitution for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa say they will change their focus after a recent defeat at the polls.
U.S. judge calls tribe to order (TEXAS) -- As an internal battle for control of the Kickapoo tribe entered its third day, a federal judge in San Antonio intervened and ordered dissidents representing a majority of the tribe to step aside.
Supreme Court rejects Speaking Rock appeal: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the Tigua tribe's case appealing the shutdown of its Speaking Rock Casino in February, tribal spokesman Marc Schwartz said Wednesday
Code talker enthralls cadets (NEW YORK) -- Sam Billison spent three years during World War II as a Navajo code talker – one of those unsung heroes who used their native language to help the United States win the war.
Election day primer: Referenda
on the ballot
Bond analysts talk Indian gaming Researchers see "further growth" (NEW YORK) -- Over the past few years, the growth of Indian gaming has attracted ever greater attention from Wall Street equity analysts, whose research coverage of the growing number of publicly traded casino operating companies and equipment manufacturers doing business in Indian country necessitated knowledge of this emerging market.
Kickapoo tribal council ousted EAGLE PASS Voting with their feet instead of ballots, the Kickapoo tribe ousted their entire tribal council Monday, using a public vote described as the traditional method of resolving disputes.
Political leaders react to death of Sen. Wellstone (MINNESOTA) -- Paul and Sheila Wellstone "together made an unbeatable team in the service of the people of Minnesota," U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said Friday.
Shambles on the home terrain (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- You've got an economy that is in shambles," complains Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, whose party is now hounding President Bush for neglecting America's poor, the disenfranchised, the elderly and the unemployed.
PROFILE: Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall Bay Area's trickster grandfather of radical Indian movement (CALIFORNIA) -- It is difficult to miss Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall's two-acre spread on the Paiute-Shoshone Reservation.
The Tribe That Won't Play Because of addiction fears, mistrust and an ancient legend, Navajos spurn the casinos that have made other tribes rich. (ARIZONA) -- Let other Indian tribes ape Las Vegas. Let other reservations build sparkling casinos, with video poker and all-you-can-eat buffets and rows of slot machines as long as wagon trains.
TCUSD Primary School ranked outstanding by state standards (ARIZONA) -- While most Arizona schools dread Oct. 15 and the publication of their names as “underperformers” regarding state achievement and testing standards, Tuba City Primary can embrace its own outstanding achievements regarding math, science and language programs for its primary students.
Pine Ridge Gets Grant to Build New Jail (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe will get a $12.4 million federal grant to build a new jail on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Setting the record straight at Harvard journalism symposium: (NEW YORK) -- Congratulations this week to the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. On Oct. 14, the Harvard Project hosted a symposium on Indian peoples and the media, held at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Isle, Mille Lacs Band talking about city sewer extension Need tied to plans to increase housing on trust, fee lands (MINNESOTA) -- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Isle officials are exploring how to get city sewer service extended to tribal trust and fee land within the city limits.
Yakamas Want to Tax Utilities (WASHINGTON) -- Electric and telephone utilities are reviewing a request from the Yakama Nation to pay a tax for their presence on the reservation.
Native American origins debated Scientists say DNA evidence points to central Siberia while Native Americans say mythology and beliefs are more important. (ARIZONA) -- UA's highly rated anthropology department helps guide research. The theory has been around for years. The proof, however, that today's Native American ancestors came here via the Bering Strait and Alaska has been slow to follow.
Oroville clinic gets domestic violence project funding (CALIFORNIA) -- Feather River Tribal Health will start a new program to improve health care responses to abuse cases in American Indian families in Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties.
Ventura signs order recognizing tribes (MINNESOTA) -- Joined by the state's American Indian leaders, Gov. Jesse Ventura signed an unprecedented executive order Wednesday recognizing the state's government-to-government relations with tribes.
Black Seminoles still searching in land of plenty (FLORIDA) -- "Our Land Before We Die" is not just a title, it's a rallying cry. It's also a story about the black Seminoles who never found a home in the land of plenty.
Gang activity growing on Minnesota's reservations (MINNESOTA) -- On Minnesota's pristine reservations -- on land that Indians consider sacred -- gangs are being blamed for three gruesome homicides, drive-by shootings, serious assaults and increased drug activity.
SANDAG plans to create tribal liaison position (CALIFORNIA) -- In a first-ever meeting Friday between the San Diego Association of Governments, the county's chief planning agency, and representatives from local American Indian tribes, participants initiated plans to create a tribal liaison position for the agency.
Tribe applauds drug bust CRIME: FBI, Lummi Law & Order will continue 18-month investigation of cocaine distribution. (WASHINGTON) -- After two days of late-night and early morning arrests, three Lummi Reservation residents are being held in Seattle on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Land Swap Among Pueblo, State, BLM has 'Cultural Significance' (NEW MEXICO) -- The state Land Office, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and San Felipe Pueblo have completed a three-way land swap.
Zuni water case settled (ARIZONA) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Unanimously approved legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain on Oct. 1 to settle claims by the Zuni Tribe over water rights in its religious lands in northeastern Arizona
Telling the Truth From Inside Indian Country (NEW MEXICO) -- ALTHOUGH American Indians have played a prominent role in Hollywood movies, the reality of Indian country has rarely made it to the screen. Chris Eyre, with two new projects offering genuine, and sometimes raw, portraits of Indian life today, is helping Hollywood catch up.
Tribal School students learn to combat diabetes with daily exercise (WISCONSIN) -- A typical third-grader, Trevor Thunder goes over or through every obstacle he encounters on his morning mountain bike ride on the trail behind the Menominee Tribal School in Neopit.
Means shares dream for tribe Pine Ridge presidential ambition brings out ideas (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The vast prairie sky at Pine Ridge can swallow up hope or free imagination.
Deal lets pueblo `keep mountain pristine' (NEW MEXICO) -- Relief and happiness don't begin to describe the emotions Sandia Pueblo Gov. Stuwart Paisano felt after resolving a centuries-old land dispute.
Fish hatchery to open at last Nez Perce Tribe's facility designed to rebuild chinook (IDAHO) -- A lot has changed in the 20 years since the Nez Perce Tribe proposed a $3 million salmon hatchery.
Hispanics, Indians more likely to die in drunk-driving wrecks (NEW MEXICO) -- Drunken-driving crashes kill more Hispanics and American Indians than Anglos in New Mexico, according to a study by University of New Mexico researchers.
4 Conn. tribes launch vocational rehabilitation effort (CONNECTICUT) -- Four Connecticut Indian tribes on Friday announced the start of a five-year vocational rehabilitation program to help disabled Indians find work.
Keetoowahs to celebrate 52 years of government This year, several new activities have been added. (OKLAHOMA) -- The United Keetoowah Band will host what is expected to be its largest celebration ever, today and Satur day
Conference to examine landmark tribal law case (KANSAS) -- Participants in a tribal law conference this week at Kansas University will re-argue a landmark case that gave tribal governments the power to punish non-Indian defendants.
Means receives most votes in tribal election (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Unofficial results show Russell Means received the most votes in Tuesday's primary election for president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Indian college leader a listener (WASHINGTON) -- Northwest Indian College's new president, who started this week, believes that leading requires listening.
The struggle of the Coast Miwoks Having won federal recognition two years ago, the tribe faces another battle: the Hopland Pomos' attempt to secure a 321-acre property on Lakeville Highway (CALIFORNIA) -- When Captain Fernando Quiros first sailed up the Petaluma River in 1776 searching for a passage to Bodega Bay, Rita Carillo's people had already been living in the area thousands of years.
Means tops primary for tribe leader (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- American Indian activist Russell Means will take on current Oglala Sioux Tribe President John Yellow Bird Steele in November’s general election for tribal president.
Senate panel advances appointee (WASHINGTON, DC) -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved by voice vote South Dakota native Phil Hogen’s presidential appointment to be chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Viejas, 3 other tribes bet on D.C. hotel venture (WASHINGTON, DC) -- People have been asking leaders of the Viejas Indian band when they were going to build a hotel. The question should have been where.
Three N.M. Pueblos Awarded Federal Grants (NEW MEXICO) -- Three New Mexico pueblos will share more than $370,000 in federal funding to support programs aimed at reducing violence against women.
Rosebud gets grant to fight domestic violence (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Indian country’s first domestic violence shelter and anti-violence program once again received financial help to fight violence on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.
Bill to protect sacred Indian sites is vetoed (CALIFORNIA) -- Dealing the state's powerful Indian tribes a rare political setback, Gov. Gray Davis yesterday vetoed legislation that would have given tribes a significant new role in land-use decisions across California.
Accounting mess makes tribes reluctant to withdraw Most money kept with government when it could be invested elsewhere (WASHINGTON, DC) -- For decades, tribes complained to Congress about the way Washington managed their money.
Klamath River salmon kill wanes; death toll from disease may top 30,000 fish (CALIFORNIA) -- The worst salmon kill in recent Pacific Northwest history appears to be on the wane, with survey crews along California's Klamath River reporting a sharp downturn in fresh carcasses.
Indian women enliven Miss America pageant (ILLINOIS) -- For the once lily-white Miss America pageant, this is the year of the First Americans.
Campbell praised for trust-account idea (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, an Ignacio Republican, had a rare double privilege Tuesday.
Interior Dept. Revives Plan for Mine on California Indian Site (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Defying the Senate and the California Legislature, the Interior Department has removed a key hurdle for development of the proposed open-pit Glamis gold mine in an isolated, rocky section of desert in eastern Imperial County.
Salmon die-off fears become harsh reality (OREGON) -- The warnings were plain and powerful. Staff scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service said months ago that the Bush administration's plan to shift water from fish to farmers in Southern Oregon's Klamath Basin would harm salmon downstream in the Klamath River. Tribal biologists joined in.
Colville Tribes to build new $18 million school Complex near Omak will replace nearby campus; design-build firm sought (WASHINGTON) -- The Colville Confederated Tribes plans to build an $18 million boarding-school complex near Omak, Wash., to replace its Paschal Sherman Indian School
Osage oil land allotments were worth killing for (OKLAHOMA) -- Their land atop one of the largest oil fields in North America once made Osage tribal citizens among the richest people in the world.
Land management hindered by bite-sized ownership pattern (MONTANA) -- Picture this piece of land four, three, even two centuries ago. Eighty acres of hardwood forest in Wisconsin's upper reaches. Ojibwe country. Maybe they hunted there.
Ponca Tribe 'Toxic Tour' Set Saturday (OKLAHOMA) -- A broad spectrum of environmentalists, student organizations, and Native American tribal organizations will come together Saturday in support of the Ponca Tribe's effort to bring to light environmental issues faced by the Ponca people.
Former uranium miners discuss RECA payments (NEW MEXICO) -- Approximately 200 people attended a five-hour uranium compensation information meeting Friday at the Shiprock Chapter House.
Fishing industry predicts 'disaster' in three years Recent deaths certain to affect spawning season in 2005 (CALIFORNIA) -- The Klamath River is the proverbial canary in the coal mine for California's commercial fishing industry and this week signals trouble ahead for North Coast fishermen.
Massive Salmon Die-Off White House's Fault, Critics Say (CALIFORNIA) -- More than 10,000 chinook salmon have died in the Klamath River in northern California in recent days, leaving biologists stunned and Indian tribes and fishermen angered at the Bush administration, which they say caused the deaths by favoring farmers in one of the most contentious water disputes in the West.
Pomos evict family from casino land Tribe sanctions member who opposes gambling operation, alleges fund mismanagement (CALIFORNIA) -- By order of his tribe, Homer Dollar and his family were evicted Thursday from the Alexander Valley rancheria of the Dry Creek band of Pomo Indians.
Frances Shaw, 74; former chairwoman of the Manzanita tribe (CALIFORNIA) -- Longtime Manzanita Chairwoman Frances Shaw waited until her three children were grown before becoming a tribal leader.
Moving day close for Yurok tribal administration (WASHINGTON) -- Work on the new Yurok Tribal Headquarters is in the home stretch.
Augustus Gilbert Kingman July 6, 1898---Sept. 25, 2002 (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Augustus (Gus) Gilbert Kingman, Wanbli Sung Cikala, 104 Elder, of Rapid City died Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at Sioux San Hospital. He was the oldest living member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Hopi 9/11 assembly asserts American pride (ARIZONA) -- Hopi Chairman Wayne Taylor Jr. spoke sadly about those lost on Sept. 11, but emphasized the future looks bright.
Zuni Schools Get $6 Million for Nutrition (NEW MEXICO) -- Six Zuni schools will share $6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bolster fruit and vegetable consumption among school children.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee backs Reid on Western Shoshone payout Tribal members to split $138 million for resources worth billions (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee voted Sept. 25 for a plan to distribute about $20,000 apiece to qualifying members of the Western Shoshone Tribe for federal seizures of their land dating to the 1860s.
US native tribes 'want smallpox vaccine now' (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A PROMINENT American Indian tribal chief has called on the United States Government to give immediate smallpox vaccinations to any of his people who want them, saying that several million of the country’s indigenous population died when European settlers brought the disease with them.
Tulalips' rules affecting land sale? (WASHINGTON) -- Edwin Langkow, 74, bought five acres on the Tulalip Reservation a decade ago, planning to sell the land later and use the money to fund his retirement.
Committee told tribal gaming revenue should be used for American Indian college students (WISCONSIN) -- Tribal gaming revenue should be used to help needy American Indian college students before it's used for state projects that don't directly benefit tribes, the leader of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association told a legislative committee Tuesday.
American Indians push for bill to help preserve sacred sites (CALIFORNIA) -- In Indian Pass, a remote spot near the Arizona-California line where members of the Quechan Nation cremate their dead, a "running man" formed from volcanic rocks lets tribe members know they are near fresh water.
NATIVE AMERICANS IN POLITICS: Democrats tap Volesky as candidate (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- For the first time in history the American Indian population may have a friend in the state prosecutors’ office who will listen and not quickly form adversarial relationships.
Inouye, Johnson hear frustration, encourage political participation (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- During a recent field hearing for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senators Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and Tim Johnson D-S.D., shared their views on what it takes to get congress and the administration to listen to the needs of Indian country.
Senate Rejects Ban On Tribe Recognition Colleagues Crush Dodd-Lieberman Effort (CONNECTICUT) -- Facing growing pressure from state leaders who feel the process is out of control, Connecticut's two senators tried Monday to halt the federal recognition of Indian tribes - even though they knew their measure before the Senate would fail.
Sacred sites bill passes California Legislature Sits on governor’s desk (CIA) -- ALIFORNA bill passed by the California legislature on Sept. 1 to protect American Indian sacred sites within 20 miles of federally recognized Indian lands has sparked a large controversy as it awaits Gov. Gray Davis’ signature or veto.
New Technology helps circulation of Diabetic Tribal Members (OKLAHOMA) -- What if you knew of a machine that would miraculously improve your circulation, make your eyesight better, and lessen the pain of arthritis? It sounds very remarkable, doesn't it?
Haskell President Denies Rumors of University Closing (KANSAS) -- The president of Haskell Indian Nations University acknowledges that the school is going through some tough financial times.
Killing Us Slowly: When We Can't Fight and We Can't Run (OKALAHOMA) -- In the American Indian community, the experience of reading current Indian Health Service statistics on death and disease among Indians is similar to that of reading about a third world country in the news.
Show me the money: Summit participants assess opportunities (ARIZONA) -- Reactions to speeches by Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Assistant Secretary Neil McCaleb were mixed following the packed morning session of the Economic Summit on Emerging Tribal Economies attended by more than 1,500 people.
Summit’s goal is 100,000 jobs: Indian entrepreneurs needed (ARIZONA) -- With the goal of creating 100,000 jobs in Indian country by 2008, more than 1,500 tribal leaders, business people and government officials gathered at the National Summit on Emerging Tribal Economies last week to explore ways to build sustainable economies within Indian nations.
The Wall Street Journal’s drumbeat: Is this the way termination started? (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Wall Street Journal, once again, has used its editorial pages to decree who the Indians are and are not, and what Congress should do about that.
U.S.'s Rape of the Indians Continues Still Today (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Call it a modern-day Trail of Tears, another chapter in the endless saga of the raping of the American Indian.
Pride, Sadness Mark Haskell Center Opening (KANSAS) -- Reminders of Haskell Indian Nations University's origins as a boarding school to educate and assimilate tribal children greeted visitors at the formal opening of its new Museum and Cultural Center.
Dodd: Lawmakers May Balk At Total Freeze On New Tribes (CONNECTICUT) -- U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., anticipates that a major sticking point to his proposal for a one-year moratorium on the nation's tribal recognition process is whether the freeze should include applications under appeal.
Federal Judge Holds Norton in Contempt for Failing to Fix Indian Trust (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A federal judge Tuesday held Interior Secretary Gale Norton in contempt for failing to heed his order to fix oversight problems with a trust handling hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties from Indian land.
Crisis in Indian country: Congress must provide more health care for American Indians (NEW YORK) -- Today, there is a health care apartheid in the United States. If you are a person of color, you receive fewer services, inferior care and less successful -- medically speaking -- health care outcomes.
Norton Speaks: Interior Secretary on tribal recognition, gaming regulation and the trust fund (WASHINGTON, DC) -- ICT: A number of Connecticut politicians are calling for an investigation of the BIA's tribal recognition process and a moratorium on further acknowledgements. This current administration recently approved recognition of the Historic Eastern Pequot tribe in southeastern Connecticut. Are you satisfied that the recognition process you have in place now is adequate?
Akaka Says There's Resistance to Indigenous Rights (ALASKA) -- Stripped to his shirt sleeves on a desolate polar beach, the Inupiat Eskimo hunter gazes over his Arctic world.
Haida Corp. poised to take 63 acres near Sitka (ALASKA) -- A Native village corporation on Price of Wales Island is about to receive about 63 acres of national forest land in Sitka Sound, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Culture can grow in logging deal Haida, Weyerhaeuser agree to a plan that supports both (BRITISH COLUMBIA) -- On a verdant island chain off the remote north coast of British Columbia, Federal Way-based Weyerhaeuser Co. has embraced a new way of logging Indian lands.
Mayor "sneaks in" petroglyph road (NEW MEXICO) -- Seven people were arrested last week as they tried to block construction of a new, unplanned road along the boundaries of the Petroglyph National Monument, a site considered sacred to dozens of tribes in the Southwest.
American Indians see gains in political clout (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Long gone are the days that Americans Indians need rely upon, or even accept, promises from federal officials of justice for the tribes for "as long as water flows or grass grows."
Gambling interests invest in politics Indians and nontribal groups prepare for fight in Legislature (WASHINGTON) -- With hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling profits at stake, Indian tribes and nontribal gambling interests are pouring money into political races and gearing up for a fight in next year's Legislature.
Wait for new center nearly over S.F. groundbreaking for 80-bed treatment facility for American Indians (CALIFORNIA) -- Michael Marie Pool doesn't know how long she was on the waiting list for the Friendship House, a residential alcoholism program for American Indians in San Francisco. She was blacked out and living under a tree in Boulder, Colo., most of the time.
Sacred sites bill could impact SD construction (CALIFORNIA) -- A bill awaiting Gov. Gray Davis' signature could have a profound effect on San Diego County and how it issues construction permits, county officials said Friday.
Native lands bill clears committee
Kickapoo file suit calling for election (TEXAS) -- More than 140 Kickapoo filed suit Wednesday in state court claiming that Kickapoo election officials have illegally ignored their petition to recall their tribal leader.
of the Feather: LaDonna Harris, National Community
Norton says citizen oversight of pipeline unnecessary (ALASKA) -- Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton said Tuesday that a citizens' panel to oversee the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is not needed.
Tribe seeks emergency workers as guests aboard high-speed ferry (CONNECTICUT) -- The Mashantucket Pequots are looking for members of police, fire and emergency service departments throughout the state and in Westerly to be guests aboard their high-speed ferry at this Saturday's Parade of Rescue Boats.
Casinos remember 9-11 as gambling goes on (ATLANTIC CITY) -- Thelma England considers herself caring and patriotic.
George Catlin's Historic Indian Portraits on Display at Renwick (WASHINGTON) -- In 1832, artist George Catlin made the hard journey west along the trail opened by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and with brush and paint recorded the arresting face of America's Indian nations.
Center's aim: healthier Indians $10 million building a concrete expression of CU's commitment (COLORADO) -- If Dr. James Shore's face is somehow oddly familiar, it may be because he was the doctor who declared actor Jack Nicholson "dangerous, but not crazy" in the 1975 movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Dodd, Lieberman offer amendment to halt Indian recognition decisions (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Sens. Christopher Dodd and Joseph Lieberman, both Connecticut Democrats, introduced a measure in Congress Tuesday to halt future federal Indian recognition decisions until the process for making such decisions is changed.
Homeland Security funds to benefit three tribes (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is distributing funding through cooperative agreements to bolster food and agriculture homeland security protections on tribal lands to three New Mexico tribes.
'Sovereignty Run' by American Indian tribes to begin at Taholah (WASHINGTON) -- It's their water, their land and their rules. But little by little, American Indians say, their right to self governance is being diminished.
McCaleb Issues Final Determination to Decline Federal Acknowledgement of Muwekma Ohlone Tribe (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Neal A. McCaleb today announced he has issued a Notice of Final Determination whereby he declined to acknowledge that the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe (petitioner No. 111, formerly known as Ohlone/Costanoan Muwekma Tribe) located in San Jose, Calif., exists as an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law.
Hearing to review how tribes recognized (CONNECTICUT) -- Connecticut's U.S. senators have scheduled a hearing with the senate Indian Affairs Committee to examine the Bureau of Indian Affairs tribal recognition process.
Former Vice Presidential Hopeful Says Tribes’ Welfare in Peril LaDuke Tells of Rice Plight in UC Berkeley Speech (CALIFORNIA) -- Native American tribes are being shut out of the profitable wild rice market, said former vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke in a speech at UC Berkeley Friday.
Indians, 18th Century Are Meeting Topics (CONNECTICUT) -- Scholars from across the country will gather at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center on Sept. 20 and 21 for a conference examining Indians and Colonial society in the 18th century.
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Two American Indian Films Hit the Road, Airwaves (USA) -- If movies are like the filmmaker's children, then Skins and Skinwalkers are like two sometimes contentious brothers - one fairly well off; the other hitching a ride with truckers.
Indian gaming regulators nominated Bush taps lawyer for national panel (WASHINGTON) -- An Interior Department lawyer has been nominated to become the chairman of the government panel that regulates Indian gambling.
Battlefield monument improvements planned (MONTANA) -- The Battle of Canyon Creek fought near Laurel Sept. 13, 1877, wasn't a major fight in the grand scheme of the Indian Wars.
Few urban Navajos vote in tribal elections (ARIZONA) -- Leland Leonard dreams of the day when the power of Navajo urban voters will equal that of their counterparts on the Navajo Reservation.
NW Tribe's Healing Pole Raised In New York State Park (NEW YORK) -- The Healing Pole, a 13-foot monument carved and painted by members of Washington state's Lummi Indian tribe, traveled three weeks and more than 4,000 miles to be placed here over the weekend -- a gift to those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11.
Native whalers get travel grant ENGLAND: Funds will let three attend whaling commission quota meeting. (ALASKA) -- A federal grant will allow three members of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission to travel to England to discuss subsistence quotas for bowhead whales.
Miami court revives tribal challenge to 'Glades cleanup planning (FLORIDA) -- An appeals court has revived a lawsuit by Miccosukee Indians challenging the federal approach to Everglades cleanup planning as bureaucratic foot-dragging shielded from public input.
Nammys take root with 5th annual show (WISCONSIN) -- When the Native American Music Awards make their Midwest debut here Sept. 7, a major new institution of native culture will mark its coming of age.
Duwamish honor past with a canoe journey (WASHINGTON) -- Although they've lost their land and federal tribal recognition, over the weekend the Duwamish Indians celebrated what they have - a rich history and new memories to add to it.
Worlds rejoined (MASSACHUSETTS) -- They grew up in parallel worlds. As comfortable in moccasins and a loincloth as he is in blue jeans and Nikes, Annawon Weeden wears his long black hair woven in a pair of braids often tied together with a scrap of deerskin.
Federal housing grants awarded to Wyoming tribes (WYOMING) -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded two Wyoming Indian Tribes grants in an effort to fight housing problems on the Wind River Reservation.
A first: Tribe elects female president (ARIZONA) -- The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community elected its first female president Tuesday.
Ranch Sale at Massacre Site to Close in December (COLORADO) -- The sale of a 1,465-acre ranch at the heart of the future Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is expected to close in December.
Tribe Meets with Company Over Proposed Northern Wisconsin Mine (WISCONSIN) -- A company that wants to build a mine near in northern Wisconsin appears willing to work with a Chippewa Indian band that opposes the project, tribal delegates say.
Tribe, environmentalists sue to stop water transfers from California sea (CALIFORNIA) -- Conservationists and an American Indian tribe sued the federal government Wednesday in an attempt to stop water transfers they claim could further threaten the dying Salton Sea.
Bush to Nominate 25 Individuals and Designate One to Serve in His Administration:
The President intends to nominate Philip Hogen to be Chairman of the
National Indian Gaming Commission for a three-year term. Hogen is currently
the Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs at the Department of the
Interior. He served as a member of the National Indian Gaming Commission
from 1995 to 1999, and from 1992 to 1993, he was the Director of the
Office of American Indian Trust at the Department of Interior. From
1981 to 1991, he was the United States Attorney for the District of
South Dakota. Hogen is a graduate of Augustana College and the University
of South Dakota School of Law.
Ute tribe's action preventing turnover of shields Ancient artifacts were awarded to Navajo officials (UTAH) -- National Park Service officials say an appeal is preventing, at least for now, the proposed release of ancient Indian shields found in Utah to Navajo tribal officials in Arizona.
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