Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Native News from PECHANGA.net

'Special master' may determine American Indian payouts (WASHINGTON, DC) -- If a federal judge agrees that the government owes Indian trust account holders billions of dollars, he would then have to determine how the money should be allocated among nearly 300,000 people, their attorney said.

Judge Convicts 2 Makah in Whale Hunt (WASHINGTON) -- Two Makah tribal members who led an unsanctioned gray whale hunt last September have been convicted of federal misdemeanor charges.

Judge finds whalers guilty / Last 2 Makah members charged in rogue hunt had waived jury trial (WASHINGTON) -- A federal judge Monday found two Makah tribal members guilty of hunting and killing a gray whale. Wayne Johnson and Andy Noel waived a jury trial and stipulated to the basic facts of the rogue hunt in September, admitting that they killed the protected marine mammal.

CIGARETTES: Tax set to take its toll (NEW YORK) -- Local convenience stores see trouble in the proposal to nearly double the state’s tax on cigarettes. The state Legislature recently agreed to boosting the tax to $1.25 per pack, slightly less than the original increase hammered out in backroom negotiations between Gov. David Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.

County leaders anticipate ruling on Duroville (CALIFORNIA) -- A federal judge in February gave court-appointed overseers 60 days to study solutions at Duroville and prepare a recommendation.

Indian leaders want Dumas out (NORTH CAROLINA) -- Leaders of Native American organizations in North Carolina continue to push for the termination of radio host Bob Dumas and his morning crew at G-105, after comments made on the air last week.

D-Q backers stage protest over last week's arrests (CALIFORNIA) -- Displaced students and supporters returned Sunday to D-Q University to pray and to protest a crackdown by campus and Yolo County law enforcement officials on demonstrators occupying the tribal college.

Twenty more D-Q arrests (CALIFORNIA) -- Eighteen individuals were arrested at D-Q University Mar. 31 for trespassing. Two more were arrested Wednesday when police were on a regular route patrol.

Possible 'new' faces for D-QU board (CALIFORNIA) -- Occupants and community activists trickled to D-Q University on Sunday to elect new leadership amongst themselves, in an attempt to push out the current Board of Trustees.

'A beautiful moment' / Longest Walkers arrive in Window Rock (ARIZONA) -- For Larry Anderson, Council delegate from Fort Defiance , it was a beautiful moment to welcome the Longest Walk 2 participants to the Navajo Nation capital as a leader, especially since 30 years ago he was a part of the original Longest Walk.

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