Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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Tribe, Ho-Chunk resolve disputes (NEBRASKA) -- Recent infighting between top officials in the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska appears to be over. The Winnebago Tribal Council and the Ho-Chunk Inc. board of directors have agreed to develop a comprehensive financial reporting system and communications plan to avoid repeating a nearly year-long string of disputes that have plagued the tribe and its $100 million business, Ho-Chunk Inc.

In battle against black-market cigarettes, NYC targets wholesaler (NEW YORK) -- The city has gone to court in an attempt to punish a tobacco wholesaler it accuses of fueling the region's trade in black-market cigarettes.

Chapters scramble for Internet (ARIZONA) -- Though the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters may have lost wireless service provided by OnSat Native American Services Inc. Monday, those served by local Internet providers Frontier and Sacred Wind, as well as the Nation’s Department of Information Technology, are still connected to the Internet.

Cherokees say they're entitled to lower tobacco tax rate (OKLAHOMA) -- The Cherokee Nation has told state officials it believes the tribe is entitled to a 25-cent flat tax rate on the sale of tobacco products, a claim the state is disputing.

Tribal police to gain power to arrest non-Indians (WASHINGTON) -- Tulalip Tribal police officers soon will have the power to protect their community -- all of it. Newly minted Sheriff John Lovick plans to cross commission 17 of the 22 tribal officers on Friday.

Indian Affairs panel to speak about radio remarks (NORTH CAROLINA) -- The N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs has called a news conference today in Raleigh regarding racially charged comments made on the air last week on Raleigh radio station G105.

Tribe considers pact with drug agency (OKLAHOMA) -- In an effort to battle the rising number of drug crimes on tribal land, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is considering a unique agreement that would allow a tribal police officer to be cross-commissioned as a federal drug agent.

BRENDA NORRELL: Sand Creek, healing the wounds of a massacre (COLORADO) -- Before first light, the Longest Walk arrived at the site of the massacre of Cheyenne and Arapahoe children, women and men. Some of the walkers had seen the spirit women dancing and clapping during the women’s walk toward Sand Creek.

The Longest Walk is a cross-country march focused on protecting American Indian rights and heritage (KANSAS) -- Hundreds of American Indian activists traveled through Kansas in 1978 as they walked from California to Washington, D.C., for Native American freedoms. Wichitan Rick Regan, who met them at the Mid-America All-Indian Center, said he'll never forget the sea of people in red T-shirts participating in the Longest Walk, a civil rights march.

JODI RAVE: Obama gains 1 Montana superdelegate; another retracts support (MONTANA) -- Barack Obama picked up the support of a key Montana superdelegate Monday following his weekend visit to the state, while another superdelegate was forced to retract her endorsement of the Illinois senator because of party rules.

MORON ALERT: UND sorority Indian party investigation heads to hearing phase (NORTH DAKOTA) -- UND’s Dean of Students Office has completed its early investigation of a campus sorority party at which students wore mock American Indian clothes, red face and body paint.

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