Sunday, April 27, 2008

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The Federal approach to Indian land: 2 case studies (NEW YORK) -- Case study: EPA. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has an official policy regarding Indian lands that delegates some authority to Indian governments and retains some for the federal government.

OP/ED: Trust status would limit oversight (NEW YORK) -- Placing thousands of acres of Oneida Indian land into federal trust would give the Nation virtual free rein when it comes to land-use decisions, new construction and environmental matters.

Wisconsin experience offers insight (NEW YORK) -- Indian nations across the country have been involved in negotiations with local governments similar to those the Oneida Indian Nation of New York might go through relating to trust lands.

Taxes, codes and liquor: A closer look at Nation's approaches (NEW YORK) -- Even without federal trust status for its land, the Oneida Nation already doesn't follow numerous state and local laws. A closer look:

Tulalips approve tax on land sales / The tribe wants to assess a 17 percent tax on the sale of land to non-Indians, which must be approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. (WASHINGTON) -- Non-Indians who purchase land from Tulalip tribal members within the boundaries of the Tulalip Indian Reservation may be assessed a tax of about 17 percent of the sale price beginning this summer.

U.S. spends $3.9 billion on water / Fed's commitment to Indian water rights settlements questioned (ARIZONA) -- In the past four years, the Bush administration spent $2.3 billion on water infrastructure in Iraq, $1.6 billion on water-related issues in other countries, and $2.5 billion on water rights claims in the West outside Indian Country.

Educators applauded for Indian curriculum (MONTANA) -- Montana educators won praise from a panel of national education leaders Friday at the Montana Indian Education Association conference.

Jones will listen (OKLAHOMA) -- Once again, the autocratic manner of two separate committee chairmen in the state House of Representatives has reared its ugly head. On April 2, state Rep. Guy Liebmann threatened Chief Chad Smith of the Cherokee Tribe with removal from the room if he continued to press his request to be heard on the English-only bill.

Creek council expresses opposition to English-only bill (OKLAHOMA) -- The Muscogee (Creek) National Council passed a resolution Saturday opposing a measure in the state Legislature that would make English Oklahoma's official language.

Tribal Council balks at order to reinstate chief (WASHINGTON) -- Even though a review board has ordered fired Yakama Tribal Police Chief Davis Washines back to work, the Tribal Council refuses to give him his job back.

Gathering of Nations / Powwow is cash cow, spiritual event (NEW MEXICO) -- Tens of thousands of people, primarily tribal and pueblo members from throughout the U.S. and Canada, will pack the indoor PIT basketball arena today and Saturday at the University of New Mexico for the 25th annual Gathering of Nations powwow.

CDIB: Cherokees, Deception, Indians & Blacks / A response to the new “Cherokee Nation Truth in Advertising Act” (OKLAHOMA) -- “Cherokee Nation Truth in Advertising for Native Art Act” is in effect at the Cherokee Nation! Time to celebrate Indian Country! It’s different from the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act in that we actually require federally recognized tribal citizens to actually say that you’re an Indian artist to sell art in the Cherokee Nation.

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