Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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BIA leader resigns amid controversy (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Bureau of Indian Affairs leader Carl Artman, a major player in the ongoing freedmen controversy with the Cherokee Nation, is leaving office, U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced Monday.

Money award expected in American Indian trust case (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A federal judge said Monday he's determined to figure out how much money the federal government owes more than 300,000 American Indians for mismanaging their trust accounts.

Townsend lawsuit still in court system (NEW YORK) -- A lawsuit filed over the collection of sales taxes on goods sold at Native American businesses by Assemblyman David Townsend, R-Sylvan Beach, continued through the court system this week, Townsend said.

Meacham says state moving slowly toward single tobacco tax rate (OKLAHOMA) -- The current state of tobacco compacts between the state and American Indian tribes in Oklahoma is a mess, and the state is hoping to work towards a single tax rate for all areas, State Treasurer Scott Meacham said Tuesday.

Hog farm standoff (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- On the morning of April 22, Charles Mix County police arrested 15 Yankton Sioux tribal members, including adult men and women, and teens as young as 16, for blocking construction of a hog farm on privately held land within the reservation boundaries.

Saskatchewan native group reaches out to Jewish congress (OTTAWA) -- The Federation for Saskatchewan Indian Nations has requested a meeting with a prominent Jewish group to discuss the proposed reinstatement of disgraced aboriginal leader David Ahenakew.

Lac du Flambeau tribal factions debate XIT investment (WISCONSIN) -- Whether plowing millions of dollars into a Texas-based computer security and communications company called XIT Networks is a smart investment depends upon whom you ask.

Roadblocks coming down in Caledonia: minister (ONTARIO) -- The province's aboriginal affairs minister says peace is being restored in the southern Ontario community of Caledonia. Michael Bryant says both the road barricade of a local highway and the recent blockade of a rail line are being dismantled.

New MMS committee to revise Indian oil valuation (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The US Minerals Management Service published a notice on Apr. 28 that it is forming a committee to consider recommendations for revising the rule governing valuation of oil produced from American Indian leases.

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