Sunday, May 4, 2008

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Appeals court bars Indian tobacco tax (NEW YORK) -- Score another win for Native American businesses. An appeals court on Friday upheld a Buffalo judge's decision to bar the State Legislature from forcing tax officials to begin imposing new regulations on tobacco wholesalers dealing with Native American businesses on reservations.

Smoke Shop Owner Guilty of Racketeering (NEW YORK) -- The owner of a smoke shop on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation that prosecutors claim is a major supplier of black-market cigarettes was convicted of racketeering conspiracy on Thursday, but he was acquitted of charges that he waged a campaign of arson and murder to protect his multimillion-dollar business.

Stillaguamish tribe reaches cigarette deal with state / Smoke shop no longer risks having smokes seized as contraband (WASHINGTON) -- Truckloads of cigarettes delivered to the Blue Stilly smoke shop near Arlington are no longer at risk of being seized as contraband by the federal government.

Seneca Nation, Pennsylvania on opposite sides of child custody dispute (NEW YORK) -- Four-year-old Marissa Prechtel’s father is a Seneca Indian, and her mother is not. So under the Seneca tradition of passing on bloodlines through the mother, she never can be a Seneca.

Desert Rock protesters, executives meet in New York (NEW YORK) -- Representatives of Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment met earlier this week with the upper management of Sithe Global at the company's corporate offices in New York City.

Ginew fire still burning in Lac du Flambeau / Crowd gathers but deadline passes without action (WISCONSIN) -- The struggle between the Ginew group and Lac Du Flambeau tribal president Victoria Dowd’s supporters has reached its boiling point.

Dorgan disappointed by Artman's resignation (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said on Thursday he was disappointed by the resignation of assistant secretary Carl Artman.

Audit Finds Interior Department Falling Short on Safety Measures (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A new report warns that traveling through Yosemite National Park's 74-year-old tunnel to see the views of its iconic granite peaks might literally take your breath away.

Tribes to protest at dam owners' meeting / Klamath Basin users’ settlement agreement calls for removal of dams (OREGON) -- Tribes, fishermen and conservationists from the Klamath Basin have announced that they plan to descend on a meeting held by investor Warren Buffett May 3 to demand the removal of four hydroelectric dams.

Native Women Protest Over Warren Buffett's Klamath River Dams / Group stages demonstration calling for removal of Klamath Fish Killing Dams (NEBRASKA) -- Tonight a group of Native women from the Klamath River Basin, dressed in traditional regalia, staged a...

Buffett again rebuffs advocates who want Klamath dams out (NEBRASKA) -- American Indian tribes and salmon fisherman were rebuffed a second time Saturday in their bid to win support from billionaire Warren Buffett for a proposal to remove four hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River.

Native Americans are reclaiming a lost legacy (MINNESOTA) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is purchasing land in Scott County at a pace that's worrying Shakopee city leaders.

Tribe agrees on funding for fish (WASHINGTON) -- Yakama tribal members Wednesday night reversed a previous decision and agreed to move forward on a plan to pour about $900 million into fish restoration on the Columbia River.

Native American conference held in Bozeman (MONTANA) -- The focus was centered around "strengthening the circle" for Native American community leaders who met in Bozeman on Wednesday.

No relief / Coconino County ranchers denied drought relief payments (ARIZONA) -- 2008 started out so well. While the rest of us griped about the mud, ranchers here in Western Navajo kept anxious eyes on the San Francisco Peaks as the snow piled up, daring to hope for the first time in 12 years that it would be a wet spring.

Worker claims bias, plans to leave post / Lawsuit alleges years of town discrimination (NEW HAMPSHIRE) -- The manager of Warner's transfer station who has accused the town of discrimination has taken a long leave of absence and said he will not return to his post.

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