Monday, May 12, 2008

Native News from PECHANGA.net


Impact in Oklahoma (OKLAHOMA) -- The ongoing fight between the state and American Indian tribes in Oklahoma over tobacco taxes has put the issue of compacts in the spotlight.

Contention marks tribal election at Campo Band (CALIFORNIA) -- Challenges to a tribal election here could cancel out an all-female leadership that was elected in April. The disputed election is delaying the resolution of pressing issues such as the tribal economy, which has been negatively affected by the nationwide economic downturn.

No more blood [2nd Item] (NORTH DAKOTA) -- An election on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation ended with thumbs up to a new enrollment standard and thumbs down for a larger tribal council.

Indigenous diplomacy / UN declaration on rights is gaining momentum (NEW YORK) -- At the recent United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, North American representative Tonya Gonnella Frichner called on American Indians to begin using the landmark declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples in their everyday interactions.

'Small price to pay for your conscience' / A conversation with Bob Lovelace (ONTARIO) -- Bob Lovelace, former chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and Queen's University professor, is serving a six-month sentence for refusing to promise to obey a court injunction forbidding protests against a uranium exploration company that has staked claims across 30,000 acres of traditional territory.

BRENDA NORRELL: On the Longest Walk, the sovereign self / International Indian Treaty Council and Longest Walk present human rights forum (ILLINOIS) -- The International Indian Treaty Council and the Longest Walk focused on human rights as inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples, as the walkers arrived for prayers at Cahokia Mounds and the St. Louis Arch, the gateway to the west.

BRENDA NORRELL: Censored News wins Project Censored Award 2007-2008 (USA) -- Hello friends, Many thanks to the efforts of the Indigenous Environmental Network in Bali, especially to the youths in Bali, Ben Powless, Mohawk and Jihan Gearon, Navajo, and to IEN director Tom Goldtooth, Navajo.

Are Blacks Being Victimized Twice by the Cherokee? (DELAWARE) -- In 1983, the Cherokee nation revised its constitution, stripping the Cherokee Freedmen, descendants of former Cherokee slaves, of their voting rights and citizenship status.

Obama takes on freedmen issue / The senator believes the courts, not Congress, should resolve the controversy. (WASHINGTON, DC) -- U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama has come out against any congressional interference "at this point" in the ongoing controversy over Cherokee Nation citizenship for descendants of former slaves.

Obama: Let courts decide Cherokee freedmen issue (OKLAHOMA) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama believes Congress should let the judicial system do its work before getting involved in a dispute over Cherokee citizenship.

Clinton draws crowd of old and young (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The people in the crowd Saturday at former President Bill Clinton's campaign speech on behalf of his wife were as diverse as the reasons Clinton urged supporters to vote for Hillary.

Clinton stumps for wife in S.D. (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Two days after Hillary Clinton campaigned in Sioux Falls, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, planned to stump for her Saturday afternoon on the other end of the state, in Rapid City, as the two Democratic presidential campaigns head down the home stretch with Barack Obama in the lead.

OP/ED: Civilization's last chance / The planet is nearing a tipping point on climate change, and it gets much worse, fast. (CALIFORNIA) -- Even for Americans -- who are constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start -- even for us, the world looks a little terminal right now.

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