Friday, May 16, 2008

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Soboba situation remains tense today (CALIFORNIA) -- The situation remained tense today on the Soboba Indian Reservation, where three Indians have been killed this month in two shootouts with Riverside County sheriff's deputies.

Priest calls for calm on Soboba reservation after shootings (CALIFORNIA) -- The priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church on the Soboba Indian Reservation is appealing for calm and peace to return to the reservation, which has been struck by violence.

ICT EDITORIAL: Fatal flaws in Public Law 280 (NEW YORK) -- A May 12 gunfight that left two Native people dead in southern California is the most recent of six shootings involving local police and members of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians.

Tribe to meet with Riverside sheriffs, mediators on shootout (CALIFORNIA) -- When Riverside County sheriff's deputies and SWAT officers stormed the Soboba Indian Reservation and killed two suspects in an hourlong gunbattle, they enforced a lockdown so strict even the tribe's leader wound up sleeping in his casino parking lot.

Stay for smoke shops is lifted (OKLAHOMA) -- Six Mayes County smoke shops are now under an Oklahoma Tax Commission rule that limits the number of cigarettes that tribal smoke shops can receive.

Native American Bank hush on president's leave (MONTANA) -- Who's in charge of the bank? Native American Bank board leaders have yet to announce why the national bank's president was placed on administrative leave more than two weeks ago.

Actor Adam Beach has plan to back First Nations films and TV (CANADA) -- One of Canada's most prominent First Nations film stars has a plan to get more aboriginal stories into movie theatres and onto the airwaves.

Crowd waits, then welcomes Clinton for short speech (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Bill Clinton returned to the land of the Oglala Lakota without the massive security detail, rock-star excitement and national press corps that followed him on his first stop here nine years ago.

Clinton promises war on diabetes among Native American youths (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Former President Bill Clinton promised that his wife will wage a war on diabetes among Native American youths and fight for the "overlooked" and "mistreated" if she is elected president.

JODI RAVE: Offering hope to Native America (MONTANA) -- Speaking at the University of Montana on Wednesday, Bill Clinton asked young people to consider their future. “You are moving into a 21st century world that is full of promise and excitement,” he said.

Feds object to $380M Crow Tribe land bill (MONTANA) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Thursday objected to details of a proposed $380 million loan program that would let the Crow tribe buy up and consolidate land on its Montana reservation.

Clean-Air Rules Protecting Parks Set to Be Eased (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Bush administration is on the verge of implementing new air quality rules that will make it easier to build power plants near national parks and wilderness areas, according to rank-and-file agency scientists and park managers who oppose the plan...

In rural Alaska, some communities are being pushed to the very edge by high cost of fuel (ALASKA) -- Last winter, old people in Emmonak sometimes brought six-gallon plastic jugs to the tank farm at 20 below. They would pull the jug home on a sled, carrying enough stove oil to heat their house for the rest of the week.

KEVIN ABOUREZK: Lakota Man Not Letting Youth Get In Way (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Kevin Killer planned to follow in his father's footsteps. He wanted to become an accountant and had begun taking college classes to that end. Then fate intervened.

Makah judge fails to empanel jury to prosecute whalers (WASHINGTON) -- They promised tough prosecution, but in the end the Makah Nation couldn't put together a jury to try five whalers who were charged with illegally killing a gray whale off Neah Bay last fall.

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