Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Tribes seek help from Feds (MAINE) -- Maine’s Indian tribes are taking steps to get the federal government to intervene in their effort to be considered sovereign nations by the state of Maine.

Adam Beach is a man on a mission (CANADA) -- "The government doesn't do sh*t for us! If I had waited for the government to "help me", I would still be waiting. First Nations people have got to stop depending on government, hoping that government will help them, or even working with government at all, if we want to make things happen"

Navajo Nation: We want smoke to stop (NEW MEXICO) -- In a corner of the Navajo Nation burdened by old and heavily polluting coal-fired power plants, it matters little to many tribal elders that another facility promises to be the most efficient and cleanest of all.

Temecula seeks assurance that land won't be developed (CALIFORNIA) -- The city wants assurances that the transfer of 1,178 acres of federal land to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians won't lead to development in areas of Riverside and San Diego counties designed to be open space.

Obama takes aim at general election (MONTANA) -- While Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama bulks up his campaign for Montana's pivotal June 3 primary, he's also looking ahead to the general election and being competitive here against Republican John McCain, Obama's campaign manager said Wednesday.

Crows Thrilled to Be Obama's 'Brothers and Sisters' (MONTANA) -- Some Crow tribal members waited in line more than six hours to ensure they would have a good view when the first presidential candidate to visit their reservation stepped to the stage to speak.

AFN leader rejects calls for restrictions on compensation (CANADA) -- The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is rejecting calls from First Nations leaders in the Yukon to put restrictions on what residential school survivors do with their compensation payments.

Net found on east side (MINNESOTA) -- A gill net was found on the east side of Mille Lacs Lake by Big Point on Sunday, May 11. A Minnesota DNR conservation officer pulled the net on Wednesday, May 14, and turned it over to a Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission conservation officer.

Ojibwe practice spearing and netting on Mille Lacs Lake (MINNESOTA) -- It was midnight on Mille Lacs Lake when three Fond du Lac spear-fishermen discovered a massive ice floe creeping closer to their nine nets.

Development long overdue / Tribal chairman says oil royalties will help with programs, debt (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The long-term goal of royalties that the Three Affiliated Tribes will receive from oil wells drilled on the Fort Berthold Reservation will help pay a $100 million-plus debt and also provide money for services to tribal members, said Tribal Chairman Marcus Wells Jr.

Officials discuss oil exploration (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes sees new opportunities in oil exploration but says it may come at a price.

Marathon drilling well on Fort Berthold (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Terry Kovacevich, operations manager for Marathon Oil Co. in Dickinson, said he can’t say much about the Bakken well that his company is drilling on the Fort Berthold Reservation because of the confidential nature of it.

Guards did not act to save native man: report (CANADA) -- Martin Blackwind, a native prison inmate, was bleeding to death in his cell from a deep self-inflicted slash to his arm. But staff offered him no first aid and took 10 minutes to call an ambulance, a scathing new report says.

Official: Spitting sparked Okla. prison melee (OKLAHOMA) -- A melee that left two prison inmates dead was a battle between blacks and American Indians sparked by a spitting incident three days earlier, a prison official said Tuesday.

BIA approves funding for Navajo Nation to pay outstanding autopsy bill (NEW MEXICO) -- New Mexico death investigators could soon begin conducting many more autopsies for the Navajo Nation. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to release funds to the tribe to pay an outstanding bill with the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

Lubicon Nation in a battle of survival (TORONTO) -- Despite widespread condemnation, the process to approve a massive natural gas pipeline across the unceded territory of a small Cree nation in Alberta appears set to begin without any adjustment to address aboriginal concerns.

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