Thursday, May 29, 2008

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BIA, Diné, Hopi hope to repeal (ARIZONA) -- On Nov. 3, 2006, Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. and Hopi Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma signed the Navajo-Hopi Intergovernmental Compact, lifting the 40-year-old Bennett Freeze.

Workshops eye Bennett Freeze (ARIZONA) -- Navajo Nation Design and Engineering Service and planning consultants from WHPacific Inc. are conducting workshops in nine chapters designed to create a regional “Recovery Plan” for chapters affected by the former Bennett Freeze.

Campaigns help supporters with early reservation voting (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are working hard to encourage their supporters to vote early in American Indian communities and elsewhere in the state.

American Indians find new clout in presidential politics (VIRGINIA) -- Barack Obama was adopted into the Crow Nation and given the name "One Who Helps People Throughout the Land."

Crowd listens for solutions during Clinton's speech (MONTANA) -- When 10-year-old Payton Lefthand of Polson heard on the radio Tuesday morning that Sen. Hillary Clinton was going to be in Pablo - Pablo! - campaigning later in the day, he informed his grandmother of two things:

Clinton pledges help for Native people (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton asked Native American voters Wednesday to look ahead to the November general election as they cast their votes in the South Dakota presidential primary.

McCain, Obama fight for the West (NEVADA) -- Call it the political version of how to win the West. Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are tripping over each other this week in New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado, a prelude to a likely general election matchup and inevitable fight for three booming battleground states.

Obama Courts American Indians (MONTANA) -- Barack Obama is using the final primary contests to try to prove a Democrat can be competitive in stalwart Republican states. One approach: an aggressive outreach to boost American Indian turnout.

American Indians protest H.B. development (CALIFORNIA) -- A group of American Indians and its supporters united Wednesday against a developer they said isn't allowing their ancestors to rest and instead building a 300-home community on top of what is believed to be an ancient burial ground.

Pueblo man runs in most Indian of districts (NEW MEXICO) -- Benny Shendo Junior is literally running for office. He’s been touring northern New Mexico on foot and by bike in a six-way Democratic primary in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

Money problems for the Lumbee Tribe (NORTH CAROLINA) -- Five employees will lose their jobs because of a $1.7 million cut in federal funding. The cut was the result of a class action lawsuit which resulted in the Department of Housing and Urban Development having to pay $50 million to several tribes not including the Lumbees.

Native leaders demand protection from miners (TORONTO) -- Six first nations leaders from northern Ontario, who were incarcerated for defying a court order allowing a mining company to explore on their traditional territory, will be in appeal court today to argue against their six-month jail sentences.

First Nations group wants stake in new Ont. power lines (ONTARIO) -- A coalition of First Nations groups says if the government is serious about reducing aboriginal poverty, it should sell them part of one of the big transmission lines being planned to bring electricity from northern Ontario to the south.

Senate reauthorizes Native American housing program (WASHINGTO, DC) -- The Senate unanimously approved legislation to reauthorize a federal housing assistance program for Native American communities.

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