Saturday, May 31, 2008

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Temporary BIA chief tapped (WASHINGTON, DC) -- In a move involving plenty of top-level Interior Department political maneuvering, George T. Skibine has become the new head of the BIA.

Backlogs bring Dorgan thunder down on BIA (WASHINGTON, DC) -- In Carl Artman's final appearance before Congress as head of the BIA, Sen. Byron Dorgan treated him to a controlled explosion of anger at the bureau.

Mashantuckets seek open budget process in hearing before tribal court (CONNECTICUT) -- Members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe were back in tribal court Thursday outlining why they believe the tribal council should include the membership in its decision to cut the budget by $40 million.

Banished Snoqualmie file civil-rights lawsuit (WASHINGTON) -- Nine banished members of the Snoqualmie tribe have filed a federal lawsuit in the latest round of an ongoing fight for control of the tribe, poised to open one of the state's most lucrative gambling casinos this fall.

Clinton touts wife's policies / Ex-president keeps Mitchell crowd entertained despite rain (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- As it comes to the final two primary elections in South Dakota and Montana next week, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination might seem as rumpled and worn as some forlorn shirt discovered jammed in the luggage at the end of a long road trip.

Barack Obama turns his fire on John McCain ahead of final primaries (MONTANA) -- Unleashing the next phase of the battle for the White House, Barack Obama turned his fire on Republican rival John McCain this weekend as the two men staked out the West as the new frontier in American politics.

The race continues / Presidential candidates keep pace in Indian country (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Indian vote is on the minds of all three remaining presidential candidates. In recent days, a Native Olympic legend endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain met with the National Congress of American Indians, and Sen. Hillary Clinton made a series of historic visits to Indian reservations.

Amy Hill Hearth's second oral history touches her own past (NEW JERSEY) -- Amy Hill Hearth opens the door of her home holding a dog. Dot, a Boston terrier about the size of a large potato, has bowed legs and genetic deformities, and Hill Hearth drove all the way to Washington, D.C., to rescue her.

OP/ED: The day McCain showed his colors (ARIZONA) -- It's been nearly 20 years since I sat next to Sen. John McCain in a helicopter flying over the White Mountains, but I remember my impression of the man: a steady gaze, keen intellect and a passion to do what is right.

Native leaders planning 'rolling protest' (VANCOUVER) -- Aboriginal leaders in British Columbia will meet in mid-June to arrange the first "rolling protest" designed to highlight native poverty, land claims and other issues, and to flesh out plans for further demonstrations before the next provincial and federal elections and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

New report recommends rehabilitation of P.L. 280 (CALIFORNIA) -- When attorney Carole Goldberg was asked by a law professor at Stanford Law School in 1970 to research Public Law 280 for a book he was writing, she produced a 100-page paper. The subject intrigued her, she told Indian Country Today.

Savilla: Bring back our commissioner (WASHINGTON, DC) -- This writing is about a farce called an assistant secretary for Indian Affairs (AS-IA). I was compelled to write after reading a report in this paper, ''Clock ticking to replace BIA chief'' [Vol. 27, Iss. 50], by Rob Capriccioso.

Longest Walk 2 takes break at USM (MISSISSIPPI) -- Burning sage and beating drums, about 80 participants in the Longest Walk 2 stopped to make a circle around the Medicine Wheel Garden at the University of Southern Mississippi campus on Thursday.

BRENDA NORRELL: Hopi and Navajo truths confirmed by science in US censored climate report (ARIZONA) -- With the release of the US censored climate report -- that Bush and his corporate handlers censored for four years -- the words of the late Hopi spiritual leaders are mirrored forth.

North Dakota, tribe reach accord on reservation oil taxes (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Oil industry officials predict a new tax and regulatory accord between North Dakota and the Three Affiliated Tribes will spur exploration of oil-producing rock beneath the tribe's reservation.

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