Monday, June 9, 2008

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Indian money suit could hit another stumbling block Monday (WASHINGTON, DC) -- It has been 12 years since a group of American Indians sued the government, saying Washington had cheated them out of profits from land royalties since 1887.

JODI RAVE: Judge seeks end to 12-year suit over Indian money (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A federal judge today will open the trial that may award billions of dollars to American Indian landowners whose income from natural resources has been mismanaged and misused by the U.S. government for more than a century.

Four Natives Win in Primaries (NEBRASKA) -- Four Native American candidates for political offices — Denise Juneau, Kevin Killer, Todd Gloria and Joey Jayne — won primary elections June 3.

The View From Flandreau on Ages of Obama, McCain (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Native American people traditionally choose elders as tribal leaders. The theory is this: Elders' experience and knowledge become wisdom and ensure the tribe's security.

Tribe's council meets in defiance of court order (OKLAHOMA) -- A dispute between two arms of the Seneca-Cayuga's tribal government has taken another turn. The Miami, Okla.-based tribe's general council met yesterday, even after a tribal court had ordered the meeting to be postponed.

Council vote repeals court (OKLAHOMA) -- Members of the Seneca-Cayuga tribe's General Council have voted to abolish the tribal court, less than a year after it was created, as well as the tribe's police force.

Energy development divides First Nations / Montana tribes disagree on the merits of mining coal, oil and gas (MONTANA) -- For many decades, neighbouring rival American Indian Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes have suffered high unemployment and poverty in a remote area of one of the most remote states.

Students catalog tepee rings where ancient tribes lived (MONTANA) -- Looters and collectors got there first in almost every case, but enough evidence may remain in the hundreds of tepee rings that cover Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area to fill information gaps 10,000 years wide.

Montana tribe opts for schools off reservation (MONTANA) -- One of the last traditional chiefs of the Crow Indian tribe, named Plenty Coups, had a vision as the Old West was fading. Education would be the way of the future, he said - a choice to be either the "the white man's victim" or "the white man's equal."

Final trials held for Denver Columbus Day parade protesters (COLORADO) -- Eight months after Denver's annual Columbus Day parade, trials arising from a parade controversy ended May 30 with the acquittal of a Lakota woman in a wheelchair who had joined the protest because she felt the parade celebrated oppression.

Paving the way / Economic blueprint may eradicate poverty in Anishinabek Nation (ONTARIO) -- A 20-year economic blueprint will pave the way to eradicating poverty in the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Chief John Beaucage believes.

Jail sentences set aside / Seven leaders freed by Ontario court of appeal (ONTARIO) -- An Ontario appeals court has set aside the six-month jail sentences imposed on seven aboriginal leaders who were incarcerated for refusing to cease protesting mining exploration in their traditional territory.

BRENDA NORRELL: Ohio Police terrorized Longest Walk women and children (OHIO) -- Seated at the Longest Walk Northern Route camp in the woods, Marie Littlemoon, Mescalero Apache cook and walker, remembers how Columbus, Ohio police grabbed her, bruising her right arm, and terrified the preschoolers in the car, as the walkers walked the prayer near downtown Columbus.

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