Saturday, June 14, 2008

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Canadian churches welcome PM's apology on residential schools (ONTARIO) -- Church leaders in Canada hope action will follow a public apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to victims of a policy whereby aboriginal children were placed in residential schools run by churches under a government policy of enforced assimilation.

Editorial / Our fault, not yours (MANITOBA) -- PRIME Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons Wednesday delivered a historic apology intended to alter Canada's sorry relationship with its aboriginal people.

Lawmakers push ahead with Official Apology (OKLAHOMA) -- After centuries of mistreatment by the federal government, some lawmakers are pushing ahead with an official apology that Oklahoma Indians are regarding with skepticism.

Editorial / And on it goes (WASHINGTON) -- When the Founding Fathers created a constitutional guarantee of speedy trials, it's a good bet they didn't envision having major litigation plodding along 12 years after the filing of a lawsuit.

Editorial / Call in the debt (NEW YORK) -- A conclusion to Cobell v. Kempthorne is in sight. The accountability of the U.S. government has been of chief concern to hundreds of thousands of defrauded Indian people, some of whom died poor waiting for this day.

TACOMA: Puyallup Tribal Council looks into voting irregularity allegations (WASHINGTON) -- The makeup of the Puyallup Tribal Council remains in doubt while council members investigate allegations of irregularities in the tribe’s general election Saturday.

Iowa court strikes adoption law (IOWA) -- The Iowa Supreme Court struck down a state law meant to ensure that American Indian children are placed with tribal families when their parents give them up for adoption.

Iowa Supreme Court rules in Indian adoption case (IOWA) -- The Iowa Supreme Court says the state's rules involving the adoption of an Indian child are unconstitutional. The case involves a 20-year-old Sioux City woman who is a member of Tyme Maidu Indian tribe in California.

BIA action on freedmen to await court's ruling (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs will not take further action on the long-running controversy over the Cherokee Nation and the descendants of former slaves until a pending court case is resolved, it was learned Thursday.

Tribe Seeks $1.7 Trillion in Damages (LAS VEGAS) -- A purported Indian tribe from North Dakota is seeking $1.7 trillion in damages related to a lawsuit filed in Las Vegas by the Securities and Exchange Commission, but SEC lawyers on Wednesday are suggesting the judge strike the defendants' papers from the record.

Mission man gets 20 years for meth distribution (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A Mission man convicted of methamphetamine distribution charges has been sentenced to almost 20 years in federal prison, and two co-defendants who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges will spend two to three years in prison.

Mt. Taylor protection to be mulled / Meeting Saturday in Grants will include input (NEW MEXICO) -- The state Cultural Properties Review Committee will bring its regularly scheduled bimonthly meeting to Grants Saturday and will reconsider the February decision to temporarily designate Mount Taylor as a Traditional Cultural Property.

Mount Taylor decision to be reconsidered (NEW MEXICO) -- The New Mexico Historical Preservation Division will hold its regular meeting at the Cibola County Complex on June 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The agenda will include a discussion on temporarily designating parts of Mount Taylor as a protected cultural property.

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