Saturday, June 21, 2008

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Senate bill aims to reduce tribal crime (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Federal statistics have shown that American Indians are the victims of violent crime at more than double the national rate. Senators are now pushing legislation that would give tribes more resources and assistance to enforce and prosecute those crimes.

Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment to open cafe and steakhouse in Yankee Stadium (FLORIDA) -- Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment has announced that the New York Yankees have agreed to enter into a long-term agreement with the company to open a Hard Rock Cafe in the new Yankee Stadium.

Gila River governor recall election today (ARIZONA) -- Gila River Indian Community members will cast their votes today in a special recall election that may decide the political future of tribal Governor William R. Rhodes.

What comes next after the apology? (BRITISH COLUMBIA) -- Further steps need to be taken now after the residential school apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It’s time to advance healing, now more than ever, said survivor and Tseshaht tribe member Randy Fred.

Sioux nickname committee won’t be named today (NORTH DAKOTA) -- North Dakota University System Chancellor William Goetz will not name a committee to consider the future of UND’s controversial Fighting Sioux nickname at a State Board of Higher Education meeting today in Fargo, despite suggesting in recent months he’d be prepared to do so.

Salmonella siickens 77 / More New Mexicans report illnesses suspected from tomatoes (NEW MEXICO) -- The number of New Mexicans who have reported becoming sick after eating fresh tomatoes linked to salmonella poisoning has grown to 77, state health and environmental officials said Tuesday.

IHS nurses credited with finding salmonella source (ARIZONA) -- A lot of the credit for figuring out that tomatoes were causing the recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning has to go to U.S. Public Health Service nurses working for the Indian Health Service in Shiprock.

Forest County, Potawatomi at odds over land parcel (WISCONSIN) -- Litigation between Forest County and the Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) appears inevitable after the Forest County Board of Supervisors voted against withdrawing 880 acres of land from the county forest to sell to the tribal community and terminated their Land Option Agreement with the tribe.

Bids flow at Osage oil-lease auction (OKLAHOMA) -- Oil and gas leases sold Wednesday at a live auction by the Osage Nation garnered roughly three times the amount per lease as a similar auction in March, tribal officials said.

Anxiety Grows in West Over Firefighting Efforts (CALIFORNIA) -- As fire season arrives in the West, there are growing doubts about the region’s ability to attack the kind of sweeping blazes that devastated parts of California last year.

Program readies Native American youth to become successful entrepreneurs (MONTANA) -- Matt Walker, 12, would like to own a business one day. He hasn't pinned down what type, but after this week Matt, who will enter eighth grade at East Middle School next fall, will be better equipped to pursue future entrepreneurial efforts.

Idea of Offshore Drilling Seems to Be Spreading (FLORIDA) -- Gov. Charlie Crist stepped on the third rail of Florida politics this week when he abandoned his opposition to drilling offshore for oil and natural gas. But surprise, surprise, he did not die.

COLUMN: Bad Day in the Rose Garden (WASHINGTON, DC) -- It’s very easy, in our chaotic world, to lose track. Did you know, for instance, that “ER” is still on television? That “The Phantom of the Opera” is still on Broadway? That Hugh Hefner is still dating?

Will $4 Gasoline Trump a 27-Year-Old Ban? (WASHINGTON, DC) -- One was an oilman from Texas, the other a high-paid energy executive. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, for seven years George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have been unable to persuade Congress and the public that domestic oil drilling is an answer to America’s energy needs.

McCain Sets Goal of 45 New Nuclear Reactors by 2030 (MISSOURI) -- Senator John McCain said Wednesday that he wanted 45 new nuclear reactors built in the United States by 2030, a course he called “as difficult as it is necessary.”

BLOG: Response to Medved's column (CALIFORNIA) -- Here's a response I posted to Michael Medved's column "First Americans, First Ecologists?" You can find it amid the comments of the anti-Indian conservatives who agree with Medved:

Report on Climate Predicts Extremes / More Droughts Likely in North America (WASHINGTON, DC) -- As greenhouse-gas emissions rise, North America is likely to experience more droughts and excessive heat in some regions even as intense downpours and hurricanes pound others more often, according to a report issued yesterday by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

Tulalip's Boom City offers site to use fireworks legally (WASHINGTON) -- Every year, Boom City blooms like a bottle rocket, showering the region with an overwhelming selection of some of the most colorful and dangerous fireworks that amateur pyrotechnicians can find.

Farmers struggle to modernize old system (NEW MEXICO) -- Farming along the San Juan River has gone through many changes over the years, from traditional farming before white settlement, to the federally initiated Fruitland Project, which endeavored to bring water from the nearby river to Navajo farms starting in the 1930s.

Judge Demands Documents From Navajo Trust Managers (UTAH) -- A federal judge said managers of a Navajo nonprofit organization have 10 days to turn over financial information for an oil trust or face contempt charges.

Whose fault is $4.7 million loss? / Panel votes to fire Begay, then changes its mind (ARIZONA) -- The Budget and Finance Committee voted Tuesday to seek the removal of Division of Economic Development Director Allan Begay, then changed its mind.

Persistence pays off: Upper Fruitland dedicates chapter house (NEW MEXICO) -- Construction of the new chapter house in Upper Fruitland was a lesson in persistence, Council Delegate LoRenzo Bates told the community Wednesday at the dedication ceremony.

Engineers help modernize tribes’ village / Celilo Village, near The Dalles, presented Cooper Zietz team with design challenges (OREGON) -- The Celilo Village project will bring a new standard of living to the native tribes who live in this village near The Dalles. Portland’s Cooper Zietz Engineers provided the civil, structural, electrical, mechanical and architectural design of new Celilo Village facilities, including on-site consultations, inspections and meetings.

Water shut-off on Manitoba reserve an 'act of terrorism': chief (MANITOBA) -- A move by a Manitoba water company to shut off water service to the Roseau River First Nation is "an act of terrorism against our community," the band's chief said Wednesday.

Kayenta airstrip fuels grazing-lease family's woes (ARIZONA) -- Construction crews are scheduled to begin work Monday on improvements to the Kayenta airstrip that will make it safer. But to do that, Kayenta Township officials will need to reach an agreement with the family that owns grazing rights to the land, the Sullivans.

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