Sunday, June 22, 2008

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Heal now, candidate tells CBC (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) conciliatory tone turned sharp on Thursday when Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) pressed him on how there needs to be healing in the Democratic Party.

Federal prosecutor rejects criticism of Justice Department (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A leading federal prosecutor defended the efforts of the Bush administration on Thursday amid criticism of the dismal state of law enforcement in Indian Country.

O'odham chair calls for border meeting / Says Chertoff shows Nation 'total disrespect' (ARIZONA) -- Tohono O'odham Chairman Ned Norris Jr. has grown incensed with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff — who has rebuffed requests to meet and invoked a waiver to build border barriers on current and ancestral O'odham land.

New York takes aim, again, at tax-free reservation tobacco sales / New law would put pressure on cigarette manufacturers (NEW YORK) -- The state will try a new tactic in an effort to collect taxes on sales of tax-free cigarettes sold by Indian retailers. Negotiators said Friday a legislative deal that will be ready for passage Monday in the Senate and Assembly would make it illegal for a tobacco manufacturer to sell cigarettes to any wholesaler who has failed to agree to stop selling tax-free cigarettes to Indian retailers, such as those on Seneca Nation reservations.

Sacred Runners Arrive in Indian Island (MAINE) -- The runners carry embers from last year's sacred flame from Woodstock New Brunswick to Indian Island. This week, tribal leaders will discuss cultural and political issues that affect native people.

Penobscot Nation hosts annual Wabanaki Conference (MAINE) -- Runners escorting embers from a Sacred Fire that’s been burning for 14 years arrived Saturday on Indian Island for the annual Wabanaki Confederacy Conference.

Pee Dee Indian nation might get federal recognition (SOUTH CAROLINA) -- After more than a century of being ignored by the U.S. government, the Pee Dee Indian Nation of Upper South Carolina and its 532 local tribal members soon might gain federal recognition.

Action promised for Fort Berthold oil (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The secretary of Interior, who oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will provide an action plan by July 7 detailing how the agency will expedite oil drilling permits on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Fuel tax refund deadline June 30 (NORTH DAKOTA) -- North Dakota State Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced that June 30 will be the last day eligible consumers may apply for a refund of state fuel taxes.

Water works / Fort Berthold Reservation officials working to meet residents’ water needs (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Water divides the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota. Yet getting that water from the Missouri River to reservation homes and businesses has been a long-time struggle for leaders of the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Fish-eating Indians have crucial stake in clean Columbia River (WASHINGTON) -- No one is more closely connected to the Columbia River than the people who consume its bounty. And, unfortunately, no one is more susceptible to its ills.

Western U.S. foresees problems with water (WASHINGTON) -- When Ray Colbert wanted out after five decades of growing apples, his son didn’t want the farm in Washington’s rugged sagebrush just south of the Canadian border. No one else did either.

EPA Asked To Consider Proposed Coal Plant's Technology (NEW MEXICO) -- Gov. Bill Richardson and Attorney General Gary King want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that a proposed coal-fired power plant has the best technology to deal with pollutants before construction can begin.

Radioactive Déjà Vu in the American West (USA) -- In the American West, we take global warming personally. Like those polar bears desperately hunting for dwindling ice floes, we feel we're on the frontlines of the new weather regime.

Cape Flattery On the blustery edge of America (WASHINGTON) -- A new paved road has made Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the continental United States, more accessible. With the new road, the Makah hope to see more tourism come to nearby Neah Bay.

National Bison Range: CSKT, FWS sign pact (MONTANA) -- Calling it a “historic opportunity,” James Steele Jr. pledged Thursday that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will make the most of a new funding agreement that will return some responsibilities at the National Bison Range to the tribes.

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