Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Native News from PECHANGA.net

Sheriff enlists retired Riverside officer as liaison with county's Indian tribes (CALIFORNIA) -- Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff on Monday named a retired Riverside city police officer and member of the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians tribe as interim liaison to the county's tribal councils.

Band council ignoring calls for help, Musqueam members say (VANCOUVER) -- British Columbia's Musqueam Indian band council has often refused drug and alcohol treatment to its members who asked for help in escaping the desperate conditions in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, band members involved in a volatile protest on the Musqueam reserve say.

The two faces of Musqueam Nation (VANCOUVER) -- Mike Sparrow moved out of his home on the Musqueam Indian band reserve in south Vancouver 10 months ago after his daughter was born. Splotchy black-and-white spots of mould had spread over the ceiling and walls of his partly renovated home.

Arizona Indians' path to voting (ARIZONA) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has made a special effort to reach out to a group of Americans who were not even allowed to vote when he was born. Next month will mark the 60th anniversary of the Arizona Supreme Court decision giving American Indians the right to vote.

Land Lawsuit Filed (WISCONSIN) -- The Forest County Potawatomi Community has made good on its promise to take the County to court over a piece of land.

University system chancellor plans to meet with UND leaders on Fighting Sioux nickname (NORTH DAKOTA) -- North Dakota University System Chancellor William Goetz said Thursday he plans to meet with some UND campus leaders in coming weeks to discuss the future of the school’s controversial Fighting Sioux nickname before naming a committee to formally address the issue.

Native niche (NEW MEXICO) -- Dyron Murphy Architects P.C. likes to extol how their firm brings a unique perspective to the field of architecture. With the motto “Serving the Native American community with modern design built on traditional principles” and with a focus on “green building” they've found a ready market for their talents.

Native protesters say truckers blasted through blockade (EDMONTON) -- A First Nations blockade on a highway near the Alberta border in northern British Columbia has been shut down a day early after two heavy-rig trucks blew past native protesters, nearly striking four people, said a spokesman for the group.

Students find tribe's buffalo stone story hidden away (MONTANA) -- As far back as he can remember, Glen Still Smoking II has known the story of the buffalo stone. Called iniskim by traditional members of his Blackfeet tribe, the small stone, usually a fossilized shell found on the Montana prairie, is used in a ritual for calling buffalo.

Feds must turn over underwear from ’75 AIM slaying (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Attorneys for a former American Indian Movement activist accused of murdering another member of the group in 1975 must be allowed to conduct DNA tests on the victim’s underwear, a federal magistrate judge has ruled.

Trial set for 1975 Indian killing (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A new trial date has been set for a Canadian charged with killing a fellow American Indian Movement member, also from Canada, 32 years ago in South Dakota.

Many still without water on reservation (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes won't support a plan to divert Missouri River water across the state to the Red River Valley until there is running water throughout the Fort Berthold Reservation, the tribal chairman says.

Gila River Gov. Survives Recall (ARIZONA) -- Results of a tribal election held Friday could be seen as vindication for Gila River Indian Community Gov. William Rhodes. Fifty-five percent of voters chose not to recall the tribe's governor, who has been accused of nepotism and abuse of power.

7 tribes receive federal funds to boost financial awareness (ARIZONA) -- Twenty-nine of the nation's Native American communities - including seven in Arizona - were awarded with more than $8.2 million in federal treasury funds.

Activist says assault charge shows racism (NEBRASKA) -- A case pending before Dawes County District Court has garnered the attention of Native American activist Russell Means.

National Aboriginal Day marked in ceremonies across Canada (OTTAWA) -- National Aboriginal Day celebrations took place across the country Saturday, honouring the cultural contributions of First Nation, Inuit and Metis people.

Native culture, history focus of panel discussion (CANADA) -- A chance to ask questions about Six Nations culture, laws, history, land claims and ongoing negotiations is the focus of the fourth TRUE meeting on Thursday.

OP/ED: Stephen Harper government and native chiefs collude in neo-colonial sham apology (CANADA) -- Here's a question for consideration that Prime Minister Stephen Harper government's apology brings to mind.

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