Monday, June 30, 2008

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Election results reveal deep-seated disaffection among Blackfeet voters (MONTANA) -- Voters and the newly elected Blackfeet Tribal Council members say voters voiced their dissatisfaction with the tribal government when they ousted all four incumbent council members up for election, including their longtime chairman, on June 24.

Delivering a bombshell / Canadian government says it will only accept cash in land claim negotiations (ONTARIO) -- The day after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized for his country's treatment of aboriginal people in residential schools, his government's representative in land claim negotiations with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte delivered a bombshell.

Oneidas vote to buy golf course / Unclear how much tribe will pay (WISCONSIN) -- The Oneida Tribe of Indians' General Tribal Council overwhelmingly supported an initiative to purchase Thornberry Creek Golf Course.

WA, Colvilles agree on inmate funeral leave (WASHINGTON) -- State prison inmates who are members of the Colville Indian tribes may be allowed to return home to visit dying family members or to attend their funerals under a new agreement with Washington state.

Court memos suggest on eve of sentencing that Makah Tribal Council OK'd whale kill last year (WASHINGTON) -- The Makah Tribal Council knew about and approved an illegal whale hunt Sept. 8, says one of the hunters in documents filed in federal court.

Newcomb: Northern 'Discovery' in action (CALIFORNIA) -- The Newfoundland Labrador government has threatened more than 100 Innu families with eviction from their aboriginal lands, which the provincial government calls ''Crown land.''

Starting a new generation (WASHINGTON) -- The oral histories of the Coquille Indian Tribe tell of literally tons of fish being pulled out of Coos Bay to be dried and eaten in camps.

Uranium cleanup on track for Indian reservation / Federal agencies' plan includes conducting health-risk studies (NEW MEXICO) -- This community has become a poster child on the Navajo Nation, but residents don't brag about it. Among the more than 500 abandoned uranium mines on the vast reservation the size of West Virginia, the Northeast Church Rock Mine here tops the list as the most contaminated.

Tribe's bid for lighthouse gets boost from Congress (OREGON) -- Members of Oregon's congressional delegation are supporting a coastal Indian tribe's bid for ownership of the Cape Arago Lighthouse.

Letters to the Observer / Which programs make Lumbees self-sufficient? (NORTH CAROLINA) -- It has been 10 years since the first applications were taken for assistance from the Lumbee Housing Program, which was first administered by the North Carolina Indian Housing Authority.

Tardy, but timeless: Highway 23 bridge renamed to honor American Indian veterans (MINNESOTA) -- American Indians who have served in every American war received overdue recognition Saturday from the city of Duluth and the state of Minnesota.

Supreme Court blocs rarely wavered (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The ideological divide was so evident this term that outcomes in most major cases could be nearly predicted. Once again, Justice Kennedy often cast the deciding vote in 5-4 decisions.

Judge tells sides in shop raid to try settlement (RHODE ISLAND) -- A federal judge has ordered both sides in a civil case arising from a police raid on a Narragansett Indian smoke shop to try to reach a settlement before heading to trial.

Judge: 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.

Tribe focuses on health (UTAH) -- Saturday's Paiute Indian Tribe health fair offered a wealth of information and screening services to about 175 people. Anthonia Tom, who works for the tribe, said she thought the variety of screenings helped increase the turnout.

An ounce of prevention (NEW YORK) -- The disease that takes our elders and threatens our children is on the rise, according to new estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ALA's 2008 Conference Game: "California Dreaming" (CALIFORNIA) -- The American Library Association is holding its annual conference in Anaheim, California June 26th thru July 2nd. Among the planned activities is a game that will take place during the conference.

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