Thursday, July 3, 2008

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Harper's apology to natives puts pressure on Bush (OTTAWA) -- Canada's residential-schools apology has opened the possibility that U.S. President George W. Bush may do the same in his final months of office, says Republican Senator Sam Brownback.

Kaine urges federal recognition for Va. tribes (VIRGINIA) -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is stepping in to ask Congress to make a decision regarding federal recognition of six Virginia tribes.

President Shirley states Navajo Nation remains opposed to uranium mining (ARIZONA) -- Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., told a Congressional subcommittee March 28 that the Navajo Nation remains opposed to uranium mining on or near its land, and will take whatever action necessary to prevent it.

OP/ED: NATIVE LAND CLAIMS Proposal has too many holes in it (CANADA) -- A local body of citizens from various walks of life who form the Haldimand Tract Good Neighbour Coalition have been hugging the headlines with their feeling good proclamations of how to proceed where no one has gone before, to achieve an elusive peace between natives and non-natives.

Navajo lost $18 million / Tribe will have to absorb money lost from unused grants, revenue (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo people have lost out on up to $18 million in services due to a loss of $5.6 million in collectible grant money and up to $12 million in revenue from indirect costs paid to the Nation for administering the grants.

Native Canadians feeling left out (CANADA) -- Not everyone who came out of the woodwork Tuesday in Halifax was feeling particularly patriotic.

Suicides prompt tribal summit (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Six residents of the Rosebud Indian Reservation committed suicide so far this year, according to the Indian Health Service, so the tribe is hosting a summit this week to draw attention -- and resources -- to the problem.

Tribe seeks solution to suicides (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A year into a state of emergency because of suicides among their youths, Rosebud Sioux tribal officials grappled with possible solutions Wednesday.

OP/ED: A Makah whale hunt to end all whale hunts (WASHINGTON) -- There’s a right way and a wrong way to secure the Makah Indian tribe’s treaty right to hunt whales. The right way is embodied in a 900-page environmental impact statement the National Marine Fisheries Service has spent three years preparing.

OP/ED: A whale of a conceit (WASHINGTON, DC) -- This gray whale was illegally killed by five Makah hunters last year. Five Makah whale hunters, the gang that could not shoot straight, finally ended up before a federal judge as stubborn as they were.

American Indian walk goes through midstate (PENNSYLVANIA) -- Eagle Boy Coe of Pittsburgh joined a group of 100 other American Indians from tribes across the United States who will camp in Gifford Pinchot State Park, a rest stop on the Longest Walk 2, a cross-country journey that started five months ago at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.

Protecting the integrity of Diné traditions (ARIZONA) -- Previous to European contact, Native Americans had no notion of the abstract concept of intellectual property - songs and prayers for example - said Robert Yazzie, who served as the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation from 1992 to 2003.

Request for Black Mesa Project comment extension rejected (ARIZONA) -- On Tuesday, June 24, the Denver based Office of Surface Mining (OSM) rejected the request from citizens and organizations for an extension of the public commenting period for the Black Mesa Project (BMP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Peshlakai acknowledges Donaldson's support of veterans, Native Americans (ARIZONA) -- Joe Donaldson, former mayor of Flagstaff, was honored for his support of veterans and military families at a dinner held last Thursday at the Mark A Moore Post No. 3 of the American Legion.

Indian activist finds racism in area legal system (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A difference of opinion over the issue of racism in Dawes County is pitting Native American activist Russell Means against the local police and judicial system.

Bear Butte bar gets nod for liquor license (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Meade County commissioners voted Tuesday to reinstate a liquor license for the controversial Broken Spoke Campground near Bear Butte.

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