Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Native News from PECHANGA.net

Redskins win latest round in nickname dispute (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Washington Redskins have won the latest round in a 16-year court battle against a group of American Indians, prevailing on a technicality that again skirts the issue of whether the team’s nickname is racially offensive.

Redskins Kept Trademark, Likely Will Lose Radio (WASHINGTON, DC) -- If you didn't read the NFL Roundup from Friday, you may have missed that the Redskins won their federal challenge to the Trademark Office's decision to cancel the Redskins' trademark as racially derogatory.

S.D. attorney spars with feds over Indian crime (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- When two Bureau of Justice Statistics reports found that 70 percent of violent crimes against Native Americans were committed by non-natives, South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long had his doubts. Now he has the research to back him up.

Indian crime studies disputed (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A new study by Attorney General Larry Long contradicts federal findings that most violent crimes against Native Americans are committed by non-Indians.

Young American Indians consider Obama, McCain (RENO) -- Layha Spoonhunter intends to cast his first presidential vote for Barack Obama. The 18-year-old Northern Arapaho from Wyoming's Wind River Reservation identifies with the black candidate.

Young Native Americans mull Obama, McCain at event (RENO) -- Hundreds of young Native Americans gathering for a five-day conference here are being urged to become politically active because the American Indian vote could make a difference in this year's presidential election.

Tribe tries four-day work week (MICHIGAN) -- For the first time, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Operations will be closed Friday as employees move to a four-day, 10-hour-a-day work week. The Tribal Council of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe made the decision to shorten the work week for Tribal Operations employees last month.

CSKT to test energy savings of four-day workweek (MONTANA) -- It will be a lot warmer in Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal offices Friday. Also, considerably more empty than usual. The tribes this week began a 10-hour-day, four-day workweek for most tribal programs in an effort to reduce energy costs.

Randolph batting for Potawatomi tribe now (WISCONSIN) -- Former UW-Madison baseball player Pepi Randolph sees his three years as president of Forward Wisconsin as good preparation for expanding the business reach of the Potawatomi tribe.

Native American beliefs clash with rural district's dress code (TEXAS) -- A small rural school district in Fort Bend County and a determined mother are tangled in a dispute over hair.

JODI RAVE: Tribal bus programs making great strides (MONTANA) -- This summer marks the first time I've caught a bus to work since I've lived in Missoula. I've used public transportation for pure convenience in metro areas, but catching a bus these days is catching on far beyond congested urban landscapes.

RICEY WILD: It Ain't Easy Being Indian (USA) -- Just recently I was reading (I do a lot of that) where a Native Nation asked that the public (non-Indians) not refer to their creation stories as ‘myths’. I so agree with that! In my previous job I gave tours, told our Rez creation stories, old and new, and made sure that the un-informed had something new to think about after they left.

Disenrollment Disputes Flare Across Indian Country (OKLAHOMA) -- Disenrollment in Indian tribes is becoming a common conflict in Indian Country and one scholar predicts that citizenship battles will continue to be waged.

Bellegarde seeking AFN leadership (SASKATCHEWAN) -- Perry Bellegarde, a former chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), is all set to make a run for the leadership of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

First Nations watch gas pipeline closely (CANADA) -- The proposed Alaska natural gas pipeline is very long -- 1,715 miles, to be exact. And although we call it the Alaska gas line, more than half of it, or 965 miles, would be laid in Canada.

MORON ALERT: Political correctness in our mascots means we're taking it too seriously (ARKANSAS) -- Long gone are the days when a college, professional or high school team could pick a mascot they thought would both inspire loyalty and think their opponent would be awe-struck by.

County worried by tribal purchase (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe is gradually buying land that was once part of the tribe’s original reservation, and county officials are worried about the erosion of local tax revenues.

Sealaska seeks resolution of decades-old land claims (ALASKA) -- An Alaska Native corporation will receive tens of thousands of acres of federally owned land - including prime timberlands and sacred tribal sites - under legislation being advanced by U.S. Rep. Don Young.

President Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Drilling (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The White House announced today that President Bush will lift an executive order banning offshore oil drilling, a move aimed at stepping up pressure on Congress to end the prohibition it imposed in 1981.

Global warming prompts polar station evacuation (ARCTIC) -- A spokesman for a Russian scientific institution says global warming is causing Arctic sea ice to melt earlier than it normally does, forcing the evacuation of a research station in the Western Arctic.

Pine beetle poses threat to native communities (VANCOUVER) -- The mountain pine beetle infestation in British Columbia is changing the lives of rural First Nations on a scale not seen for generations of native elders.

Confidence Ebbs for Bank Sector and Stocks Fall (NEW YORK) -- Even as the Bush administration moved to rescue the nation’s two largest mortgage finance companies, confidence in the banking sector spiraled downward Monday.

Rescue Plan Not Enough to Lift Fannie, Freddie Shares (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Government efforts to support mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac drew a tepid response from investors today after last week's steep collapse, but bond investors showed faith in a new Freddie debt issue.

Navajo-Gallup project seeks Congress’ OK (ARIZONA) -- Legislation to settle the Navajo Nation’s water rights claims to the San Juan River in New Mexico has been rolled into an omnibus package introduced by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, in hopes of getting congressional approval.

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