Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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Seminole police seize trailer park office, accused of 'land grab' (FLORIDA) -- The Seminole Tribe ended a business dispute with a trailer park management company Tuesday by sending in a dozen armed police officers to seize the rental office, kick out employees and announce the place is under new management, tribe and park officials said.

Quinn Emanuel, Drinker Biddle Battle Over Redskins Trademark (WASHINGTON, DC) -- After 16 years in litigation, neither plaintiffs nor defendants appear to be tiring of the federal trademark dispute between the Washington Redskins and Native Americans over the team's name.

Breaking Ground, From a Reservation Into Ownership (ONTARIO) -- On a sunny afternoon two weeks ago, Curt Styres sat in the grandstand here at Ohsweken Speedway talking above the roar of a tractor grooming the dirt track. He recalled a night this May when he had been driving the tractor, as he usually does before stock car races.

Right to Hunt (MONTANA) -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is now hearing the case of a Billings man who claims he's being denied the right to hunt, based on his race.

Lawsuit challenges hunting regulation (MONTANA) -- Randy V. Roberts hunts pheasants on his mother's property within the Crow Reservation. But if he shoots a deer wandering through her 1,500 acres of privately owned fee land, he would be in violation of state hunting regulations, even if his license was in order.

Tribe says border fence restricts sacred rites (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Calling it an affront to religious freedom, representatives of an Arizona Indian tribe have asked the federal government to halt construction of a border fence across the tribe's Arizona reservation.

Jury selection to begin in smoke shop retrial (RHODE ISLAND) -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the retrial of a lawsuit brought by a member of the Narragansett Indian tribe against state police for a violent 2003 raid on a tribal smoke shop.

Natives block Ont. job site over land dispute (ONTARIO) -- Tensions over native land claims in Southern Ontario flared again Monday morning as a protester blocked a cement truck's access to a building site and then allegedly assaulted a police officer.

Follow federal apology with more native funding: Fontaine (QUEBEC) -- First Nations Grand Chief Phil Fontaine called on Canadian premiers Monday to commit funding to improve the socio-economic conditions of aboriginal nations.

AFN leader looks to premiers for support (QUEBEC) -- The Assembly of First Nations may have secured the support of provincial and territorial premiers in pressuring Ottawa to address the serious poverty conditions and shortage of educational resources in native communities

AFN continues to press for Kelowna Accord money (SASKATCHEWAN) -- Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine says the premiers can help convince Ottawa to invest in a better quality of life for his people.

Former FSIN Chief Bellegarde eyes AFN top job (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).

Native chief pins hopes on premiers (QUEBEC) -- Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine says the premiers can help persuade Ottawa to invest in a better quality of life for his people.

Number of aboriginal officers down sharply on First Nations: survey (MANITOBA) -- The number of aboriginal police officers patrolling Canada's First Nations communities is plummeting, despite a recruiting drive over the last decade, a new survey suggests.

Meetings held to educate public on Black Mesa EIS (ARIZONA) - When one reads the Black Mesa Project Draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS), it appears that the Hopi Tribe is a cooperating agency in the process-something that is just plain wrong, according to Vernon Masayesva of the Hopi Tribe.

Redskins: Racism or Easy Target? (USA) -- Our story begins nearly 20 years ago. During the early '90s a new fad was born. The phrase “Politically Correct” entered the lexicon and brought us the suffix “-American.” Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians became “African-Americans, Spanish-Americans, and Asian-Americans.”

Warwick students press mascot issue (PENNSYLVANIA) -- Frustrated about the response of Warwick School District officials toward eliminating the district's Warrior mascot at the high school, four teens voiced their concerns to Lititz Borough council members June 24.

CN benefits questioned (OKLAHOMA) -- Editor, Daily Press: We have heard all the hoopla about the Cherokee Nation rejecting the Freedmen. Now, it seems if you aren’t dark enough, your aren’t one of them, either.

LNG firm seeks delay on state review (MAINE) -- Citing factors such as unresolved federal procedural issues and the undetermined composition of the liquefied natural gas it hopes to import, an Oklahoma-based company with plans to build an LNG import terminal at Pleasant Point announced Tuesday that it plans to postpone or temporarily withdraw its applications from the state review process.

Forces set to resist bid for rural water (NEVADA) -- State engineer Tracy Taylor has played it down the middle so far, giving the Southern Nevada Water Authority about half the water it wanted from rural Nevada.

Law Enforcement Increase On Standing Rock (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A murder at the end of April sent fear through people on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. It added to fear already mounting from an increase in gang activity and other crimes.

SC American Indians: New laws step to autonomy (SOUTH CAROLINA) -- South Carolina Native American chiefs say a bill signed Tuesday that allows them to perform legally recognized marriage ceremonies is an essential step toward tribal self-governance.

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