Friday, July 18, 2008

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Leech Lake Tribal Council fires many division directors (MINNESOTA) -- When Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairman Arthur “Archie” LaRose was sworn in July 4, he said the era of band employees not knowing if they would have a job to come to on any given day was over.

All Tribes charter voluntarily closes (CALIFORNIA) -- Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District trustees were surprised with the news Wednesday night that a small, reservation-based charter school that they were set to close had already "voluntarily" shut its doors.

Tribal charter school closes down (CALIFORNIA) -- The reservation-based All Tribes American Charter School has decided to close down and reopen in September under a new charter on the Rincon Reservation.

Judge orders new review of Chumash annexation (CALIFORNIA) -- A federal judge’s ruling in the case of two community groups against the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ 6.9 acre fee-to-trust application has resulted in two highly divergent reactions to the news.

Calif. Tribe Appeals IRS Golf Ruling / Cahuilla Indians Seek Tax-Exemption (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is appealing the Internal Revenue Service's proposed adverse determination that $22.5 million of revenue bonds it issued in 2003 for a golf course project and recreation center are taxable - the latest development in a long-standing dispute over the kinds of projects tribal governments can finance with tax-exempt bonds.

Sen. Dorgan to introduce law enforcement act (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Sen. Byron Dorgan, the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said he will introduce a law enforcement bill next week. Dorgan said the bill, which has been in development for several months, has nine co-sponsors. He described support for the legislation as "bipartisan."

Woman warriors / Number of women serving in the military increasing (ARIZONA) -- Army Sgt. LaTanya Dineyazhe, 24, is among a significantly growing population: Women in the military.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, S.B. County Sheriff's Department to renew law enforcement pact (CALIFORNIA) -- The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department are renewing their law enforcement agreement and plan to celebrate it on the reservation next week.

Two Makah appeal their whaling convictions (WASHINGTON) -- Two Makah men convicted of two misdemeanor violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act have appealed their verdicts in U.S. District Court.

JODI RAVE: Tribal leaders testify to Congress on mandate to register sex offenders (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A looming federal deadline that requires tribes to track and register sex offenders in their communities was both embraced and denounced by tribal leaders in a Senate hearing on Thursday.

Native leader takes umbrage at French PM's remarks (QUEBEC) -- Comments by the French prime minister in a speech about the founding of Quebec 400 years ago were ill-informed, says a P.E.I. Mi'kmaq leader who has written asking for an apology.

Tribal secretary pleads guilty in immigration plot (KANSAS) -- The secretary of a group that claims to be an American Indian tribe pleads guilty in a scheme to defraud immigrants by promising them that tribal membership conferred U.S. citizenship.

First Nations added to list of defining Canadian icons (SASKATCHEWAN) -- Aboriginal people have been granted the 102nd spot on a government-sponsored list of 101 things that most define Canada after online respondents pointed out that First Nations people, culture and symbols weren't included in the original tally.

District to review boy's long hair dispute (TEXAS) -- A controversy surrounding a little boy's hair in the Needville Independent School District is expected to be a topic at a school board meeting today.

Indian Tribe Gets A New Partner (TEXAS) -- The I's have been dotted and the T's crossed, the Alabama Coushatta tribe signed an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service today.

OP/ED: Why the Nisga'a Treaty is so important (CANADA) -- John Carpay's op-ed ("Flouting Nisga'a tradition -- and Canadian democracy," July 9) is so riddled with inaccurate and inflammatory assertions that we found ourselves wondering whether he had actually read the text of our treaty with the federal government.

Crow Nation Prospective Energy Plans (MONTANA) -- The Crow Tribe says it has a partner in it's bid to tap coal reserves underneath reservation land. The tribe hasn't revealed the name of its funding partner, but says it will start the engineering and design phase for a multi-billion dollar coal to liquids plant. The tribe plans to expand the current mining operation, tapping an estimated 9 billion tons of coal.

Wind power investment fills tribes' sails (OREGON) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation received $125,000 from Columbia Energy Partners, a Vancouver-based renewable energy project developer, as an initial installment on the tribe's investment in CEP's first major wind power project in Arlington.

7 congressional candidates visit Arctic Refuge (ALASKA) -- Seven congressional candidates from across the country visited the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this week, hoping the unusual campaign stop would draw support from voters battered by high fuel prices and a lethargic economy.

Interior Dept. Opens 2.6 Million Alaskan Acres for Oil Exploration (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Interior Department on Wednesday made 2.6 million acres of potentially oil-rich territory in northern Alaska available for energy exploration.

Slowing Economy Gives Way to Global Role Reversals (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The global slowdown stemming in part from the deepening U.S. financial crisis is hitting the world's richest nations the hardest even as emerging nations, some with once-fragile economies, are proving relatively resilient.

National governor’s group honors Anoatubby (OKLAHOMA) -- Chickasaw Nation Bill Anoatubby was recently honored at the National Governors Association (NGA) conference in Philadelphia.

Stalking the sacred needs determination (NEW MEXICO) -- We rode out of Tohajiilee Monday morning full of enthusiasm and with our trusty steeds raring to go.

Brigham named chair of tribal fish commission (OREGON) -- The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission has chosen one of its founding members as its chairwoman. N. Kathryn "Kat" Brigham is a 31-year veteran of the commission, and will serve as its leader through next June.

Aboriginal day students deserve compensation too: former student (NOVA SCOTIA) -- Aboriginal students who suffered abuse at church-run day schools on reserves say they should receive the same compensation as those who attended Indian residential schools.

Woman, 20, charged with murder (CALIFORNIA) -- A 20-year-old woman accused of stabbing a La Quinta handyman 13 times in her Palm Springs home was ordered Wednesday to stand trial for murder.

LETTER: Unequal justice (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Former Chief Deputy Attorney General (now circuit court judge) Mark Barnett recently was named South Dakota's prosecutor of the year for 2007 by the State's Attorneys Association.

Suspected molester to face jury (NEW MEXICO) -- A BIA elementary school teacher is on his way to trial in state district court after waiving his preliminary hearing.

UNM-Gallup Ranked Third Among Nation’s Community Colleges in Degrees Awarded to Native American Students (NEW MEXICO) -- University of New Mexico-Gallup is ranked third among the nation’s community colleges for granting associate degrees to American Indian students, according to preliminary figures issued by the U.S. Department of Education, and as published in the June 16 issue of Community College Week.

Canyon de Chelly: Sandstone and stories (ARIZONA) -- This majestic Arizona canyon is lined with towering red sandstones. But the physical landscape is only part of the draw. Canyon de Chelly, replete with thousands of ruins, carvings and paintings on stone, is revered by the Navajo people.

Cahokia Mounds will get audio-guided tours (ILLINOIS) -- The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will get an audio-guided tour system in three languages, thanks to newly released state funding.

Walkingstick honors aunt’s memory (OKLAHOMA) -- Honoring the memory of his aunt, a long-time Social Worker in Seminole and Hughes counties, former Seminole State College Regent and current Trustee of the SSC Educational Foundation, Ben Walkingstick has established a trust scholarship fund to provide financial assistance for generations of students.

Cahokia Mounds to get $550,000 in state cash (ILLINOIS) -- Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias said Thursday he is making good on his predecessor's promise by providing $550,000 to help enhance visitors' experience at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

Church mission to Indian reservation (GEORGIA) -- Members of the 2008 Mission Team of East Union Christian Church in Atlanta visited and worked with the Dakota Sioux Tribe on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota.

‘The Indian and the White Guy’ returning to the Black Hills (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Politics is a major reason Bruce Williams and Terry Ree — “The Indian and the White Guy” — are coming home to the Black Hills.

Two rock slide victims identified (NEW MEXICO) -- The Gallup Police Department has identified two of the three people killed in a rock slide. They were 41-year-old Randolph Begay and his girlfriend, 38-year-old Alvira Yazzie, both of Navajo, said police Sgt. Matt Wright.

Museum to hold Native American camps (ALABAMA) -- In the waning day of summer vacation for Pike County students, the Pioneer Museum of Alabama has some last minute fun-learning camps planned for those who want to know more about the lives of the pioneers and Native Americans who inhabited this area in the late 19th century.

Noted powwow set this weekend (OKLAHOMA) -- One of the state's premier American Indian celebrations, featuring celebrities and traditional ceremonies, will take place this weekend at the Tulsa Convention Center.

Powwow mixes legend, lore, legacy (MAINE) -- A fire pit smoldered in Memorial Park as the thump-thump heartbeat of drums and the wail of wordless chants carried off toward the distant green hills with the smells of sage and cedar smoke.

Native title for territorial waters (AUSTRALIA) -- The federal government says it is willing to recognise native title rights in territorial waters. Ahead of a meeting of native title ministers on Friday, Attorney-General Robert McClelland announced the commonwealth would recognise that non-exclusive native title rights can exist in territorial waters up to 12 nautical miles offshore.

Native title in territorial waters a 'step forward' (AUSTRALIA) -- The Federal Government says it is willing to recognise native title rights in territorial waters, a move Aboriginal leaders have praised as a great step forward.

Circle sentencing not effective: study (AUSTRALIA) -- THE much-vaunted circle-sentencing scheme does not reduce the risk of Aborigines reoffending, new research shows, forcing the State Government to admit its alternative sentencing court needs to be overhauled.

Crews fight to keep Cold Springs fire from Yakamas' commercial timber (WASHINGTON) -- Crews battling the Cold Springs Fire near Mount Adams will continue carving fire lines today in hopes of keeping the blaze from entering roadless areas of the Yakama reservation.

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