Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Native News from PECHANGA.net

Goods Worth Millions Are Missing From Indian Agency (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Millions of dollars in equipment purchased by the Indian Health Service, including all-terrain vehicles and tractors, laptop computers and digital cameras, has been lost or stolen because of mismanagement, according to a report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office.

5,000 items missing from Indian Health (ARIZONA) -- Mismanagement at the federal Indian Health Service has resulted in millions of dollars of equipment being lost or stolen across the nation, including in Arizona, congressional investigators reported.

Indian Health Service loses millions (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Indian Health Service has lost at least $15.8 million worth of equipment and later falsified documents to cover up some of those losses, according to congressional investigators.

Possible shutdown of Navajo Internet pushed back (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation has temporarily averted having its Internet services shut down, a tribal official said Monday.

Chippewa bands can't agree how to split multi-million dollar settlement (MINNESOTA) -- There's a dispute among members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe over what will happen with a $20 million legal settlement. The tribe successfully sued the federal government in the late 1990s over 19th century land deals.

Yukon Flats villages opposed to drilling (ARCTIC VILLAGE) -- The new generators in this remote Yukon Flats village shut down every night at 10:30, after the televised evening news, as a way to save fuel. The electric blackout ends in the morning, before caribou meat and other frozen goods begin to thaw.

Fire OPP commissioner over threats to native protester, Kormos demands (ONTARIO) -- Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino should resign after making "threatening, inflammatory" comments to a native leader during a standoff last summer, according to the provincial NDP.

Suspend OPP commissioner: native activist's lawyer (ONTARIO) -- The Ontario Provincial Police commissioner should be suspended while an investigation is launched into comments he made during a First Nations blockade last year, the lawyer for the man who led the protest says.

Ontario police avoided judge in wiretaps of native protest, Brant charges (ONTARIO) -- The leader of a First Nations protest during last summer's Aboriginal Day of Action is questioning why his brother, a prominent defence lawyer, was included in Ontario Provincial Police emergency wiretaps despite his lack of involvement in the action.

Ontario police targeted 4 people in wiretaps during native protest: CBC (ONTARIO) -- Ontario Provincial Police used emergency wiretaps to eavesdrop on four people during last summer's Aboriginal Day of Action, skirting the normal need for court approval, the CBC has learned.

Fantino defends taking over native negotiations (ONTARIO) -- Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino was defiant yesterday about his actions during a highway blockade last summer, when he took over negotiations and threatened a native activist.

Seminoles' Hard Rock Cafe joins N.Y. Yankees (NEW YORK) -- Two supremely American elements of popular culture - rock 'n' roll and baseball - will come together next year when the Seminole Tribe of Florida opens a Hard Rock Cafe at the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Navajo woman awarded for contesting Prop. 200 (ARIZONA) -- Navajo Nation Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan, recently congratulated Agnes Laughter after she received the Frank Harrison and Harry Austin Citizenship Award July 15 at Fort McDowell.

Cherokee Nation Industries adds to second manufacturing facility in Stilwell (OKLAHOMA) -- Cherokee Nation Industries recently purchased the former Stilwell ALPS Food Store to further expand its second location in Stilwell.

Tribe fights to be heard on water issue (OKLAHOMA) -- An Oklahoma Indian tribe claims tribal governments are being excluded from the state’s effort to develop a 50-year water plan.

Band elected officials sworn in (MINNESOTA) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe general elections were held on June 10, and the new and re-elected officials were sworn into office on Tuesday, July 8.

Tribal fishing video spawns bigotry, attack on news site (MINNESOTA) -- Somebody tried to kill the Messenger last week. It didn't work. The Mille Lacs Messenger is a weekly newspaper published in Isle, Minn., on the southeast shore of Lake Mille Lacs, a fertile area that seems to spawn conflict, especially if you are one of this state's walleye worshipers.

New money targets children on Sask. reserves (SASKATCHEWAN) -- The federal government will dole out $105 million over five years to improve child and family services offered on Saskatchewan First Nation reserves.

Sanford takes on tribal health care problems (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Sanford Health has begun new efforts in research and medical programs that officials hope will narrow the vast disparities in health care on reservations in South Dakota and elsewhere.

Opening arguments in trial over RI smoke shop raid (RHODE ISLAND) -- Opening arguments soon begin in a lawsuit brought by a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe who says state police used excessive force during a raid on a tribal smoke shop.

Mescalero Apache tribe building vitally needed housing (NEW MEXICO) -- The Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Mescalero Apache Housing Authority have broken ground on a 30-unit, green single-family subdivision for very low-income families.

Pink Paddlers to spread the word on cancer detection during Tribal Canoe Journey (WASHINGTON) -- In a journey that already connects to a deep sense of community and spirituality, the Tribal Canoe Journey that stops in Port Townsend today connects another group even more.

9th Circuit rejects challenge to Indian hunting law (MONTANA) -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a challenge to a Montana law that limits hunting on reservations to members of federally recognized tribes.

Villagers can't kick soda pop habit (ALASKA) -- Years ago Alaska Native health officials declared war on sugary soda pop in rural towns and villages. Pop is winning.

At science camp for American Indians, students are urged to aim high (NEBRASKA) -- It was still fairly early in the day as the wooden launching device was placed on the ground, the trajectory of its missile marked with a protractor. The attached surgical rubber sling was pulled taut as the projectile was carefully set in place for launch.

Scientists: Nonnative game fish threat to salmon (OREGON) -- A panel of scientists is advising letting anglers catch more shad, smallmouth bass and walleye in the Columbia and Snake rivers to help out wild salmon.

OP/ED: Land amendment offers big benefits (ALASKA) -- The recent Associated Press article about Sealaska's efforts to achieve final land entitlement under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is misleading and inappropriately headlined in the Daily News ("Sealaska's proposed land grab raises worries," July 7).

Parched reservation gets OK to dam stream (ARIZONA) -- For decades, the loach minnow has vexed the White Mountain Apache tribe. The threatened fish has prevented the Indians from damming a wild stream to provide water for tribal residents.

Colo. official speaks out on N.M. power plant (DENVER) -- The head of the Colorado health department says the state opposes the fast-tracking of the permit process for a proposed coal-fired power plant in New Mexico.

Why the oil crunch may grow worse (CALIFORNIA) -- With gasoline and oil costing once-unthinkable barrels of cash, the notion that things in our petroleum-addicted world soon will get worse -- maybe much, much worse -- is spreading fast.

Clean and Safe Initiative a twist on urban renewal (WASHINGTON) -- In late April, Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson called city workers together and set a 14-month goal of reducing crime by 50 percent and making the city cleaner. Prettier, even.

Sauk River will run its course again (WASHINGTON) -- When the rain comes, Patti Sleasman, 66, stands in the scrubby grass expanse in front of her mobile home and stares down Bryson Road, a rural gravel lane that ends at the bank of the Sauk River.

Tribes' investment strategy questioned (NEW YORK) -- American Indian children may be getting shortchanged because of the investment strategy many tribes use on funds being held in trust for minors.

Cherokee Nation Industries to build Oklahoma's largest sports complex (OKLAHOMA) -- A crowd of nearly 60 celebrants gathered in Bixby June 10 to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony to officially begin construction on the town's Bentley Park Sports Complex.

Shonto Chapter ready for business (NEW MEXICO) -- Shonto Local Community Governance was the first Navajo chapter to obtain local governance certification and the first to change its form of government through public referendum.

Tribal board's funding restored (MAINE) -- The governor has restored funding previously cut from the Maine Indian-Tribal State Commission, but whether the action will persuade tribes to participate in the commission is up in the air.

New Legislation Threatens American-Indian Women's Reproductive Health (WASHINGTON, DC) -- When it comes to their health, American Indian women face extraordinary barriers -- from high disease risks to increased incidents of sexual violence. They now face another obstacle, rooted in the political battleground of abortion.

Vote is today on Accohannock's grant request (DELAWARE) -- Somerset County Commissioners are expected to vote today on a grant application by the Accohannock Indian Tribe for a welcome center and other structures at Bending Water Park in Marion Station.

Grant to fund new Native office building (ALASKA) -- The Kodiak Area Native Association will use $850,000 in grant money from the Rasmuson Foundation to help build a new office on Near Island in Kodiak.

Survey seeks American Indians (SOUTH CAROLINA) -- American Indians in the Charleston area are asked to come forward in what is believed to be the first effort of its kind in South Carolina history.

Jon Kyl: Helping Native Americans (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Senate recently authorized $2 billion to support public safety, health and drinking water needs in Indian Country. I cosponsored the amendment with Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) to authorize the funding, which was adopted as part of a larger foreign aid bill, known as the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR).

Ex-Pine Ridge councilman to be sentenced for drugs (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A former South Dakota tribal councilman is scheduled to be sentenced next month in New Mexico for a drug conviction.

Stolen statue's head is recovered (PENNSYLVANIA) -- Only the head of the Native American rider who was sitting atop a galloping horse in an 8-foot-tall bronze monument has been recovered after the statue was reported missing last week from Garden State Park in Cherry Hill.

911 call released in killings of 2 Okla. girls (OKLAHOMA) -- Hoping to prick someone's conscience in the unsolved murders of two young girls, authorities on Monday released a 911 recording in which the grandmother of one victim screams in agony, "My babies, babies, babies!"

Sweeping with a vengeance (MICHIGAN) -- For the third time in three months, FBI and state drug agents are expected to swoop down on the Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community and arrest American Indians in an ongoing drug probe that has already led to the arrest of 20 people, according to police and some of those charged.

19 Native Hawaiian Families Move Into Their New Homes (HAWAII) -- In Kekaha, Kaua‘i, 19 native Hawaiian families moved into their new homes today as they celebrated the completion of a project they helped to build over the last 18 months.

Elders initiate change at Elders Lodge (MINNESOTA) -- Recent changes at Elders Lodge (an independent living community in Saint Paul that is supposed to provide affordable, service-enriched housing for low-income adults age 62 and older) include new staff and an expanded Board of Directors.

It’s a Muckleshoot tribal library – but anyone can use it (WASHINGTON) -- The carved American Indian canoe paddle on the wall above the service desk at the new Muckleshoot Library signifies more than art.

Two graduate from UA American Indian studies program (ARIZONA) -- On May 15, two students earned their doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona American Indian studies program.

Native American teacher visits with youths (TEXAS) -- Ray Olachia is more concerned about what he leaves behind than what’s in front of him. The commanding presence of the Native American folklorist and teacher belies nothing of a van stolen from him about five years ago.

New charter school will focus attention on Native culture (ALASKA) -- The fledgling Alaska Native charter school has found a home and will begin classes next month. Organizers had hoped to start teaching last year, but couldn't find the right place to put students.

Indian Affairs Director says Education Issues are Cultural (UTAH) -- Half of Utah's American Indian students drop out of school before earning a high school diploma, a rate more than double that of the general population. Forrest Cuch, Director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, says the reasons are mostly cultural.

Finnish pioneers, Ojibwe found common ground (MINNESOTA) -- One culture had the sauna, the other had the sweat lodge. One group found multiple uses for cedar, the other used birch. In the late 1800s, both the immigrant Finnish population and the resident Ojibwe people of northern Minnesota had strong storytelling traditions, and both put great stock in communal living. Both cultures also faced persecution and degradation.

800-year-old footprint unearthed in Winnipeg (WINNIPEG) -- An archeological dig at the site of the future Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg has unearthed a rare find: a footprint estimated to be 800 years old.

Red Earth Inc. (OKLAHOMA) -- Red Earth Inc. has its finger on the pulse of American Indian culture in Oklahoma. It is a one-stop culture spot promoting traditions through a museum, a festival and educational programs.

Tribe, developer battle over rock mounds (RHODE ISLAND) -- As a boy, John Brown remembers traveling with his family to the wooded hills in northwest Rhode Island where his fellow Narragansett Indians gathered near stone piles they believe were left by ancient ancestors.

Indigenous grandmas nearly kicked out of Vatican (ROME) -- They went to pray. They went to see Pope Benedict XVI on his home turf. They went to ask that he rescind historic church doctrine that played a role in the genocidal onslaught of millions of indigenous people worldwide.

Navajo man lives to dye naturally (ARIZONA) -- Navajo dye expert Mark Deschinny - like his grandmother and mother before him - uses local plants to make natural dyes for Navajo weaving.

Masks are highlight in exhibit that lacks focus (ALASKA) -- Inupiaq Eskimo artist Aakatchaq Schaeffer uses only her first name in her artwork. Born and raised in Kotzebue, she began her career in art by painting portraits and has worked professionally since 1999.

Prescott Indian market highlights multi-tribal art (ARIZONA) -- The painting of cranes near water could be a real scene that the painter viewed. That would make sense because Michelle Tsosie Sisneros lives by the Rio Grande River.

WEWIN conference to empower women (MINNESOTA) -- Hundreds of Native women will hone their leadership skills at the fourth annual WEWIN Conference later in July.

Keepers of the Circle host powwow (NEW YORK) -- D. Salvatore Timberwolf Lamia of Bayport dances for those who have gone before him. “It fills me with the spirit of my ancestors and the respect for my ancestors,” said Lamia, who is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and Paukatuck Eastern Pequot tribes.

Tribal culture kept alive (OKLAHOMA) -- This weekend's Tulsa Pow Wow features the ancient traditions of the tribes, but the event is also about family tradition.

PHOTOS: Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow (WASHINGTON) -- Richard Watanabe, right, and David Williams Jr. place wild Coho salmon on the grill to sell to guests at the 2008 Seafair Indian Days Pow-Wow in in Seattle Saturday, July 18, 2008.

Logging threatens tribes in Peru's Amazon (PERU) -- Delia Pacaya grew up in Peru's Amazon in a nomadic tribe that shunned contact with outsiders, but when loggers invaded the land she fled the virgin rain forest and settled in a tiny village.

Judge considers tribal punishment (AUSTRALIA) -- A Kalgoorlie District Court judge has reserved his decision in the case of a 40-year-old Aboriginal man to consider the possibility of tribal punishment.

Taiwan tribe struggles to keep traditional culture (TAIWAN) -- The four dozen men in loincloths stopped repeatedly to toss the new boat into the air as they carried it through their village to shore.

19-year-old woman ID'd as victim found in river (CALIFORNIA) -- The Medical Examiner's Office yesterday identified a woman found in the San Luis Rey River as Jaymie Rose Darrow, 19, of Santa Barbara.

Holy Road: Penobscots lose tribe's 'grandmother' (MAINE) -- The Penobscot Indian Nation lost a beloved elder - the oldest member of the tribe - with the passing of Valentine E. Ranco (Little Deer) June 25.

Fish processing plant goes up in flames (ALASKA) -- A massive, fast-moving fire tore through a Chignik Bay fish processing plant Monday, destroying the plant and leaving several employees with injuries from smoke inhalation, according to Trident Seafoods Corp. and local officials.

Fire near Mount Adams 75 percent contained (WASHINGTON) -- Firefighters have gained 75 percent containment of a forest fire near Mount Adams in south-central Washington, and are focusing on torching fuel within protective lines around the burn.

Pechanga Elections Held, Chairman Mark Macarro Re-Elected (CALIFORNIA) -- The Pechanga Band of LuiseƱo Indians today announced the results of Tribal Council elections held Saturday, July 19, 2008. Incumbent Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro, 44, was re-elected to another two-year term.

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