Monday, July 28, 2008

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Republic of Lakotah investigating tribal corruption (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The Republic of Lakotah is forming an all-Lakota grand jury to investigate government corruption on South Dakota reservations, according to organizer Russell Means.

New Senate Indian crime bill introduced (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Piggybacking on the Senate's recent passage of an amendment that provides funds to bolster crime initiatives on reservations, a new policy-focused Indian crime bill has been introduced in Congress.

Editorial / Tribal recognition (VIRGINIA) -- GOV. TIM KAINE has put his weight behind a move in the U.S. Senate to grant federal recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes. It's a honor that's well overdue.

Navajo tribe bans tobacco use in public spaces (NEW MEXICO) -- The Navajo Nation Council has voted to ban smoking and chewing tobacco in public places on the vast reservation, including such outdoor venues as rodeos and fairs.

Obama vs. McCain on the Akaka Bill / Words, Actions, Hypocrisy and Waffling (HAWAII) -- Senator Obama delivered an inspirational speech in Berlin a few days ago, in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. It included comments on unity and race that imply he should oppose the Akaka bill.

David Melmer runs for state Senate (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- David Melmer of Custer has announced his candidacy for state Senate from District 30, which includes parts of Custer, Fall River and Pennington counties.

Navajo Lawmakers Vote Down Term Limits (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation Tribal Council has rejected a referendum that would have imposed term limits for delegates and the speaker of the council. The council voted 56-16 against the measure during the second day of its summer session.

Mohawk council meets over weekend violence (MONTREAL) -- The Mohawk band council has called a meeting for Monday morning to deal with the fallout from a violent confrontation between provincial police and protesters on Kanesatake territory early Saturday morning.

After years, land grab still hurts for some (OKLAHOMA) -- Land was once the heart of America's heartland, from which prosperity, power and politics sprang. From the Land Run of 1889 to the subsequent American Indian land sales of 1908, the Sooner State has one of the most chaotic and bizarre foundings in world history.

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