Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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Appeals court: Freedmen can sue tribal officials (OKLAHOMA) -- Marilyn Vann of Oklahoma City has fond memories of her family honoring Cherokee heritage and rituals from the time she was a child.

Court rules freedmen can sue Cherokee tribal officers (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The descendants of former slaves owned by some Cherokees can sue Cherokee Nation officers for disenfranchising them from tribal elections, a federal appeals court here ruled today.

The Fives: Land of Lakotah not the first to look for a split from the U.S. (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Talk of secession can be serious business, just ask Russell Means. The recent development with the proclaimed Republic of Lakotah seeking further separation from the Union seems like an unusual step to address some real problems.

Sealaska offers credit protection to shareholders (ALASKA) -- Sealaska Corp. arranged credit protection service for its shareholders after company data was stolen from one of its employees.

N.M. first state to adopt Navajo textbook (NEW MEXICO) -- State officials say New Mexico is the first to adopt a Navajo textbook for use in the public education system. The text book was written by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie, a Navajo professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

2 more plead guilty in case of unrecognized tribe (KANSAS) -- The so-called secretary of state for a group that claims to be an American Indian tribe pleaded guilty Tuesday to harboring illegal immigrants.

Police commission rejects appeal of fired officers in Neil Stonechild case (SASKATCHEWAN) -- The Saskatchewan Police Commission has dismissed the appeals of two Saskatoon officers fired after the freezing death of aboriginal teen Neil Stonechild.

DOREEEN YELLOW BIRD: There’s no place like home (NORTH DAKOTA) -- We may have complaints about North Dakota’s weather, but there are few complaints about the people who live here. I say this because I traveled outside our area and found people’s interests and manners are different from those in North Dakota.

Ambassador's letter 'arrogant': Mi'kmaq elder (CANADA) -- A Mi'kmaq elder on P.E.I. is disappointed that a letter from the French ambassador to Canada failed to apologize for remarks made by the French prime minister during Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations.

Clayoquot logging could lead to more blockades: environmentalists (BRITISH COLUMBIA) -- A showdown could be brewing once again in the forests of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island.

Lawsuit over photos of injured bishop settled (NEW MEXICO) -- Gallup has settled a lawsuit over whether photographs of a former Roman Catholic bishop -- who was injured in an apparent fall at his home -- were public record.

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