Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Appeals court tosses Freedmen suit (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously dismissed a lawsuit against the Cherokee Nation brought by Freedmen descendants Tuesday.

Freedmen Free To Continue Suit (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for Cherokee Freedmen descendants to move forward with a lawsuit that challenges their ouster from the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Freedmen, tribe alike see victory in ruling (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Cherokee Nation cannot be sued by freedmen descendants seeking citizenship rights but left the door open for a case against tribal officials.

Court keeps Freedmen lawsuit alive (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday kept alive a lawsuit filed by Cherokee Freedmen, ruling that Cherokee Nation officials don't have immunity from allegations that they denied tribal rights to descendants of former slaves.

Bush signs bill to provide billions for reservations (WASHINGTON, DC) -- President Bush signed legislation Wednesday that calls for $2 billion for tribal law enforcement, health care and water projects.

Decision on tribe's recognition could come by Jan. (MONTANA) -- A decision on whether the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe should be federally recognized could be made by January.

Intertribal court moves to Rincon (CALIFORNIA) -- The fledgeling Intertribal Court of Southern California has a new home at the Rincon Indian Reservation.

In Colorado, reconciliation for a displaced tribe (COLORADO) -- LeAllen Blackhair began the Grass Dance at dusk as thunderheads gathered on the ridges above the White River Valley. The fringes on his regalia swayed in time to the drumbeat as he glided in smooth, symmetrical movements to create a sense of balance on the land.

UNITY: Obama notes ‘tragic’ US past (CHICAGO) -- Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of minority journalists yesterday, stopped short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to American Indians but said the country should acknowledge its history of poor treatment of certain ethnic groups.

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.

Successful Hopi mediation program seeks participants (ARIZONA) -- When people have disputes, they often want to have their 'day in court.' But now there is a different path at Hopi for resolving conflicts. It is called mediation.

SRP Cited for Commitment to Native American Communities (ARIZONA) -- Salt River Project was honored as the First American Corporate Leader for continued efforts benefitting the Native American community through partnerships at the Navajo and Coronado generating stations in Page and St. Johns.

Navajo Council approves audit, questions findings (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation Council accepted an audit report Tuesday by KPMG LLP on the Navajo Nation’s financial statements, but not without raising a myriad of questions, including whether it was time to change auditors.

Annual Indian town hall addresses protection of land, water (ARIZONA) -- Hopi Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma Sr. said he's glad the Arizona Indian Town Hall this year focused on the impact of growth on Arizona's Indian reservations.

Vice Chairman David Reede writes to Carlos Apache Tribe (ARIZONA) -- Dear Tribal Members: This year has been a troublesome year for our tribal government. As citizens of San Carlos you have witnessed our elected officials give themselves raises, purchase personal vehicles, withhold budget figures and information from tribal members and, more damaging, place the tribe in a financial deficit.

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