Saturday, August 16, 2008

15 Aug 2008: Native News from

Seneca Indians Fight Impending Cigarette Tax (NEW YORK) -- The Seneca Nation is pressuring Governor Paterson to veto a bill that would tax cigarette sales to non-Indians; officials estimate the tax could generate $400 million in revenue, and Mayor Bloomberg recently said that tax revenue could save us from MTA fare hikes.

Secretary Kempthorne, Rep. Bono Mack, Soboba Tribal Chairman Salgado Mark Water Rights Settlement (WASHINGTON, DC) -- On Friday, August 15, 2008, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony celebrating passage of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act (Public Law 110-297).

Soboba Water Rights Restored After Decades (CALIFORNIA) -- After more than 150 years a local tribe finally reaches an agreement over its water rights. And the bill is signed into law by President Bush.

Soboba Water Rights Settlement Will Stimulate Tribal Development, Help Restore San Jacinto River Basin (CALIFORNIA) -- Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today praised an historic settlement agreement with the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians that resolves decades of litigation over the water rights of the Southern California tribe and bolsters regional efforts to achieve sustainable water management and habitat restoration.

Reactions to Cobell decision range from trauma and rejection to hope (WASHINGTON, DC) -- In 1982, Rebecca Adamson walked across a parking lot in Mount Pleasant, Mich., with Arnold J. Sowmick, the late, great leader of the Saginaw Chippewa.

Tribal, BIA leaders mediating settlement in police controversy (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The tribal president, a traditional chief and the Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent met with Oglala Sioux Tribe police department representatives Thursday in an attempt to resolve an ongoing public safety crisis on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a tribal staffer said.

Public Law 280 crux of debate (CALIFORNIA) -- Disagreement over the implications of Public Law 280 on the Soboba Indian Reservation can be solved easily, a UCLA law professor told a gathering of tribes at the Soboba Country Club clubhouse last week.

Deal allows parole officers on Soboba reservation (CALIFORNIA) -- California authorities have reversed a decision ordering five parolees to move out of the Soboba Indian Reservation.

Teen from Inland tribe accuses deputies of making racist comments while detaining him (CALIFORNIA) -- The Riverside County Sheriff's Department confirmed Thursday it is investigating allegations of racial harassment by some of its deputies against a teenager from an Inland tribe.

Cleaning up your act / EPA summit addresses uranium cleanup (NEW MEXICO) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Navajo EPA, along with four federal agencies, outlined a five-year plan Wednesday to clean up 50 years of uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation.

Environmental groups challenge Desert Rock decision (NEW MEXICO) -- A coalition of seven environmental groups, represented by Earthjustice attorney Nick Persampieri, Thursday filed a challenge to the federal Environmental Protection Agency's July 31 decision to grant an air permit for Desert Rock.

Trimble: Let go the chains of victimhood (NEBRASKA) -- In this new social and political era, we will be challenged to solve the problems that plague our tribal communities, moving up from victims to victors; the one thing we must do is shed the chains of victimhood.

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