Monday, September 15, 2008

15 Sep 2008: Native News from

Indian tribes near federal recognition bid (VIRGINIA) -- A congressional bill to give federal recognition to six Virginia American Indian tribes will come before a Senate committee this month, marking the closest the tribes have come to that goal after years of trying.

Tensions Between Riverside Sheriffs, Soboba Band Continue / Morreo, Durnin At Large, Considered Armed And Dangerous, Police Say (CALIFORNIA) -- At a time of heightened tensions between the Riverside County Sheriff's office and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, deputies Sunday sought two suspected gunmen from the reservation who are believed to have committed an armed home invasion robbery in nearby San Jacinto.

Pursuit ends at reservation gate / HOME INVASION: After a break-in in San Jacinto, two suspects are chased by one of the home's residents. (CALIFORNIA) -- Two men with Soboba tattoos forced their way into a San Jacinto home Saturday morning and robbed the woman resident at gunpoint, then fled onto the Soboba Reservation, police said.

YAKIMA: Judge blocks state from taxing Yakama tribal cigarette sales (WASHINGTON) -- A federal judge has blocked Washington state from taxing cigarette sales at Yakama tribal smokes shops. U.S. District Judge Lonny R. Suko issued the ruling Friday in a lawsuit brought by the Yakama Indians and some tribal business owners.

Indians' suit against feds heads into its 13th year (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Elouise Cobell couldn't have imagined her lawsuit seeking payments for American Indians from a government-run trust fund would go into its 13th year.

Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes (ALASKA) -- Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal. So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship.

NYT: Palin Personally Sought To Ban Book From Library (NEW YORK) -- Among the many startling accusations against Sarah Palin in the new profile of her in The New York Times, this one truly stands out: Not only did Palin want the Wasilla librarian to ban books, but she is alleged to have personally pushed for a particular book to be removed before she became mayor:

ABC News Edited Out Key Parts of Sarah Palin Interview (USA) -- A transcript of the unedited interview of Sarah Palin by Charles Gibson clearly shows that ABC News edited out crucial portions of the interview that showed Palin as knowledgeable or presented her answers out of context.

Active Role for Palin’s Husband in Alaska Government (ALASKA) -- In voting to issue a subpoena to Todd Palin in an investigation of the firing of the Alaska public safety commissioner, state lawmakers on Friday signaled that Mr. Palin, the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin, might have played a central role in one of the most contentious episodes of her governorship.

Osage Congress Cuts Distribution of Newspaper (OKLAHOMA) -- It took just one meeting for the Osage Nation Congress to end distribution of the tribe's sole media source for more than 40 years.

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