Tuesday, September 16, 2008

16 Sep 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net

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.

Va. to Consider Recognition of 6 Indian Tribes (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Virginia Senator Jim Webb says the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs plans to hold a hearing to consider the federal recognition of six Virginia tribes.

Acting BIA exec takes authority in UKB land appeal (OKLAHOMA) -- The acting head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs will decide whether the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians can obtain trust status for a parcel of land.

Interior department takes over UKB land trust appeal (OKLAHOMA) -- An appeal of a regional decision not to allow the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees to take 76 acres into trust is being taken over by acting Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary George Skibine.

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.

More Troubles For Soboba Indian Reservation (CALIFORNIA) -- Riverside County Sheriff's deputies are continuing their hunt for two Soboba tribal members. Deputies believe the two men committed an armed home invasion robbery in San Jacinto.

AIM slaying prosecutors turn over evidence details (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Federal prosecutors wrote in a response filed with the court that they've complied with a judge's order to turn over more information on government witnesses in the case against John Graham.

John McCain campaign tries to quell 'Troopergate' (ALASKA) -- The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain is trying to put to rest the ethical controversy that's come to be known as "Troopergate," releasing e-mails supporting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's contention that she dismissed her public safety commissioner over budget disagreements, not because he wouldn't fire her ex-brother-in-law.

BLOG: Sarah Palin and Alaska Natives Part 1 (ALASKA) -- A recent web article is worthy of some review and discussion in regards to Governor Palin’s “Record on Alaska Native and Tribal Issues”. It is good when substantive policy issues are referenced in the discussion of Palin.

Obama visits Pueblo, W. Slope (COLORADO) -- In the cool of the Alibi Lounge on the south side of Pueblo, David and Juanita Andrews relaxed Monday in their vinyl seats and toasted Barack Obama with tequila shots and lime-laden Coronas.

Mounties in second day of armed standoff (MANITOBA) -- Heavily armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were in a second day of a standoff Monday at an apartment on a Manitoba Indian reservation.

Manitoba standoff ends without capture of Regina escapee (CANADA) -- A daylong standoff at an apartment complex on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation near The Pas, Man., has ended without the capture of the escapee from a Saskatchewan jail who police believed might be inside.

YELLOW BIRD: Race seems likely to play poisonous role (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Is America ready to elect a black president? As the election moves forward, doubts fill my mind and tug at my heart because I wonder how much influence race will have on the election.

New Mexico AG targets fake Native American jewelry (NEW MEXICO) -- At least 50 percent of the Indian jewelry on the New Mexico market is misrepresented in some way, an official in the state attorney general's office told Legal Newsline.

Aboriginal Canadians: Collaboration or Confrontation? (CANADA) -- In survey after survey, 76% of Canadians acknowledge they know next to nothing about the history, circumstances, issues and challenges facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and another 5% acknowledge they know absolutely nothing about Canada’s Aboriginal citizens.

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