Friday, September 19, 2008

19 Sep 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net


Government seeks appeal of Indian trust case (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The government has requested an appeal of a judge's ruling to award American Indian plaintiffs $455 million in a 12-year-old trust case.

Tribes need help now, and for future (LOUISIANA) -- When I asked Joel Waltzer what American Indians in the southernmost parts of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes need most right now, he thought for a moment.

Dorgan to hold Indian crime hearing (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing is focusing on the lack of federal crime enforcement on Indian reservations. The hearing chaired by North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan also focuses on ways to improve the justice system. North Dakota U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley is scheduled to be among those appearing.

Senators demand answers to Indian crime problem (WASHINGTON, DC) -- U.S. attorneys failed to prosecute 62 percent of crimes committed in Indian Country during a three-year period, and on Thursday, members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee wanted to know why.

DOJ will not provide Native American crime data (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Justice Department is refusing to provide statistics to Congress that would show how many crimes the federal government declines to prosecute on reservations.

Decision to let off top staff criticized (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Interior Department's watchdog criticized the Justice Department on Thursday for declining to prosecute the managers of an oil- and gas-royalty program that's been tainted by allegations of illicit sex, drug use and taking favors worth thousands of dollars.

Interior chief vows to clean up agency (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne pledged on Thursday to squelch the "ethics storm" exposed by investigators who said agency workers rigged bids, accepted gifts and had sex with energy company officials doing business with the government.

Interior Secretary Says He May Fire Gift-Takers (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne told a House committee Thursday that he might fire employees in the agency that collects oil and gas royalties, a week after the department’s inspector general reported extensive ethics abuses there.

Oil-office scandal drips on taxpayers (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Government workers kept such poor records on oil contracts worth billions of dollars, it's impossible to determine whether numerous ethics violations in a Lakewood office cost taxpayers money, a top federal investigator testified Thursday.

Congress panel blasts Interior Department officials on oil royalties scandal (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Legislators excoriated top Interior Department officials Thursday at a hearing on the sex, drugs and gifts scandal in the oil royalties program, saying the scandal could have dire ramifications for the anticipated expansion of offshore drilling along U.S. coasts.

Minerals Case Decision Protested (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Interior Department has pulled some of its investigators off the Jack Abramoff corruption task force to protest the Justice Department's decision not to pursue charges against two government officials in the separate oil royalties scandal that surfaced last week.

Cobell case appeal viewed as good, bad for plaintiffs (OKLAHOMA) -- An appeal filed this week in federal court seeking another decision in the Cobell vs. Kempthorne case has some tribal leaders viewing the landmark case a weather vane for Indian Country.

Va. tribes await hearing on federal recognition (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A bill to give federal recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes is slated for a Senate hearing next Thursday, the furthest point the bill has reached in any Congress.

Tories apologize for "sober" remark to aboriginal protester (OTTAWA) -- The Conservatives have issued another apology, this time for comments caught on video Wednesday by an assistant to Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon.

Harper's Quebec lieutenant apologizes for staffer's alleged racist remarks (OTTAWA) -- The office of a Conservative MP and cabinet minister has issued an apology to Algonquins in his western Quebec riding after his personal assistant allegedly made remarks that could be considered racist.

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