Saturday, September 20, 2008

20 Sep 2008: Native News from

Mashantucket Tribe chief justice appears before Senate panel (CONNECTICUT) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe's chief justice was in Washington Thursday to testify before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the topic of federal “declinations,” or the increasingly frequent decision by federal prosecutors not to pursue criminal cases in Indian Country.

UA student guilty in roommate's stabbing (ARIZONA) -- A jury has convicted a 19-year-old woman of first-degree murder for stabbing her roommate to death in their University of Arizona dorm room.

Snyder wins key nomination in Seneca caucuses (NEW YORK) -- Barry E. Snyder Jr., who has served three terms as the President of the Seneca Nation, won the Seneca Party's nomination to seek a fourth term in Friday's caucuses.

LdF tribal council introduces ‘riot’ resolution (WISCONSIN) -- The Lac du Flambeau tribal council has fast-tracked an “Emergency Management Code Ordinance” that may further limit its opposition’s right to express their dissatisfaction with what has already been a tumultuous election season.

Russell: Presidential snakes on the Indian plane (WASHINGTON, DC) -- It’s hard to write about presidential politics from an Indian point of view because if you intend to be honest, you have to admit that a candidate who is good for Indian country is not always good for the United States of America.

Accused wants evidence limits in 1975 SD AIM case (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The lawyer for John Graham has filed motions asking a judge to keep jurors from hearing statements he made to a medicine man and allegations he raped Annie Mae Aquash before she was killed in December 1975.

Guest letter: How an earmark can be worth every penny (MINNESOTA) -- Rep. John Kline argues that federal earmarks are a "waste of your hard-earned tax dollars" and should be eliminated entirely (Opinion, Wednesday, Aug. 20).

Garcia: Stand up, Congress, and pass Indian health legislation (WASHINTON, DC) -- The time has come for Congress to stand up and protect the lives of American Indians through reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Omaha Indian health services funding dispute resolved (NEBRASKA) -- U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson announced a resolution Friday to a funding crisis that had disrupted health services on the Omaha Indian Reservation.

ABOUREZK: Omaha Tribe gets federal health funds back (NEBRASKA) -- The Omaha Tribe has received money to alleviate a nearly $800,000 shortfall the tribe faced after federal officials cut its health funding, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson announced Friday.

Yakama Indian Nation fighting battle against cattle industry (WASHINGTON) -- On the Yakama Indian Nation, people are vomiting from breathing fecal dust from cows and in some cases are unable to drink water from their wells, which are tainted by contaminants from dairy feed lots and contained animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

Tribes protest in front of PacificCorp (OREGON) -- About 75 people holding signs such as "Undam the Klamath" demonstrated in front of PacificCorp headquarters in Northeast Portland Thursday afternoon. "We're getting a lot of lip service from PacificCorp, but we're ready to sit down at the negotiating table" says Craig Tucker with the Karuk Tribe.

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