Monday, September 29, 2008

29 Sep 2008: Native News from

Alaska Natives question Palin's support (ALASKA) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin routinely notes her husband's Yup'ik Eskimo roots. But those connections haven't erased doubts about her in a community long slighted by the white settlers who flocked to Alaska and dominate its government.

NYC sues reservation smoke shops over bootlegging (NEW YORK) -- New York City is suing eight smoke shops that have been selling tax-free cigarettes on an Indian reservation.

1 Dead, 3 Injured In Gang Fight At Morongo Casino (CALIFORNIA) -- One person died from a stabbing, and three others were injured, in an apparent gang-related assault at a public cultural event being staged this weekend in a Casino Morongo parking lot, authorities said Sunday.

Person killed, two injured in fight (CALIFORNIA) -- A 20-year-old Banning man was stabbed to death Saturday night after a fight in the parking lot of the old Casino Morongo in Cabazon, authorities said.

'Rez disease' of alcohol, drugs is deadly among Seminole youth / Alcohol-involved crashes, drug overdoses, suicide claim alarming number of young Seminoles (FLORIDA) -- For young members of the Seminole Tribe, this should be the best of times. With annual revenues from casinos and other businesses that have topped $1.4 billion, the tribe provides each of its 3,300 members with an income of about $120,000 a year, a free education and a guaranteed job.

Drugs, alcohol worsening problems for Seminoles (FLORIDA) -- The average age at death among Seminole Indians in Florida has dropped by 12 years in the past decade, according to a newspaper analysis, to below age 50.

Seminole Tribe Members Dying Younger, Study Says (FLORIDA) -- A new study has found members of Florida's Seminole Indian tribe are dying younger these days. The study found that in the past ten years, the average age of a Seminole at the time of death has dropped from nearly 60 years old to just 48. That's a full 25 years younger than the statewide average of 73 years.

House approves Indian housing bill (OKLAHOMA) -- An Indian housing bill threatened by efforts to punish the Cherokee Nation for trying to bar descendants of former slaves from tribal citizenship has been passed by the U.S. House.

JODI RAVE: Onondaga faith keeper's work Nobel worthy (NORWAY) -- On a recent trip to Norway, some fellow journalists and I kept driving past the Nobel Peace Center in the central part of Oslo as we made our way between museums and restaurants.

Q & A: Wilma Mankiller (INDIANA) -- More than two decades before politicians talked about Hillary Rodham Clinton cracking the glass ceiling, Wilma Mankiller was the first woman serving as the leader of the second largest American Indian tribe in the country.

Target of murder-for-hire plot sues Mexican Mafia, San Manuel tribal members for $50 million (CALIFORNIA) -- A former bar manager is suing a couple of top Mexican Mafia members and two San Manuel Indians who were convicted earlier this year of plotting to kill him in 2006.

Red Lake band opens Duluth office (MINNESOTA) -- A new Duluth outreach office hopes to make treatment, education and jobs the solutions to what is the bane of too many Red Lake band members: unemployment and substance abuse.

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