Tuesday, September 30, 2008

30 Sep 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net

Cole: Tribal governments under fire (WASHINGTON, DC) -- I wear a number of hats in my professional life: I am the congressman from the 4th District in Oklahoma, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the only enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe in the U.S. Congress. I spend a lot of time with tribal leaders and tribal people, and I am often asked the following question:

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.

OP/ED: Monegan did a lot to help law enforcement in rural Alaska (ALASKA) -- I don't want to get into a big political fight over the subject of this column, but I cannot allow a fellow Alaska Native to have his reputation tarnished and used as a political football. I am speaking about the former commissioner of public safety, Walt Monegan.

NYC Demands Governor Collect Tribal Cigarette Taxes (NEW YORK) -- New York City sued eight Native American reservation stores on Long Island for not collecting the city's cigarette taxes, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Monday, demanding the governor enforce the law.

Bloomberg targets smoke shops on Poospatuck reservation (NEW YORK) -- After banning smoking in bars and restaurants, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now targeting eight Mastic smoke shops, filing a lawsuit yesterday against the retailers on the Poospatuck Indian reservation, claiming they are unlawfully selling untaxed cigarettes.

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.

High court moves toward Narragansett land claim case (RHODE ISALND) -- As the U.S. Supreme Court moves toward defining the meaning of “now” in a 75-year-old law and determining whether the Interior Department can take land into trust for the Narragansett Indians beyond the terms of the Rhode Island Indian Land Claims Settlement Act, the tribe has begun a process it hopes will ultimately overturn the act itself.

Native leaders band together to broker direct investment deals with China (CANADA) -- When a group of more than 100 Canadian native leaders arrives in China six weeks from now, they will carry a message that is both historic and disarmingly straightforward: China has vast wealth to invest, and Canada's native communities, with their access to timber, coal and minerals, want to do business.

Native leaders demand campaign attention (OTTAWA) -- In full native headdress on the floor of the House of Commons, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine had a historic seat last June to hear the Prime Minister's apology for Canada's Indian Residential Schools.

Aboriginal protesters block Trans-Canada near Regina in dispute over pipeline (SASKATCHEWAN) -- First Nations protesters on horseback blocked part of Trans-Canada Highway east of Regina for about a half-hour on Sunday in a dispute over the construction of an oil pipeline.

Mohawk protester Brant gets light penalty for blockades (CANADA) -- Facing numerous defence motions that would have laid bare police actions, the Crown dropped most charges Monday against an aboriginal protester who helped organize a blockade last summer of an Ontario highway and rail line, and agreed to a slap-on-the-wrist-penalty for the remaining ones.

Tax on Chehalis tribal resort goes to court (WASHINGTON) -- A dispute over the property tax for the Chehalis Tribes' Great Wolf Lodge at Grand Mound is headed for federal court in Tacoma. The tribe filed a request this month for a court order against Thurston County tax collectors.

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