Wednesday, October 8, 2008

07 Oct 2008: Native News from

Hearing set for Benjamin (MINNESOTA) -- A report by a private law firm investigating the Mille Lacs Band's Community Development and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) appears to be at the bottom of a rift between the Band Assembly and Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin.

Tribal candidates expect tough campaigns (MONTANA) -- If you think the clashes in the U.S. elections are harsh, try running for office in Indian Country. "You think national politics is fierce? You ought to be in Crow politics," tribal chairman and re-election candidate Carl Venne said. "People are mean."

RED LAKE SHOOTING: Families, company reach settlement (MINNESOTA) -- Families of victims and survivors of the 2005 school shooting on the Red Lake Indian Reservation have reached an undisclosed settlement with the company hired to come up with crisis plans for the school.

Pipeline protests end with interim agreement (SASKATCHEWAN) -- An interim agreement was reached Friday between several First Nations and the oil giant Enbridge, ending a five-day series of protests that disrupted pipeline construction sites in Saskatchewan.

VOTER SUPPRESSION: State Dems seek to block GOP's challenging of voters (MONTANA) -- The state Democratic Party filed suit Monday to block Republican Party efforts to challenge the registration of more than 6,000 Montana voters, calling it an "illegal vote-suppression scheme" targeting likely Democratic voters.

New indictment in AIM slaying days after dismissal (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A new federal indictment has been handed up against a Canadian man who was days from being tried in the 1975 slaying of a fellow American Indian Movement member when a judge threw out the original charges.

AG: Tribal police not able to give or receive mutual aid (WISCONSIN) -- In a determination that could have a far-reaching impact on law enforcement in northern Wisconsin, the state's attorney general issued a formal opinion last week that tribal police departments have no statutory standing to respond to mutual aid requests from other law enforcement agencies, or to issue calls requesting such assistance.

Brown Co.-Hobart dispute going to trial (WISCONSIN) -- A Brown County Circuit Court judge has denied requests for a summary judgment in a dispute between the village of Hobart and Brown County over the county’s services agreement with the Oneida Tribe of Indians, sending the matter to trial later this month.

BRENDA NORRELL: Tohono O'odham mother plans murder charge against US Border Patrol (ARIZONA) -- The Tohono O'odham mother of a teenager who was ran over and killed by the US Border Patrol made a plea for help so she can continue to pursue court action and charge the Border Patrol agent with murder.

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