Tuesday, October 14, 2008

14 Oct 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net

Wilma Mankiller Reflects on Columbus Day (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Columbus Day is traditionally marked by going to parades that honor the man credited with "discovering" America. But for Native Americans, whose ancestors were displaced and marginalized by the European journey to this continent, it's a day of somber reflection or even mourning.

Indigenous People Peacefully Protest Columbus Day (CALIFORNIA) -- Some people had the day off to relax this Columbus Day, but in Nevada City, others gathered in peaceful protest at the 9th Annual Indigenous Peoples Days.

Holiday not celebrated by tribes (OKLAHOMA) -- For many, the second Monday in October is known as Columbus Day, a holiday that is often observed by residents making a trip to the post office only to find it closed.

Palin's rural adviser quits (ALASKA) -- Gov. Sarah Palin's rural adviser resigned Monday amid criticism of the governor's record on hiring Alaska Natives. Rhonda McBride, who is not an Alaska Native, made the announcement in an e-mail to several Native leaders, saying there needs to be more Native voices in Palin's administration.

Board's Troopergate probe casts wider net (ALASKA) -- The state Personnel Board investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of Walt Monegan has broadened to include other ethics complaints against the governor and examination of actions by other state employees, according to the independent counsel handling the case.

Palin's Rural Adviser Quits Over Native Record (ALASKA) -- Gov. Sarah Palin's rural adviser resigned Monday amid criticism of the governor's record on hiring Alaska Natives.

Obama leads pursuit of Native American vote (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is wooing the Native American vote in the Republican-leaning Northern Great Plains states, but his opponent, Republican John McCain, has yet to lace up his running shoes, Indian Country leaders say.

Pechanga tribe gets land for preserve (CALIFORNIA) -- President Bush last week signed legislation turning over more than 1.7 square miles of federal land to the Pechanga Indian band for use primarily as a wildlife preserve. The land includes 119 acres in San Diego County.

Leaders fear new voting rules will discourage aboriginal voters (MANITOBA) -- Aboriginal chiefs across Canada say new voting rules mean thousands of aboriginal people could be discouraged from going to the polls in Tuesday's federal election.

Mohawk Nation Call-out: Stop Quebec Police from Attacking Barriere Lake Algonquins (QUEBEC) -- On Monday, October 6, 2008, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake had enough and blocked Highway 117 in Northern Quebec. They want Canada and Quebec to live up to the “trilateral agreement” signed in 1991 between the 3 parties.

BIA keep surges on Pine Ridge and Standing Rock (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is sending extra officers to the Standing Rock and Pine Ridge Indian reservations beyond the previously set deadlines of the surges, but the long-term plan for Pine Ridge has not been decided, said the agency's director.

American Indian affairs group meets in Rapid City (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Rapid City is the site for the annual conference of the Governors Interstate Indian Council, made up of state Native American affairs officers and commissioners.

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