Monday, October 20, 2008

20 Oct 2008: Native News from

Soboba Band facing public scrutiny (CALIFORNIA) -- The Soboba Band of LuiseƱo Indians’ dispute with a local sheriff over access to Indian land appears to have led to some negative public reaction after the sheriff’s claims that the reservation was unsafe and then followed by criminal incidents at the reservation.

Franken rallies for American Indian vote (MINNESOTA) -- American Indians face unique challenges that need representation in Congress, says Al Franken, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, who Sunday visited three reservations.

Pioneer Editorial: GOP absent from Indian politicking (MINNESOTA) -- Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken’s visit to our area today begs a question. He will today visit with members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Band of Chippewa and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe on the three separate reservations.

Natives claim Palin neglects issues / EQUAL: Treating everyone the same guides her policies. (ALASKA) -- When Rhonda McBride was picked as Gov. Sarah Palin's rural affairs adviser a year ago, some Alaska Native leaders were upset. McBride was a veteran journalist who had lived in Bethel and traveled extensively in Bush Alaska, but she was not a Native.

Past and present Navajo leaders rally for Obama (NEW MEXICO) -- Navajo leaders hosting a rally in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama on Saturday had harsh words in store for the senator's Republican rival while trying to get out the vote in Shiprock.

Editorial / Indian women in government (NEW YORK) -- More Indian women are taking leadership roles in tribal government. Although the rate of participation by women in tribal government leadership is still less than men, women play a significant role in tribal politics and will likely play increasingly stronger roles in the future.

Choctaw Code Talkers Finally Recognized (OKLAHOMA) -- Tewanna Edwards remembers her late great-uncle as a gentle old man who fed her raisins and laughed as she grimaced while eating them.

Code Talkers Honored (OKLAHOMA) -- Some American Indian military veterans will soon receive the medal of honor for using their native language as a code on the battlefield.

MASCOTS: Fighting Sioux Nickname Faces Timeline (NORTH DAKOTA) -- North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has approved a schedule for discarding the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian head logo if two prominent Sioux tribes hold firm in their desire to dump them.

Osage Chief to Advise on Energy (OKLAHOMA) -- With the United States debating energy policy, the chief of an Oklahoma American Indian tribe hopes to bring in a tribal perspective.

Sacred lands returned to Oregon tribes (OREGON) -- President Bush has signed a bill returning 24 acres the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians consider sacred.

Hoh tribe relocating to higher ground (WASHINGTON) -- The Hoh tribe is a congressional bill away from moving its reservation to higher ground. The tribe, located on about 640 acres of flood plain at the mouth of the Hoh River south of Forks, has purchased an additional 425 acres of land over the past year to relocate its village.

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