Tuesday, October 21, 2008

21 Oct 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net

Obama courts Native American vote in typically red states (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, according to tribal leaders.

Chairman quits troubled residential-school commission (CANADA) -- The leader of a commission charged with chronicling the dark history of Canada's residential schools resigned on Monday, citing major differences between himself and his two commissioners.

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.

Franken says he wouldn’t take away guns (MINNESOTA) -- While Al Franken forayed into northern Minnesota on Sunday, the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund filled the airwaves with radio ads stating that the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate plans to take away citizens’ guns.

McCain's Indian backers to meet in Minnesota (MINNESOTA) -- The American Indians for McCain Coalition will host a meeting for tribal leaders next week in Minnesota. The coalition is co-chaired by Jana McKeag of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and John Tahsuda of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

JODI RAVE: America's original citizens should be first to cast votes (MONTANA) -- For the first time in my life, I voted early in a general election, almost three weeks before the Nov. 4 deadline. I usually wait until Election Day to cast a vote, but this year I felt a greater sense of urgency, and my husband was feeling the same way.

Yup'ik ties give Palins unique Alaska connection (ALASKA) -- Like many Alaska Natives of her generation, Lena Andree, Todd Palin's 87-year-old Yup'ik grandmother, grew up living between two worlds.

Navajo Nation in financial crisis (ARIZONA) -- Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. says the tribe could be facing a financial crisis. He's urging tribal lawmakers to maintain a minimum balance in an emergency fund.

American Indians in Minnesota create alliance to encourage entrepreneurs (MINNESOTA) -- Like many entrepreneurs who own small businesses, Curtis and Jerry Trinder wanted to take their remodeling business to the next level.

Pueblo wins Los Alamos lab contract (NEW MEXICO) -- Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo has won the largest contract to date between Los Alamos National Laboratory and an American Indian enterprise.

JODI RAVE: Ceremony commemorates 100th anniversary of Swan Massacre (MONTANA) -- A slight breeze moved through the Swan Valley, shaking the quaking aspen leaves like a thousand tambourines as heavy black moss hung from golden branches of tamarack, silent sentinels to a massacre site where a solemn group gathered Saturday to remember spirits of the past.

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