Wednesday, October 22, 2008

22 Oct 2008: Native News from

Benjamin will run again (MINNESOTA) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin was removed from office officially as of Tuesday, Oct. 14. Benjamin has decided to run for re-election in the upcoming special election required under the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) Constitution.

Native commission head quits, citing 'incurable problem' (OTTAWA) -- The head of a $60-million commission into the bitter legacy of Canada's residential schools has quit, citing "incurable problems" with respect to his two commissioners that, he says, threaten to paralyze the process and doom it to failure.

Concerns mount over potential delay to residential-school commission (CANADA) -- Aboriginal leaders are worried that the resignation of the chair of a commission charged with chronicling the dark history of Canada's residential schools could delay the process, even as time runs out for older survivors to tell their stories.

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.

Palin’s Hand Seen in Battle Over Mine in Alaska (ALASKA) -- Two years ago, Sarah Palin landed near this tiny native village and spoke of her love for the vast and starkly beautiful delta that drains into Bristol Bay.

Nation could lose building money in state cutbacks (ARIZONA) -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to save up to $300 million on stalled capital projects to shore up state revenue could mean a loss of more than $8 million to the Navajo Nation.

President: Navajo Nation portfolio lost $240 million (ARIZONA) -- Around the United States, the economic crisis that the country is facing is on everybody’s lips, including at the Navajo Nation Council’s fall session on Monday when President Joe Shirley, Jr., delivered the state of the nation address.

Navajo lawmakers reject tribal medal of honor (ARIZONA) -- Navajo lawmakers have rejected an effort to have medals awarded to tribal veterans, saying there are more pressing needs on the reservation.

Tribe’s gay marriage law faces challenge (WASHINGTON) -- A Coquille Indian Tribe member is challenging a recent decision by the Tribal Council to allow domestic partnerships and marriages regardless of sexual orientation.

JODI RAVE: Spirit of a poet: Victor Charlo to debut first published book of poetry after more than 30 years (MONTANA) -- Victor Charlo can still see the elderly Salish woman quickly move her hand near her waist, as if abruptly drawing an invisible dash in the air. “Put Sey,” she would say in the Salish language - “Good Enough.”

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