Thursday, October 23, 2008

23 Oct 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net


We were all equal, residential-school commissioner says (OTTAWA) -- One of the two remaining commissioners on the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission is challenging Justice Harry LaForme's interpretation of the commission's power structure, saying her role was not to just support his decisions.

Native leaders divided over future of residential schools panel (OTTAWA) -- As one of the commissioners put it Tuesday, how can it be that the commission given the historic task of helping Canada toward a national reconciliation on Indian residential schools was ultimately unable to reconcile with itself?

Debate over Hopi tribal chairmanship heats up (ARIZONA) -- At stake is a 12,000 member federally recognized tribe, potentially millions of dollars in financial revenues that could be gained from on-reservation natural resources, federal tribal sovereignty status and the long-standing centuries-old cultural and spiritual reputation that incorporates consensus building.

Two tribal members sue for Mashpee land (MASSACHUSETTS) -- Amelia and Steven Bingham, members of the Mashpee Wampanoag, have followed through on a threat to file a land suit seeking ownership of all town- and state-owned land in Mashpee.

Wampanoags sue for return of Mashpee (MASSACHUSETTS) -- Two members of the Mashpee Wampanoag have sued in federal court on behalf of themselves and the rest of the tribe for title to all land in Mashpee and compensation for what they call the taking of that land in 1869 and 1870.

BLOG: Why Isn’t McCain Visiting Indian Country? (USA) -- Al Franken, the comedian cum Minnesota politician, visited the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Band of Chippewa and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe on Sunday, October 19.

Oklahoma Tax Commission raids tribal smoke shops (OKLAHOMA) -- The Oklahoma Tax Commission took the rare step Oct. 15 of raiding two Indian smoke shops in Henryetta for allegedly selling contraband cigarettes.

Navajo back Obama (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation Council went out on a limb Tuesday and endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama for U.S. president in hopes of a new era of federal Indian policy.

Native Vote 2008: Tacoma rally shows support for Dems (WASHINGTON) -- American Indians from throughout the Puget Sound area gathered at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center Oct. 19 to rally their support for Democratic candidates in the upcoming election.

Ross: Life: The real reason that Indians overwhelmingly support Obama (MONTANA) -- This election is just not about politics. Traveling from reservation to reservation – as I am fortunate enough to do on behalf of Barack Obama – it’s obvious that the reason that Natives overwhelmingly support Sen. Obama to be the next president of the United States has absolutely zero to do with politics.

Navajo Medal of Honor fails (ARIZONA) -- The intent was good, but many Navajo veterans did not support a DinĂ© Nation Medal of Honor, Navajo Nation Council delegates said, and in the end, the delegates didn’t support it either. The Council voted it down with 62-20 Tuesday morning.

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