Sunday, November 2, 2008

01 Nov 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net


LETTER: McCain would cut funding for Indian programs (NEW MEXICO) -- I am Chippewa Cree from Rocky Boy, Mont., but I am married to a Navajo lady and living in Navajo land in Thoreau, N.M.

Poll finds Native voters strongly backing Sen. Obama (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The 2008 presidential race heads into its final stretch this weekend, with results of a poll showing Native voters overwhelmingly behind Barack Obama.

Kids learn lesson about casting ballots (ARIZONA) -- About 1,000 kids will be casting ballots in next week's election. They're part of a program The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale implemented this year in all nine of its branches called Kids Voting Arizona that allows kids to participate in mock voting to educate them about democracy and the importance of voting.

DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: Ban reflects poorly on council (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa’s tribal council wobbled out on a limb to pass a resolution that bans abortions on their reservation. “Under no circumstances,” their resolution reads, “will abortions be performed and allowed.”

United for better health care (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Indian country always has been, and always will be, united in working to ensure Native Americans are provided the health care services they were promised by the U.S. government.

New act makes for better tribal foster care (ARIZONA) -- Building a better child welfare system will strengthen Indian children who are in tribal foster care programs, one advocate said this week.

Obama/Biden proposal provides better Native health care options (ILLINOIS) -- On an Oct. 14 conference call with reporters, two Indian Country leaders discussed how an Obama-Biden administration would help millions of First Americans looking for affordable, quality health care.

Change coming to OST, choice is leadership style / Two Bulls, Bradford face off again (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Oglala Sioux Tribe members say they want change. Tuesday, they’ll choose between change that comes from outside government and change that comes from within.

Sued poultry firms file motion to include tribe (ARKANSAS) -- Arkansas poultry companies on Friday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit against them because Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson failed to involve the Cherokee Nation as a party.

Cherokees own Illinois River, industry claims (OKLAHOMA) -- Poultry companies use that argument in trying to get a lawsuit over water pollution dismissed. The state of Oklahoma's lawsuit against the poultry industry should be dismissed in part because the Illinois River is owned not by the state but by the Cherokee Nation, which is not a party to the case, Tyson Foods Inc. and others claim in legal papers filed Friday.

Trial to examine use of tribal funds (MAINE) -- The federal court trial of a former Passamaquoddy tribal governor at Indian Township and the tribe’s ex-business manager is set to begin Monday.

The Indian Wars Have Never Ended / Killing Leroy Jackson (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo environmentalist Leroy Jackson had been missing for eight days when an anonymous tip led New Mexico state police to a white van, its windows concealed by towels and blankets, parked at a rest stop atop the Brazos Cliffs south of Chama, New Mexico.

‘Calling Back the Salmon’ / Indigenous Peoples’ Days seek to ‘heal wounds of the past’ (CALIFORNIA) -- An ancient Maidu riverside ceremony called “Calling Back the Salmon” was part of Nevada City’s Indigenous Peoples’ Days observances. Due to a depletion of the salmon population, West Coast salmon fishing has been all but terminated for this season.

Treasure trove of artifacts found in Desert Hot Springs museum (CALIFORNIA) -- Officials with Cabot's Pueblo Museum are beside themselves with excitement at the possibility that the museum is filled with highly valuable artifacts collected by the museum's namesake founder Cabot Yerxa.

Native American art up to 1,500 years old found in Cabot's Pueblo collection (CALIFORNIA) -- A site that Desert Hot Springs officials once considered bulldozing could contain one of the nation's most significant and eclectic treasure troves of Native American art, experts say.

As bees die, Keweena Bay Indian Community adults, teens actively protect pollinators / Tribal youth build butterfly houses; adults restore beauty, native plants to Sand Point on Lake Superior (MICHIGAN) -- Millions of Monarchs will begin arriving in Mexico this week in an annual migration that includes thousands traveling through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and some of the butterflies can thank Keweenaw Bay Indian Community teens for their future survival.

S.E. Ruckman: Domestic violence not the Indian way (OKLAHOMA) -- The end of this month finds many of us wearing masks. Masks are defined as disguises to conceal all or one’s face or to hide identity. Many of us will don them for childrens’ sake or for our own safety.

Around the Campfire: No loans to Indians (NEW MEXICO) -- First Nations Development Institute published a research report in May 2003 on how Indians are gouged by lenders on a regular basis. Some of the most common methods of “predatory lending” are tax refund loans, pawnshop transactions, payday loans, car title loans, and housing mortgage loans.

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