Monday, November 3, 2008

03 Nov 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net


Supreme Court hears case over American Indian land (RHODE ISLAND) -- The Narragansett Indian Tribe bought a 31-acre lot in 1991, saying it would be used for "economic development" and housing for the elderly and poor.

Reels Off Council As Tribe Signals Desire For Change (CONNECTICUT) -- A newcomer unseated former Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Kenny Reels in an election Sunday that members of the tribe said was a call for new blood on the tribe's governing body.

Longtime Mashantucket tribal executive unseated (CONNECTICUT) -- A tribal election by the Mashantucket Pequots has resulted in the unseating of former Tribal Council Chairman Kenny Reels.

Links between San Manuel band's donations to DA's office, plea deals denied (CALIFORNIA) -- San Manuel Indian and San Bernardino County district attorney officials deny that $22,500 in political contributions from the tribe to District Attorney Michael Ramos affected the plea deals that could allow two tribal members to avoid prison for their parts in plotting to kill a man in 2006.

Election 2008: Tribal gifts near $900K (OKLAHOMA) -- Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes donated almost $900,000 to local, state and national candidates up for election in 2008, ranging from Barack Obama to Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, records show.

Vasques: Promises made – or promises kept? (USA) -- For centuries, Indian people have heard many promises from countless politicians – and for us, Election Day was always the day the promises ended and the excuses began.

Hardrock distrusts McCain due to land dispute record (CALIFORNIA) -- "Senator John McCain represents an Indian fighter just like Colonel Kit Carson," says Bahe Katenay, Diné, resident of the Hopi Partition Land.

Mille Lacs Band fraud claims multiply (MINNESOTA) -- A trail of misused funds diverted from public projects leads to tribal leaders, investigators say, but the ousted tribal executive vows to fight for her job.

Mashpee tribe faces membership feud (MASSACHUSETTS) -- Ted Jonas can flip through a history book on the Mashpee Wampanoag and point to immediate family members who held high-profile positions within the tribe.

Judge voids Rocky Boy's reservation tribal council primary (MONTANA) -- A tribal court judge has disqualified the results of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe's primary elections and ruled that a new primary must be held within 30 days.

Crow Agency election results to be challenged (MONTANA) -- The Crow Tribe has announced the winners from Saturday's elections, but one group said they'll challenge the results. The incumbents, including Crow Tribal Chair Carl Venne, won re-election, but Venne's challenger Calvin Coolidge Jefferson, Jr. said that Venne was not eligible to run.

Links between San Manuel band's donations to DA's office, plea deals denied (CALIFORNIA) -- San Manuel Indian and San Bernardino County district attorney officials deny that $22,500 in political contributions from the tribe to District Attorney Michael Ramos affected the plea deals that could allow two tribal members to avoid prison for their parts in plotting to kill a man in 2006.

Struggling tribe lends $500,000 to bakery (MARYLAND) -- The Native American tribe denied local government support needed to pursue a $1.5 million grant for construction of a heritage park is lending $500,000 to a young, independent bakery for massive expansion.

Tribal Officials Face Trial (MAINE) -- A former Passamaquoddy tribal governor at Indian Township and the tribe's ex-business manager go on trial in U.S. District Court on Monday for allegedly misusing $1.7 million in federal funds, health care center funds and other tribal money over a 4 1/2-year period.

Cigarette-diversion plot alleged (OKLAHOMA) -- A Kansas-based wholesaler set up multiple companies and used different bank accounts to circumvent Oklahoma’s new tobacco tax and skim $25 million from tax revenues intended for the state and Indian tribes, a federal indictment charges.

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