Sunday, November 16, 2008

16 Nov 2008: Native News from

Native American Heritage Day passed into law / Friday after Thanksgiving will be designated as day of tribute (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The National Indian Gaming Association acknowledges the passing into law of H. J. Res. 62, which designates the Friday after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day 2008.

Who will lead the Interior Deparment? (COLORADO) -- Who should lead the Department of the Interior in the early days of President-Elect Obama's administration? The new head of Interior will be adminstering policy over water supplies, oil and gas development, oil shale, coal, solar, wind, recreation, wilderness, endangered species, water quality and water distribution.

Tribe allows non-member to remain while remedy sought (IOWA) -- The Meskwaki Tribal Council agreed Wednesday to hold off on the enforcement of its own exclusionary order, which would have forced a local man out of a tribal home.

Meskwaki court will decide housing case, tribe leaders say (IOWA) -- Tribal leaders have decided not to force a resident off the Meskwaki settlement until the man's case is heard in tribal court, an attorney said Thursday.

Tribe building its own wireless network (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Standing Rock Sioux officials say their reservation along the North Dakota-South Dakota border is in a communication dead zone with phone service that is spotty at best. They plan to change it.

Out of wireless blackness: Tribe creates its own wireless company (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Past the long stretches of fields, beyond the bright lights of the casino and into Fort Yates, perched on the edge of a wide stretch of the Missouri, is wireless blackness, a virtual dead zone that's crippling the community.

Ear-blasting start promises quiet energy payoff (MINNESOTA) -- It won't be a tornado when a new Shakopee plant lets loose -- just a loud signal of an innovative way of generating power.

'Moral code' was behind resignation from schools commission: LaForme / Ontario justice gives emotional account of his reasons for quitting (ONTARIO) -- Justice Harry LaForme broke his silence on Thursday over his sudden resignation last month from the commission into Indian Residential School abuse, saying his "moral code" gave him no choice but to leave after his authority was undermined.

Lumbee council candidates seek tribal harmony (NORTH CAROLINA) -- Many candidates running for Tribal Council say negative publicity and infighting among council members have hurt the tribe. They say it’s time for a new direction and for the council to focus on issues that benefit Lumbees.

Is Schwarzenegger Trading Klamath Dam Removal for the Destruction of the Delta? (CALIFORNIA) -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger never misses an opportunity to push his environmentally destructive and enormously costly $ 9.3 billion water bond proposal to build two new reservoirs and "improved conveyance" - the peripheral canal.

Step taken toward removing Klamath River dams (CALIFORNIA) -- The most powerful opponents of efforts to remove four dams that have blocked salmon migration on the Klamath River for the past century did an about-face Thursday and agreed in principle to a dam-removal plan along the California and Oregon border.

Decision Clouds Future for Navajo Plant (NEW MEXICO) -- A decision by a federal appeals panel has rekindled the debate over whether to regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases, clouding the future of a $3 billion coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

Utah coal ruling trickles down to Desert Rock (NEW MEXICO) -- A federal agency's ruling in a Utah coal-fired power plant case almost surely will raise major questions regarding the air quality permit issued to the Desert Rock power plant.

Railroad May Get Route Opposed by Tribe (MONTANA) -- State fisheries officials say they've tentatively agreed to give the proposed Tongue River Railroad a 25-acre easement through a major fish hatchery near the Yellowstone River.

Promoter accused of fraud backs new project (MONTANA) -- Despite promises of huge profits to investors who put up more than $4 million, Crow tribal member Ted Hogan has yet to develop any minerals on the Crow Reservation.

N.M. chapters receive ‘Best Planning Project’ award (NEW MEXICO) -- The 54 chapters on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Nation have been recognized as the “Best Planning Project” by the New Mexico Environment Department at the 13th Annual New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference.

S.E. Ruckman: Nigh time to reap Karma’s harvest (OKLAHOMA) -- Karma is a spiritual force that basically means “what comes around goes around.” The theory is that both the good we do and the negative come home to roost. This carries with it a silent admonishment that we should beware lest we become the receiver of some sown misfortune. I am a hearty believer of this psychic boomerang.

Tribal hunters now have 2 seasons (MICHIGAN) -- Although tribal hunters could start their deer hunting season nearly two months earlier than past years, they may not end up taking more bucks.

State Supreme Court rules against fishing rights claim (WASHINGTON) -- The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Chehalis tribe member is prevented from owning a gill net as part of his sentence on state criminal charges that he illegally fished on nontribal land.

Report shows increase in Indian jail population (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The number of inmates housed in Indian Country jail facilities has increased 24 percent since 2004, the Department of Justice said in a new study.

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