Thursday, November 20, 2008

20 Nov 2008: Native News from

Outsiders Target Indian Land for Risky Business (CALIFORNIA) -- Deep in the foothills, miles above California’s Sacramento Valley, the 640-acre home of the Cortina Band of Wintun Indians lies empty except for six houses, a graveyard, and the spot where the band’s ceremonial roundhouse once stood.

Court rules in favor of tribal tobacco company (OKLAHOMA) -- A tobacco company formed as an enterprise of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe is shielded from civil liability under the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity, a federal appeals court ruled this week.

Plea hearing set for tribal officials charged with trafficking contraband cigarettes (WASHINGTON) -- The executive director of the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, along with a former tribal chairman and another tribal official, are expected to enter pleas Thursday on charges alleging they made millions of dollars trafficking in contraband cigarettes.

Daschle Tapped for HHS (WASHINGTON, DC) -- President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota as Secretary of Health and Human Services, which includes the Indian Health Service.

The Grand Ronde celebrates a proud history (OREGON) -- The OregonianThe Grand Ronde has restored its culture and built a flourishing tribe over the past 25 years. On Saturday, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will celebrate its silver anniversary as a restored Tribe.

Feds indict 34 in Akwesasne marijuana smuggling case (NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities announced today indictments against 34 people for smuggling marijuana through the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation from Canada into the US.

BRENDA NORRELL: Spy drones over the border (ARIZONA) -- The bad news is that the Border Patrol has four drones flying out of Fort Huachuca over the US/Mexico border for surveillance.

Ex-Leech Lake chairman gets probation (MINNESOTA) -- A former chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has been sentenced to two years of probation on corruption charges. Peter D. White was sentenced Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson.

Salazar for Interior is all talk, so far (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Speculation about Sen. Ken Salazar as interior secretary in the Obama administration appears to be just that.

Native American students celebrate Thanksgiving despite hidden history (USA) -- Many Native Americans struggle with the truth hidden in the American tradition of Thanksgiving - a reality that is nothing to be thankful for.

Southern Utes to regulate pollution within reservation (COLORADO) -- Colorado's Southern Ute Indian Tribe and state Environmental Commission adopted last week a Reservation Air Code for the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

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