Friday, November 21, 2008

21 Nov 2008: Native News from

W. Richard West, Jr: Setting the Record Straight and Moving On (WASHINGTON, DC) -- I was already out the door and in retirement as the National Museum of the American Indian’s founding Director in December 2007, when The Washington Post launched a sensationalized attack against me.

Chickasaw official fires back at Oklahoma anti-Indian group (OKLAHOMA) -- Cleveland County Republicans recently heard a rousing oration by a Chickasaw official on the contributions of Indian tribes in Oklahoma.

Government split, judge will make decision (CANADA) -- It’s been a year of many changes for Nekaneet First Nation. They have lost their school, they have no government and are further in debt than they were one year ago. The story begins with the election of Alice Pahtayken as chief in 2005.

Suffolk move aims to join NYC's Indian smoke shop suit (NEW YORK) -- Labeling the Poospatuck Indian reservation a "tax evasion haven," New York City's lead attorney in a lawsuit against smoke shops on the Mastic reservation Thursday estimated that Suffolk is losing $21 million in local sales tax revenue to illegal bootlegging.

Criminal charges dropped against Hopi chairman (ARIZONA) -- A Hopi judge has dismissed two criminal charges against tribal Chairman Ben Nuvamsa, but the chairman is still fighting three other charges that allege he damaged public property.

JODI RAVE: No tribal aid in 1st lame-duck congressional session (WASHINGTON DC) -- As Congress wrapped up the first of two lame-duck sessions on Thursday, lawmakers failed to pass any legislative proposals that would assist tribes during the country's economic storm.

JODI RAVE: Obama picks six Native people for team (MONTANA) -- As President-elect Barack Obama appoints a new team of cabinet members and fills other key federal work posts, he’s named six Native people to his transition team half of them assigned to assist in Interior Department policy, budget and personnel changes.

KEVIN ABOUREZK: Daschle's Chance to 'Prove It' (NEBRASKA) -- As a young man in college, I had an older Native friend, a mentor for whom I had the deepest respect, who often would tell me: "Prove it." Whether I was telling him about a college leadership position I had gained or a job I had been offered, my friend's response was always the same.

Tribes hope Daschle boosts Indian health care (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle was a good friend to Native Americans during his 26 years in Congress, and tribal leaders expect he'll be an even stronger advocate on their behalf if he becomes secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services as expected.

A YouTube for Native Americans (IDAHO) -- Tired of searching for Native media or losing your videos among the millions of random YouTube pieces? With the launch of RezKast, Native Americans no longer need to waste time looking for Native-themed videos on YouTube.

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