Monday, November 24, 2008

24 Nov 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net


Tribes applaud White House presence (CALIFORNIA) -- When Barack Obama becomes president, Native Americans will have their own adviser in the White House, the president-elect's office confirmed Friday.

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.

Ruling may affect tribes here (OKLAHOMA) -- A Tulsa lawyer said a recent decision by the federal appeals court in Denver has broad implications for any company that conducts business with American Indian tribes.

Tribe in a power position (WASHINGTON) -- A plan by the Yakama Nation to put more power into the Northwest energy grid may also help farmers in the ailing Wapato Irrigation Project to water their crops.

An interview with President Evo Morales (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Indian Country Today sat down for an exclusive interview with Bolivian President Evo Morales Nov. 19. Time constraints and language barriers aside, Morales’ strong vision for how indigenous people can prosper shined brightly.

Indigenous and Latin American leaders optimistic about Obama (USA) -- Latin American reaction to the presidential election victory of Barack Obama has been overwhelmingly positive. Indigenous leaders as well as presidents of countries with activist native communities sent notes of congratulations to the president elect; they have also expressed optimism for improved relations between Latin America and the U.S.

A new face in Washington / Mark Begich, the new Senator-elect from Alaska (ALASKA) -- After an extended count of ballots in Alaska, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, 47, has been declared winner in his race against Senator Ted Stevens by more than 3,000 votes.

ALERT: Barrick Gold ready to carve up Western Shoshone sacred mountain (NEVADA) -- Last week, after years of determined opposition from Western Shoshone, the U.S. Department of Interior, through its Bureau of Land Management (BLM), approved one of the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines in the United States on the flank of Mount Tenabo – an area well-known for its spiritual and cultural importance to the Western Shoshone.

Shoshone tribe files suit to stop gold mine (NEVADA) -- Days after the federal government approved one of the largest open-pit gold mines in the country, a group of Shoshone tribal members filed a federal lawsuit to stop the project, saying the mine is planned on the slopes of a sacred mountain that is used for religious and cultural purposes.

Shoshone group files lawsuit to stop gold mining in Nevada (NEVADA) -- A group of American Indians has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to stop an open-pit gold mining project in Nevada that tribal members say will disrupt a mountain used for religious and cultural purposes.

JODI RAVE: Tribes hope for economic stimulus (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.

Appeals Court: Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan Illegal (CALIFORNIA) -- The U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) illegally approved plans by Shell Offshore Inc. to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea off the north coast of Alaska according to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

Tracking the first Thanksgiving (OKLAHOMA) -- The words “the first Thanksgiving” seem to evoke visual images of tall hats and white bonnets worn by men and women with buckled shoes; colorful feathers and loin-cloths worn by Ameri-can Indians; and a long wood table, outdoors, where the pilgrims and Indians sat down to-gether and ate a feast of turkey, corn and fish.

Reclaiming Thanksgiving (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Prairie Rose Seminole’s family once observed the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, including the obligatory turkey dinner and trimmings.

Thanksgiving: Texas tradition (TEXAS) -- Thanksgiving has been part of American culture from the time the first settlers arrived in North America. In 1620, 104 people left England for America, seeking religious freedom. They landed on the coast of Massachusetts in the dead of winter to begin their new life.

Thanks but no Thanksgiving / Why can’t the Chicago Public Schools get Native American history right? (ILLINOIS) -- November is always a month of ecstatic highs and basement- level lows for Megan Bang, but even more so this year. Bang has been riding a wave of pride after Barack Obama’s mention of Native Americans on election night (“It’s the first time a President has mentioned Native people in a long time,” she says).

One person can make a difference (ALABAMA) -- As the 17th century dawned, cause-and-effect was merging two parallel universes. In the Old World, a group of Leiden Separatists was making decisions that would put them on a circuitous journey.

Native blood: the truth behind the myth of `Thanksgiving Day' (AUSTRALIA) -- It is a deep thing that people still celebrate the survival of the early colonists at Plymouth — by giving thanks to the Christian God who supposedly protected and championed the European invasion. The real meaning of all that, then and now, needs to be continually excavated.

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