Sunday, December 7, 2008

07 Dec 2008: Native News from

Next on Obama's Dance Card, Mother Nature (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Obama transition team, moving along smartly to fill Cabinet posts, is planning to trot out nominees as early as next week for three jobs much watched by enviros: the secretaries of energy and the interior and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Obama Offers First Look at Massive Plan To Create Jobs / Project Would Be the Largest Since the Interstate System (WASHINGTON, DC) -- On the heels of more grim unemployment news, President-elect Barack Obama yesterday offered the first glimpse of what would be the largest public works program since President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the federal interstate system in the 1950s.

Obama pledges huge public works program (WASHINGTON, DC) -- President-elect Barack Obama today pledged to launch the biggest public works program since the construction of the interstate highway system in the 1950s as part of his plan to create millions of new jobs and stem an economic tailspin that is growing worse by the day.

Censored Blog Radio: AIM on Alcatraz / AIM to Obama: Abolish BIA; establish treaty commission and pass UN Declaration (CALIFORNIA) -- Speaking at the Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony, the American Indian Movement called on the Obama administration to make real changes for Indian country. The challenge is voiced on today's Censored Blog Radio show, "AIM on Alcatraz," by Bill Means, with Pat Bellanger and Mike Flores.

Seeking redress: Disenrolled Indians have few options / This is the third in a series of articles on Robinson Rancheria's effort to disenroll certain of its tribal members. (CALIFORNIA) -- As tribal disenrollments escalate among tribes in California and the rest of the nation, many Indians facing the loss of their tribal membership and identity are struggling to find justice.

Indian disenrollments a statewide, nationwide issue / This is the second in a series of articles on Robinson Rancheria's effort to disenroll certain of its tribal members. (CALIFORNIA) -- Late last month, the Robinson Rancheria Band of Pomos Citizens Business Council informed several dozen members of its intent to remove their tribal membership, an action taking place not just locally but around California and the nation.

Smith River Rancheria (CALIFORNIA) -- One of Del Norte County's most generous and engaged community outreach groups is the Smith River Rancheria, home base for local members of historic coastal Tolowa Indians.

Keeper’s of the Fire: The Pokagon Potawatomi Nation [PDF] (MICHIGAN) -- We are the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi), the Néshnabek (the Original People). Through this CD-ROM we invite you to learn about whom we are, where we have been, what we are about and the future before us.

Eight more tribal housing agencies suing HUD (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Eight more Indian housing agencies have sued the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and its Office of Native American Programs in federal court.

Students protest, say Ute nickname breeding racism / Response » U. has long history of supporting American Indians. (UTAH) -- Shouting chants of "We want scholarships!" and "Pay the bill, Chris Hill!" the 14 students marched through the University of Utah campus Thursday to protest what they allege is the U.'s lackluster support of American Indian students while its athletic programs benefit from the Ute name.

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