Thursday, December 11, 2008

11 Dec 2008: Native News from

Thompson still top contender to head Interior (CALIFORNIA) -- With President-elect Barack Obama reportedly only days away from naming his interior secretary, North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson's name remains in the thick of the discussion.

Karuk Tribe Supports Rep. Mike Thompson for Interior Secretary (CALIFORNIA) -- The Karuk Tribe of northern California today joined a broad coalition of fishing, hunting and conservation groups throughout the nation in urging President-Elect Barrack Obama to appoint Representative Mike Thompson as the next Secretary of Interior.

Two years, one amazing race for Dirk Kempthorne / As secretary of the Interior, Kempthorne traveled thousands and thousands of miles - and was a part of history in the making (IDAHO) -- Dirk Kempthorne's return to Washington, D.C., as Interior secretary two and half years ago placed him at the center of power in America, across the table from President George Bush and the rest of his Cabinet.

Cayugas close stores after losing cigarette ruling (NEW YORK) -- The Cayuga Indian Nation, dealt a serious legal setback this week, has closed both of its LakeSide Trading stores in Union Springs and town of Seneca Falls, a nation lawyer confirmed today.

Sampling of editorials from New York state / The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester on state and Indian cigarette taxes. (NEW YORK) -- One can fully understand why officials in Seneca and Cayuga counties took it upon themselves recently to raid so-called smoke shops owned by the Cayuga Native Americans.

Judge: Raids on Cayugas were legal (NEW YORK) -- A felony investigation into two Cayuga Nation-owned businesses accused of felony tax evasion will continue after a judge ruled on Tuesday that sheriff's deputies in Cayuga and Seneca counties legally raided the stores on Nov. 25.

Cobell asks court to speed up appeal of $455.6M ruling (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The plaintiffs in the Cobell trust fund lawsuit asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to speed up review of the long-running case.

Native Hawaiians bill could pass in 2009 (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The political stars for long-stalled efforts to boost the status of Native Hawaiians appear to be aligning nicely. With Barack Obama set to take over the White House and Democrats ready to claim larger majorities in Congress next month, legislation to create a governmental entity to represent Native Hawaiians could finally win passage.

Hopi residents demand government reform / Peabody lease deadline also weighs heavy on Hopi agenda (ARIZONA) -- Hopi and Tewa community members started gathering near the Hopi Tribal complex as early as 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 to be able to go into the Hopi Tribal Chambers for the last quarter council session of the year.

Peru Sues Yale For Return Of Artifacts (CONNECTICUT) -- The Republic of Peru has filed a federal lawsuit demanding that Yale University return a collection of historic Incan artifacts taken from Machu Picchu and surrounding areas by a Yale scholar nearly 100 years ago.

KEVIN ABOUREZK: A Letter in Support of an Indian Bailout (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman. Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Senate Banking Committee about the future of Indian Country and the need for emergency assistance for this vital population of our society.

JODI RAVE: U.S. senators seek $2B for tribes (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Nearly two dozen U.S. senators are pressing President-elect Barack Obama to include $2 billion in his proposed budget for tribes beleaguered by “a public safety and health crisis” due, in part, to a lack of federal funding.

Meade County grants liquor license renewals (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Meade County commissioners unanimously approved annual liquor license renewals Tuesday afternoon for four establishments who have generated considerable controversy in the past.

8th Circuit rejects Indian double jeopardy claim (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota can be prosecuted in federal court despite pleading guilty to the same crime in tribal court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said on Monday.

Navajo Nation Leader Calls For Efforts To Address Abandoned Uranium Mines On Reservation (ARIZONA) -- Navajo Nation Division of Health Executive Director Anslem Roanhorse told federal health officials at a tribal consultation session last week that a comprehensive research and assessment program with sufficient resources is needed to clean up the hundreds of abandoned radioactive uranium mines on American Indian reservations, Indian Country Today reports.

La. Choctaw-Apache Tribe growing (LOUISIANA) -- The Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb can trace its beginnings to 13 families that in the early 1700s settled on the east side of the Sabine River. Their descendants are still there, and their numbers have grown significantly.

Eyeful: New Report Cites 128 Executive Branch Failures (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Amid reports that administration officials have been given talking points to help sum up President Bush's eight years of service, a new report by the independent nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity lists what it considers 128 examples of failure during the president's tenure.

Oneida vets to march for inaugural (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Oneida Nation Veterans Marching Unit will be part of history and the presidential inaugural parade in January. The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee selected the five-member unit — all from Oneida — after reviewing the group's application and the Presidential Inaugural Committee notified the tribe.

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