Sunday, December 14, 2008

13 Dec 2008: Native News from

Oregon high school pulls Sherman Alexie book from class (OREGON) -- A parent's complaint prompted the Crook County School District to pull a book that had been assigned to a high school English class.

Not everyone wants Peabody out of Black Mesa (ARIZONA) -- Though members of the Navajo and Hopi tribes turned out in Denver to protest an upcoming decision by the Office of Surface Mining on Peabody Western Coal Co.’s life-of-mine permit, not all tribal members share their views.

Protesters urge mining delay (ARIZONA) -- A delegation of 35 Navajo and Hopi tribal members, including Hopi Tribal Chairman Ben Nuvamsa, met Monday with the U.S. Office of Surface Mining in Denver in hopes of delaying a record of decision on the proposed Black Mesa Project.

Indian Chief Leads Fight to Keep Selling Cigarettes (NEW YORK) -- Down by the lapping waters of Great South Bay, the Indian chief stared up at the trees swaying in the wind. Then he squinted: Was that a surveillance camera on top of that utility pole?

Indian Tobacco Tax Bill on Governor Paterson's Desk (NEW YORK) -- A spokesperson for New York Governor David Paterson, tells 2 On Your Side the State Assembly delivered a bill to Paterson's desk Thursday that would allow the state to collect taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian retailers to non-Indians.

Judge rules Cayuga cannot sell untaxed cigarettes (NEW YORK) -- The Cayuga Indian Nation said it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that it does not have the right to sell untaxed cigarettes at two tribal convenience stores on its reservation – land that the court denies is Indian country.

Couple forced to give adopted baby back to Native American tribe (UTAH) -- Come Sunday, Heather and Clint Larson will drive to the South Jordan police station and hand over the baby they've raised for six months to a tribal representative, and they worry they'll never see him again.

Hopi crisis reaching boiling point (ARIZONA) -- On this Sunday afternoon dozens of cars lined the dirt road to the Veterans Center for the annual Christmas parade featuring Indian Santas and young tribal royalty.

Havasupai blood case lives on (ARIZONA) -- The Havasupai Tribe has renewed hopes that a lawsuit it filed against the Arizona State University system will bring justice to its ongoing battle over the use of blood samples that tribal members gave researchers in 1989 for use in a diabetes study.

Wizipan Garriott named Obama’s First Americans Public Liaison (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Wizipan Garriott, 28, has been appointed First Americans Public Liaison, a newly created position in President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team. The position is aimed at honoring a nation-to-nation relationship with tribes.

Indian Nations and the 2009 Presidential Transition [PDF] (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Indian nations are sovereign governments, recognized under treaties and the U.S. Constitution. Yet tribal government issues have suffered from inattention during the transition and early years of many prior Administrations.

Obama Still Weighing Options For Secretary of Interior Position (CALIFORNIA) -- One of the positions that has yet to be filled is Secretary of the Interior. The conventional wisdom on this spot remains that Congressman Mike Thompson who represents the North Coast in a district that cuts through Napa and all the way to Yolo County, is the front runner along with Arizona Democrat Raul Grijalva.

ICT EDITORIAL: New era calls for new policy direction (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The recent presidential election offers an opportunity to reconsider Indian policy. No president has made a major statement about Indian policy since 1968 and 1970.

Our Opinion: Raúl Grijalva right person to untangle Interior mess (ARIZONA) -- President-elect Barack Obama is said to be on the verge of selecting his secretary of the Interior - a position vitally important to the western United States.

TRIBAL LETTER: Arizona tribes back Grijalva (ARIZONA) -- We are writing in support of the appointment of Congressman Raul Grijalva as the new Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

Ex-Indian Affairs leader opposed for Cabinet post (CONNECTICUT) -- If it was a trial balloon, Nick Mullane wasted no time trying to deflate it. The first selectman, piqued by a report that President-elect Barack Obama is considering Kevin Gover for Interior secretary, called Friday for Connecticut's senators and Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, to oppose such an appointment.

JPMorgan calls Navajo tribe’s $2.2 million BCDS loan (ARIZONA) -- JPMorgan Chase has called the loan on Biochemical Decontamination Systems Manufacturing Inc., leaving the Navajo Nation $2.2 million less in its Navajo Dam Escrow Account, according to Budget and Finance Committee Chairman LoRenzo Bates.

Miccosukee Tribe wins judgment over 3 Web sites (FLORIDA) -- The Miccosukee Tribe has won a judgment in Miami federal court against a man who allegedly infringed on its name.

Panel suggests new federal agency to solve fair housing issues (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Native Americans across the U.S. have long found that when they try to get information or secure loans for home buying purposes, they often receive responses and rates that just aren’t as good as their non-Indian counterparts.

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